Southwest Mississippi Community College

Tel: (601)276-2000
1,973 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 1,973 students (84% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 24:1 is higher than the state community college average of 22:1.
Minority enrollment is 38% of the student body (majority Black), which is less than the state average of 42%.
Southwest Mississippi Community College is the only community colleges within Pike County, MS.
The nearest community college is Copiah-Lincoln Community College (28.00 miles away).

School Overview

The teacher population of 81 teachers has declined by 42% over five years.
College Southwest Mississippi Community College (MS) 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
Total Faculty 81 staff
138 staff

Student Body

The student population of 1,973 has declined by 7% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 24:1 has increased from 16:1 over five years.
The school's diversity score of 0.51 is less than the state average of 0.53. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment 1,973 students 3,029 students
Student : Teacher Ratio 24:1
22:1
# Full-Time Students 1,666 students
2,344 students
# Part-Time Students 307 students
622 students
Total Dormitory Capacity 416 593
% Asian
2%
1%
% Black
33%
36%
% White
62%
58%
% Two or more races
1%
1%
% Unknown races
2%
2%
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 0.53

Finances and Admission

The public in-state tuition of $2,090 is less than the state average of $2,240. The in-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
The public out-state tuition of $4,790 is more than the state average of $4,450. The out-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees $2,090 $2,240
Out-State Tuition Fees $4,790 $4,450
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid 90%
92%
Source: 2014 (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 $2,240 per year for in-state students and $4,450 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $16,148 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 0.53, which is lower than the national average of 0.67. The most diverse community college in Mississippi is Virginia College-Jackson. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.