Mountain Empire Community College

  • Mountain Empire Community College is a two-year college serving residents of Lee, Scott, Wise, and Dickenson counties, as well as the City of Norton. The College, one of twenty-three in the Virginia Community College System, operates under policies established by the State Board for Community Colleges and the Local Advisory Board. The College is financed primarily with state funds supplemented by contributions from the participating localities.
School Highlights
  • Mountain Empire Community College serves 2,718 students (44% of students are full-time).
  • The college's student:teacher ratio of 39:1 is higher than the state community college average of 36:1.
  • Minority enrollment is 3% of the student body (majority Black), which is less than the state average of 43%.
  • Mountain Empire Community College is the only community colleges within Wise County, VA.
  • The nearest community college to Mountain Empire Community College is Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College (15.2 miles away).

Top Placements

Mountain Empire Community College places among the top 20% of community colleges in Virginia for:

School Overview

  • The teacher population of 70 teachers has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Mountain Empire Community College(VA) Community College Avg.
Carnegie ClassificationBaccalaureate / Associates CollegesBaccalaureate / Associates Colleges
Institution LevelLess than 2 yrsAt least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution ControlPublicPublic
Total Faculty70 staff45 staff
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Student Body

  • The student population of Mountain Empire Community College has stayed relatively flat over five years.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 39:1 has stayed the same over five years.
  • The Mountain Empire Community College diversity score of 0.06 is less than the state average of 0.62. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment2,718 students1,577 students
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Student : Teacher Ratio39:136:1
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# Full-Time Students1,185 students717 students
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# Part-Time Students1,533 students860 students
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% Hispanic
1%
8%
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% Black
2%
22%
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% White
97%
57%
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Diversity Score0.060.62
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College Completion Rate
35%
30%
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Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$27,300$29,400
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Finances and Admission

  • The public in-state tuition of $3,336 is less than the state average of $4,550. The in-state tuition has grown by 14% over four years.
  • The public out-state tuition of $8,006 is less than the state average of $9,760. The out-state tuition has grown by 6% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees$3,336$4,550
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Out-State Tuition Fees$8,006$9,760
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% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid94%78%
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Median Debt for Graduates--
Median Debt for Dropouts--
Source: 2016 (or latest year available) IPEDS

School Notes

  • In 1966, the Virginia Assembly enacted historic legislation establishing a statewide system of comprehensive community colleges. This legislation brought most post high school education below the bachelor's level into one system, and broadened the base of higher education in the state to such an extent that Virginia, for the first time in the twentieth century, took a major step toward democratizing higher education. As comprehensive institutions, the community colleges endeavor to serve all segments of society. In August 1971, Dr. George B. Vaughan was named president of Mountain Empire community College and groundbreaking ceremonies were held in October of that same year. The first classes were offered in the fall of 1972. The college provides a comprehensive program of student development services. The college offers occupational-technical education, transfer education, developmental studies, general education, continuing and distance education, workforce development, and community services. Mountain Empire Community College is located on 95 wooded acres. The college buildings includes Holton Hall, Godwin Hall, industrial technology building, Dalton-Cantrell Hall and Robb Hall. Mountain Empire 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 Virginia public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $4,550 per year for in-state students and $9,760 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $14,297 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

The average community college acceptance rate in Virginia is 80%. Read more about national community college acceptance rates.

Virginia community colleges have a diversity score of 0.62, which is lower than the national average of 0.65. The most diverse community college in Virginia is Northern Virginia Community College. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.