Southwest Mississippi Community College

  • Southwest Mississippi Community College provides academic, career, and continuing education, meeting the diverse needs of the population at a reasonable cost. SMCC provides community services and promotes economic development through consultative and workforce training.
School Highlights
  • Southwest Mississippi Community College serves 1,973 students (84% of students are full-time).
  • The college's student:teacher ratio of 24:1 is higher than the state community college average of 22:1.
  • Minority enrollment is 38% of the student body (majority Black), which is less than the state average of 42%.
  • Southwest Mississippi Community College is the only community colleges within Pike County, MS.
  • The nearest community college to Southwest Mississippi Community College is Copiah-Lincoln Community College (28.0 miles away).

School Overview

  • The teacher population of 81 teachers has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Southwest Mississippi 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 Faculty81 staff138 staff
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Student Body

  • The student population of Southwest Mississippi Community College has stayed relatively flat over five years.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 24:1 has stayed the same over five years.
  • The Southwest Mississippi Community College diversity score of 0.51 is less than the state average of 0.53. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment1,973 students2,966 students
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Student : Teacher Ratio24:122:1
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# Full-Time Students1,666 students2,344 students
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# Part-Time Students307 students622 students
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Total Dormitory Capacity
416593
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% Asian
2%
1%
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% Hispanic
-
1%
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% Black
33%
36%
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% White
62%
58%
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% Two or more races
1%
1%
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% Unknown races
2%
2%
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Diversity Score0.510.53
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College Completion Rate
27%
27%
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Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$31,100$29,800
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Finances and Admission

  • The public in-state tuition of $2,620 is less than the state average of $3,781. The in-state tuition has grown by 25% over four years.
  • The public out-state tuition of $5,320 is less than the state average of $5,574. The out-state tuition has grown by 11% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees$2,620$3,781
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Out-State Tuition Fees$5,320$5,574
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% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid90%91%
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Median Debt for Graduates--
Median Debt for Dropouts--
Source: 2016 (or latest year available) IPEDS

School Notes

  • Southwest Mississippi Community College is a two-year college that offers the freshman and sophomore level academic transfer courses, and vocational-technical programs. In 1908, the Mississippi legislature enacted legislation allowing counties to establish agricultural high schools. On April 7, 1916, the Pike County School Board voted to establish such a high school. The ideal spot for the new agricultural high school was Godbold's Mineral Wells, located in a picturesque setting just northeast of Summit. Godbold's Mineral Wells, a state and national resort noted for its mineral waters, had outlived its glory years, yet it proved to be the perfect location for an educational facility. On September 3, 1918, Superintendent James Murray Kenna, six faculty members, and approximately forty students began the Pike County Agricultural High School - an institution destined to become Southwest Mississippi Community College. The original campus consisted of classroom buildings, dormitories, and a comprehensive farm, including dairy, beef, and row-crop operations. Still located on its original site, Southwest continues to grow and develop. The campus, located on a sixty-acre plot, includes twenty-eight buildings, a football stadium, and a baseball field. The buildings are situated around a central lake with walks, bridges, and paths connecting the buildings. The remainder of the approximately 855 acres is now a tree farm. Southwest Mississippi 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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