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  • 06/01/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 1 of 18

    Categories Comments
    Greek Life

    None

    Great for these types of students

    Any type of student really

    What to do for fun

    There's a gym you can work out in. An activity lounge with billiards and other stuff..

    Dorm Life

    No dorms here

    Tips for prospective students

    Always be on top of things, don't procrastinate

    In three sentences

    There's a great atmosphere. Teacher love to help students if needed. Everyone in this school is really helpful.

  • 01/27/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 2 of 18

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Students who love being near or close to the out doors. Students who learn more with a teacher who's humble, kind, and understanding. Students who can obtain more info when the teacher is there to answer their questions. Students who don't want to be in a big campus but not a small one either. Students who just want to go to college for a year or two. Students who want to start off slow and at an easy pace before going into a four-year college or university.

    Bang for the buck

    Well, I pay with financial aid so I don't pay for anything. Books can cost you if you don't have financial aid. But from what I heard from my classmates who don't have financial aid; is that this college is less expensive than the other colleges around Lawrence, Methuen, and Andover.

    Am enjoying being here

    the surroundings make it a peaceful place to be in and the wildlife is so close to you as well. Its clean and the campus is not so big but not too small. Its just right for me.

    Am learning a lot

    because of the small classes. You get one-on-one interaction with the teachers. You learn more by the way the class is set up. Its organized and well prepared.

  • 09/16/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 3 of 18

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    This school is great if your looking to figure out what you want to do in life. Also this school is super cheap so you won't be wasting your money. The classes are relatively small so there's plenty of one on one with the professors and they are always willing to help. Also the campus in lawrence is expanding and adding many more heath professions. Overall this is a great school to start at and then move forward to a 4 year school.

  • 12/27/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 4 of 18

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    undecided, money strained, single mothers, working students etc.

    Tips for prospective students

    In order to pass make sure all your work is done because teachers here are not lenient.

  • 01/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 5 of 18

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    I go to the wall net center to do activities, like playing pool.

    Tips for prospective students

    I love it.

    In three sentences

    A very helpful college. It also have very good teachers that make it easy for me. It is very convenient.

  • 01/24/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 6 of 18

    Categories Comments
    Academic Rigor

    difficulty really depends on the class and the teacher.

    Tips for prospective students

    try out and online class in addition to regular classes. once you get the hang of it, the flexibility can really work in your favor.

    In three sentences

    overall a good experience. i take classes at night and online and have done well. really depends on the teacher, some have been far more challenging than others.

  • 04/05/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 7 of 18

    Categories Comments
    Bang for the buck

    This low cost college is perfect for individuals trying to find themselves and understand what they want to do with the rest of there lives'. There agreements with local universities makes this an excellent transfer school, something that can give you a great deal of knowledge before transitioning into that big impersonal four year school.

    What to do for fun

    Depending on you view of fun, you can hike a nearby trail near a river, work out at the fitness center, use the open ground for group games, or use the handball, soccer, basketball, or track fields. Fun is up to the user.

    Food and Dining

    There are several little snack areas and shops located within the facility. A Starbucks and a Corporate Chef cafeteria.

    Dorm Life

    No Dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    I am in an engineering program. These are notorious for there drop out statistics because of the math requirements. The teachers want you to succeed and are willing to go the extra mile to help you make that happen.

    Tips for prospective students

    Turn your light one and let it shine. This sounds out-dated and cheesy, but it's the best way to make the best of college. Follow your heart and intuition, they are almost always right.

    In three sentences

    Northern Essex is a great place to get to know your self. The college is cheap and friendly, with extremely dedicated staff. The people at the school are here to help you succeed, this is something rare in the university/boot camp setting.

  • 04/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 8 of 18

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    We have security boxes throughout the campus for safety and peace of mind. There's personnel on campus during school sessions at all times. It's very safe to come to a night class and not feel scared in any way.

    Clubs and Activities

    There's over 20 clubs to choose from and if there isn't you can start your own club it's that easy.

    Great for these types of students

    It's great for students of all types. You will find something for everyone and if there isn't you can request it to be made possible.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Northern Essex has three branches and is currently expanding. There's a campus in Haverhill which is the main campus. Lawrence also has a campus in the heart of the city that is being expanded and expected to be ready for next year. In Lawrence as well there's a small extension of the Lawrence campus at Riverwalk. Slowly but surely it's growing and expected to grow in numbers in the coming future.

    Bang for the buck

    You can't beat the low tuition. You will receive a good education at a fraction of what it will cost if you go to a four-year college. I am glad to have decided to come here.

