Northern Essex Community College

  • 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 to Northern Essex Community College is North Shore Community College (14.8 miles away).

School Overview

  • The teacher population of 284 teachers has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Northern Essex Community College(MA) Community College Avg.
Carnegie ClassificationBaccalaureate / Associates CollegesBaccalaureate / Associates Colleges
Institution LevelLess than 2 yrsAt least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution ControlPublicPrivate, non-profit
Total Faculty284 staff96 staff

Student Body

  • The student population of Northern Essex Community College has stayed relatively flat over five years.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 25:1 has stayed the same over five years.
  • The Northern Essex Community College 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 students3,428 students
Student:Teacher Ratio25:126:1
# Full-Time Students2,298 students1,076 students
# Part-Time Students4,665 students2,352 students
% Asian
% Hispanic
% Black
% White
% Two or more races
% Non Resident races
% Unknown races
Diversity Score0.510.59
College Completion Rate (Year 2015)
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$33,700$35,500

Finances and Admission

  • The public in-state tuition of $4,320 is less than the state average of $4,424. 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 $9,401. The out-state tuition has grown by 8% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees$4,320$4,424
Out-State Tuition Fees$10,104$9,401
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (Year 2016)75%86%
Median Debt for Graduates (Year 2015)$8,500$11,450
Median Debt for Dropouts (Year 2015)$4,500$5,000
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 $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 75%. 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.