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 Essex County College 

Name: Essex County College
President: Gale E. Gibson
City: Newark
State: NJ
Type: Public
Campus Setting: Urban
Year Established: 1966

Governing Board Website 


Student Characteristics Based on Fall 2011 IPEDS Data

2011 Fall Credit Enrollment
Total Enrollment: 12,532
Part Time: 4,741
Full Time: 7,791

Male: 40.9%
Female: 58.8%
Unknown: 0.3%  

African American: 49.9%
Alaskan/Native American: 0.3%
Asian: 3.9%
Hispanic: 24.4%
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 0.2%
White: 11.2%
Other: 5.6%
No data: 4.6%


 Image: Essex County College Interim President

Gale E. Gibson

 Image: Essex County College Board Chair

Calvin W. Souder
Trustee Chair

Quote from the President

"Here at Essex County College (ECC), we have been proudly serving the educational and career goals of county residents since 1968, and that’s something we take very seriously. We offer over 70 Associate degree and certificate programs that enable our students to transfer to a four year school or to immediately enter the workforce. We operate two campuses, our main site in Newark, and our West Essex campus in West Caldwell, along with our Essex County College Police Academy. At Essex County College, we are dedicated to changing lives and building futures every day."

Interesting Facts

  • Essex County College (ECC) has had six of its graduates since 2006 receive the prestigious Jack Kent Cooke Transfer Scholarship, including three from the Class of 2012. All three from the Class of 2012 transferred to Ivy League colleges upon graduation.
  • ECC had 11 former and current members from its nationally-regarded women’s and men’s track teams compete in both the 2012 and 2008 Summer Olympics, the most of any community college in the country. Two of the student-athletes, Demetrius Pinder and Melaine Walker, won Gold medals in the 2012 and 2008 games respectively.
  • ECC is one of three two-year colleges in NJ with an accredited Physical Therapist Assistant Associate degree program and with an accredited Vision Care Associate degree program. Top jobs for graduates include owning/working in a retail optical dispensary, sales and marketing of ophthalmic materials.
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