Mountain Empire Community College

3441 Mountain Empire Road
Big Stone Gap, VA 24219
Tel: (276)523-2400
2,868 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 2,868 students (46% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 38:1 is higher than the community college average of 22:1.
Minority enrollment is 5% of the student body (majority Black), which is more 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 76 teachers has declined by 17% over five years.
Mountain Empire 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 76 staff
59 staff
Mountain Empire Community College Total Faculty (2006-2013)

Student Body

The student population of 2,868 teachers has grown by 39% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 38:1 has increased from 34:1 over five years.
The school's diversity score of 0.06 is less than the state average of 0.53. The school's diversity has grown by 49% over five years.
Total Enrollment
2,868 students
1,282 students
Mountain Empire Community College Total Enrollment (2006-2013)
Student : Teacher Ratio 38:1
Mountain Empire Community College student staff (2006-2013)
# Full-Time Students
1,314 students
810 students
Mountain Empire Community College Full-Time Students (2006-2013)
# Part-Time Students 1,554 students
1,017 students
Mountain Empire Community College Part-Time Students (2006-2013)
Mountain Empire Community College Enrollment Breakdown Community College Average Enrollment Breakdown
% Hispanic
Mountain Empire Community College Hispanic (2010-2013)
% Black
Mountain Empire Community College Black (2006-2013)
% White
Mountain Empire Community College White (2006-2013)
% Two or more races
Mountain Empire Community College More (2011-2013)
Mountain Empire 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. 0.06 0.53
Mountain Empire Community College Diversity Score (2006-2013)

Finances and Admission

The in-state tuition of $3,192 is less than the state average of $5,742. The in-state tuition has grown by 20% over four years.
The out-state tuition of $7,862 is less than the state average of $10,294. The out-state tuition has grown by 7% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees $3,192 $5,742
Out-State Tuition Fees $7,862 $10,294
Mountain Empire Community College Out-State Tuition Fees (2009-2012)
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid 97%
Mountain Empire Community College % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2006-2013)
Source: 2013 (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 $3,698 per year for in-state students and $9,315 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $15,228 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

The average community college acceptance rate in Virginia is 84%. 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 0.59, which is higher than the national average of 0.53. The most diverse community college in Virginia is Northern Virginia Community College. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.