Meridian Community College

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2022 Undergraduate Tuition
$3,552
6.99% growth from 2021
2022 Average Net Price
$6,884
After Financial Aid
2019 Default Rate
3.55%
on Student Loans
2022 Enrolled Students
2,621
66.6% Full-Time
2022 Graduation Rate
32.5%
207 Graduates

About

Meridian Community College is a higher education institution located in Lauderdale County, MS. In 2022, the most popular Associates Degree concentrations at Meridian Community College were Other Liberal Arts & Sciences, General Studies, & Humanities (221 degrees awarded), Registered Nursing (111 degrees), and Physical Therapy Technician (11 degrees).

In 2022, 744 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Meridian Community College. 62.5% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 37.5% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was white (344 degrees), 1.04 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (331 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Meridian Community College is $3,552, which is $−4,560 less than the national average for Associates Colleges ($8,112).

Costs

In 2022, the median undergraduate tuition at Meridian Community College is $3,552, which is $−4,560 less than the national average for Associates Colleges ($8,112).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $6,884.

In 2022, 61% of undergraduate students attending Meridian Community College received financial aid through grants. Comparatively, 10% of undergraduate students received financial aid through loans.

Tuition Costs

$3,552
2022 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2022, the cost of tuition at Meridian Community College was $3,552. The cost of tuition at Meridian Community College is $−4,560 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Associates Colleges ($8,112).

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Average Net Price

$6,884
2022 Value
0.879%
1 Year Growth

In 2022 Meridian Community College had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $6,884. Between 2021 and 2022, the average net price of Meridian Community College grew by 0.879%.

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Other Student Expenses

$6,120
Room and Board
$2,000
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Meridian Community College was of $6,120 in 2022. The cost of room and board increased by 5.51% between 2021 and 2022.

During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $2,000. The cost of books and supplies did not change during the same period.

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Financial Aid by Income Level

61%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Grants
10%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Loans

61% of undergraduate students at Meridian Community College received financial aid through grants or loans in 2022. This represents a growth of 8.93% with respect to 2021, when 56% of undergraduate students received financial aid.

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Student Loan Default Rate

Cohort default rates only account for borrowers who default in the first three years, and some schools only have a small proportion of borrowers entering repayment. These rates should be interpreted with caution, as they may not be reflective of the entire school population.
3.55%
2019 Default Rate
11
Number of Defaults

In 2019 the default rate for borrower's at Meridian Community College was 3.55%, which represents 11 out of the 310 total borrowers.

A cohort default rate is the percentage of a school's borrowers who enter repayment on certain Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program or William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan) Program loans during a particular federal fiscal year (FY), October 1 to September 30, and default or meet other specified conditions prior to the end of the second following fiscal year.

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Enrollment

Meridian Community College had a total enrollment of 2,621 students in 2022. The full-time enrollment at Meridian Community College is 1,745 students and the part-time enrollment is 876. This means that 66.6% of students enrolled at Meridian Community College are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Meridian Community College, both undergraduate and graduate, is 44.3% Black or African American, 43.7% White, 2.17% Hispanic or Latino, 0.992% American Indian or Alaska Native, 0.954% Asian, 0.916% Two or More Races, and 0.191% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at Meridian Community College in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly Black or African American Female (33%), followed by White Female (25.4%) and White Male (16.4%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

66.6%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Meridian Community College in 2022, both undergraduate and graduate, is 2,621 students. The full-time enrollment at Meridian Community College is 1,745 and the part-time enrollment is 876. This means that 66.6% of students enrolled at Meridian Community College are enrolled full-time compared with 32.2% at similar Associates Colleges.

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Retention Rate over Time

61%
2022 Retention Rate

Retention rate measures the number of first-time students who began their studies the previous fall and returned to school the following fall. The retention rate for full-time undergraduates at Meridian Community College was 61%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Associates Colleges (62%), Meridian Community College had a retention rate lower than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity (2022)
  1. Black or African American
    1,160 enrolled students
  2. White
    1,146 enrolled students
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    57 enrolled students

The enrolled student population at Meridian Community College is 44.3% Black or African American, 43.7% White, 2.17% Hispanic or Latino, 0.992% American Indian or Alaska Native, 0.954% Asian, 0.916% Two or More Races, and 0.191% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders. This includes both full-time and part-time students as well as graduate and undergraduates. By comparison, enrollment for all Associates Colleges is 42.9% White, 27.9% Hispanic or Latino, and 12.5% Black or African American.

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Graduates

In 2022, 186 more women than men received degrees from Meridian Community College. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients at Meridian Community College is white (344 degrees awarded). There were 1.04 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (331 degrees).

The most common Associates Degree concentration at Meridian Community College is Other Liberal Arts & Sciences, General Studies, & Humanities (221 degrees awarded), followed by Registered Nursing (111 degrees) and Physical Therapy Technician (11 degrees).

In 2022,  the most specialized majors across all degree types at Meridian Community College, meaning they have significantly more degrees awarded in that concentration than the national average across all institutions, are Transportation (45 degrees awarded), Precision Production (48 degrees), and Construction (17 degrees).

Common Jobs by Major

The most common jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Meridian Community College are Elementary & middle school teachers (95,217 people), Other managers (77,265 people), Construction managers (46,154 people), Software developers (38,242 people), and Aircraft pilots & flight engineers (35,279 people).

