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Northern Essex Community College is a public institution located in Haverhill, Massachusetts. Haverhill is a good match for students who enjoy the safety and convenience of the suburbs.

Where Is Northern Essex Community College?


Contact details for NECC are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 100 Elliott Street, Haverhill, MA 01830-2399
Phone: 978-556-3000

How Do I Get Into NECC?

You can apply to NECC online at:

Northern Essex Community College has an open admissions policy. This means that the school accepts all applicants assuming that they meet very basic requirements, such as having a high school diploma or equivalent.

Can I Afford Northern Essex Community College?

14% Take Out Loans
2.9% Loan Default Rate

Student Loan Debt

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At NECC, approximately 14% of students took out student loans averaging $3,600 a year. That adds up to $14,400 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at NECC is 2.9%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

Northern Essex Community College Undergraduate Student Diversity

1,337 Full-Time Undergraduates
55% Women
53% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 4,770 undergraduate students at NECC, with 1,337 being full-time and 3,433 being part-time.


Gender Diversity

Of the 1,337 full-time undergraduates at NECC, 45% are male and 55% are female.


Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Northern Essex Community College students is as follows.

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 33
Black or African American 57
Hispanic or Latino 583
White 591
International Students 24
Other Races/Ethnicities 49

Over 13 countries are represented at NECC. The most popular countries sending students to the school are Vietnam, Kenya, and Turkey.

Online Learning at Northern Essex Community College

3,598 Took All Classes Online
4,537 Took At Least One Class Online
133.4% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2020-2021, 4,537 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at NECC has changed over the last few years.


Online Growth Rankings of NECC

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Northern Essex Community College was 133.4%. This is the #220 largest growth rate of all schools that are mostly online. This refers to all students at NECC regardless of major.

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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