    What to do for fun

    For fun there are many clubs, organizations and activities in general throughout the year. There's always something going on that you can participate in. Sports events, socials, and many more things. On the campus in Haverhill there's a track, fitness center, basketball court, hand ball court, among other things.

    Food and Dining

    The cafeteria has a good size variety of foods. It's also a great place to just unwind when you're between classes. They offer cold-cuts, hot foods, soups, coffee and much more. Within the campus there are three sites where you can purchase food.

    Dorm Life

    No dorms here.

    Academic Rigor

    Academically you are tested of the knowledge being taught which is good. Classes are small and the professors are always there to help you all the way. There are also tutoring centers for that extra help when you need it.

    Tips for prospective students

    I'd definitely recommend prospective students to apply because not only is tuition very affordable , but the professors are very interactive with students. Education here is key to all here. You will certainly graduate with the knowledge and experience you'll need to succeed in the workforce.

    In three sentences

    I love everything about this school. Teachers are very supportive and genuinely want you to succeed. The staff in general are very helpful and go above and beyond to make sure your taken care of.

  • 04/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 9 of 18

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Campus Safety is second to none! The N.E.C.C. security police are constantly patrolling the campus day and night and they are they are always willing to give a helping hand, when necessary.

    Clubs and Activities

    Northern Essex Community College's list of clubs and activities is unusually long. There are clubs for writers, foreign language buffs, a dance club which includes Hip Hop and Modern dance and clubs for the budding or elite artist. Just to name a few! There are many sports-related clubs as well, that are very popular at Northern Essex Community College, including an all-equipped fitness center that offers free membership for all its students.

    Great for these types of students

    An education at Northern Essex Community College offers great opportunities for students whose are bi-lingual or who need some extra tutoring in English. There are many English as a Second Language classes that are offered for these specific students. The Math Lab at N.E. C. C. is phenomenal and if there is ever a need to brush up on your math skills, this is the place to go! The college provides an array of services for all kinds of students!

    Bang for the buck

    Northern Essex is an excellent way to obtain a well-rounded education without breaking the bank. It is also great way to get a taste of a particular major and then transfer to a 4-year school.

    What to do for fun

    Northern Essex Community College has a calendar of events that occur throughout the school year. They include Drama Club presentations, musicals, guest lecturers and a number of other enjoyable activities. There are also many opportunities to engage in volunteer work in and around the college, which gives the student a great sense of helping others.

    Food and Dining

    Northern Essex has a cafeteria on the second floor in the Student Center. It has a variety of foods including fruits, pizza, sandwiches, and vending machines. In the Spurk Building, there is a cafe called Jitters Cafe. You can order coffee, tea, juice, soda, water, bagels, pastries and energy bars. There is a comfortable lounge area with computers for students to study or check into the Student Online Center.

    Dorm Life

    Most students commute to and from the college on a daily basis. There is limited housing for the students, but there are willing families in the surrounding area that house students.

    Academic Rigor

    There are standard rules and regulations that all students must follow. Academically, teachers lay out the ground rules on the first day of class. It is then up to the student to follow these rules. If there is a valid reason or excuse for late assignments or absenteeism, teachers are accepting of these kinds of situations, as long as they do no become habitual. Northern Essex presents a standard of excellence that tops most community colleges in the country.

    Tips for prospective students

    Showing up for all of your classes on a regular basis is critical for success. Make sure you complete all reading assignments and take neat and organized notes in each class. Ask lots of questions!

    In three sentences

    Northern Essex Community College encompasses a diversified body of students. The professors at N.E.C.C. are encouraging, challenge the students and really care. I have attended Northern Essex Community College on a part-time basis for several years and am excited to be a graduating participant for the college's 50th Year Celebration! Congratulations Class of 2012!!

  • 08/12/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 10 of 18

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Campus Safety is always there when you call them. They will help you with your car, missing items, and just general questions.

    Clubs and Activities

    The clubs that I have been apart of and student activities have been great. I have been able to volunteer at the local homeless shelter, be in numerous theatre productions, go to two different theatre competitions against colleges all over New England, and qualify to compete in the Fringe Festival in Scotland.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who struggled through high school and are not sure if they are going to fit in the college life. Also, students who need a starting place to then transfer to a university

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There are many different locations on campus where something interesting is going on such as tie-dying shirts, cotton candy day...all different unique activities.

    Bang for the buck

    This college is very affordable with remarkable professors who truly care about their students.

    What to do for fun

    There are many things to do for fun at Northern Essex. You can join a club such as drama club, music club, christian club, juggling club, early childhood educators club..etc, join a sport such as dance, basketball, baseball...etc. There is a gym to work out in, a library, a theatre, recording studios, and there is always something going on in the student activities office.

