Meridian Community College

Tel: (6.0)148-3824
3,538 students
Public institution
The mission of Meridian Community College is to improve the quality of life in our community through excellence in teaching, diverse learning opportunities and services, and visionary leadership.
School Highlights:
Meridian Community College serves 3,538 students (70.60% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 19:1 is lower than the community college average of 24:1.
Minority enrollment is 55% of the student body (majority Black), which is more than the state average of 47%.
Meridian Community College is the only community colleges within Lauderdale County, MS.
The nearest community college is East Central Community College (22.60 miles away).

School Overview

The teacher population of 191 teachers has declined by 36% over five years.
College Meridian Community College Community College Avg.
Carnegie Classification Associate of Arts Colleges Associate of Arts Colleges
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 191 staff
61 staff
Meridian Community College Total Faculty (2006-2013)

Student Body

The student population of 3,538 teachers has grown by 34% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 19:1 has increased from 9:1 over five years.
The school's diversity score of 0.51 is less than the state average of 0.53. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment 3,538 students 1,296 students
Meridian Community College Total Enrollment (2006-2013)
Student : Teacher Ratio 19:1
Meridian Community College Student Staff (2006-2013)
# Full-Time Students 2,498 students
810 students
Meridian Community College Full-Time Students (2006-2013)
# Part-Time Students 1,040 students
1,036 students
Meridian Community College Part-Time Students (2006-2013)
Meridian Community College Enrollment Breakdown  Community College Average Enrollment Breakdown
% American Indian/Alaskan
Meridian Community College American Indian/Alaskan (2006-2013)
% Asian
Meridian Community College Asian (2006-2013)
% Hispanic
Meridian Community College Hispanic (2006-2013)
% Black
Meridian Community College Black (2006-2013)
% White
Meridian Community College White (2006-2013)
% Unknown races
Meridian Community College Unknown (2006-2013)
Meridian Community College Ethnicity Breakdown  Community College Average Ethnicity Breakdown
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. 0.51 0.53
Meridian Community College Diversity Score (2006-2013)

Finances and Admission

The in-state tuition of $2,410 is less than the state average of $5,650. The in-state tuition has grown by 8% over four years.
The out-state tuition of $3,690 is less than the state average of $10,201. The out-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees $2,410 $5,694
Meridian Community College In-State Tuition Fees (2006-2013)
Out-State Tuition Fees $3,690 $10,252
Meridian Community College Out-State Tuition Fees (2006-2013)
Total Dormitory Capacity 403 252
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid 93%
Meridian Community College % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2006-2013)
Source: 2005 (latest year available) IPEDS

School Notes:

  • Founded in 1937 as the "13th and 14th grades" at Meridian High School, Meridian Community College is the only one of Mississippi's 15 public community colleges to originate through the initiative of the local school system. MCC began as the vision of Dr. H.M. Ivy (1884-1977), superintendent of the Meridian Separate School District in the 1930s. The College, then known as Meridian Junior College, operated at Meridian High School until 1965 when the College moved to its present location. Meridian Community College is a public institution of higher learning dedicated to improving the quality of life in Lauderdale County, Mississippi, and surrounding areas. Through campus-based and distance education programming, MCC serves a diverse student population and accomplishes its mission. The college offers courses leading to the Associate in Arts Degree and/or transfer to senior colleges and universities; Associate of Applied Science Degree and occupational certificate programs, and customized workforce training; continuing education courses designed for personal and/or professional enrichment and adult basic and developmental education programs designed to equip students for expanded opportunities. Faculty and students participating in distance learning courses interact through phone, e-mail, discussion boards, chat rooms, and face to face meetings. These courses meet the same educational requirements as the traditional classroom, just in a more flexible format. Meridian Community College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award the Associate in Arts and the Associate of Applied Science Degrees. MCC holds membership in the American Association of Community and Junior Colleges, the Mississippi Community and Junior College Association, the Mississippi Association of Colleges and the Southern Association of Community and Junior Colleges. Additionally, MCC is officially recognized by various occupational accrediting agencies, such as the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission.

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Did You Know?
For Mississippi public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $2,949 per year for in-state students and $4,819 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $18,237 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 0.55, which is higher than the national average of 0.52. The most diverse community college in Mississippi is . Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.