A recent Stanford University study found that Essex County College students have greatly increased their earning power over the past few years. In fact, the study showed that 30 percent of Essex students moved up two or more income quintiles after graduation, which ranked the institution 26th out of the 690 two-year colleges surveyed. Each quintile jump is a 20 percent increase. Also, a published report shows that state students save an average of nearly $21,000 by attending a county college for two years, the most in the nation.
Top-Notch Faculty & Academics
Essex County College provides a modern and world-class learning environment at its warm and welcoming campuses. Faculty are innovative teachers who use state of the art technology to empower students’ learning. Faculty have outstanding mastery of their subject areas as well as a personal commitment to their students. The faculty and staff of Essex County College work collaboratively to support and advise students throughout their academic career.
Convenient Schedule & Small Classes
Recent high school graduates to those out of school for years can pursue full- or part-time study for educational or career advancement or personal enrichment. Essex offers convenient day, evening, and weekend classes, along with online and hybrid (50% online/50% in-class) courses. A comprehensive support system is provided to help you reach your full potential. Developmental programs are offered to students who require additional preparation before taking college-level courses. The academic year is divided into two 15-week semesters (fall and spring) and two summer terms. The College also offers a 10-day intersession during Winter Break. At Essex, most of the classes are small, usually no more than 25 to 30 students, ensuring personal attention.
Preparation: Four-Year College and Workforce
Essex County College has transfer/articulation agreements with many institutions; ensuring that all approved courses you take at Essex will transfer to the four year colleges of your choice; in many cases qualifying you as a full Junior. Special joint and/or dual admission agreements have been implemented through which freshmen at Essex are simultaneously admitted to Rutgers University, New Jersey Institute of Technology, New Jersey City University, Kean University, or Thomas Edison State College.
Internship opportunities with area businesses are made available to students while enrolled in a number of Essex programs. The opportunities are designed to develop real world experience and work-related skills to enhance employability.
Athletics & Other Extracurricular Activities
Essex County College student-athletes excel in the classroom as well as in their respective sports. Eleven former Essex track standouts participated in the 2012 Summer Olympics in London and three of them won medals – gold, silver, and bronze. Essex has also had other Olympians, including medalists, in the past. Many Essex students have earned All-American honors, including academic All-American honors. Please visit our Athletics site for more program information.
Students may also choose to participate in a variety of student clubs and organizations, the Student Government Association, and the ECCO student newspaper.
Cultural Diaspora & Diversity
You will find others just like you, with similar ethnic backgrounds and financial circumstances. Federally designated as a Predominantly Black Institution (PBI) and a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI), Essex County College embraces an atmosphere in which multicultural viewpoints are accepted and encouraged. English as a Second Language students will have the opportunity to advance their English skills and rapidly progress to English language college-level courses. Students and alumni refer to a “sense of belonging” and a “sense of family” when they talk about Essex.