    Food and Dining

    The dining hall is well rounded and affordable which is great for all of the commuting students.

    Dorm Life

    There is no dorm life at Northern Essex, but that does not mean that the campus isn't enjoyable to be on. There are many places to go and relax and even activities to do while waiting for a class.

    Academic Rigor

    The courses and academics can be challenging at times, but the professors work with you to help you meet your academic goals.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are looking for a college that will get you on your feet and is affordable, then Northern Essex is the college for you. Northern Essex is filled with all different academic opportunities. If you are not sure of your major this school will help you by exposing you to all different courses. There are also so many facilities to take advantage of from dance studios to recording studios, this school has so much to offer.

    In three sentences

    Northern Essex Community College has given me so many opportunities. I wouldn't have known my passion for Early Childhood Education if it wasn't for my dedicated professors. I have been given so much help and support every step through my academic journey.

  • 07/22/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 11 of 18

    Categories Comments
    Food and Dining

    There are plenty of vending machines in each building and they are always plenty stocked, I have not had the opportunity to eat in the cafeteria yet as I am currently taking a summer evening program and it is not open as of yet.

    Dorm Life

    There are no dorms here.

    Academic Rigor

    I am currently just in one class but there is a ton of homework. Just pace yourself and I am sure you can be successful. I am a mom and work a full time job and it's worked for me. You can do it too!

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you attend your classes regularly and make the most of it. College is your chance at having a better financial future.Don't waste it. Pay attention in class and ask questions. This isn't high school you won't be judged. You can only get out of it as much as you put into it,so submerge yourself and you will be rewarded ten fold.

    In three sentences

    Northern Essex Community College is an excellent college. It offers you small classes therefore giving you more one on one time with your teacher.Its a much more personalized class setting.

  • 03/07/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    12 of 18

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Campus security on the Haverhill Campus is phenomenal. They are always there when needed and direct student in the right ways.

    Great for these types of students

    Northern Essex Community College is meant for students who are looking for a push. The professors here are definitely willing to help any student begin their education in their specific field. Although, there still is more responsibility than in high school.

    Bang for the buck

    When choosing Northern Essex Community College, I couldn't help but be swayed by the cost to attend for an entire year. The typical cost of attendance per year is about $4000. That is at almost one tenth of what other colleges cost. Also, most professors try to find the most reasonably priced books so that students are able to afford them.

    What to do for fun

    This college has so many extracurricular activities going on every week. Students are informed about them through their student email every day. There is an open field in the middle of the campus used for recreational sports such as soccer or Frisbee. Also the Sports and Fitness Building always has pool tables and ping pong to keep students entertained between classes.

    Food and Dining

    Northern Essex Community College does not have the typical college food taste. They have fully cooked meals in the One Stop Center, vending machines with a variety of healthy foods and snacks, and a cafe, Jitters, which has breakfast foods, sandwiches, and coffee. A bonus is the reasonably priced items!

    Dorm Life

    There are no dorms for Northern Essex Community College.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes here at Northern Essex Community College are very detail oriented and always seem to be on topic. The classes definitely challenge students minds to work harder to achieve their goals.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure to plan out your schedule ahead of time. Classes fill in quickly and only have 20-30 seats available. Also, get to know your professors. Knowing your professors will help when you want to transfer and need great recommendation letters.

    In three sentences

    Northern Essex Community College is a great place to begin to further your education. The class sizes are reasonable with 20-30 students. This college has the most flexible class schedules in the area.

  • 04/02/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    13 of 18

    Categories Comments
    Clubs and Activities

    there are so many different clubs to choose from and they are always coming up with new ones.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    there are a few hidden cafes around the school that some students dont know about but they make the places to study and get work done.

    Bang for the buck

    it can be expensive between classes and books and what not but it is cheeper than other schools.

    Food and Dining

    The food can be expensive but it is good, but also you are surronded by food places just down the street.

    Dorm Life

    All though you cant dorm at the college they make getting to and from school as easy as can be with shuttles back and forth and public buses.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you look at all the school has to offer. my program (Lab science) offers an extern ship and a transfer to UMass lowell and with good enough grades you can pay NECC prices for courses instead of UMass lowell prices. They offer may great corses so definatley look around.

    In three sentences

    Overall it is an amazing school. the programs are great and the faculty is amazing and willing to help! by far the best school experience i have had so far.

  • 04/27/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    14 of 18

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    You can join sports , clubs and you can even make your own one .

    Food and Dining

    The food here is really good . I love it a lot it has everything from water to even pasta.

    Dorm Life

    It don't have dorms but it can help you find apartments close by .

    Academic Rigor

    It really good, just keep your heads up .

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you did good in high school. Study good for your placement test.

