Northern Essex Community College

100 Elliott Street
Haverhill, MA 01830-2399
Tel: (978)556-3000
  • 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 6,963 students (33% of students are full-time).
  • The college's student:teacher ratio of 25:1 is lower than the state community college average of 26:1.
  • Minority enrollment is 35% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is less than the state average of 39%.
  • Northern Essex Community College is one of 3 community colleges within Essex County, MA.
  • The nearest community college is North Shore Community College (14.90 miles away).

School Overview

  • The teacher population of 284 teachers has grown by 31% over five years.
Northern Essex 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 Faculty284 staff95 staff
Northern Essex Community College Total Faculty (2007-2016)

Student Body

  • The student population of 6,963 has stayed relatively flat over five years.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 25:1 has decreased from 35:1 over five years.
  • The school's diversity score of 0.51 is less than the state average of 0.59. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment6,963 students2,713 students
Northern Essex Community College Total Enrollment (2007-2016)
Student : Teacher Ratio25:126:1
Northern Essex Community College Student Staff Ratio (2007-2016)
# Full-Time Students2,298 students1,076 students
Northern Essex Community College Full-Time Students (2007-2016)
# Part-Time Students4,665 students1,637 students
Northern Essex Community College Part-Time Students (2007-2016)
Northern Essex Community College Enrollment Breakdown MA All Enrollment Breakdown
% Asian
Northern Essex Community College Asian (2007-2016)
% Hispanic
Northern Essex Community College Hispanic (2007-2016)
% Black
Northern Essex Community College Black (2007-2016)
% White
Northern Essex Community College White (2007-2016)
% Two or more races
Northern Essex Community College More (2011-2016)
% Non Resident races
Northern Essex Community College Non Resident (2007-2016)
% Unknown races
Northern Essex 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.0.510.59
Northern Essex Community College Diversity Score (2007-2016)
College Completion Rate
Northern Essex Community College Completion Rates for First-Time, Full-Time Students (2007-2015)
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$33,700$35,600
Northern Essex Community College Average and Median Earnings, Disaggregated by Student Subgroups (2008-2013)

Finances and Admission

  • The public in-state tuition of $4,320 is less than the state average of $5,267. The in-state tuition has grown by 22% over four years.
  • The public out-state tuition of $10,104 is more than the state average of $9,951. The out-state tuition has grown by 8% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees$4,320$5,267
Northern Essex Community College In-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
Out-State Tuition Fees$10,104$9,951
Northern Essex Community College Out-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid75%86%
Northern Essex Community College % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2007-2016)
Median Debt for Graduates$8,500$15,250
Northern Essex Community College Median debt for students who have completed (2007-2015)
Median Debt for Dropouts$4,500$5,300
Northern Essex Community College Median debt for students who have not completed (2007-2015)
Source: 2016 (or latest year available) 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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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.