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1964 Prairie Dell Rd
Union, MO 63084
p. 636-584-6500
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East Central College

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East Central College, also known as ECC, is a public, two-year community college located in Union, Missouri. It was established in 1968 to serve the learning needs of the people in east central Missouri. The institute also offers classes in Rolla, Sullivan, Washington, and Warrenton. The campus covers an area of more than 200 acres.


The college is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. ECC awards degrees and certificates in diverse areas of study, such as anthropology, business technology, chemistry, criminal justice, economics, geography, mathematics, nursing, political science, and sociology. The career/technical certificate programs are designed for individuals who plan to enter the workforce after completing the appropriate classes.

The institution offers four transfer-oriented degrees, such as the Associate of Arts (AA); Associate of Science (AS); Associate of Fine Arts (AFA); and the Associate of Arts in Teaching (AAT). These programs are designed for students who plan to complete the initial two-years of college at East Central and then transfer to a four-year college or university to pursue a bachelor’s degree.

The Learning Center (TLC) at ECC is an all-inclusive student resource center for educational assistance. The staff offers free tutoring in math, English, and other subjects that vary by semester. The experienced, competent tutors provide free assistance to students with academic needs. Additionally, TLC also houses the Adaptive Technology Lab, the Testing Center, and an open computer lab for academic use.

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Freshman students seeking admission to East Central must send the completed application form, along with high school transcripts or GED scores, and any other official transcripts from previously attended secondary schools. International students are encouraged to apply for admission. Applicants from non-English speaking countries must take the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) test to provide proof of their proficiency in the language.

Financial Aid

All students seeking financial assistance must complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) form. The college offers financial aid through various mediums, including grants, scholarships, loans, work-study programs, and veteran benefits.

Grants and scholarships are gifts that need not be repaid. Some of the grants and scholarships offered at ECC are the Federal Pell Grant, Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG), Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), Art Major Scholarships, Home School Scholarships, Non-traditional Student Scholarships, New Program Scholarships, Board of Trustees Scholarships, Student Senate Scholarships, Phi Theta Kappa Scholarships, Technical Skills Scholarships, and Bank of Sullivan Culinary Arts Scholarships, to name a few.

Students may also opt for the loans, however, this type of financial aid must be returned with interest. Some of the loans offered at ECC are the Federal Family Education Loans, Subsidized Stafford Loans, Unsubsidized Stafford Loans, and PLUS (Parent) Loans. The college participates in the federally funded Work-Study Program. It enables students to take up part-time jobs to pay for college.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 5034th for the average student loan amount.
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East Central boasts an active and vibrant student life. The Office of Student Life sponsors a variety of events and activities to foster the overall development of the students. The Student Government Association (SGA) represents the student body in diverse facets of college life and acts as a medium of communication between the administration, faculty, and student body. It also coordinates a variety of activities and community service events.

The campus is home to diverse clubs and organizations. Some of the registered student organizations are Campus Crusade for Christ, Engineering Club, Art Club, Biotechnology Club, Green Falcons, Literary Review, Phi Theta Kappa, R & R Club, A HERO Club, Prism Club, Science Club, and Student Nurse Association.

ECC also offers short-term professional counseling to students, regarding personal, educational, or career concerns. As required, counselors will refer to the community’s resources for further help. The services include individual crisis intervention, counseling, referrals to community resources, educational programs, online resources, self-assessments/resources, and consultation for faculty and staff.

The Student Government Association hosts a variety of fine and performing arts activities. Students are encouraged to participate in the events and activities, which include Gift of Art Exhibit/Sale; Student Recital; Actor’s Showcase; A Christmas Celebration; Sonatina Festival; St. Louis Wind Symphony Concert; East Central Choral Association; Choir Concert; Student Art Exhibit; and Vocal Jazz Ensemble Concert.

The college library is located on the first floor of Buescher Hall. It is well stocked with an extensive range of academic books, reference materials, CDs, journals, and so on. The mission of ECC Library is to provide recreational, educational, and informational resources to the community. Library research instruction is available as one-on-one or group/classroom sessions. Other facilities include a self-service photocopier, special collections, library conference room, study areas, and Internet access/academic use computers.

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ECC’s athletic department sponsors men’s and women’s teams in soccer, volleyball, softball, and basketball. The college competes as a member of the NJCAA (National Junior College Athletic Association) in the Midwest Community College Athletic Conference. The athletic teams are nicknamed the Falcons.


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  • Tom Henke, professional baseball pitcher

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The Career Center at ECC aims to guide and educate students throughout the career development process in a way that is ethically responsible and mindful. The center seeks to develop as well as sustain positive relationships with students, faculty, staff, and employers. Services include career interest and value exploration; labor market and wage data; information on local job fairs; online job search accessibility; physical job board at Union Campus; and information on available internships in the area.

The Music Department at East Central provides an environment in which students can grow as musicians. Faculty assist students in developing individual skills to meet their personal and professional goals. The department also provides an associate degree program and coursework to prepare students for transfer to baccalaureate institutions.

Information Summary

Ranks 69th in Missouri and 3020th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault N/A N/A
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape N/A N/A
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary N/A N/A
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 36 0.35
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Forcible Rape 1 0.01
Robbery 3 0.03
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 46 0.45
Larceny 392 3.83
Vehicle theft 8 0.08

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Union, MO 63084
Surrounding communityFringe rural area (less than 5 mi. from an urban area)
Total Population13,864 (6,593 urban / 7,271 rural)
Households5,126 (2.66 people per house)
Median Household Income$41,134
Families3,736 (3.12 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Associate's — Public Suburban-serving Multicampus
Undergraduate PopulationMixed part/full-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 District2903

Special Learning Opportunities

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

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 4545th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $1,800 $2,544 $3,840
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $336 $336 $336
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $75 $106 $160
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 $3,586 $4,330 $5,626
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $18,320 $19,064 $20,360
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $9,331 $10,075 $11,371

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $1,824 $1,944 $2,496 $2,664 $3,624 $3,888
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,000(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board N/A(N/C)
On-Campus – Other Expenses N/A(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $10,420 $10,783
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $3,407 $3,526
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $5,367 $5,555

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

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 3500th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $49,642 ($51,642 male / $49,724 female)
Number of FT Faculty 71 (31 male / 40 female)
Number of PT Faculty 240
FT Faculty Ratio 0.3 : 1
Total Benefits $1,591,940

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