Southwest Mississippi Community College

1156 College Dr
Summit, MS 39666-0000
Tel: (601)276-2000
  • 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 is Copiah-Lincoln Community College (28.00 miles away).

School Overview

  • The teacher population of 81 teachers has declined by 42% 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
Southwest Mississippi Community College Total Faculty (2007-2016)

Student Body

  • The student population of 1,973 has declined by 7% over five years.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 24:1 has increased from 15:1 over five years.
  • The school's 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
Southwest Mississippi Community College Total Enrollment (2007-2016)
Student : Teacher Ratio24:122:1
Southwest Mississippi Community College Student Staff Ratio (2007-2016)
# Full-Time Students1,666 students2,344 students
Southwest Mississippi Community College Full-Time Students (2007-2016)
# Part-Time Students307 students622 students
Southwest Mississippi Community College Part-Time Students (2007-2016)
Southwest Mississippi Community College Enrollment Breakdown MS All Enrollment Breakdown
Total Dormitory Capacity
Southwest Mississippi Community College Dormitory Capacity (2014-2016)
% Asian
Southwest Mississippi Community College Asian (2008-2016)
% Hispanic
Southwest Mississippi Community College Hispanic (2007-2010)
% Black
Southwest Mississippi Community College Black (2007-2016)
% White
Southwest Mississippi Community College White (2007-2016)
% Two or more races
Southwest Mississippi Community College More (2008-2016)
% Unknown races
Southwest Mississippi 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.0.510.53
Southwest Mississippi Community College Diversity Score (2007-2016)
College Completion Rate
Southwest Mississippi Community College Completion Rates for First-Time, Full-Time Students (2007-2015)
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$31,100$30,000
Southwest Mississippi Community College Average and Median Earnings, Disaggregated by Student Subgroups (2008-2013)

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
Southwest Mississippi Community College In-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
Out-State Tuition Fees$5,320$5,574
Southwest Mississippi Community College Out-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid90%91%
Southwest Mississippi Community College % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2007-2016)
Median Debt for Graduates-$7,500
Median Debt for Dropouts-$4,500
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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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.