North Shore Community College

Tel: (978)762-4000
  • North Shore Community College is a source of hope and opportunity and a regional leader for social and economic change. Blending tradition and innovation, liberal arts and career preparation, intellectual development and cultural and personal growth, we foster a diverse and caring community of learners where all are welcome and each is challenged. We offer lifelong education responsive to changing community needs, a global economy, evolving technology and the shifting roles faced by individuals and institutions. Our greatest contribution to the commonwealth is the success and achievement of our students.
School Highlights
  • North Shore Community College serves 7,412 students (35% of students are full-time).
  • The college's student:teacher ratio of 26:1 is same as the state community college average of 26:1.
  • Minority enrollment is 28% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is less than the state average of 39%.
  • North Shore Community College is one of 3 community colleges within Essex County, MA.
  • The nearest community college is Marian Court College (9.50 miles away).

School Overview

  • The teacher population of 282 teachers has stayed relatively flat over five years.
North Shore Community College(MA) Community College Avg.
Institution LevelAt least 2 but less than 4 yearsAt least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution ControlPublicPrivate, non-profit
Total Faculty282 staff95 staff
North Shore Community College Total Faculty (2007-2016)

Student Body

  • The student population of 7,412 has declined by 7% over five years.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 26:1 has decreased from 30:1 over five years.
  • The school's diversity score of 0.45 is less than the state average of 0.59. The school's diversity has declined by 11% over five years.
Total Enrollment7,412 students2,713 students
North Shore Community College Total Enrollment (2007-2016)
Student : Teacher Ratio26:126:1
North Shore Community College Student Staff Ratio (2007-2016)
# Full-Time Students2,575 students1,076 students
North Shore Community College Full-Time Students (2007-2016)
# Part-Time Students4,837 students1,637 students
North Shore Community College Part-Time Students (2007-2016)
North Shore Community College Enrollment Breakdown MA All Enrollment Breakdown
% Asian
3%
5%
North Shore Community College Asian (2007-2016)
% Hispanic
14%
12%
North Shore Community College Hispanic (2007-2016)
% Black
8%
11%
North Shore Community College Black (2007-2016)
% White
72%
61%
North Shore Community College White (2007-2016)
% Two or more races
2%
1%
North Shore Community College More (2011-2016)
% Unknown races
1%
8%
North Shore Community College Ethnicity Breakdown MA All Ethnic Groups Ethnicity Breakdown
Diversity ScoreThe chance that two students selected at random would be members of a different ethnic group. Scored from 0 to 1, a diversity score closer to 1 indicates a more diverse student body.0.450.59
North Shore Community College Diversity Score (2007-2016)
College Completion Rate
18%
18%
North Shore Community College Completion Rates for First-Time, Full-Time Students (2007-2015)
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$33,200$35,600
North Shore Community College Average and Median Earnings, Disaggregated by Student Subgroups (2008-2013)

Finances and Admission

  • The public in-state tuition of $4,296 is less than the state average of $5,267. The in-state tuition has grown by 10% over four years.
  • The public out-state tuition of $10,137 is more than the state average of $9,951. The out-state tuition has grown by 7% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees$4,296$5,267
North Shore Community College In-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
Out-State Tuition Fees$10,137$9,951
North Shore Community College Out-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid84%86%
North Shore Community College % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2007-2016)
Median Debt for Graduates$7,000$15,250
North Shore Community College Median debt for students who have completed (2007-2015)
Median Debt for Dropouts$4,500$5,300
North Shore Community College Median debt for students who have not completed (2007-2015)
Source: 2016 (or latest year available) IPEDS

School Notes

  • Since its founding in 1965, NSCC has grown from a single building to three campuses and from five to over one hundred academic programs. Established in 1965, North Shore Community College is one of the oldest and largest of the fifteen community colleges in Massachusetts. Operating from campuses in Lynn, Beverly, and Danvers, we serve 26 cities and towns along the coastal region from north metropolitan Boston to Cape Ann. NSCC delivers post-secondary education to 7,500 students each year through more than 90 programs of study. The College also provides lifelong learning opportunities to more than 500,000 area residents through workforce development training to businesses and individuals, cultural enrichment activities, and community development resources.

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Did You Know?
For Massachusetts public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $5,267 per year for in-state students and $9,951 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $26,142 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

The average community college acceptance rate in Massachusetts is 71%. Read more about national community college acceptance rates.

Massachusetts community colleges have a diversity scoreThe chance that two students selected at random would be members of a different ethnic group. Scored from 0 to 1, a diversity score closer to 1 indicates a more diverse student body. of 0.59, which is lower than the national average of 0.67. The most diverse community college in Massachusetts is Bunker Hill Community College. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.