• 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 4,715 students (31% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 9:1 is same as the state community college average of 9:1.
Minority enrollment is 46% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is more than the state average of 45%.

Quick Stats (2023)

  • Enrollment: 4,715 students
  • In-state tuition: $4,320
  • Out-state tuition: $10,104
  • Student:teacher ratio: 9:1
  • Minority enrollment: 46%
  • Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)

School Overview

The teacher population of 498 teachers has grown by 75% over five years.
Northern Essex 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
498 staff
290 staff
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Student Body

The student population of Northern Essex Community College has declined by 17% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 9:1 has decreased from 10:1 over five years.
The Northern Essex Community College diversity score of 0.59 is less than the state average of 0.65. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment
4,715 students
2,710 students
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Student : Teacher Ratio
9:1
9:1
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# Full-Time Students
1,474 students
1,152 students
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# Part-Time Students
3,241 students
1,580 students
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# Enrollment Undergraduate
301 students
309 students
# Full-Time Undergraduate Students
1,474 students
1,092 students
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# Full-Time Graduate Students
n/a
42 students
# Part-Time Undergraduate Students
3,241 students
1,182 students
# Part-Time Graduate Students
n/a
22 students
Total Dormitory Capacity
n/a
443 students
% Asian
3%
6%
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% Hispanic
34%
16%
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% Black
4%
13%
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% White
54%
55%
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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
1%
5%
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Diversity Score
0.59
0.65
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College Completion Rate (Students who graduate in less than 4 years)
4.75%
3.78%
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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)
$33,700
$35,500
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Tuition and Acceptance Rate

The public in-state tuition of $4,320 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 $10,104 is more than the state average of $9,401. The out-state tuition has declined by 6% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees
$4,320
$4,424
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Out-State Tuition Fees
$10,104
$9,401
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% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid
76%
84%
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Median Debt for Graduates
$9,950
$12,000
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Median Debt for Dropouts
$5,250
$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

  • 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.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does Northern Essex Community College cost?

Northern Essex Community College's tuition is approximately $4,320 for In-State students and $10,104 for Out-State students.

School Calendar

View the Northern Essex Community College yearly calendar below. Note key dates such as:

  • Event Date
  • Last day to drop with a 100% refund (by close of business) for Winter Intersession courses January 05, 2023 (Thursday)
  • Last day to withdraw with a "W" grade for Winter Intersession On Campus classes January 10, 2023 (Tuesday)
  • Last day to withdraw with a "W" grade for Winter Intersession Online classes January 18, 2023 (Wednesday)
  • Last day to add ONLINE classes if there is space available January 20, 2023 (Friday)
  • Last day for change of major non-criteria programs February 03, 2023 (Friday)

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Quick Stats (2023)

  • Enrollment: 4,715 students
  • In-state tuition: $4,320
  • Out-state tuition: $10,104
  • Student:teacher ratio: 9:1
  • Minority enrollment: 46%
  • 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 higher than the national average of 0.00. The most diverse community college in Massachusetts is Fisher College. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.

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