College Life

ECC’s main campus gives students all the benefits of being in New Jersey’s largest city, Newark – plenty of fun things to do, one of the most diverse communities in the area, and convenient means of transportation.

In addition to the benefits of Newark itself, ECC coordinates a variety of social, cultural, intellectual, and recreational programs both on and off campus. The Student Life and Activities Office (SLAO) is responsible for publishing the LIFELINE student handbook and ECCO student newspaper, and also operates the Clara E. Dasher Student Center.

Thanks to the SLAO, students also enjoy sales of discount tickets to area cultural and sporting events, and a directory of off-campus housing listings and resources.

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Academic Resources

Students need more than just textbooks and pencils to thrive. ECC offers services to help all of our students achieve the pinnacle of success. A few of our on-campus services include:

Support Services

ECC offers a number of services to help students of all backgrounds the support they need. We believe every ECC student should feel like they belong, no matter who they are. That’s why we offer services like:

Athletics & Recreational Resources

In addition to a fully-equipped fitness and recreational center, ECC offers a number of intermural sports leagues and events, as well as many other athletic events.

ECC proudly supports its Wolverines in basketball, soccer, track & field and cross-country. Many ECC athletes have gone on to become scholarship athletes at major universities.


Academic Organizations

College isn’t just about the degree. It’s about expanding your horizons and getting involved in the things that matter most to you.

ECC features a number of academic organizations to help you pursue your passions with like-minded individuals. These organizations are here for students who aim for high achievement and want to make a real-world difference in their communities.



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Honors Program

The Honors Program is a rigorous academic program for students interested in transferring to competitive colleges and universities. The program is designed to provide a challenging and demanding academic curriculum for high-achieving students.

Alumni Association

The Essex County College Alumni Association is about honoring and staying connected with our alumni.

The Alumni Association provides a forum for current and former students to communicate, to provide input on the college’s direction, and to organize fundraisers for scholarships and other initiatives.

Africana Institute

The Africana Institute is ECC’s center for the exploration and critical examination of the African global experience.  We invite all students to join in the development and participation of a wide variety of academic, cultural and social programs, which will range from the diverse experiences of people of African descent from Africa, the Americas, the Caribbean Islands and beyond.

Phi Theta Kappa

Phi Theta Kappa is the largest honor society for two-year college students in the world. The Alpha Theta Theta Chapter recognizes and encourages scholarship among Essex County College students.

The purpose of Phi Theta Kappa is to provide leadership and service opportunities, an intellectual climate for the exchange of ideas, and lively fellowship for scholars.

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