Northern Essex Community College

Haverhill, MA

Brief Description

Northern Essex Community College opened its doors in 1961 to a mere 186 students. Since then, this Haverhill, Massachusetts school has expanded to 106 acres and seven campus buildings. It's located in Merrimack Valley, a collection of small towns along the Merrimack River which divides Massachusetts and New Hampshire. NECC serves students from both states who choose their major from 12 different major areas of study.

This popular community college offers more than 70 associate degrees. Some of its locations, including the Louise Haffner Fournier Education Center, the Dimitry Building, NECC Riverwalk, and the new iHealth building, are located in the nearby city of Lawrence, Massachusetts, where NECC continues to expand, with plans for a new Health and Technology Center in the works for downtown Lawrence. The small city of 80,000 rests at the foot of Prospect Hill and was home to a young Robert Frost.

Perhaps it's no surprise, then, that NECC is known for its prestigious and nationally-recognized literary magazine, Parnassus. In 2011, Parnassus won the Pacemaker Award from the Associated College Press, naming it the best community college literary magazine in the country. Founded in 1965, the magazine has been published annually since 2008 and often features famous guest writers from the New England area, including Gregory Maguire and Stephen King. It's run entirely by NECC students.

But NECC is not only known for its artistic bent. The iHealth building, which opened its doors in 2011, is directly addressing the shortage in qualified healthcare workers and partnering with local healthcare facilities to help train new workers. The school offers 19 different accelerated medical programs, from nursing to phlebotomy, many of which require only one or two nights a week of classes. There are also plans to open a program to train eye technicians - the only certified ophthalmology training available in Massachusetts.

NECC offers a large variety of coursework for a two-year institution, including a redesigned and expanded art program and even a Deaf Studies major. It's now home to over 6,500 students and 480 full-time faculty working across Haverhill and Lawrence. It also boasts several notable alumni, including actor Tom Bergeron, Newsweek columnist Dan Lyons, and Dr. John Santos, founder of the nonprofit environmental education program Nature's Classroom. With its diverse programs, progressive approach to learning, and commitment to growth, Northern Essex Community College remains one of the most prestigious two-year institutions in America.

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At A Glance

Total undergraduate enrollment: 6580

Total institution enrollment: 6580

School type: 2-year public

School classification: Associate's Colleges: These institutions offer associate's degree and certificate programs but, with few exceptions, award no baccalaureate degrees.

Campus Location

Main Address

Northern Essex Community College
100 Elliott Street
Haverhill, MA 1830


(978) 556-3000


Undergraduate Demographics

Male undergraduate population: 37%

Female undergraduate population: 63%

Undergrad visible minorities: No Data

Majors & Degrees

Degrees Offered: Less than one year, One but less than two years, Associate's

Accounting And Finance
Accounting Technician
Administrative And Secretarial Services
Alcohol / Drug Abuse Counseling
Biological Technology / Technician
Biomedical Engineering Related Technology
Business Administration And Management
Business General
Business Management And Administrative
Child Care And Guidance Workers And Management
Computer And Information Sciences General
Computer And Information Sciences Other
Computer Engineering Technology / Technician
Computer Programming
Criminal Justice General
Data Processing Technology / Technician
Dental Assistant
Drafting Other
Electrical Electronic / Communications Engineer
Electromechanical Instrumentation / Maintenance
Engineering Related Technologies / Technician
Executive Assistant / Secretary
Finance General
General Office / Clerical And Typing Services
General Studies
Graphic Design Commercial Art And Illustration
Health And Medical Administrative Services
Health Professions And Related Sciences
Hotel / Motel And Restaurant Management
Information Processing / Data Entry Technician
Liberal Arts And Sciences / Liberal Studies
Logistics And Materials Management
Medical Assistant
Medical Radiologic Technology / Technician
Medical Records Technology / Technician
Nursing Rn Training
Office Supervision And Management
Paralegal / Legal Assistant
Practical Nurse L P N Training
Psychiatric / Mental Health Services Technician
Quality Control Technology / Technician
Radio And Television Broadcasting Technology
Respiratory Therapy Technician
Sign Language Interpreter
Social Work
Travel And Tourism