East Central Community College

15738 Highway 15
Decatur, MS 39327-0129
Tel: (601)635-2111
  • 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 2,544 students (77% 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 35% of the student body (majority Black), which is less than the state average of 42%.
  • East Central Community College is the only community colleges within Newton County, MS.
  • The nearest community college is Meridian Community College (22.60 miles away).

School Overview

  • The teacher population of 107 teachers has declined by 33% over five years.
East Central Community College(MS) Community College Avg.
Carnegie ClassificationBaccalaureate / Associates CollegesBaccalaureate / Associates Colleges
Institution LevelLess than 2 yrsAt least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution ControlPublicPublic
Total Faculty107 staff138 staff
East Central Community College Total Faculty (2007-2016)

Student Body

  • The student population of 2,544 has stayed relatively flat over five years.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 24:1 has stayed the same 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 8% over five years.
Total Enrollment2,544 students2,966 students
East Central Community College Total Enrollment (2007-2016)
Student : Teacher Ratio24:122:1
East Central Community College Student Staff Ratio (2007-2016)
# Full-Time Students1,971 students2,344 students
East Central Community College Full-Time Students (2007-2016)
# Part-Time Students573 students622 students
East Central Community College Part-Time Students (2007-2016)
East Central Community College Enrollment Breakdown MS All Enrollment Breakdown
Total Dormitory Capacity
East Central Community College Dormitory Capacity (2014-2015)
% American Indian/Alaskan
East Central Community College American Indian/Alaskan (2014-2016)
% Asian
East Central Community College Asian (2011-2012)
% Hispanic
East Central Community College Hispanic (2007-2013)
% Black
East Central Community College Black (2007-2016)
% White
East Central Community College White (2007-2016)
% Unknown races
East Central Community College Ethnicity Breakdown MS All Ethnic Groups Ethnicity Breakdown
Diversity Score0.500.53
East Central Community College Diversity Score (2007-2016)
College Completion Rate
East Central Community College Completion Rates for First-Time, Full-Time Students (2007-2015)
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$31,800$30,000
East Central Community College Average and Median Earnings, Disaggregated by Student Subgroups (2008-2013)

Finances and Admission

  • The public in-state tuition of $2,170 is less than the state average of $3,781. The in-state tuition has grown by 9% over four years.
  • The public out-state tuition of $4,270 is less than the state average of $5,574. The out-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees$2,170$3,781
East Central Community College In-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
Out-State Tuition Fees$4,270$5,574
East Central Community College Out-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid94%93%
East Central Community College % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2007-2015)
Median Debt for Graduates$6,599$7,500
East Central Community College Median debt for students who have completed (2007-2015)
Median Debt for Dropouts$4,944$4,500
East Central Community College Median debt for students who have not completed (2007-2015)
Source: 2016 (or 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 $3,781 per year for in-state students and $5,574 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $15,980 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

Mississippi community colleges have a diversity score of 0.53, which is lower than the national average of 0.65. The most diverse community college in Mississippi is Meridian Community College. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.