• 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 3,003 students (62% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 8:1 is lower than the state community college average of 10:1.
Minority enrollment is 47% of the student body (majority Black), which is more than the state average of 46%.

Quick Stats (2023)

  • Enrollment: 3,003 students
  • In-state tuition: $2,430
  • Out-state tuition: $3,830
  • Student:teacher ratio: 8:1
  • Minority enrollment: 47%
  • Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)

Top Rankings

Meridian Community College ranks among the top 20% of public schools in Mississippi for:

School Overview

The teacher population of 377 teachers has grown by 146% over five years.
Meridian Community College
(MS) 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
377 staff
371 staff
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Student Body

The student population of Meridian Community College has declined by 15% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 8:1 has decreased from 9:1 over five years.
The Meridian Community College diversity score of 0.56 is less than the state average of 0.57. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment
3,003 students
3,243 students
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Student : Teacher Ratio
8:1
10:1
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# Full-Time Students
1,864 students
2,299 students
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# Part-Time Students
1,139 students
1,093 students
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This chart display the Full-time students and Part-time students enrollment breakdown of Meridian Community College.
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# Enrollment Undergraduate
307 students
295 students
# Full-Time Undergraduate Students
1,864 students
2,299 students
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# Part-Time Undergraduate Students
1,139 students
1,139 students
Total Dormitory Capacity
368 students
814 students
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% American Indian/Alaskan
3%
1%
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% Asian
1%
1%
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% Hispanic
1%
2%
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% Black
40%
37%
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% White
53%
54%
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% Two or more races
1%
2%
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% Unknown races
1%
3%
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This chart display the percentage breakdown of students of all ethnic groups in MS.
Diversity Score
0.56
0.57
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College Completion Rate (Students who graduate in less than 4 years)
3.93%
5.4%
This chart display completion rates for First-Time of Full-time students of Meridian Community College and community college average completion rates for First-Time of Full-time students of MS by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)
$29,800
$30,000
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.

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

The public in-state tuition of $2,430 is more than the state average of $2,428. The in-state tuition has declined by 20% over four years.
The public out-state tuition of $3,830 is less than the state average of $4,459. The out-state tuition has declined by 5% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees
$2,430
$2,428
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Out-State Tuition Fees
$3,830
$4,459
This chart display tuition fees for an out-of-state student of Meridian Community College and the public community college average tuition fees for an out-of-state student of MS by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid
91%
94%
This chart display the percent of students who is receiving some financial aid in Meridian Community College and the percent of community college students who is receiving some financial aid in MS by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.
Median Debt for Graduates
$5,500
$8,448
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 2020-21 school year data.
Median Debt for Dropouts
$3,164
$4,808
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 2020-21 school year data.
Source: 2021 (or latest year available) Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (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.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does Meridian Community College cost?

Meridian Community College's tuition is approximately $2,430 for In-State students and $3,830 for Out-State students.

What is Meridian Community College's ranking?

Meridian Community College ranks among the top 20% of community college in Mississippi for: Least expensive tuition, Diversity in US community colleges and Least debt for graduating students.

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Quick Stats (2023)

  • Enrollment: 3,003 students
  • In-state tuition: $2,430
  • Out-state tuition: $3,830
  • Student:teacher ratio: 8:1
  • Minority enrollment: 47%
  • Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)

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Did You Know?

For Mississippi public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $2,428 per year for in-state students and $4,459 for out-of-state students. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

Mississippi community colleges have a diversity score of 0.57, which is higher than the national average of 0.00. The most diverse community college in Mississippi is Hinds Community College. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.

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