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 Essex County College 

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

Governing Board Website 


Student Characteristics Based on 2015
Fall Credit Enrollment

Total Enrollment: 10,954
Full-time: 51%
Part-time: 49%

Male: 41%
Female: 59%

African American: 49%
Alaskan/Native American: 0%
Asian: 3%
Hispanic: 26%
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 0%
White: 8%
Two or more races: 1%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 5%
Non-resident alien: 8%


 Image: Dr. Anthony E. Munroe

Dr. Anthony E. Munroe

 Image: Essex County College Board Chair

Bibi Taylor
Trustee Chair

Quote from the President

 “Essex County College has been serving the educational needs of Essex County residents for nearly 50 years. A number of our students are the first in their family to seek a college education. For others, they are following in the footsteps of parents or siblings by attending Essex. We offer more than 70 Associate degree and certificate programs, enabling our graduates to either transfer to a four-year school or immediately enter the workforce. Essex operates campuses in Newark and West Caldwell, New Jersey, and the Essex County College Public Safety Academy in Cedar Grove. Through our vast and varied programs Essex County College Exceeds Expectations.”  

Interesting Facts

  • Since 2006, Essex County College has had 15 of its graduates receive the prestigious Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Transfer Scholarship. That is the most among all 19 New Jersey community colleges. The award provides $120,000 in scholarship money. Essex graduates have used the award to transfer to such four-year universities as Stanford, Johns Hopkins, Cornell, the University of Pennsylvania, Brown and Rutgers University.
  • Essex is the only New Jersey community college designated as both a Predominantly Black Institution and a Hispanic Serving Institution. 
  • The College’s Business Division is accredited by the international Accreditation Council for Business Schools & Programs, one of only two community colleges in the state so recognized. 
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