    In three sentences

    It a awesome school to start with . The teachers do help you a lot and understand you . The school is pretty big and it has a lot of tutoring.

  • 06/15/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    15 of 18

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    There are plenty of campus police all throughout the school. Also the Lawrence campus is two streets over from the actual Police Station.

    Greek Life

    The only fraternity/sorority they have is the Phi Theta Kappa for the honor students.

    Clubs and Activities

    They have lots of different clubs and activities that are available. Also they have a good multicultural

    Great for these types of students

    This is great for all types of students, whether your just coming from high school or out of high school and going back to further your education.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    I am not too sure about any unusual traditions that are on campus.

    Bang for the buck

    I firmly believe if you are paying for your own education, a Community college is the best place to start. You get the same type of education for a fraction of the big University price.

    What to do for fun

    The always have lots of activities and groups to join. They hand out calenders with all kinds of events listed that you are eligible to join.

    Food and Dining

    The food is ok, they have two campuses. The Haverhill campus has better food.

    Dorm Life

    There is no dorm at this school. It is a community college.

    Academic Rigor

    The courses are very thorough and ensure that you are learning. The teachers are mostly always available for any extra help if needed.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be ready to work. Most of the teachers have an very different style of teaching. But it is also a great education.

    In three sentences

    I have had a great experience here at Northern Essex. They are very helpful to the older generation that are going back to school. The instructors are great as well.

  • 08/19/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    16 of 18

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    There is security through out all the campuses.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is a club for everything at NECC.

    Great for these types of students

    Northern Essex is great for the independent student, who has to take on many responsibilities, and requires a team of supporters.

    Bang for the buck

    The courses aren't nearly as expensive as other colleges in the area.

    What to do for fun

    Northern Essex has plent of clubs and teams to join.

    Food and Dining

    They have a caffeteria and vending machines through out campuses.

    Dorm Life

    None.

    Academic Rigor

    Course difficulty really depends on the students dedication and involvement in it.

    Tips for prospective students

    Stay ontop of assignment due dates, and don't be afraid to ask for help.

    In three sentences

    Northern Essex has a very understanding, supportive, and encouraging staff. The staff there push their students to strive for more, and supply them with plenty recources to obtain success. It is a close knit community.

  • 12/14/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    17 of 18

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The campus safety is incredible. If at any time you feel nervous walking to your car at night, you can ask an officer to accompany you. There's also blue light emergency phones that if something doesn't feel right outside, you can press the button and security will be there in no time.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many clubs and activities that you may not have time for all the ones you would like to participate in.

    Great for these types of students

    Northern Essex is great for students who want to start their education off right. You won't be in debt $100,000 and you'll get the same education of those that are. There are great transfer opportunities when you are ready to move on. If you are paying for college yourself, this is the place to be.

    Bang for the buck

    This college is so reasonably priced and really works hard on making sure you succeed. You're not just another student; they actually care about you and where you're going in life. Take advantage of the financial aid and scholarships.

    What to do for fun

    There's so many activities and clubs that you can join on campus. It's just a matter of finding which one fits you.

    Food and Dining

    The cafeteria is really good and reasonably priced! It gets a little crowded during peak lunch times though.

    Dorm Life

    There is no on campus dorm life. I'm sure you could find some reasonable apartments close to campus though.

    Academic Rigor

    You definitely need to work hard here. Don't think that just because it's a community college, that you'll be able to slack off. You have to put in the work to get the good grades.

    Tips for prospective students

    This is a great place to go to school. I recommend filling out your financial aid as soon as you can because it is distributed on a first come basis.

    In three sentences

    Northern Essex Community College has been one of the best things that's ever happened to me. They allowed me to start my education off on the right path without drowning me in student loans and debt. They offer a wide variety of classes with a wide variety of times so that it doesn't interfere with my work schedule.

  • 02/24/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    18 of 18

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Many security officers on site at all times.

    Greek Life

    Not so sure?

    Clubs and Activities

    Sports, clubs, jobs

    Great for these types of students

    Commuters, savers

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The landscape is great, especially in the summer time.

    Bang for the buck

    Cheapest prices around!

    What to do for fun

    There are a great number of clubs and organizations as well as sports teams to keep you occupied.

    Food and Dining

    The food is fantastic. Many on-the-go options, perfect for that busy student!

    Dorm Life

    There's no dorm life here, but the community is fantastic.

    Academic Rigor

    Professors set high expectations but work with you so you achieve them!

    Tips for prospective students

    Work hard, it pays off in the end!

    In three sentences

    Northern Essex has been a great experience thus far. Teachers really seem to work with you on material that's intended to help you on your career path. Things that are going to help you get a job!