Making the choice to continue your education is one of the most important decisions you’ll ever make. At ECC, we don’t take your decision lightly, so we do everything we can to be the best choice for you.

ECC is regionally accredited, so your college credits are transferable to other colleges and universities. In fact, ECC sends more transfer students to Rutgers University, Montclair State University, and the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) than any other two-year institution in New Jersey. We regularly send our students to Ivy League schools and other top institutions as well.

Of course, many ECC students aren’t looking to transfer at all – they want to quickly enter the workplace with marketable skills. ECC provides corporate training for 61 area businesses, and our graduates have secured employment at national firms like Goldman Sachs and Prudential.

Whether your goal is to push your education even further, start a career you’ll love, or learn new skills for the job you already have, ECC aims to be the right choice for you.

Life at ECC

ECC is all about making your college life easier and more enjoyable. Between our three convenient campuses, we provide services for students of all kinds.

Students can enjoy the use of our fitness and recreational center, library, career resources center, computer labs, counseling, childcare, and more. Students can also enjoy world-class athletics from a program that sent 22 athletes to the 2012 and 2016 Summer Olympics.


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Who Attends ECC?

Essex County College is proud to have a student body and faculty that is a true symbol of diversity.

We welcome students from 53 different countries across five continents. More than half of our students receive some sort of financial aid, and we’ve been designated as a military friendly college.

ECC is attended by Ivy League graduates and Olympians, and it’s also attended by community members looking to learn some new skills. Whatever your goal, ECC is here to help you reach it.

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Essex County College is an open access community college that serves the diverse needs of students through comprehensive educational programs, training, and continuing education. Essex County College is dedicated to academic excellence and the success of its students.


A Beacon for Education and Knowledge, Essex County College attracts people who seek a better life through education. We transform lives, broaden learning and empower students to achieve their full potential. Our college community and graduates are change agents and leaders who contribute to the health, vitality and advancement of society

Our Values


We affirm teaching and learning as our primary purpose. The College seeks to instill in students general and specialized knowledge, the ability to think critically, and a commitment to civic responsibility. We value academic freedom and support the open exchange of ideas and experiences.


We believe in creating a learning environment that fosters high expectations for achievement. The College is committed to rigorous academic standards, faculty excellence, and responsive support services that enable students to reach their full academic, professional and personal potential. We provide excellent programs that utilize technology, demonstrate innovation, and undergo evaluation to ensure consistent and outstanding performance.


We support programs that enhance the economic and social development of Essex County. We value our role as a vital community resource and are dedicated to forging effective partnerships with our many constituencies.


We honor our history and valued traditions of Essex County College, the City of Newark and the County of Essex. We also welcome transformative power of education to change lives. Building upon our past achievements, we eagerly embrace the future by pursuing innovations in teaching, administration, and student services.


We support programs that enhance the economic and social development of Essex County. We value our role as a vital community resource and are dedicated to forging effective partnerships with our many constituencies.