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We Can Help You Go Where You Want to Go!

Whether you are looking to prepare for a new career, start on your path to a bachelor’s degree, or take a few courses to improve your job skills, we can help you get where you want to go. At NECC you’ll receive a quality education, complete with support services, flexible course schedules, and a vibrant student life – at an affordable price.

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Choose From About 60 Programs

With about 60 programs to choose from in areas like health, business, computer information sciences, liberal arts, and more, you are sure to find one that is right for you.

Learn about all of the programs we offer.

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Prepare for a New Career

Are you looking to start a new career, change your career, or get a head in your current career? Whether you are wondering what career path is right for you, or you are ready to pursue your dream job, we can help you prepare for a career you love! Read more about our career services.

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Save Thousands of Dollars on Your Bachelor’s Degree

When you start at Northern Essex and then transfer, you save thousands of dollars on your bachelor’s degree. You receive the same diploma as your peers who started at a four-year college – without all the debt! Read more about the transfer process.

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Take Advantage of Resources to Help You Succeed

With smaller classes, more personalized attention from faculty and advisors, and lots of student support services to help you succeed, NECC can help you achieve your goals.

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Participate in the Full College Experience

College is more than academics, and at NECC you can get involved in campus life in many different ways. With over 20 student clubs, 8 varsity sports, performing arts, study abroad programs, leadership programs, and more, you are sure to find an activity that meets your interests.

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Decide on the Affordable, Convenient Option

We know you are busy, and balancing college with demanding jobs, families, and personal lives can be challenging. At NECC we offer classes days, evenings, Saturdays, and online, all at an affordable price, so they fit into your schedule – and your budget.

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Get Started Today!

It’s easy to get started. All you need to become a student at NECC is a high school diploma or GED/HiSET – there is not application fee and no SAT scores are needed.

Get started on the application process.

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