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Essex County College

Essex County College Rating: 3.6/5 (21 votes)

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Essex County College, also known as ECC, is a two-year community college with open access to allow students of various backgrounds and abilities to receive an education.

The school’s main campus is located in the University Heights neighborhood of Newark, New Jersey, near Rutgers’ Newark campus and NJIT. Classes are also offered at the West Essex campus in nearby West Caldwell and satellite centers throughout the county, as well as the Police Academy program in the town of Cedar Grove.


ECC students may pursue Associate of Arts, Associate of Science, and Associate of Applied Science degrees; professional and technical certificates, and take numerous non-degree and continuing education courses.

The college offers nearly 550 courses and more than 70 different majors. Popular programs of study include architectural science, biotechnology, business administration, legal studies, chemical technology, computer aided drafting technology, African studies, mathematics, radiography, respiratory care, and technical studies.

Most Popular Fields of Study

Unique Programs

The Urban Issues Institute at ECC explores urban problems and seeks objective solutions to promote lasting change. The Institute studies issues such as urban education, homelessness, health care, crime, and unemployment.

The college’s Zeta Tau Chapter of the Chi Alpha Epsilon (CAE) National Honor Society honors students who demonstrate academic excellence with a GPA of at least 3.0 for two semesters in a row.


The college has an open admissions policy, allowing most applicants to enroll in their chosen course of study. The typical application process includes submitting a completed application and application fee along with proof of high school graduation or GED equivalency, and the completion of placement tests (if applicable).

ECC recommends completion of a core high school curriculum prior to admission, but this is not required in all cases. Several of the school’s programs have their own unique admissions policies.

Students are also required to provide proof of current immunization, in keeping with New Jersey law, prior to enrolling in classes. After enrollment, new students are required to complete orientation sessions.

Financial Aid

A large percentage of the ECC student body benefits from financial aid, and the administration has initiated a number of assistance programs to facilitate and expedite the financial aid process. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) must be completed each year for financial aid eligibility to be determined and awarded.

Some common types of financial aid that Essex students receive include the Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, work-study jobs, student loans, Tuition Aid Grants, Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF) grants, The Edward J. Bloustein Distinguished & Urban Scholars Award, and the New Jersey Student Tuition Assistance Reward Scholarship.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 4388th for the average student loan amount.
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The student population at Essex County College is drawn from a diverse cross-section of age and demographic categories. While many students enroll soon after finishing high school, there is also a sizeable population of adult, returning, and non-traditional students.

Student life is active thanks to a variety of clubs and organizations to join and school-sponsored events to attend. Popular campus activities include student government, cultural groups, honor societies, service clubs, pre-professional associations, and faith-based organizations . Campus publications include the LIFELINE student handbook, the ECCO student newspaper, the ECCOLOG yearbook, and other special publications.

Student Enrollment Demographics


The Essex County College Wolverines and Lady Wolverines are a member of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) and the Garden State Athletic Conference.

The Wolverines have achieved All-American rankings in cross country, soccer, track, and basketball.

Intramurals are offered for students who wish to stay healthy and active by participating in both team and individual sports. Intramural games include flag football, chess, table tennis, bowling, and special events in various competitions as well as more traditional sports like basketball and volleyball.


Essex County College is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.

Information Summary

Ranks 63rd in New Jersey and 3547th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

Ranks 0th in New Jersey and 120th overall on StateUniversity.com‘s Safe School Index
  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault 1 0.01
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape 1 0.01
Robbery 1 0.01
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary N/A N/A
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft N/A N/A
Arrest 6 0.05

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 1,114 0.40
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 94 0.03
Forcible Rape 58 0.02
Robbery 1,977 0.71
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 2,396 0.86
Larceny 3,921 1.41
Vehicle theft 3,699 1.33

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Newark, NJ 07102
Surrounding communityLarge city (inside urban area, pop. over 250,000)
Total Population12,408 (12,408 urban / N/A rural)
Households4,607 (2.14 people per house)
Median Household Income$13,421
Families1,989 (3.19 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Associate's — Public Urban-serving Multicampus
Undergraduate PopulationMixed part/full-time two-year
EnrollmentExclusively undergraduate two-year
Size & SettingLarge 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 District3410

Special Learning Opportunities

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

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 4337th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $2,604 $5,208 $5,208
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $780 $780 $780
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $108 $217 $217
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 $4,584 $7,188 $7,188
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $10,801 $13,405 $13,405
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $6,745 $9,349 $9,349

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $3,384(N/C) $5,988(N/C) $5,988(N/C)
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,200(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 $4,056(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $2,161(N/C)
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $2,161(N/C)

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 183 557 348 57 1 127 81 1,354
Accounting 16 29 21 3 2 1 72
Accounting Technology/Technician and Bookkeeping 1 1 2
Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science, General 1 1
Architectural Engineering Technology/Technician 3 4 7
Art/Art Studies, General 1 4 4 3 12
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 10 26 16 3 2 5 62
Building/Home/Construction Inspection/Inspector
Business Administration and Management, General 28 65 57 6 12 7 175
Business Operations Support and Secretarial Services, Other
Chemical Technology/Technician 1 1
Chemistry, General 1 2 2 1 6
Civil Engineering Technology/Technician 1 4 4 1 2 12
Computer Programming, Specific Applications
Computer Programming/Programmer, General 4 5 4 1 1 15
Computer and Information Sciences, General 1 1
Criminal Justice/Police Science 8 45 33 2 16 5 109
Data Processing and Data Processing Technology/Technician
Dental Assisting/Assistant 2 2
Dental Hygiene/Hygienist 3 1 4 3 2 13
Drafting and Design Technology/Technician, General 2 1 3 1 7
Educational/Instructional Technology 1 1 2
Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering Technology/Technician 4 5 5 1 1 2 18
Energy Management and Systems Technology/Technician 2 2
Engineering Technologies and Engineering-Related Fields, Other 2 2 4
Engineering, General 9 7 11 2 4 1 34
Environmental Science
Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences, General 2 4 2 1 2 11
Health/Medical Preparatory Programs, Other 18 76 19 4 4 7 128
Legal Assistant/Paralegal 1 8 12 1 22
Legal Professions and Studies, Other
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies 9 56 38 3 28 5 139
Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training 1 11 2 1 1 4 20
Manufacturing Engineering Technology/Technician 2 3 2 1 1 9
Massage Therapy/Therapeutic Massage 1 2 3
Mathematics, General 3 3 2 1 2 11
Medical Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiation Therapist 1 10 4 3 5 23
Music, General 3 1 1 5
Opticianry/Ophthalmic Dispensing Optician 1 1 4 4 2 4 16
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching 3 4 2 3 2 14
Physical Therapy Technician/Assistant 1 2 4 5 9 21
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 15 27 8 11 2 3 66
Respiratory Care Therapy/Therapist 1 1
Social Sciences, General 13 60 40 2 9 8 132
Social Work 3 37 4 5 1 50
Surveying Technology/Surveying 1 1
Teacher Education, Multiple Levels 17 52 34 2 1 13 6 125

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 471st for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $86,913 ($97,003 male / $61,874 female)
Number of FT Faculty 145 (72 male / 73 female)
Number of PT Faculty 925
FT Faculty Ratio 0.2 : 1
Total Benefits $4,315,006

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