East Central Community College

275 West Broad Street
Decatur, MS 39327
Tel: (601)635-2111
2,599 students
Public institution
East Central Community College seeks to fulfill the educational needs of its students from the five-county district which it serves. In a continuing effort to meet these needs, the College, through its board of trustees, administration, faculty, and staff conceives its purpose to be to provide instruction and service. To achieve its instructional goals, the College provides programs of instruction which incorporate knowledge and skills applicable to life in a complex world society. In addition to offering its students opportunities for their mental, physical, and emotional development, the College, as a service provider, also offers the constituencies of the district counties opportunities for assistance for growth and advancement. To successfully fulfill its purpose, East Central Community College provides, at minimum cost, a variety of programs which include senior college or university parallel, technical, health-related, vocational, adult, and remedial education.
School Highlights:
East Central Community College serves 2,599 students (77% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 28:1 is higher than the community college average of 22:1.
Minority enrollment is 55% of the student body (majority Black), which is more than the state average of 47%.
East Central Community College is the only community colleges within Newton County, MS.
The nearest community college is Meridian Community College (22.6 miles away).

School Overview

The teacher population of 94 teachers has declined by 41% over five years.
East Central 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 94 staff
59 staff
East Central Community College Total Faculty (2006-2013)

Student Body

The student population of 2,599 teachers has grown by 13% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 28:1 has increased from 15:1 over five years.
The school's diversity score of 0.55 is more than the state average of 0.53. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment
2,599 students
1,282 students
East Central Community College Total Enrollment (2006-2013)
Student : Teacher Ratio 28:1
East Central Community College student staff (2006-2013)
# Full-Time Students
1,991 students
810 students
East Central Community College Full-Time Students (2006-2013)
# Part-Time Students 608 students
1,017 students
East Central Community College Part-Time Students (2006-2013)
East Central Community College Enrollment Breakdown Community College Average Enrollment Breakdown
% American Indian/Alaskan
East Central Community College American Indian/Alaskan (2006-2013)
% Hispanic
East Central Community College Hispanic (2006-2013)
% Black
East Central Community College Black (2006-2013)
% White
East Central Community College White (2006-2013)
% Two or more races
East Central Community College More (2008-2013)
% Unknown races
East Central Community College Unknown (2007-2013)
East Central 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. 0.55 0.53
East Central Community College Diversity Score (2006-2013)

Finances and Admission

The in-state tuition of $2,170 is less than the state average of $5,742. The in-state tuition has grown by 9% over four years.
The out-state tuition of $4,270 is less than the state average of $10,260. The out-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees $2,170 $5,742
Out-State Tuition Fees $4,270 $10,260
East Central Community College Out-State Tuition Fees (2009-2012)
Total Dormitory Capacity 891 252
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid 94%
East Central Community College % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2006-2013)
Source: 2013 (latest year available) IPEDS

School Notes:

In 1928 the Legislature of the State of Mississippi adopted the first basic laws for the organization and operation of Mississippi public junior colleges. East Central Community College opened its doors to a freshman class of twenty students for the first regular session in September of 1928. East Central Community College is part of the Mississippi Virtual Community College (MSVCC) and is committed to providing quality, on-line instruction as an alternative delivery system to those who need educational opportunities but cannot schedule time to come on campus. In addition to the classes listed on the ECCC schedule, there are other opportunities available through East Central and the MSVCC for on-line courses from other Mississippi Community Colleges. East Central Community College, located in Decatur, Mississippi, is a community college that thrives on academic excellence. During the Fall semester of 2004, the college set a new record enrollment of 2,739 students. Serving its five-county district consisting of Leake, Neshoba, Newton, Scott, and Winston counties, East Central offers a variety of programs at a minimum cost. East Central 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 Mississippi public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $2,263 per year for in-state students and $4,258 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $17,237 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 0.53. The most diverse community college in Mississippi is Virginia College-Biloxi. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.