East Central Community College

15738 Highway 15
Decatur, MS 39327-0129
Tel: (601)635-2111
2,544 students
Public institution
East Central Community College seeks to fulfill the educational needs of its students from the five-county district which it serves. In a continuing effort to meet these needs, the College, through its board of trustees, administration, faculty, and staff conceives its purpose to be to provide instruction and service. To achieve its instructional goals, the College provides programs of instruction which incorporate knowledge and skills applicable to life in a complex world society. In addition to offering its students opportunities for their mental, physical, and emotional development, the College, as a service provider, also offers the constituencies of the district counties opportunities for assistance for growth and advancement. To successfully fulfill its purpose, East Central Community College provides, at minimum cost, a variety of programs which include senior college or university parallel, technical, health-related, vocational, adult, and remedial education.
School Highlights
East Central Community College serves 2,544 students (77% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 24:1 is higher than the state community college average of 22:1.
Minority enrollment is 35% of the student body (majority Black), which is less than the state average of 42%.
East Central Community College is the only community colleges within Newton County, MS.
The nearest community college is Meridian Community College (22.60 miles away).

School Overview

The teacher population of 107 teachers has declined by 42% over five years.
College East Central Community College (MS) Community College Avg.
Institution Level At least 2 but less than 4 years At least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution Control Public institution Public
Total Faculty 107 staff
138 staff

Student Body

The student population of 2,544 has declined by 8% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 24:1 has increased from 17:1 over five years.
The school's diversity score of 0.50 is less than the state average of 0.53. The school's diversity has declined by 12% over five years.
Total Enrollment 2,544 students 3,029 students
Student : Teacher Ratio 24:1
# Full-Time Students 1,971 students
2,344 students
# Part-Time Students 573 students
622 students
Total Dormitory Capacity 592 593
% American Indian/Alaskan
% Black
% White
% Unknown races
Diversity ScoreThe chance that two students selected at random would be members of a different ethnic group. Scored from 0 to 1, a diversity score closer to 1 indicates a more diverse student body. 0.50 0.53

Finances and Admission

The public in-state tuition of $2,070 is less than the state average of $2,240. The in-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
The public out-state tuition of $4,070 is less than the state average of $4,450. The out-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees $2,070 $2,240
Out-State Tuition Fees $4,070 $4,450
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid 94%
Source: 2014 (latest year available) IPEDS

School Notes

  • In 1928 the Legislature of the State of Mississippi adopted the first basic laws for the organization and operation of Mississippi public junior colleges. East Central Community College opened its doors to a freshman class of twenty students for the first regular session in September of 1928. East Central Community College is part of the Mississippi Virtual Community College (MSVCC) and is committed to providing quality, on-line instruction as an alternative delivery system to those who need educational opportunities but cannot schedule time to come on campus. In addition to the classes listed on the ECCC schedule, there are other opportunities available through East Central and the MSVCC for on-line courses from other Mississippi Community Colleges. East Central Community College, located in Decatur, Mississippi, is a community college that thrives on academic excellence. During the Fall semester of 2004, the college set a new record enrollment of 2,739 students. Serving its five-county district consisting of Leake, Neshoba, Newton, Scott, and Winston counties, East Central offers a variety of programs at a minimum cost. East Central Community College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award the Associate Degree.

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Did You Know?
For Mississippi public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $2,240 per year for in-state students and $4,450 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $16,148 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

Mississippi community colleges have a diversity scoreThe chance that two students selected at random would be members of a different ethnic group. Scored from 0 to 1, a diversity score closer to 1 indicates a more diverse student body. of 0.53, which is lower than the national average of 0.67. The most diverse community college in Mississippi is Virginia College-Jackson. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.