Essex County College (ECC) is one of only two community colleges in the state not to raise tuition in the last three years. With a net price of less than $3,000 over two semesters, ECC is the most affordable two-year college in the state as ranked by the U.S. Department of Education. The College is also a participant in the NJ STARS program whereby if you graduate in the top 15 percent of an Essex County high school class, you may be eligible for free tuition at ECC.
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. ECC offers convenient day, evening, and weekend – including Sunday – 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 ECC, most of the classes are small, usually no more than 25 to 30 students, ensuring personal attention.
Preparation: Four-Year College and Workforce
ECC has transfer/articulation agreements with many institutions; ensuring that all approved courses you take at ECC 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 ECC 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 ECC programs. The opportunities are designed to develop real world experience and work-related skills to enhance employability.
Athletics & Other Extracurricular Activities
ECC student-athletes excel in the classroom as well as in their respective sports. Eleven former ECC track standouts participated in the 2012 Summer Olympics in London and three of them won medals – gold, silver, and bronze. ECC has also had other Olympians, including medalists, in the past. Many ECC students have earned All-American honors, including academic All-American honors.
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.