Essex County College: Narrative Description

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303 University Ave.
Newark, NJ 07102-1798
Tel: (973)877-3000
Admissions: (973)877-3119
Fax: (973)623-6449
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County-supported, 2-year, coed. Part of New Jersey Commission on Higher Education. Awards certificates, transfer associate, and terminal associate degrees. Founded 1966. Setting: 22-acre urban campus with easy access to New York City. Total enrollment: 11,268. Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 28:1. 4,446 applied, 100% were admitted. Full-time: 6,037 students, 62% women, 38% men. Part-time: 5,231 students, 66% women, 34% men. Students come from 10 states and territories, 69 other countries, 0.2% Native American, 17% Hispanic, 51% black, 3% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 8% international, 50% 25 or older, 2% transferred in. Retention: 57% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships. Off campus study at New Jersey Institute of Technology; Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey; University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. ROTC: Army (c).

Entrance Requirements:

Open admission except for allied health programs. Option: deferred admission. Required: high school transcript. Placement: ACCUPLACER required. Entrance: noncompetitive. Application deadline: 8/15. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $25. Area resident tuition: $2318 full-time, $77.25 per credit hour part-time. State resident tuition: $4635 full-time, $154.50 per credit hour part-time. Mandatory fees: $650 full-time, $26 per credit hour part-time.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper. Social organizations: 20 open to all. Most popular organizations: Fashion Entertainment Board, Phi Theta Kappa, Latin Student Union, DECA, Black Student Association. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols. College housing not available. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library with 91,000 books, 29,607 microform titles, 639 serials, 3,618 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. 700 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from off-campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

See New Jersey Institute of Technology.

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