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Erie Community College

Erie Community College Rating: 3.6/5 (5 votes)

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Erie Community College, also known as ECC, was established in 1946 as the New York State Institute of Applied Arts. It came to be known as the Erie County Technical Institute in 1953, and was finally given its present name in 1968. ECC operates 3 campuses across New York. The City Campus is in Buffalo, the ECC North Campus is in Williamsville, and the ECC South Campus is located in Orchard Park.

The college is accredited by the Commission on Higher Education, New York State Board of Regents, and Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. ECC is also a member of the State University of New York (SUNY) system. The college awards associate’s degrees in arts, science, and applied science. Students can choose from over 60 programs of study in the fields of engineering and technologies, liberal arts, allied health, and business and public health.

The academic programs at ECC are categorized under the following divisions:

  • Business and Public Service Division
  • Engineering and Technologies Division
  • Health Sciences Division, and Liberal Arts Division

More than 20 certificate programs are also offered at ECC. These include courses in office assistantship, crime scene technology, CNC precision machining, web page designing, and entrepreneurship.

In addition, distance learning opportunities are available through ECC. The Associate of Applied Science and Associate of Arts degrees, as well as certificate programs, are offered in subjects like office management, business administration, social science, and computer applications.

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At ECC, eligible applicants can enroll in secondary education programs on a part-time or full-time basis. Both matriculated and non-matriculated students can apply for admission. To get the process started, one needs to call up the Admissions Office at the campus of his/ her choice. A free ECC application form can be secured on request. Then, the completed application form along with the application fee should be sent to the application processing center. While applying for admission, students also need to submit a copy of their GED scores, high school transcript, or proof of completion of 24 credit hours at a college. The same procedure applies to transfer students as well.

In the case of international students, the International Student Advisor office, located in the North campus, needs to be contacted. Applicants need to have a TOEFL score of at least 460. Also, since financial assistance is not available for international students, such applicants should be able to prove their financial stability prior to seeking admission. Those wishing to enroll for September classes need to send in their application forms, test scores, and all other relevant documents to ECC before the last week of May, while those applying for January classes have to send in the documents before the last week of October.

Some students may also be required to take a Placement Test. After the test results are evaluated, the college informs respective students of their admission status.

Financial Aid

ECC provides a wide range of financial aid programs for students who need monetary assistance to fund their education. These financial aid programs include Federal and state subsidized programs, part-time employment opportunity, loans, and scholarships. In order to apply for aid, students need to submit the appropriate forms to the ECC Financial Aid Office.

The ECC Foundation offers a number of grants and scholarships, including institutional grants and private scholarships. Emergency short-term loans are also available through the institution. Native Americans can apply for NYS aid, which is basically an entitlement program. Bureau of Indian Affairs aid is also available for Native Americans.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 5968th for the average student loan amount.
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ECC is dedicated to encouraging holistic development inclusive of academic achievement, and social growth and consciousness. The college supports a variety of co-curricular and extracurricular activities for students. The Student Government Association at ECC is an elected body of student representatives that coordinates all the student activities of the college. In addition, there are several clubs and organizations in all three campuses of the college, including the Film and Theater Club, Phi Theta Kappa, Nursing Club, Anthropology Club, and Education Opportunity Program.

Child care and counseling services are offered to students at ECC. The college has extensive computing resources for both staff and students. There are more than 60 computer labs in the college and students have access to the latest software and online resources. The Career Resource Center at the college trains students to achieve their career goals. Regular career fairs and campus placement opportunities are made available to students.

Student Enrollment Demographics


ECC is a member of the Western New York Athletic Conference and the National Junior College Association, Region III. The athletic program at ECC enjoys a high success rate with men and women participating and winning championships. The college has won more than 45 national championships, over 100 Region III championships, and several others at the Western New York Athletic Conference. The athletics teams of the college are nicknamed the Kats. Students participate in varsity sports like swimming, diving, volleyball, soccer, basketball, golf, football, softball and bowling. In all, the college sponsors over 20 different sports programs.

