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For residents of Tarboro and Rocky Mount who are looking for an extensive and helpful community college experience, the location of two different campuses of Edgecombe Community College is a serious advantage. An affordable and accredited institution, this college offers the opportunity to earn an associate’s degree in a number of different subjects, as well as certificates in other areas, including those devoted more towards the advancement of technical skills.


Whether learning on-campus, off-campus, or as part of a continuing education program, their courses are broken up into four different departments. There is the Department of Arts and Sciences, the Departments of Business and Technologies, and the Health Sciences Department. Certain programs in these departments also involve courses off-campus at other North Carolina community colleges, but for the most part, classes take place in either Rocky Mount or Tarboro.

A wide variety of programs are available for students depending on their area of interest. Those who want to help others in some way often enroll to earn their AA degrees in Nursing, Medical Assisting, Manicuring/Nail Technology, Radiography, Surgical Therapy, and Respiratory Therapy. For those whose interests and mentality tends to shift more towards technology, there are associate degrees to earn in Industrial Systems Technology, Human Services Technology, Health Information Technology, Esthetics Technology, and Criminal Justice Technology. Other popular courses of study include Accounting, Computer Information Technology, and Early Childhood Education.

ECC also offers the chance to learn hands-on skills that can be immediately applied towards a career. Whether it is Automotive Body Repair, Automotive Systems Technology, Dental Assisting, or Cosmetology, there are plenty of options available that will also lead to more immediate job placement as well as a fulfilling career out in the workforce.

Most Popular Fields of Study


Students interested in attending can ask the office of admissions for more information on various programs before completing an application. The application must then be turned into the Student Services office in either Tarboro or Rocky Mount. Students must also remember to submit their official high school transcript or GED scores, and those transferring from another community college should also submit their official college transcript if interested in earning credit for previous courses taken. Certain courses of study require placement tests, which can be taken at either the Rocky Mount or Tarboro campus. Most of the time, scheduling your test date a couple of months in advance is best. For those who have taken the ACT or the SAT, it is sometimes possible to use theses scores in lieu of placement tests.

Financial Aid

As college in all of its forms can get quite expensive, Edgecombe understands the need for a bit of financial assistance in completing one’s degree. Loans, grants, and work are all available for students who qualify for aid. It is also possible to earn Federal Pell Grants as well as receive aid as part of the FAFSA program. In fact, after you decide to attend, the best thing for you to do is fill out the FAFSA form immediately so that there is no delay in your aid. If the financial aid process gets to be a bit overwhelming, someone in the college’s financial aid office is always available to help you.

Student Financial Aid Details

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Students come to the college from all different backgrounds. Some are starting college for the first time and intend on completing their four-year education off-campus after earning their associate’s degree, while others are interested in learning specific skills to start a new career. This means that their students are of all different ages each with their own specific goals in mind. Some have previously attended college, many are just starting their college career, while others might be more lifelong learners or nontraditional students.

Student Enrollment Demographics


Intramural sports are possible for students attending ECC, though often it is more rewarding to find out which student organizations on campus organize pick-up games of soccer, basketball, and baseball. In both Rocky Mount and Tarboro, there are often community leagues as well.

Information Summary

Ranks 110th in North Carolina and 2933rd 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 1 0.03

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 54 0.47
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Forcible Rape 4 0.03
Robbery 10 0.09
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 125 1.08
Larceny 357 3.09
Vehicle theft 11 0.10

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Tarboro, NC 27886
Surrounding communityFringe rural area (less than 5 mi. from an urban area)
Total Population19,913 (12,123 urban / 7,790 rural)
Households7,476 (2.59 people per house)
Median Household Income$34,749
Families5,339 (3.08 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Associate's — Public Rural-serving Medium
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 District3701

Special Learning Opportunities

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

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 3728th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $2,288 $2,288 $8,432
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $72 $72 $72
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $72 $72 $264
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 $4,180 $4,180 $10,320
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $15,680 $15,680 $21,820
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $7,480 $7,480 $13,620

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $2,200 $2,280 $2,200 $2,280 $8,344 $8,424
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,800 $1,900
On-Campus – Room & Board N/A(N/C)
On-Campus – Other Expenses N/A(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $7,561 $7,800
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $3,639 $3,700
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $3,200 $3,300

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)

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 4674th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $34,617 ($38,348 male / $43,710 female)
Number of FT Faculty 77 (28 male / 49 female)
Number of PT Faculty 160
FT Faculty Ratio 0.5 : 1
Total Benefits $2,005,327

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