• 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 1,888 students (80% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 9:1 is lower than the state community college average of 10:1.
Minority enrollment is 49% of the student body (majority Black), which is more than the state average of 46%.

Quick Stats (2022-23)

  • Enrollment: 1,888 students
  • In-state tuition: $2,620
  • Out-state tuition: $5,320
  • Student:teacher ratio: 9:1
  • Minority enrollment: 49%
  • Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)

School Overview

The teacher population of 207 teachers has grown by 155% over five years.
Southwest Mississippi 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
207 staff
371 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 9:1 has decreased from 24:1 over five years.
The Southwest Mississippi Community College diversity score of 0.55 is less than the state average of 0.57. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment
1,888 students
3,243 students
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Student : Teacher Ratio
9:1
10:1
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# Full-Time Students
1,508 students
2,299 students
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# Part-Time Students
380 students
1,093 students
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# Enrollment Undergraduate
200 students
295 students
# Full-Time Undergraduate Students
1,508 students
2,299 students
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# Part-Time Undergraduate Students
380 students
1,139 students
Total Dormitory Capacity
538 students
814 students
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% American Indian/Alaskan
n/a
1%
% Asian
1%
1%
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% Hispanic
2%
2%
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% Black
44%
37%
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% White
51%
54%
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% Two or more races
1%
2%
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% Non Resident races
1%
n/a
% Unknown races
1%
3%
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Diversity Score
0.55
0.57
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College Completion Rate (Students who graduate in less than 4 years)
4.03%
5.4%
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Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)
$31,100
$30,000
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Tuition and Acceptance Rate

The public in-state tuition of $2,620 is more than the state average of $2,428. The in-state tuition has declined by 18% over four years.
The public out-state tuition of $5,320 is more than the state average of $4,459. The out-state tuition has declined by 9% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees
$2,620
$2,428
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Out-State Tuition Fees
$5,320
$4,459
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% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid
97%
94%
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Median Debt for Graduates
n/a
$8,448
Median Debt for Dropouts
n/a
$4,808
Source: 2021 (or latest year available) Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) , School Administrators

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does Southwest Mississippi Community College cost?

Southwest Mississippi Community College's tuition is approximately $2,620 for In-State students and $5,320 for Out-State students.

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Quick Stats (2022-23)

  • Enrollment: 1,888 students
  • In-state tuition: $2,620
  • Out-state tuition: $5,320
  • Student:teacher ratio: 9:1
  • Minority enrollment: 49%
  • Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)

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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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