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ESL classes for academic programs

NSCC’s English as a Second Language academic programs offer non-native speakers of English the communication skills needed to earn an associate degree or academic certificate. 

Let's get started. Here is how to apply and enroll in ESL classes for academic programs.

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Complete the online application for the Spring 2024 Semester.

If you require assistance with completing a college application, please contact info@northshore.edu. There is no cost to you to submit an application.

You will receive an Acceptance Letter from North Shore Community College via email within five business days.


Selective Admissions program have specific entrance requirements. Some may have priority application deadlines and may require attendance at Mandatory Information Sessions prior to applications. Apply here for all Selective Admissions programs.



Complete the Accuplacer® ESL Placement Tests online or on-campus

Placement tests help us identify the class level that is right for you. 

There is no cost to you for assessment testing. 

You may NOT need to take the Accuplacer® ESL Placement Test if you:

  • Have a degree from a college or university in the U.S. or another country;
  • Completed a credit course at NSCC or another college or university.
  • Graduated from a US high school with a grade point average of 2.7 or above;
  • Graduated from Lynn Public Schools, Salem Public Schools, Beverly Public Schools, Essex North Shore Agricultural and Technical School, Danvers Public Schools, Gloucester High School, or Peabody Public Schools;
  • Completed the SAT, ACT, PSAT, ACCUPLACER, TEAS, Massachusetts Firefighters' Exam, HiSET,  GED, or Advanced Placement (AP) English Tests.

Please contact onramp@northshore.edu if you qualify for an exemption to the  Accuplacer® ESL Placement Test

North Shore Community College offers affordable tuition.

North Shore Community College is a public nonprofit institute of higher education accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE). We offer affordable tuition, as well as financial aid, grants and loans. Grants do not have to be repaid. Loans are funds that you must pay back.

Students applying for grants or loans should complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid® (FAFSA®). There is no cost to you to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid® (FAFSA®).

 Need help with the Free Application for Federal Student Aid® ?

Please make an appointment with the Educational Opportunity Center who can assist you virtually.


 It's time to register for classes!

North Shore Community College offers three continuous semesters of classes starting in January, May, and September. Classes are offered in-person, online, or a combination of in-person and online learning. 

To register for classes, please contact onramp@northshore.edu for assistance. 

Things to consider for online students 


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ESL classes for non-academic learning 

Students can also improve English language skills for career and personal growth with basic noncredit ESL classes without having to apply to the College. Noncredit classes are not eligible for financial aid. Classes are held in-person and online throughout the year.

Here is how to register for noncredit ESL classes through NSCC’s Division of Corporate and Professional Education.

Questions? We want to help you.

Contact NSCC’s English as a Second Language staff. We will respond to your email or voicemail within one business day. 


Email: onramp@northshore.edu
Telephone: 978-762-4067