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Haverhill, MA 01830-2399
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Northern Essex Community College

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With a student body exceeding 6,000, Northern Essex Community College is quickly becoming one of the major post-secondary community learning institutions in the state of Massachusetts. This public, two-year college has two campuses: one located in Lawrence and the other in Haverhill. As a community college, Northern Essex offers programs leading to an Associate in Arts degree as well as an Associate in Science degree. Additionally, the college offers Certification programs in a variety of fields. For those who are considering later pursuing a Bachelor’s degree, the credits attained at Northern Essex Community College are transferable to many major regional four-year institutions. Northern Essex seeks to keep financial costs for students low, so as to give as many Massachusetts residents a chance to pursue a higher education as possible. The average student spends roughly $1000 a semester on the required tuition and fees for a full-time course enrollment.


Northern Essex Community College offers more than 70 different academic programs to its matriculates. Among those offered , are an Associate of Science degree, an Associate of Arts degree, and Certificates for work in a variety of fields. There is a vast array of academic programs available for students to choose from, including: Dance, Accounting, Health, Education, and Computer Technology & Engineering. For those seeking to gain more expertise in a particular subject matter or to further their knowledge of a certain topic, Northern Essex Community College also offers numerous non-credit courses and programs. These are ideal for non-traditional students, who are seeking to further their learning or expand their skill-set, but who are not necessarily interested in pursuing a particular degree.

Most Popular Fields of Study

Unique Programs

Of the numerous unique extracurricular programs and publishing opportunities offered at Northern Essex Community College, the student-run literary magazine, Pamassus, is perhaps the most famous. Pamassus is published annually and displays the work of Northern Essex students in creative nonfiction, fiction, poetry, and photography. The magazine has been nationally recognized and has won an array of awards in recent years. This past year, Pamassus won the 2009 Community College Humanities Association’s award for First Place in the Eastern Division. It was also a finalist for the Associated Collegiate Press 2009 Pacemaker award.


Northern Essex Community College has a unique admissions process. The school’s Enrollment Services Counselors seek to meet with potential matriculates in order to provide basic information and to answer any questions potential students may have about curriculum or financial aid issues. Weekly information sessions are held every Tuesday evening, at 6 pm, in the One-Stop Student Service Center (Haverhill Campus). These sessions are also available at the Lawrence Campus on Thursdays, at 5:30 pm. Students may pick up applications for enrollment at these sessions. While no standardized test scores are required, students seeking to attain an Associate’s degree must submit a copy of their high school transcript, diploma, or GED, along with their official application. Those who have transferrable college credits may also submit these transcripts at the same time. The fee for the application to Northern Essex Community College is $25.

Financial Aid

Northern Essex Community College offers a variety of resources and services to help students and potential students to find the best avenue through which to finance their education. The vast majority of all matriculates at the college do receive at least one form of financial aid to help with the costs of tuition, fees, and books. Any student who applies for financial aid in the form of grants or scholarships, receives a personal Financial Aid Counselor. This counselor then serves as a liaison for the student, helping with any questions that may arise as their financial situation evolves during their course of study. Northern Essex Community College also offers the Federal Work-Study program for students seeking to help pay for their education in exchange for collaborative work in the academic environment. Information and instructions for applying for the various types of available scholarships and grants can be found at the school’s official website, along with the necessary forms.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 6025th for the average student loan amount.
Secrets to getting the best scholarships and financial aid in Massachusetts.


The Scarlet Knights are a member of NJCAA.

Recognized regionally, the most popular team is the Northern Essex Knights baseball team, who were runners up in the 1998 Community College State Championships. Today the school continues to boast a great athletic program, particularly in baseball. Other sports that can be found here include:

  • Men’s Intercollegiate, Women’s Intercollegiate, Men’s Intramural and Women’s Intramural Basketball
  • Men’s Intramural and Women’s Intramural Cross_country
  • Men’s Intercollegiate, Women’s Intercollegiate, Men’s Intramural and Women’s Intramural Golf
  • Men’s Intercollegiate Soccer
  • Women’s Intercollegiate, Men’s Intramural and Women’s Intramural Softball
  • Men’s Intramural and Women’s Intramural Table_tennis
  • Men’s Intramural and Women’s Intramural Volleyball

Information Summary

Ranks 88th in Massachusetts and 3061st overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault 1 0.01
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape N/A N/A
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 1 0.01
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft N/A N/A
Arrest N/A N/A

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 289 0.47
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Forcible Rape 18 0.03
Robbery 55 0.09
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 462 0.75
Larceny 853 1.39
Vehicle theft 146 0.24

