• The mission of Northern Essex Community College is to serve the people of the Greater Merrimack Valley as a caring and comprehensive center of educational excellence that offers high quality, affordable adult and post secondary education through the Associate Degree level, as well as a broad range of occupational programs and community services which enhance the social, cultural and economic life of the region.

School Highlights

Northern Essex Community College serves 4,932 students (32% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 10:1 is same as the state community college average of 10:1.
Minority enrollment is 59% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is more than the state average of 52%.

Quick Stats (2022-23)

  • Enrollment: 4,932 students
  • In-state tuition: $4,320
  • Out-state tuition: $10,104
  • Student:teacher ratio: 10:1
  • Minority enrollment: 59%
  • Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)

Top Rankings

Northern Essex Community College ranks among the top 20% of public schools in Massachusetts for:

School Overview

The teacher population of 498 teachers has grown by 130% over five years.
Northern Essex Community College
(MA) Community College Avg.
Carnegie Classification
Associate's Colleges: Mixed Transfer/Vocational & Technical-High Traditional
Associate's Colleges: Mixed Transfer/Vocational & Technical-High Traditional
Institution Level
At least 2 but less than 4 years
At least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution Control
Public
Public
Total Faculty
498 staff
285 staff
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Student Body

The student population of Northern Essex Community College has declined by 29% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 10:1 has decreased from 25:1 over five years.
The Northern Essex Community College diversity score of 0.64 is less than the state average of 0.70. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment
4,932 students
2,446 students
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Student : Teacher Ratio
10:1
10:1
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# Full-Time Students
1,595 students
1,218 students
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# Part-Time Students
3,337 students
1,228 students
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This chart display the Full-Time students and Part-Time students enrollment breakdown of Northern Essex Community College.
This chart display community college average Full-Time students and Part-Time students enrollment breakdown of MA.
Total Dormitory Capacity
n/a
400 students
% Asian
2%
5%
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% Hispanic
43%
20%
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% Black
4%
15%
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% White
41%
48%
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% Two or more races
2%
3%
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% Non Resident races
1%
2%
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% Unknown races
7%
7%
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This chart display the percentage breakdown of students of all ethnic groups in MA.
Diversity Score
0.64
0.70
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College Completion Rate
15%
19%
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Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)
$33,700
$35,500
This chart display average graduate earnings (10 Years) of Northern Essex Community College and community college average graduate earnings (10 Years) of MA by year, disaggregated by student subgroups with the latest 2012-13 school year data.

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

The public in-state tuition of $4,320 is less than the state average of $6,343. The in-state tuition has declined by 9% over four years.
The public out-state tuition of $10,104 is less than the state average of $10,767. The out-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees
$4,320
$6,343
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Out-State Tuition Fees
$10,104
$10,767
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% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid
79%
81%
This chart display the percent of students who is receiving some financial aid in Northern Essex Community College and the percent of community college students who is receiving some financial aid in MA by year, with the latest 2019-20 school year data.
Median Debt for Graduates
$9,750
$11,900
This chart display median debt for students who have completed a certificate or degree in Northern Essex Community College and average median debt for community college students who have completed a certificate or degree in MA by year, with the latest 2018-19 school year data.
Median Debt for Dropouts
$5,250
$5,500
This chart display median debt for students who have not completed a certificate or degree in Northern Essex Community College and average median debt for community college students who have not completed a certificate or degree in MA by year, with the latest 2018-19 school year data.
Acceptance Rate
n/a
70%
SAT Reading
n/a
540
SAT Math
n/a
535
SAT Writing
n/a
480
ACT Composite
n/a
8
Source: 2020 (or latest year available) Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)

School Notes

  • Northern Essex is located in the Merrimack Valley in northeastern Massachusetts, just a few miles from the New Hampshire border, our mission is to provide access to quality higher education at an affordable cost. We offer post secondary education through the associate degree level, including career programs in areas such as nursing and allied health, computers, criminal justice, paralegal studies, and deaf studies and dozens of transfer programs for students who want to start at Northern Essex and transfer for their junior and senior years, eventually earning a bachelor's degree or higher. Excellent facilities, solid academic support services and a dynamic student activity program are part of the educational opportunities available at Northern Essex. Flexible scheduling and the option of completing your degree or certificate at your own pace are hallmarks of a Northern Essex education. Northern Essex Community College is justifiably proud of the quality of education and services we offer to our students. Each year over 15,000 individuals study at Northern Essex either full- or part-time. We have a teaching faculty who concentrate their education, experience and effort in the classroom. When your education is completed, you will have the skills needed to join the thousands of Northern Essex graduates who have transferred successfully to baccalaureate programs, or who have become a part of the highly skilled business, industrial and professional work force for which New England is famous.

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Quick Stats (2022-23)

  • Enrollment: 4,932 students
  • In-state tuition: $4,320
  • Out-state tuition: $10,104
  • Student:teacher ratio: 10:1
  • Minority enrollment: 59%
  • Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)

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Did You Know?

For Massachusetts public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $6,343 per year for in-state students and $10,767 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $29,755 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

The average community college acceptance rate in Massachusetts is 68%. Read more about national community college acceptance rates.

Massachusetts community colleges have a diversity score of 0.70, 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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