Meridian Community College is a two-year public school located in Meridian, Mississippi. MCC was founded in 1937 as Meridian Junior College, but changed its name in 1987 to Meridian Community College. 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’s campus is located on 72 acres that are a few minutes away from downtown Meridian. Today, MCC helps to support the medical centers that employ and serve the people of East Mississippi and West Alabama.
Meridian Community College offers certificates of completion and associate’s degrees. Programs of study include: Business, Emergency Services, Health Education, Industrial Technology, Nursing, Workforce Development, and other programs. In addition to degree programs, MCC offers University transfer, adult basic education, community education courses, and online classes.
Meridian Community College has 4,019 students (all undergraduates) and 219 faculty members, giving the university a 18 to 1 student-to-faculty ratio. Of all faculty members, 162 teach full-time and 57 teach part-time. About 73 percent of undergraduate students study full-time and 27 percent study part-time.
The student body contains 69 percent female students and 31 percent male students. About 47 percent of all students are white with the remaining students being black (46%), American Indian (4%), Asian (2%), and Hispanic (1%). About 63 percent of students are ages 24 and younger with 37 percent of students being ages 25 and older. About 90 percent of students are from Mississippi, five percent are from out-of-state, and five percent are from a foreign country. The retention rate for first-time, full-time students is 46 percent and the retention rate for first-time, part-time students is 26 percent. The overall graduation rate is 39 percent and the overall transfer-out rate is nine percent. The overall graduation rate by gender is 33 percent for males and 43 percent for females.
On-campus living is estimated to cost $3,900 per year with $3,376 in additional living expenses. Off-campus living is estimated to cost $4,770 per year with $4,800 in additional living expenses.
Students have access to services such as: remedial tutoring, academic counseling, career counseling, employment services for students, and placement services for completers. Special learning opportunities include distance education and weekend/evening college.
Student life includes clubs and athletics. More than 20 student clubs and organizations are present on the MCC campus for students. MCC’s athletic teams are known as the “Eagles” and only one team, the Golf team, competes in NJCAA Division I program.
Tuition costs $2,230 per year for in-state students and $3,610 per year for out-of-state students. Books and other supplies are estimated to cost $1,400 per year. No alternative tuition plans are offered. Financial aid is offered in the form of state grants, federal grants, scholarships, and loans. To qualify to receive financial aid, you must complete a FAFSA form and be evaluated to be in financial need. Approximately 83 percent of those attending Meridian Community College receive financial aid.
Meridian Community College has an open admissions policy. Students seeking admission to MCC must submit the following: a completed Application for Admission, an official high school transcript (must show the date of graduation and the principal’s signature), and a copy of the student’s scores on the American College Test (ACT) or on the ACCUPLACER test. ACCUPLACER is given free on the MCC campus. Home-schooled students must present an official transcript with a graduation date and a listing of specific courses completed from a recognized home school agency.
Meridian Community College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award the Associate in Arts and the Associate of Applied Science Degrees. MCC holds membership in the American Association of Community Colleges, the Mississippi Community and Junior College Association, the Mississippi Association of Colleges, and the Southern Association of Community and Junior Colleges.
Sector Of Institution:Public, 2-year
Highest Level Of Offering:At least 2, but less than 4 academic years
Adult Age Enrollments:1,487
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