Meridian Community College

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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 3,905 students (73% of students are full-time).
Minority enrollment is 41% of the student body (majority Black), which is equal to the state average of 41%.
Meridian Community College is the only community colleges within Lauderdale County, MS.
The nearest community college is East Central Community College (22.6 miles away).

School Overview

The teacher population of - teachers has declined by 100% over five years.
Meridian 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 3,905 teachers has grown by 11% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 13:1 has increased from 12:1 over five years.
The school's diversity score of 0.51 is more than the state average of 0.44. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment
3,905 students
1,303 students
Meridian Community College Total Enrollment (2006-2012)
# Full-Time Students
2,869 students
834 students
Meridian Community College Full-Time Students (2006-2012)
# Part-Time Students 1,036 students
1,040 students
Meridian Community College Part-Time Students (2006-2012)
Meridian Community College sch enrollment Meridian Community College sta enrollment
% American Indian/Alaskan
2%
1%
% Asian
-
2%
Meridian Community College Asian (2006-2011)
% Hawaiian
- 1%
% Hispanic
1%
7%
Meridian Community College Hispanic (2006-2012)
% Black
38%
11%
Meridian Community College Black (2006-2012)
% White
59%
66%
Meridian Community College White (2006-2012)
% Two or more races"
- 2%
Meridian Community College sch ethnicity Meridian 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. 0.51 0.44
Meridian Community College Diversity Score (2006-2012)

Finances and Admission

The in-state tuition of $2,230 is less than the state average of $5,890. The in-state tuition has grown by 25% over four years.
The out-state tuition of $3,610 is less than the state average of $10,047. The out-state tuition has grown by 14% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees $2,230 $5,890
Meridian Community College In-State Tuition Fees (2009-2012)
Out-State Tuition Fees $3,610 $10,047
Meridian Community College Out-State Tuition Fees (2009-2012)
Source: 2012 (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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For Mississippi public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $3,250 per year for in-state students and $5,120 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $17,035 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 0.50, which is higher than the national average of 0.44. The most diverse community college in Mississippi is Virginia College-Biloxi. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.