Southwest Mississippi Community College

Tel: (601)276-2000
2,026 students
Public institution
Southwest Mississippi Community College provides academic, career, and continuing education, meeting the diverse needs of the population at a reasonable cost. SMCC provides community services and promotes economic development through consultative and workforce training.
School Highlights:
Southwest Mississippi Community College serves 2,026 students (87% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 25:1 is higher than the community college average of 22:1.
Minority enrollment is 43% of the student body (majority Black), which is more than the state average of 41%.
Southwest Mississippi Community College is the only community colleges within Pike County, MS.
The nearest community college is Copiah-Lincoln Community College (28 miles away).

School Overview

The teacher population of 80 teachers has declined by 44% over five years.
Southwest Mississippi 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 80 staff
59 staff
Southwest Mississippi Community College Total Faculty (2006-2013)

Student Body

The student population of 2,026 teachers has grown by 6% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 25:1 has increased from 14:1 over five years.
The school's diversity score of 0.50 is less than the state average of 0.53. The school's diversity has declined by 7% over five years.
Total Enrollment
2,026 students
1,282 students
Southwest Mississippi Community College Total Enrollment (2006-2013)
Student : Teacher Ratio 25:1
22:1
Southwest Mississippi Community College student staff (2006-2013)
# Full-Time Students
1,770 students
810 students
Southwest Mississippi Community College Full-Time Students (2006-2013)
# Part-Time Students 256 students
1,017 students
Southwest Mississippi Community College Part-Time Students (2006-2013)
Southwest Mississippi Community College Enrollment Breakdown Community College Average Enrollment Breakdown
% Asian
1%
2%
Southwest Mississippi Community College Asian (2007-2013)
% Black
41%
12%
Southwest Mississippi Community College Black (2006-2013)
% White
57%
57%
Southwest Mississippi Community College White (2006-2013)
% Two or more races
1%
2%
Southwest Mississippi Community College More (2007-2013)
Southwest Mississippi 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. 0.50 0.53
Southwest Mississippi Community College Diversity Score (2006-2013)

Finances and Admission

The in-state tuition of $2,400 is less than the state average of $5,742. The in-state tuition has grown by 14% over four years.
The out-state tuition of $5,100 is less than the state average of $10,294. The out-state tuition has grown by 6% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees $2,400 $5,742
Out-State Tuition Fees $5,100 $10,294
Southwest Mississippi Community College Out-State Tuition Fees (2009-2012)
Total Dormitory Capacity 416 252
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid 92%
89%
Southwest Mississippi Community College % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2006-2013)
Source: 2013 (latest year available) IPEDS

School Notes:

Southwest Mississippi Community College is a two-year college that offers the freshman and sophomore level academic transfer courses, and vocational-technical programs. In 1908, the Mississippi legislature enacted legislation allowing counties to establish agricultural high schools. On April 7, 1916, the Pike County School Board voted to establish such a high school. The ideal spot for the new agricultural high school was Godbold's Mineral Wells, located in a picturesque setting just northeast of Summit. Godbold's Mineral Wells, a state and national resort noted for its mineral waters, had outlived its glory years, yet it proved to be the perfect location for an educational facility. On September 3, 1918, Superintendent James Murray Kenna, six faculty members, and approximately forty students began the Pike County Agricultural High School - an institution destined to become Southwest Mississippi Community College. The original campus consisted of classroom buildings, dormitories, and a comprehensive farm, including dairy, beef, and row-crop operations. Still located on its original site, Southwest continues to grow and develop. The campus, located on a sixty-acre plot, includes twenty-eight buildings, a football stadium, and a baseball field. The buildings are situated around a central lake with walks, bridges, and paths connecting the buildings. The remainder of the approximately 855 acres is now a tree farm. Southwest Mississippi 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 0.50, which is lower 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.