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 4,783 students (35% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 8:1 is lower than the state community college average of 9:1.
Minority enrollment is 40% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is less than the state average of 45%.

Quick Stats (2024)

  • Enrollment: 4,783 students
  • In-state tuition: $4,296
  • Out-state tuition: $10,137
  • Student:teacher ratio: 8:1
  • Minority enrollment: 40%
  • Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)

School Overview

The teacher population of 578 teachers has stayed relatively flat over five years.
North Shore Community College
(MA) 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
578 staff
290 staff
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Student Body

The student population of North Shore Community College has declined by 11% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 8:1 has decreased from 9:1 over five years.
The North Shore Community College diversity score of 0.59 is less than the state average of 0.65. The school's diversity has declined by 9% over five years.
Total Enrollment
4,783 students
2,732 students
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Student : Teacher Ratio
8:1
9:1
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# Full-Time Students
1,659 students
1,152 students
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# Part-Time Students
3,124 students
1,580 students
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# Enrollment Undergraduate
340 students
309 students
# Full-Time Undergraduate Students
1,659 students
1,092 students
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# Full-Time Graduate Students
n/a
42 students
# Part-Time Undergraduate Students
3,124 students
1,182 students
# Part-Time Graduate Students
n/a
417 students
Total Dormitory Capacity
n/a
443 students
% Asian
4%
6%
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% Hispanic
20%
16%
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% Black
9%
13%
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% White
60%
55%
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% Two or more races
6%
3%
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% Non Resident races
n/a
2%
% Unknown races
n/a
5%
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This chart display the percentage breakdown of students of all ethnic groups in MA.
Diversity Score
0.59
0.65
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College Completion Rate (Students who graduate in less than 4 years)
25%
21%
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College Completion Rate (Students who graduate in 4 years or more than 4 years)
n/a
0.96%
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)
$33,200
$35,500
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Tuition and Acceptance Rate

The public in-state tuition of $4,296 is less than the state average of $4,424. The in-state tuition has declined by 13% 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 stayed relatively flat over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees
$4,296
$4,424
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Out-State Tuition Fees
$10,137
$9,401
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% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid
72%
84%
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Median Debt for Graduates
$9,000
$12,000
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Median Debt for Dropouts
$4,789
$5,500
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Acceptance Rate
n/a
77%
SAT Reading
n/a
540
SAT Math
n/a
535
SAT Writing
n/a
480
ACT Composite
n/a
21
Source: 2021 (or latest year available) Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (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.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does North Shore Community College cost?
North Shore Community College's tuition is approximately $4,296 for In-State students and $10,137 for Out-State students.
What schools are North Shore Community College often compared to?
North Shore Community Collegeis often viewed alongside schools like Bunker Hill Community College by visitors of our site.

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Quick Stats (2024)

  • Enrollment: 4,783 students
  • In-state tuition: $4,296
  • Out-state tuition: $10,137
  • Student:teacher ratio: 8:1
  • Minority enrollment: 40%
  • Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)

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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 $30,266 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 score of 0.65, which is lower than the national average of 0.71. The most diverse community college in Massachusetts is Bunker Hill Community College. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.

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