Mesalands Community College

911 S Tenth Street, Tucumcari, NM 88401-3352

School Details

Mesalands Community College is a two-year public school located in Tucumcari, New Mexico. MCC was established in 1979 as Tucumcari Area Vocational School.

Mesalands Community College offers Associate of Arts and Associate of Applied Science degrees, as well as Certificates in many areas. Academic programs at Mesalands are designed to prepare students for transfer to a four-year institution, or to prepare them to gain employment immediately upon completion. Distance education classes are offered to provide convenience for students who may work or have children. Classes are offered during the daytime, evening, and weekend.

Mesalands is home to a Dinosaur Museum, which houses a host of replicated and original fossils, from tiny footprint casts to the 40-foot-long skeleton Torvosaurus, a rare carnivore relative of Tyrannosaurus Rex, which hails from the Jurassic period.The Museum’s focus is on the Mesozoic period, which is also known as "The Age of Dinosaurs.” Features of the museum include:

  • 10,000 square feet of exhibit space
  • Spacious, well-equipped paleontology/geology laboratory
  • Large storage area for Museum collections not on exhibit
  • Classroom
  • Offices
  • Retail store

Mesalands Community College has 1,026 students (all undergraduates) and 57 faculty members, giving the university a 19:1 student-to-faculty ratio. Of all faculty members, 15 teach full-time and 42 teach part-time. About 34 percent of undergraduate students study full-time and 66 percent study part-time.

The student body contains 47 percent female students and 53 percent male students. About 45 percent of all students are white with the remaining students being Hispanic (35%), black (10%), and American Indian (10%). About 51 percent of students are ages 24 and under with 49 percent of students being ages 25 and above. About 95 percent of students are from New Mexico and five percent are from out-of-state.

The retention rate for first-time, full-time students is 64 percent and the retention rate for first-time, part-time students is 63 percent. The overall graduation rate is 32 percent and the overall transfer-out rate is 64 percent. The overall graduation rate by gender is 39 percent for males and 18 percent for females.

Students have access to services such as: remedial tutoring, academic counseling, and career counseling. Special learning opportunities include distance education.

Tuition costs $1,560 per year for in-state students and $2,544 per year for out-of-state students. Books and other supplies are estimated to cost $1,336 per year. Tuition payment plans are offered. Tuition and fees are due by the first day of class. The college accepts all traditional forms of payment including cash, checks, MasterCard and VISA.

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 94 percent of those attending Mesalands Community College receive financial aid.

Mesalands Community College has an open admissions policy and accepts applications year-round. A formal application process is required for students interested in credit or degree programs, but this is waived for students who register for non-credit courses. Students should first complete an online admission and submit official transcripts or a GED certificate.  Once accepted into Mesalands Community College, students must complete placement exam and meet with an advisor. After this, students may register for classes, apply for financial aid, and pay the tuition and fees.

Mesalands Community College is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission, a Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.




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    Public, 2-year
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  • Highest Level Of Offering:
    Associate's degree
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