National Organization Ranks Essex County College’s Finance Program Number 1

Once again, Essex County College has one of its Associate degree programs top ranked by the online ranking service College Factual! This time it is the Finance program, ranked Number 1 for 2022 out of 20 schools reviewed nationally.

The Finance program’s recognition comes on the heels of College Factual recent ranking of ECC’s Health Sciences Associate degree majors Number 1. 

ECC offers multiple Associate degrees through the Division of Business, including Finance.

“Congratulations to our outstanding faculty and students. Everyone at ECC should be proud of this ranking, which is proof of the quality of education we provide,” said President Dr. Augustine A. Boakye.

“We provide outstanding experiential learning instead of just classroom theory. Our students visit Wall Street, tour the financial institutions, and talk to financial experts. They also learn the many career opportunities that are open to them,” said Professor Jean-Wilner Alexandre, Finance Program Coordinator. “With faculty members who have worked on Wall Street and major financial institutions, we prepare students for the real world.”

Through the Federal Strengthening Career and Technical Education (CTE) for the 21st Century Act (Perkins V), ECC received funding to secure Bloomberg Terminal software packages. The Bloomberg Terminal software is available to faculty in the Division of Business and students enrolled in the Division’s eligible CTE programs, including Finance majors. 

The Bloomberg Terminal software provides real-time and historical data, market moving news, and analytics to help leading business and financial professionals worldwide make more informed investment decisions.

The Business Division is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools & Programs (ACBSP). Essex’s Business Division is one of four New Jersey community colleges to have received ACBSP accreditation. The College’s accreditation, granted in 2015, is for 10 years.

In addition, the Business Division presents to the entire College community monthly Financial Literacy Workshops, where experts in the field are invited to speak to the attendees. 

According to College Factual, the overall quality of the Associate degree college, and not just a particular major, is the most important factor in its ranking system. Other factors considered include:

  •  Major Focus – How many resources a college devotes to the Finance program students as compared to other majors.
  • Educational Resources – The amount of money and other resources allocated to students while they are pursuing their degree. These resources include such things as number of students per instructor and education expenditures per student.
  • Accreditation – Whether a school is regionally accredited and/or accredited by a recognized program related body.

Division of Business Chair Germaine Albuquerque said there are a number of career options for Finance majors. Some of the available positions include:

  • Investment Banking
  • Financial Management
  • Government positions including with the Federal Securities and Exchange Commission

 “The College Factual ranking clearly shows that ECC has all you need to succeed,” said Dr. Boakye. 

Learn more about Essex County College’s Finance program, as well as all other degree and certificate programs at or call 973-877-4477. Fall II classes begin on October 6, 2022.