Meridian Community College

Tel: (601)483-8241
3,390 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 3,390 students (74% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 22:1 is equalto than the state community college average of 22:1.
Minority enrollment is 46% of the student body (majority Black), which is more than the state average of 42%.
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 153 teachers has declined by 52% over five years.
College Meridian 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 153 staff
138 staff

Student Body

The student population of 3,390 has declined by 17% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 22:1 has increased from 14:1 over five years.
The school's diversity score of 0.57 is more than the state average of 0.53. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment 3,390 students 3,029 students
Student : Teacher Ratio 22:1
22:1
# Full-Time Students 2,492 students
2,344 students
# Part-Time Students 898 students
622 students
Total Dormitory Capacity 400 593
% American Indian/Alaskan
2%
1%
% Asian
1%
1%
% Hispanic
1%
1%
% Black
37%
36%
% White
54%
58%
% Unknown races
5%
2%
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. 0.57 0.53

Finances and Admission

The public in-state tuition of $2,230 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 $3,610 is less than the state average of $4,450. The out-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees $2,230 $2,240
Out-State Tuition Fees $3,610 $4,450
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid 95%
92%
Source: 2014 (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 $2,240 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.