Mountain Empire Community College

3441 Mountain Empire Road
Big Stone Gap, VA 24219
Tel: (276)523-2400
2,718 students
Public institution
Mountain Empire Community College is a two-year college serving residents of Lee, Scott, Wise, and Dickenson counties, as well as the City of Norton. The College, one of twenty-three in the Virginia Community College System, operates under policies established by the State Board for Community Colleges and the Local Advisory Board. The College is financed primarily with state funds supplemented by contributions from the participating localities.
School Highlights
Mountain Empire Community College serves 2,718 students (44% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 39:1 is higher than the state community college average of 34:1.
Minority enrollment is 3% of the student body (majority Black), which is less than the state average of 42%.
Mountain Empire Community College is the only community colleges within Wise County, VA.
The nearest community college is Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College (15.20 miles away).

School Overview

The teacher population of 70 teachers has declined by 22% over five years.
College Mountain Empire Community College (VA) 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 Private for-profit
Total Faculty 70 staff 38 staff

Student Body

The student population of 2,718 has declined by 19% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 39:1 has decreased from 41:1 over five years.
The school's diversity score of 0.06 is less than the state average of 0.61. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment 2,718 students 839 students
Student:Teacher Ratio 39:1 34:1
# Full-Time Students 1,185 students 582 students
# Part-Time Students 1,533 students 847 students
% Hispanic
1%
8%
% Black
2%
21%
% White
97%
58%
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. 0.06 0.61

Finances and Admission

The in-state tuition of $3,060 is less than the state average of $9,648. The in-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
The out-state tuition of $7,670 is less than the state average of $10,167. The out-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees $3,060 $9,648
Out-State Tuition Fees $7,670 $10,167
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid 94% 87%
Source: 2014 (latest year available) IPEDS

School Notes

  • In 1966, the Virginia Assembly enacted historic legislation establishing a statewide system of comprehensive community colleges. This legislation brought most post high school education below the bachelor's level into one system, and broadened the base of higher education in the state to such an extent that Virginia, for the first time in the twentieth century, took a major step toward democratizing higher education. As comprehensive institutions, the community colleges endeavor to serve all segments of society. In August 1971, Dr. George B. Vaughan was named president of Mountain Empire community College and groundbreaking ceremonies were held in October of that same year. The first classes were offered in the fall of 1972. The college provides a comprehensive program of student development services. The college offers occupational-technical education, transfer education, developmental studies, general education, continuing and distance education, workforce development, and community services. Mountain Empire Community College is located on 95 wooded acres. The college buildings includes Holton Hall, Godwin Hall, industrial technology building, Dalton-Cantrell Hall and Robb Hall. Mountain Empire 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 Virginia public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $3,684 per year for in-state students and $9,118 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $15,291 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

The average community college acceptance rate in Virginia is 82%. Read more about national community college acceptance rates.

Virginia 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 0.61, which is higher than the national average of 0.50. The most diverse community college in Virginia is Sanford-Brown College-Tysons Corner. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.