North Shore Community College

  • 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 to North Shore Community College is Marian Court College (9.5 miles away).

Top Placements

North Shore Community College places among the top 20% of community colleges in Massachusetts for:

School Overview

  • The teacher population of 282 teachers has grown by 5% 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 staff96 staff

Student Body

  • The student population of North Shore Community College has declined by 6% over five years.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 26:1 has stayed the same over five years.
  • The North Shore Community College diversity score of 0.45 is less than the state average of 0.59. The school's diversity has grown by 15% over five years.
Total Enrollment7,412 students3,428 students
Student:Teacher Ratio26:126:1
# Full-Time Students2,575 students1,076 students
# Part-Time Students4,837 students2,352 students
% Asian
3%
5%
% Hispanic
14%
12%
% Black
8%
12%
% White
72%
61%
% Two or more races
2%
1%
% Unknown races
1%
7%
Diversity Score0.450.59
College Completion Rate (Year 2015)
18%
18%
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$33,200$35,500

Finances and Admission

  • The public in-state tuition of $4,296 is less than the state average of $4,424. 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 $9,401. The out-state tuition has grown by 7% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees$4,296$4,424
Out-State Tuition Fees$10,137$9,401
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid84%89%
Median Debt for Graduates (Year 2015)$7,000$11,450
Median Debt for Dropouts (Year 2015)$4,500$5,000
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.

Nearby Schools

  • The nearest community college to North Shore Community College is Marian Court College (9.5 miles away).
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Did You Know?
For Massachusetts public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $4,424 per year for in-state students and $9,401 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 72%. Read more about national community college acceptance rates.

Massachusetts community colleges have a diversity score of 0.59, which is lower than the national average of 0.65. The most diverse community college in Massachusetts is Bunker Hill Community College. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.