Meridian Community College

  • 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 3,390 students (74% of students are full-time).
  • The college's student:teacher ratio of 22:1 is same as the state community college average of 22:1.
  • Minority enrollment is 46% of the student body (majority Black), which is more than the state average of 42%.
  • Meridian Community College is the only community colleges within Lauderdale County, MS.
  • The nearest community college to Meridian Community College is East Central Community College (22.6 miles away).

Top Placements

Meridian Community College places among the top 20% of community colleges in Mississippi for:

School Overview

  • The teacher population of 153 teachers has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Meridian Community College(MS) Community College Avg.
Institution LevelAt least 2 but less than 4 yearsAt least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution ControlPublicPublic
Total Faculty153 staff138 staff
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Student Body

  • The student population of Meridian Community College has stayed relatively flat over five years.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 22:1 has stayed the same over five years.
  • The Meridian Community College diversity score of 0.57 is more than the state average of 0.53. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment3,390 students2,966 students
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Student : Teacher Ratio22:122:1
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# Full-Time Students2,492 students2,344 students
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# Part-Time Students898 students622 students
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This chart display the Full-Time students and Part-Time students enrollment breakdown of Meridian Community College.This chart display community college average Full-Time students and Part-Time students enrollment breakdown of MS.
Total Dormitory Capacity
400593
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% American Indian/Alaskan
2%
1%
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% Asian
1%
1%
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% Hispanic
1%
1%
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% Black
37%
36%
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% White
54%
58%
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% Unknown races
5%
2%
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Diversity Score0.570.53
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College Completion Rate
31%
27%
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Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$29,800$29,800
This chart display average graduate earnings (10 Years) of Meridian Community College and community college average graduate earnings (10 Years) of MS by year, disaggregated by student subgroups with the latest 2012-13 school year data.

Finances and Admission

  • The public in-state tuition of $2,430 is less than the state average of $3,781. The in-state tuition has grown by 8% over four years.
  • The public out-state tuition of $3,830 is less than the state average of $5,574. The out-state tuition has grown by 6% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees$2,430$3,781
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Out-State Tuition Fees$3,830$5,574
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% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid95%91%
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Median Debt for Graduates$6,000$7,500
This chart display median debt for students who have completed a certificate or degree in Meridian Community College and average median debt for community college students who have completed a certificate or degree in MS by year, with the latest 2014-15 school year data.
Median Debt for Dropouts$3,000$4,500
This chart display median debt for students who have not completed a certificate or degree in Meridian Community College and average median debt for community college students who have not completed a certificate or degree in MS by year, with the latest 2014-15 school year data.
Source: 2016 (or 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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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.