Meridian Community College

Tel: (601)483-8241
  • 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 is East Central Community College (22.60 miles away).

School Overview

  • The teacher population of 153 teachers has declined by 52% 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
Meridian Community College Total Faculty (2007-2016)

Student Body

  • The student population of 3,390 has declined by 17% over five years.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 22:1 has increased from 15:1 over five years.
  • The school's 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
Meridian Community College Total Enrollment (2007-2016)
Student : Teacher Ratio22:122:1
Meridian Community College Student Staff Ratio (2007-2016)
# Full-Time Students2,492 students2,344 students
Meridian Community College Full-Time Students (2007-2016)
# Part-Time Students898 students622 students
Meridian Community College Part-Time Students (2007-2016)
Meridian Community College Enrollment Breakdown MS All Enrollment Breakdown
Total Dormitory Capacity
Meridian Community College Dormitory Capacity (2014-2016)
% American Indian/Alaskan
Meridian Community College American Indian/Alaskan (2014-2016)
% Asian
Meridian Community College Asian (2007-2016)
% Hispanic
Meridian Community College Hispanic (2007-2016)
% Black
Meridian Community College Black (2007-2016)
% White
Meridian Community College White (2007-2016)
% Unknown races
Meridian Community College Ethnicity Breakdown MS All Ethnic Groups Ethnicity Breakdown
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.0.570.53
Meridian Community College Diversity Score (2007-2016)
College Completion Rate
Meridian Community College Completion Rates for First-Time, Full-Time Students (2007-2015)
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$29,800$30,000
Meridian Community College Average and Median Earnings, Disaggregated by Student Subgroups (2008-2013)

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
Meridian Community College In-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
Out-State Tuition Fees$3,830$5,574
Meridian Community College Out-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid95%91%
Meridian Community College % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2007-2016)
Median Debt for Graduates$6,000$7,500
Meridian Community College Median debt for students who have completed (2007-2015)
Median Debt for Dropouts$3,000$4,500
Meridian Community College Median debt for students who have not completed (2007-2015)
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 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 Meridian Community College. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.