Essex County College
303 University Ave.
Newark, NJ 07102
(973) 877-3100
Accrediting Agency:
Middle States Commission on Higher Education

Established in 1966, Essex County College started as a public community college in Essex County. ECC operates as an open access community college that offers students dynamic and comprehensive educational programs. Today, the school offers more than 70 degrees, including the Associate of Science, Associate of Arts, and Associate of Applied Science. Students from more than 50 countries enroll in the school each year both in person and through the online classroom. ECC also sends more transfer students to Rutgers Newark, the New Jersey Institute of Technology, and Bloomfield College than any other two-year school in New Jersey.

Programs Offered

Essex offers students associate degrees and certificates in a variety of fields. Students can choose to study everything from environmental science to massage therapy. Several of the degree programs at ECC can be taken in a hybrid format. Hybrid courses will allow students to combine face-to-face interaction with online learning. Students will spend the majority of their time in the online classroom and have to attend campus only occasionally. The hybrid courses allow students flexibility and convenience in their education. In the online classroom, students can expect discussions, group work, games, self-tests, and tutorials. In addition, students will be able to receive course material, submit assignments, and take tests.


The Middle States Commission on Higher Education accredited Essex County College in 1974.


First-time applicants of Essex County College can submit their application for admission along with the application fee. In addition to the application, students will need to submit an official high school transcript (or proof of GED) and their immunization records. Upon acceptance into Essex, students will need to complete placement testing if it is required and their FAFSA to apply for financial aid. Students are also expected to complete an advisement and registration session.

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