The most specialized majors at Meridian Community College in 2022 are Transportation (45 degrees awarded), Precision Production (48 degrees), Construction (17 degrees), Liberal Arts & Humanities (221 degrees), and Human Sciences (18 degrees) (as of 2022).

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Highest Paying Jobs by Major

Highest Paying Job

The highest paying jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Meridian Community College are Surgeons, Cardiovascular technologists and technicians, Physicians, Skincare specialists, and Broadcast announcers and radio disc jockeys

The most specialized majors at Meridian Community College are Transportation (45 degrees awarded), Precision Production (48 degrees), Construction (17 degrees), Liberal Arts & Humanities (221 degrees), and Human Sciences (18 degrees) (as of 2022).

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Common Industries by Major

Most Common Industry

The most common industries for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Meridian Community College are Elementary & secondary schools (193,473 people), Construction (115,924 people), Computer Systems Design (67,059 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (60,410 people), and General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (51,258 people).

The most specialized majors at Meridian Community College are Transportation (45 degrees awarded), Precision Production (48 degrees), Construction (17 degrees), Liberal Arts & Humanities (221 degrees), and Human Sciences (18 degrees) (as of 2022).

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Majors Awarded

IPEDS uses the Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) standard, so the categories may not match the exact concentrations offered by Meridian Community College.
Most Common (2022)
  1. 221 degrees awarded
  2. 111 degrees awarded
  3. 11 degrees awarded

In 2022, the most common associates degree concentration at Meridian Community College was Other Liberal Arts & Sciences, General Studies, & Humanities with 221 degrees awarded.

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Sex Breakdown for Common Majors

279
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2022
465
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2022

In 2022, 279 degrees were awarded to men at Meridian Community College, which is 0.6 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (465).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2022, 82 degrees were awarded to men at Meridian Community College in Other Liberal Arts & Sciences, General Studies, & Humanities, which is 0.59 times less than the 139 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2022, 139 degrees were awarded to men at Meridian Community College in Other Liberal Arts & Sciences, General Studies, & Humanities, which is 1.7 times more than the 82 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

25%
100% Completion Time
33%
150% Completion Time

In 2022, 25% of students graduating from Meridian Community College completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 33% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 39% within 200%.

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Graduation rate is defined as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within a specific percentage of "normal time" to completion for their program.

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Graduation Rate by Race and Sex

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.
Asian Male
Highest Graduation Rate (100%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate in 2022 at Meridian Community College is Male and Asian (100% graduation rate). Across all Associates Colleges, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (73.2%).

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity (2022)
  1. White
    344 degrees awarded
  2. Black or African American
    331 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    12 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Meridian Community College is white (344 degrees awarded). There were 1.04 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (331 degrees).

4.03% of degree recipients (30 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Sex

Most Common Sex Demographic (2022)
  1. White Female
    214 degrees awarded
  2. Black or African American Female
    204 degrees awarded
  3. White Male
    130 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and sex grouping at Meridian Community College is white female (214 degrees awarded). There were 1.05 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american female (204 degrees).

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Operations

Meridian Community College has an endowment valued at nearly $16.1M, as of the end of the 2022 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of 8.46k (0.0526%) compared to the 0.843% average return (43.9k on 5.21M) across all Associates Colleges.

In 2022, Meridian Community College had a total salary expenditure of 43M. Meridian Community College employs 118 Instructors. Most academics at Meridian Community College are Female Instructor (83), and Male Instructor (35).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Meridian Community College are: Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media, with 47 employees, Service, with 36 employees, and Office and Administrative Support with 26 employees.

Endowment

$16.1M
2022 Endowment
14.5%
decline from 2021

Meridian Community College has an endowment valued at about $16.1M, as of the end of the 2022 fiscal year. The endowment of Meridian Community College declined 14.5% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $10.9M higher than than the median endowment of Associates Colleges according to the Carnegie Classification grouping.

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The small bar chart below shows the endowment quintiles for all universities in the Associates Colleges: Mixed Transfer/Career & Technical-High Traditional Carnegie Classification grouping.

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Government Grants and Contracts

Grants & Contracts
  1. $9.7M - Federal
  2. $2.47M - State
  3. $24.5k - Local

As of 2022, Meridian Community College received $9.7M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $2.47M from state grants and contracts, and $24.5k from local grants and contracts.

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Salary Expenditure

$16.5M
2022 Salaries
3.33%
growth from 2021

In 2022, Meridian Community College paid a median of $16.5M in salaries, which represents 38.5% of their overall expenditure ($43M) and a 3.33% growth from the previous year.

The median for similar Associates Colleges is 16.8M (40.1% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$6.36M
Instructional Salaries
118
Number of Employees

In 2022, Meridian Community College paid a total of $6.36M to 118 employees working as instructors, which represents 38.4% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $5.35M (31.8%) for similar Associates Colleges.

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Occupations by Share

Instructor
Most Common Instructor
118 Employees
Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
47 Employees

In 2022, the most common positions for instructional staff at Meridian Community College was Instructor with 118 employees.

In 2022, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Meridian Community College were Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media with 47 employees, Service with 36 employees, and Office and Administrative Support with 26 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Sex

Most Common Demographic (2022)
  1. Female Instructor
  2. Male Instructor

In 2022, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Meridian Community College was Female Instructor with 83 employees, and Male Instructor with 35 employees.

This chart shows the sex split between each academic rank present at Meridian Community College.

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