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  1. Professors
    C+
  2. Value
    C+
  3. Diversity
    A-
  4. Safety
    A-
  5. Student Life
    A-
  6. Location
    B+
Northern Essex is a public college located in Haverhill, Massachusetts in the Boston Area. It is a small institution with an enrollment of 1,698 undergraduate students. The Northern Essex acceptance rate is 100%. Popular majors include Liberal Arts and Humanities, Business, and Medical Technician. Graduating 22% of students, Northern Essex alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $28,500.
100 Elliott Street
Haverhill, MA 01830
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Admissions

Acceptance Rate
100%
SAT Range
ACT Range
Application Fee
$0
SAT/ACT
Neither required nor recommended
High School GPA

Cost

Net Price
$7,941/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$5,673/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
79%

Academics

Professors
C+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
20:1
Evening Degree Programs
Yes
79%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.28 responses
59%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.29 responses
62%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.29 responses
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Majors

Online

Online Programs Offered
4
Offers Online Courses
Yes
Online Certificate Programs
1
Online Associates Programs
3
Online Bachelor's Programs
0
How Students Learn
  • Mix of Online and on Campus
    28%
  • On Campus
    58%
  • Online
    14%

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
1,698Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
3,535
Undergrads Over 25
18%
Pell Grant
52%
Varsity Athletes
4%
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After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$32,400/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
22%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
88%
National
83%

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Overall, I was very pleased with my time at Northern Essex. The faculty and staff are all incredibly helpful and kind and truly want their students to succeed. The professors are always willing to help. I've built wonderful, lifelong friendships here and even though it's just a Community College, there are always fun activities that are run by Student Government. Volleyball and basketball games are also fun to attend!
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Online learning is manageable, but virtual learning due The Pandemic has it's drawbacks. As a student in the Radiologic Technology program at Northern Essex Community College, most of the didactic learning experience has been virtual, something I am not used to. As for the clinical experience, it has been stressful. I am a brick-and-mortar student; I personally prefer to sit in the classroom physically socializing my my peers. Virtual learning feels robotic. I am a student who prefers to make personal connections where sometimes a pat on the back or a high-five are needed for me to succeed even momentarily. Clinical has been especially difficult due to the restrictions put in place that each employee has to comply with. Being cognizant of staying 6 feet apart, covering a cough even wearing a mask, and wiping down chairs took about two months to get used to especially with the limited time while at clinical. But meeting new patients daily making sure they feel safe has been rewarding.
Northern Essex Community College saved me. I was fired from my job as a pharmacy technician and was overwhelmed I didn't know what to do. All I knew was that I needed to go back to school and finish my degree. I went to small liberal arts college in Manchester, NH studying biological science and humanities. I felt that I did not belong and tuition was expensive. I had trouble grappling with the cost-benefit of earning a degree from an expensive school. I failed out of the college to which I turned to a trade school to become a pharmacy technician. Pharmacy taught me real-life situations especially on how to communicate with those who incompliant. Pharmacy taught me empathy and the need to take initiative. From my firing I entered Northern Essex with an appreciation of a second chance. I'm currently studying to be a Radiologic technologist, but The Pandemic has influenced my handling of depression and anxiety. Despite obstacles, I still plan to finish education here at Northern Essex.