North Shore Community College

1 Ferncroft Rd, Danvers, MA

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North Shore Community College, located in Danvers, Massachusetts, was founded in 1965 to serve the areas from North Boston to Cape Ann, totaling 26 cities and towns. The school is one of the oldest community colleges of the state and among the largest of the 15 currently operating in the state. The school has three campuses located in Danvers, Beverly and Lynn. The school serves approximately 16,000 students a year, with nearly 11,000 being full time credit students. In addition, the school serves 700,000 residents in its service area annually through workforce development and continuing education courses.


North Shore Community College offers over 100 programs of study, allowing students to choose one that best suits their academic or career goals. The completion of a program results in a certificate and associate degree, the completion of which usually taking between one and two years to complete. Career programs provide the training and skills necessary to be able to enter the workforce as a qualified professional in their chosen field of study. Students will take general education courses (If pursuing an associate degree) alongside program specific courses that are usually divided between practical application and classroom courses based on the program of study. The resulting degree or certificate demonstrates competency and allows for the pursuit and procurement of employment at the entry level.

Academic programs allow students the opportunity to complete the first two years of a four year education at low cost, followed by the transfer of earned credits to a college or university to continue one's education and complete their bachelor's degree. Transfer to a public Massachusetts institution is facilitated through agreements allowing for eased admissions if certain requirements are met by the student. Individuals may apply for transfer to out of state or private colleges and universities, though the requirements for transfer will vary from one school to another. It is recommended students form a curriculum with the help of an advisor or counselor that will provide the best chances for admission to their school or schools of choice.

Programs offered include:

Admissions and Financial Aid

North Shore Community College is a public two year open enrollment institution. Individuals interest in enrollment will be admitted if they meet the minimum requirements for admission, and will be accepted once they have submitted an application for admission. Students are required to supply transcripts from previous schools, test scores, and take a placement exam. They are also encouraged to participate in orientation as well as meet with a counselor to determine program enrollment and curriculum.

Financial aid is available in the form of loans, grants, and scholarships. Students in need of financial assistance must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), the information from which will be used to determine need, aid program eligibility, and monetary awards. Students may be randomly chosen by the school to provide extra financial information in order to cross check the FAFSA and verify its accuracy. All aid must be reapplied for prior to the start of each academic year due to possible changes in a student's or their family's financial situation from year to year.

Estimated Costs & Financial Aid

The average "out of pocket" cost of attendance, after any grants and scholarships are considered, is around $7,500. In order to calculate a more accurate and detailed cost of attendance check out their cost calculator here. The figures listed below are for informational purposes only and do not represent current or future tuition, fees, and expenses.

Tuition & Fees Information

  • Annual tuition range:
    • State Residents: $600-$720
    • Out-of-State: $6,200-$7,402
  • Part-time students are charged:
    • In-State: $190-$230 per unit
    • Out-of-State: $420-$510 per unit

Financial Aid Details

The table below breaks down the types of financial aid, the percent of students receiving aid, and average amount of aid per student per year.

 Percent of StudentsAverage Amount
Any Financial Aid75%-
Receiving Grants & Scholarships64%$4,887
Receiving Student Loans21%$4,388

Admissions, Academics, & Student Services

Student Services

To support students and graduates, North Shore Community College may offer student services including:

  • Online classes
  • Classes offered on nights and weekends
  • Remedial courses
  • Counseling assistance
  • Student employment
  • Helping students find work after graduation

Graduation & Transfer Rates

Community colleges often times offer both career training courses and curriculum to help students transfer out to a 4-year college or university, that is why we include how this school compares for both graduation and transfer rates against other community colleges in Essex County and community colleges in Massachusetts in total.

 North Shore Community CollegeEssex CountyMassachusetts
Graduation Rate16.7%17.3%16.5%
Transfer-out Rate23.0%20.6%19.8%

Specialized Programs & Accreditations

  • Associate's Degree in Nursing (ADN) Program (more info)
  • Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN) Program (more info)
    • Accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. ? May 6, 2013 Formerly: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (since 2014)
  • Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) Program (more info)
    • Accredited by the American Occupational Therapy Association, Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (since 1972)
  • Radiology Technician Program
    • Accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (since 1971)

Programs Offered

The program list below is organized by areas of study. The programs that have a link will direct you to the program's profile page where you can learn more about education requirements and career pathways.

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(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (PhD,...)

Agriculture Operations

Business and Marketing Studies

Computer and Information Sciences

Construction Trades



Engineering Technology

Family and Consumer Sciences

Health and Clinical Professions

Legal Professions and Studies

Liberal Arts and Sciences

Natural Resources and Conservation

Personal and Culinary Services

Public Administration and Social Services

Science Technology

Security and Protective Services

Transportation and Materials Moving

Visual and Performing Arts

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