Mountain Empire Community College

3441 Mountain Empire Road, Big Stone Gap
VA, 24219
Tel: (276)523-2400
3,070 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 3,070 students (38% of students are full-time).
Minority enrollment is 3% of the student body (majority Black), which is less than the state average of 40%.
Mountain Empire Community College is the only community colleges within Wise County, VA.
The nearest community college is Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College (15.2 miles away).

School Overview

The teacher population of - teachers has declined by 100% over five years.
Mountain Empire Community College 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

Student Body

The student population of 3,070 teachers has grown by 49% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 36:1 has increased from 22:1 over five years.
The school's diversity score of 0.06 is less than the state average of 0.45. The school's diversity has grown by 49% over five years.
Total Enrollment
3,070 students
1,287 students
Mountain Empire Community College Total Enrollment (2006-2012)
# Full-Time Students
1,174 students
832 students
Mountain Empire Community College Full-Time Students (2006-2012)
# Part-Time Students 1,896 students
1,021 students
Mountain Empire Community College Part-Time Students (2006-2012)
Mountain Empire Community College sch enrollment Mountain Empire Community College sta enrollment
% American Indian/Alaskan
- 1%
% Asian
- 2%
% Hawaiian
- 1%
% Hispanic
-
7%
Mountain Empire Community College Hispanic (2010-2011)
% Black
2%
12%
Mountain Empire Community College Black (2006-2012)
% White
97%
66%
Mountain Empire Community College White (2006-2012)
% Two or more races"
- 2%
Mountain Empire Community College sch ethnicity Mountain Empire Community College sta ethnicity
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 0.45
Mountain Empire Community College Diversity Score (2006-2012)

Finances and Admission

The in-state tuition of $3,060 is less than the state average of $5,917. The in-state tuition has grown by 33% over four years.
The out-state tuition of $7,670 is less than the state average of $10,050. The out-state tuition has grown by 15% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees $3,060 $5,917
Mountain Empire Community College In-State Tuition Fees (2009-2012)
Out-State Tuition Fees $7,670 $10,050
Mountain Empire Community College Out-State Tuition Fees (2009-2012)
Source: 2012 (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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