Information Summary

Ranks 212th in New York and 3026th 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 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 1,634 0.62
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 36 0.01
Forcible Rape 121 0.05
Robbery 1,459 0.56
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 4,473 1.70
Larceny 8,711 3.32
Vehicle theft 1,121 0.43

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Buffalo, NY 14203-2698
Surrounding communityLarge city (inside urban area, pop. over 250,000)
Total Population1,009 (1,009 urban / N/A rural)
Households456 (1.78 people per house)
Median Household Income$9,400
Families129 (3.36 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Associate's — Public Urban-serving Multicampus
Undergraduate PopulationMedium full-time two-year
EnrollmentExclusively undergraduate two-year
Size & SettingVery large 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 District3626

Special Learning Opportunities

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

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 3863rd for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $3,995 $3,995 $7,990
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $564 $564 $564
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $167 $167 $334
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 $5,859 $5,859 $9,854
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $13,000 $13,000 $16,995
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $7,900 $7,900 $11,895

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $4,030 $4,444 $4,030 $4,444 $7,630 $8,344
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,300(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 $5,500 $5,100
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $2,100 $2,056
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $2,100 $2,056

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 52 275 127 38 14 1,860 46 2,467
Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science, General 4 9 13
Architectural Engineering Technology/Technician 1 1 8 11
Autobody/Collision and Repair Technology/Technician 1 1 17 19
Automobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology/Technician 5 1 1 1 38 2 49
Baking and Pastry Arts/Baker/Pastry Chef 3 8 11
Biotechnology 2 10 12
Building/Construction Finishing, Management, and Inspection, Other 3 3
Building/Property Maintenance 1 3 12 1 17
Business Administration and Management, General 5 24 8 2 149 6 198
CAD/CADD Drafting and/or Design Technology/Technician 9 1 10
Child Care and Support Services Management 1 5 4 1 1 21 1 34
Civil Engineering Technology/Technician 1 1 8 10
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Technician 1 1 1 21 24
Communications Systems Installation and Repair Technology 1 14 15
Community Health Services/Liaison/Counseling 1 7 1 11 20
Computer Technology/Computer Systems Technology 1 12 14
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services, Other 1 2 1 1 4 9
Computer and Information Sciences, General 4 4
Computer and Information Systems Security/Information Assurance
Construction Engineering
Construction Management 2 2 25 29
Construction Trades, Other
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration 1 32 13 1 1 142 4 199
Criminal Justice/Police Science 4 1 28 33
Culinary Arts/Chef Training 4 34 41
Dental Assisting/Assistant 2 1 18 21
Dental Hygiene/Hygienist 1 3 1 38 45
Dental Laboratory Technology/Technician 2 1 17 1 21
Dietitian Assistant 1 5 1 8
Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering Technology/Technician 11 11
Electrical/Electronics Equipment Installation and Repair, General 15 16
Elementary Education and Teaching 1 1 1 11 1 15
Emergency Care Attendant (EMT Ambulance)
Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic) 2 2 1 22 27
Engineering, General 1 6 8
Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies 1 2 3
Environmental Engineering Technology/Environmental Technology
Environmental Science 3 3
Fire Services Administration 5 5
Forensic Science and Technology 1 3 4
General Studies
Geographic Information Science and Cartography 1 1 7 10
Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences, Other 1 1
Graphic and Printing Equipment Operator, General Production 1 16 17
Health Information/Medical Records Technology/Technician 1 1 9 11
Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation and Refrigeration Maintenance Technology/Technician 1 1 17 19
Homeland Security 1 1
Human Services, General 3 15 5 23 1 48
Humanities/Humanistic Studies 5 41 17 2 2 121 6 201
Industrial Technology/Technician 1 14 15
Information Technology 3 1 2 37 1 46
Legal Assistant/Paralegal 5 4 3 1 31 2 46
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies 17 86 42 9 4 478 10 665
Mechanical Engineering 18 18
Mechanical Engineering/Mechanical Technology/Technician 1 6 7
Medical Administrative/Executive Assistant and Medical Secretary
Medical Office Management/Administration 2 3 27 32
Medical Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiation Therapist 1 12 13
Occupational Therapist Assistant 1 7 8
Office Management and Supervision 1 3 1 19 24
Opticianry/Ophthalmic Dispensing Optician 1 1 1 1 13 2 19
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Facilities Management, General 1 8 9
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching 1 3 1 15 20
Precision Systems Maintenance and Repair Technologies, Other 1 21 1 23
Public Administration and Social Service Professions, Other 2 8 10
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 1 5 5 1 116 1 131
Respiratory Care Therapy/Therapist 2 1 17 22
Restaurant, Culinary, and Catering Management/Manager 1 21 1 23
Speech Communication and Rhetoric 1 1 1 33 2 39
Substance Abuse/Addiction Counseling 1 2 3
Teacher Assistant/Aide 1 8 1 10
Web Page, Digital/Multimedia and Information Resources Design 2 10 12
Web/Multimedia Management and Webmaster 1 1 2

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 1920th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $63,484 ($63,274 male / $63,915 female)
Number of FT Faculty 324 (167 male / 157 female)
Number of PT Faculty 848
FT Faculty Ratio 0.4 : 1
Total Benefits $11,916,655

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