54 College Drive
Marion, NC 28752
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  • The mission of McDowell Technical Community College to provide high-quality, comprehensive educational opportunities and services which fulfill the personal development, training and employment needs of the residents, businesses, and industries in McDowell County and surrounding areas. The College acknowledges and values cultural, gender, racial, and ethnic diversity and seeks to contribute to the maximum development of the individual and community through open door admissions and readily accessible and affordable programs. The college is dedicated to providing quality educational programs and services accessible to students on-campus, off-campus, or through distance learning. These educational programs and services are offered, within the limits of a available resources, regardless of disability or previous educational attainments.

School Highlights

McDowell Technical Community College serves 1,048 students (26% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 8:1 is lower than the state community college average of 9:1.
Minority enrollment is 18% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is less than the state average of 40%.

Quick Stats (2023)

  • Enrollment: 1,048 students
  • In-state tuition: $1,776
  • Out-state tuition: $6,384
  • Student:teacher ratio: 8:1
  • Minority enrollment: 18%
  • Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)

Top Rankings

McDowell Technical Community College ranks among the top 20% of public schools in North Carolina for:

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Attribute

School Overview

The teacher population of 126 teachers has grown by 53% over five years.
McDowell Technical Community College
(NC) Community College Avg.
Carnegie Classification
Associates Colleges
Associates Colleges
Institution Level
At least 2 but less than 4 years
At least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution Control
Public
Public
Total Faculty
126 staff
256 staff
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Student Body

The student population of McDowell Technical Community College has stayed relatively flat over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 8:1 has decreased from 9:1 over five years.
The McDowell Technical Community College diversity score of 0.32 is less than the state average of 0.59. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment
1,048 students
2,142 students
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Student : Teacher Ratio
8:1
9:1
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# Full-Time Students
270 students
693 students
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# Part-Time Students
778 students
1,449 students
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# Enrollment Undergraduate
634 students
252 students
# Full-Time Undergraduate Students
270 students
693 students
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# Full-Time Graduate Students
n/a
5 students
# Part-Time Undergraduate Students
778 students
1,497 students
# Part-Time Graduate Students
n/a
1 students
Total Dormitory Capacity
n/a
717 students
% American Indian/Alaskan
1%
1%
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% Asian
2%
3%
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% Hispanic
9%
10%
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% Black
2%
18%
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% White
82%
60%
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% Two or more races
1%
2%
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% Non Resident races
n/a
2%
% Unknown races
1%
4%
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Diversity Score
0.32
0.59
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College Completion Rate (Students who graduate in less than 4 years)
41%
35%
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College Completion Rate (Students who graduate in 4 years or more than 4 years)
n/a
1.63%
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)
$25,900
$27,500
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Tuition and Acceptance Rate

The public in-state tuition of $1,776 is less than the state average of $2,531. The in-state tuition has declined by 6% over four years.
The public out-state tuition of $6,384 is less than the state average of $8,245. The out-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees
$1,776
$2,531
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Out-State Tuition Fees
$6,384
$8,245
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% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid
86%
81%
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Median Debt for Graduates
$4,634
$10,500
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Median Debt for Dropouts
$6,500
$6,000
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Acceptance Rate
n/a
82%
SAT Reading
n/a
488
SAT Math
n/a
498
ACT Composite
n/a
20
ACT English
n/a
13
ACT Math
n/a
16
Source: 2021 (or latest year available) Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)

School Notes

  • In 1964, McDowell Technical Community College was established as the Marion-McDowell Industrial Education Center, located in downtown Marion, N.C. near the corner of State Street and South Garden Street. M-MIEC operated as a satellite unit of Asheville-Buncombe Technical Institute until September, 1967. The school moved to permanent facilities on a 31-acre site at the intersection of Interstate 40 and Highway 226 in Marion in 1970. Today, McDowell Technical Community College offers Associate Degrees, Diplomas, and/or Certificates in more than 30 curriculum programs. The College also offers classes in many areas of Continuing Education. MTCC currently serves more than 6,800 students per year with some type of education and training. The college offers a number of Occupational and Continuing Education Services, including Teleconference Workshops, Computer Training, and a variety of specialized programs designed to enhance an individual's employability, to help him or her learn a new career, to establish a pattern of growth and stability in business and industry, and to help individuals stay abreast of trends in their chosen field. McDowell Technical Community College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award certificates, diplomas, and associate degrees.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does McDowell Technical Community College cost?

McDowell Technical Community College's tuition is approximately $1,776 for In-State students and $6,384 for Out-State students.

What is McDowell Technical Community College's ranking?

McDowell Technical Community College ranks among the top 20% of community college in North Carolina for: Least expensive tuition and Least debt for graduating students.

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Quick Stats (2023)

  • Enrollment: 1,048 students
  • In-state tuition: $1,776
  • Out-state tuition: $6,384
  • Student:teacher ratio: 8:1
  • Minority enrollment: 18%
  • Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)

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Did You Know?

For North Carolina public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $2,531 per year for in-state students and $8,245 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $27,763 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

The average community college acceptance rate in North Carolina is 71%. Read more about national community college acceptance rates.

North Carolina community colleges have a diversity score of 0.59, which is lower than the national average of 0.70. The most diverse community college in North Carolina is Durham Technical Community College. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.

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