Admissions Qualifications


Essex County College (ECC) admits any person who is at least 18 years of age and has earned a high school diploma or General Education Development (GED) certificate or who is a graduate of an approved home schooled program. High school diploma, GED or equivalent is not required for admission to ECC but is required to receive federal financial aid and admission to Nursing and Health Sciences programs. This open admission policy does not guarantee acceptance to all degree or certificate programs in Nursing and Health Sciences; these programs have additional admissions requirements. You can obtain an application by calling the main campus at 973-877-3100, or the West Essex branch campus at 973-877-6594. Alternately, you can secure an application online at or by coming into several offices at the college, including the Welcome Center, the Office of Recruitment and Retention, and Enrollment Services Express to obtain a paper application. International applicants should consult the International Students section in this catalog. Students are admitted to ECC without regard to race, ethnicity, religion, disability, sexual orientation, national origin, or gender.  ECC is ready to assist you with admissions, financial aid, or any questions you may have. Let us know how we can help!