303 University Ave
Newark, NJ 07102
Top Ranked (2023): View Rankings
  • Essex County College, an open access community college, serves the dynamic needs of diverse constituencies through comprehensive educational programs and services.

School Highlights

Essex County College serves 6,360 students (45% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 12:1 is lower than the state community college average of 13:1.
Minority enrollment is 89% of the student body (majority Black), which is more than the state average of 56%.

Quick Stats (2023)

  • Enrollment: 6,360 students
  • In-state tuition: $6,156
  • Out-state tuition: $6,156
  • Student:teacher ratio: 12:1
  • Minority enrollment: 89%
  • Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)

Top Rankings

Essex County College ranks among the top 20% of public schools in New Jersey for:

School Overview

The teacher population of 552 teachers has grown by 56% over five years.
Essex County College
(NJ) Community College Avg.
Carnegie Classification
Associates Colleges
Associates Colleges
Institution Level
At least 2 but less than 4 years
At least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution Control
Public
Public
Total Faculty
552 staff
439 staff
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Student Body

The student population of Essex County College has declined by 29% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 12:1 has decreased from 13:1 over five years.
The Essex County College diversity score of 0.75 is more than the state average of 0.72. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment
6,360 students
4,464 students
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Student : Teacher Ratio
12:1
13:1
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# Full-Time Students
2,859 students
1,906 students
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# Part-Time Students
3,501 students
2,679 students
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# Enrollment Undergraduate
566 students
545 students
# Full-Time Undergraduate Students
2,859 students
1,960 students
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# Full-Time Graduate Students
n/a
32 students
# Part-Time Undergraduate Students
3,501 students
2,504 students
# Part-Time Graduate Students
n/a
15 students
Total Dormitory Capacity
24 students
20 students
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% Asian
3%
6%
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% Hispanic
26%
24%
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% Black
41%
13%
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% White
11%
44%
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% Two or more races
1%
2%
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% Non Resident races
13%
3%
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% Unknown races
6%
8%
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Diversity Score
0.75
0.72
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College Completion Rate (Students who graduate in less than 4 years)
9.71%
7.31%
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College Completion Rate (Students who graduate in 4 years or more than 4 years)
n/a
0.42%
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)
$34,400
$36,100
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Tuition and Acceptance Rate

The public in-state tuition of $6,156 is more than the state average of $5,173. The in-state tuition has declined by 29% over four years.
The public out-state tuition of $6,156 is less than the state average of $7,364. The out-state tuition has declined by 29% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees
$6,156
$5,173
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Out-State Tuition Fees
$6,156
$7,364
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% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid
84%
77%
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Median Debt for Graduates
n/a
$11,000
Median Debt for Dropouts
n/a
$5,500
Acceptance Rate
n/a
69%
Source: 2021 (or latest year available) Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)

School Notes

  • ECC was established in 1966 as the public, two-year, open access community college of Essex County, admitted its first students in temporary quarters in downtown Newark in 1968, and moved to its current permanent site in the heart of the University Heights district of the city in 1976. Newark is New Jersey s largest city, 10 miles west of New York City. Approximately 25,000 people enroll each year in ECC s various degree and non-degree programs, including students from more than 40 foreign countries. The curriculum features close to 70 majors and 564 courses as part of a wide range of transfer and career programs. The 22-acre main campus in Newark features a multilevel megastructure covering three city blocks, a two-level multipurpose Physical Education Building/ Child Development Center complex, the Center for Technology, and the Clara E. Dasher Student Center. Among the resources of the 502,000 square foot megastructure are state-of-the-art laboratories, high tech classrooms with advanced teaching modalities, the Mary B. Burch Theater for the Performing Arts, and a newly renovated library equipped with online public access catalog stations, a computer lab offering instruction in information literacy, and extensive resource materials. At ECC, students can earn Associate in Arts ( A. A. ) and Associate in Science ( A. S. ) degrees for transfer to four-year colleges, or they can pursue Associate in Applied Science ( A. A. S. ) degrees and certificates to prepare for immediate employment. Some A. A. S. programs also transfer; academic advisors can provide additional information on the transfer process. Transfer/ articulation agreements exist with many institutions. Community and continuing education programs include intensive basic skills training, multilingual outreach programs, customized corporate training programs, career advancement and personal enrichment courses, youth programs, seminars, workshops, and public forums on diverse topics of interest to local residents. Essex County College is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does Essex County College cost?

Essex County College's tuition is approximately $6,156 for In-State students and $6,156 for Out-State students.

What is Essex County College's ranking?

Essex County College ranks among the top 20% of community college in New Jersey for: Average community college minority breakdown.

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Quick Stats (2023)

  • Enrollment: 6,360 students
  • In-state tuition: $6,156
  • Out-state tuition: $6,156
  • Student:teacher ratio: 12:1
  • Minority enrollment: 89%
  • Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)

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For New Jersey public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $5,173 per year for in-state students and $7,364 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $16,268 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

New Jersey community colleges have a diversity score of 0.72, which is higher than the national average of 0.00. The most diverse community college in New Jersey is Assumption College for Sisters. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.

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