Student Enrollment Demographics

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Haverhill, MA 01830-2399
Surrounding communityLarge suburb (inside urban area but outside city, pop. over 250,000)
Total Population24,330 (23,014 urban / 1,316 rural)
Households9,397 (2.49 people per house)
Median Household Income$46,475
Families5,922 (3.14 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Associate's — Public Suburban-serving Multicampus
Undergraduate PopulationHigher part-time two-year
EnrollmentExclusively undergraduate two-year
Size & SettingMedium two-year

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringAssociate's degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District2503

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 3593rd for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $600 $600 $6,384
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $3,288 $3,288 $3,288
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $162 $162 $403
FT Graduate Tuition N/A N/A N/A
FT Graduate Required Fees N/A N/A N/A
PT Graduate per Credit Hour N/A N/A N/A
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $5,288 $5,288 $11,072
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $18,350 $18,350 $24,134
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $8,954 $8,954 $14,738

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $3,528 $3,768 $3,528 $3,768 $9,312 $9,552
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,000 $1,400
On-Campus – Room & Board N/A(N/C)
On-Campus – Other Expenses N/A(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $8,712 $9,162
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $3,474 $3,642
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $3,474 $3,642

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record N/A /  N/A /  N/A
College Prep. CompletionN/A
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scoresN/A
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NJCAA

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm CapacityN/A
Meals per WeekN/A
Room FeeN/A
Board FeeN/A

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

Total 7 40 276 18 2 869 16 1,250
Accounting 1 4 21 1 28
Accounting Technology/Technician and Bookkeeping
Allied Health Diagnostic, Intervention, and Treatment Professions, Other 3 1 7 11
Alternative and Complementary Medicine and Medical Systems, Other 1 14 15
Biological and Physical Sciences 1 1
Biomedical Technology/Technician
Business Administration and Management, General 1 5 26 1 35
Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other 6 3 10
Business/Commerce, General 1 4 18 42 1 68
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science and Allied Professions, Other 2 18 26 48
Commercial and Advertising Art 4 20 24
Computer Engineering Technology/Technician 2 1 1 4
Computer Programming/Programmer, General 1 4 1 32 38
Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications 4 14 18
Computer Technology/Computer Systems Technology 1 1 4 6
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services, Other 1 10 11
Computer and Information Sciences, Other 1 1
Computer and Information Sciences, General 2 4 1 59 1 67
Criminal Justice/Police Science 2 17 37 2 60
Critical Care Nursing
Dental Assisting/Assistant 7 1 15 23
Design and Visual Communications, General 1 11 12
Drafting/Design Engineering Technologies/Technicians, Other 1 6 10 17
Drama and Dance Teacher Education 2 1 3
Early Childhood Education and Teaching 7 19 26
Electrical and Electronic Engineering Technologies/Technicians, Other 1 1 3 5
Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering Technology/Technician 2 1 1 4
Electrocardiograph Technology/Technician 1 6 7
Electromechanical and Instrumentation and Maintenance Technologies/Technicians, Other 2 2 19 24
Elementary Education and Teaching 1 2 7 1 11
Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic) 1 4 5
Engineering Technologies and Engineering-Related Fields, Other 4 2 10 1 18
Fire Prevention and Safety Technology/Technician
Forensic Science and Technology 1 7 8
General Studies 1 1 23 1 1 90 3 122
Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences, General 1 2 3
Health and Medical Administrative Services, Other 1 8 9
Health and Physical Education/Fitness, General 3 3
Hotel/Motel Administration/Management 3 5 8
Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching 1 2 10 14
Legal Assistant/Paralegal 1 3 1 17 22
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies 2 33 2 1 85 2 127
Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training 1 2 7 13 24
Logistics, Materials, and Supply Chain Management
Medical Insurance Specialist/Medical Biller 8 9 1 19
Medical Office Assistant/Specialist 1 1 24 21 47
Medical Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiation Therapist 19 19
Medical/Clinical Assistant 8 25 33
Phlebotomy Technician/Phlebotomist 1 2 18 20 41
Physical Science Technologies/Technicians, Other 1 5 6
Psychiatric/Mental Health Services Technician 5 9 19 1 35
Radio and Television Broadcasting Technology/Technician 1 10 11
Recording Arts Technology/Technician
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 1 6 6 1 28 44
Respiratory Care Therapy/Therapist 1 2 14 17
Sign Language Interpretation and Translation 21 21
Social Work
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management
Substance Abuse/Addiction Counseling 1 2 14 17

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 2180th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $61,015 ($62,322 male / $56,668 female)
Number of FT Faculty 107 (41 male / 66 female)
Number of PT Faculty 565
FT Faculty Ratio 0.2 : 1
Total Benefits $3,004,581

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