Mercer County Community College

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2022 Undergraduate Tuition
$3,552
2.78% growth from 2021
2022 Average Net Price
$5,680
After Financial Aid
2019 Default Rate
4.51%
on Student Loans
2022 Enrolled Students
5,821
32.9% Full-Time
2022 Graduation Rate
17.4%
148 Graduates

About

Mercer County Community College is a higher education institution located in Mercer County, NJ. In 2022, the most popular Associates Degree concentrations at Mercer County Community College were Liberal Arts & Sciences (242 degrees awarded), Registered Nursing (103 degrees), and General Business Administration & Management (80 degrees).

In 2022, 917 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Mercer County Community College. 55.9% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 44.1% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was white (413 degrees), 2.5 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (165 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Mercer County 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 Mercer County 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 $5,680.

In 2022, 39% of undergraduate students attending Mercer County Community College received financial aid through grants. Comparatively, 5% of undergraduate students received financial aid through loans.

Tuition Costs

$3,552
2022 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2022, the cost of tuition at Mercer County Community College was $3,552. The cost of tuition at Mercer County 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

$5,680
2022 Value
54.5%
1 Year Growth

In 2022 Mercer County Community College had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $5,680. Between 2021 and 2022, the average net price of Mercer County Community College grew by 54.5%.

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Other Student Expenses

$8,400
Room and Board
$1,464
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Mercer County Community College was of $8,400 in 2022. The cost of room and board did not change between 2021 and 2022.

During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,464. The cost of books and supplies increased by 3.1% during the same period.

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Financial Aid by Income Level

39%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Grants
5%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Loans

39% of undergraduate students at Mercer County Community College received financial aid through grants or loans in 2022. This represents a growth of 2.63% with respect to 2021, when 38% 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.
4.51%
2019 Default Rate
21
Number of Defaults

In 2019 the default rate for borrower's at Mercer County Community College was 4.51%, which represents 21 out of the 466 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

Mercer County Community College had a total enrollment of 5,821 students in 2022. The full-time enrollment at Mercer County Community College is 1,916 students and the part-time enrollment is 3,905. This means that 32.9% of students enrolled at Mercer County Community College are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Mercer County Community College, both undergraduate and graduate, is 32% White, 25.4% Hispanic or Latino, 18.6% Black or African American, 7.46% Asian, 3.18% Two or More Races, 0.172% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders, and 0.172% American Indian or Alaska Native.

Students enrolled at Mercer County Community College in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly White Male (18.5%), followed by Hispanic or Latino Female (14.1%) and Hispanic or Latino Male (13.5%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

32.9%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Mercer County Community College in 2022, both undergraduate and graduate, is 5,821 students. The full-time enrollment at Mercer County Community College is 1,916 and the part-time enrollment is 3,905. This means that 32.9% of students enrolled at Mercer County Community College are enrolled full-time compared with 32.2% at similar Associates Colleges.

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Retention Rate over Time

66%
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 Mercer County Community College was 66%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Associates Colleges (62%), Mercer County Community College had a retention rate higher than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity (2022)
  1. White
    1,862 enrolled students
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    1,478 enrolled students
  3. Black or African American
    1,080 enrolled students

The enrolled student population at Mercer County Community College is 32% White, 25.4% Hispanic or Latino, 18.6% Black or African American, 7.46% Asian, 3.18% Two or More Races, 0.172% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders, and 0.172% American Indian or Alaska Native. 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.

Any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis is categorized as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the share of those students are shown in the chart below. Additionally, 444 students (7.63%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2022, 109 more women than men received degrees from Mercer County Community College. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients at Mercer County Community College is white (413 degrees awarded). There were 2.5 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (165 degrees).

The most common Associates Degree concentration at Mercer County Community College is Liberal Arts & Sciences (242 degrees awarded), followed by Registered Nursing (103 degrees) and General Business Administration & Management (80 degrees).

In 2022,  the most specialized majors across all degree types at Mercer County Community College, meaning they have significantly more degrees awarded in that concentration than the national average across all institutions, are Personal & Culinary Services (114 degrees awarded), Protective Services (66 degrees), and Communication Technologies (7 degrees).

Common Jobs by Major

Most Common Job

The most common jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Mercer County Community College are Police officers (133,986 people), Elementary & middle school teachers (79,348 people), Other managers (79,007 people), Lawyers, & judges, magistrates, & other judicial workers (40,504 people), and Aircraft pilots & flight engineers (38,037 people).

The most specialized majors at Mercer County Community College in 2022 are Personal & Culinary Services (114 degrees awarded), Protective Services (66 degrees), Communication Technologies (7 degrees), Liberal Arts & Humanities (242 degrees), and Transportation (13 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 Mercer County Community College are Surgeons, Physicians, Chief executives & legislators, Skincare specialists, and Photographic process workers & processing machine operators

The most specialized majors at Mercer County Community College are Personal & Culinary Services (114 degrees awarded), Protective Services (66 degrees), Communication Technologies (7 degrees), Liberal Arts & Humanities (242 degrees), and Transportation (13 degrees) (as of 2022).

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Common Industries by Major

The most common industries for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Mercer County Community College are Justice, public order, & safety activities (315,954 people), Elementary & secondary schools (169,182 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (63,059 people), General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (54,164 people), and Legal services (48,297 people).

The most specialized majors at Mercer County Community College are Personal & Culinary Services (114 degrees awarded), Protective Services (66 degrees), Communication Technologies (7 degrees), Liberal Arts & Humanities (242 degrees), and Transportation (13 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 Mercer County Community College.
Most Common (2022)
  1. 242 degrees awarded
  2. 103 degrees awarded
  3. 80 degrees awarded

In 2022, the most common associates degree concentration at Mercer County Community College was Liberal Arts & Sciences with 242 degrees awarded.

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Sex Breakdown for Common Majors

404
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2022
513
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2022

In 2022, 404 degrees were awarded to men at Mercer County Community College, which is 0.788 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (513).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2022, 112 degrees were awarded to men at Mercer County Community College in Liberal Arts & Sciences, which is 0.862 times less than the 130 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2022, 130 degrees were awarded to men at Mercer County Community College in Liberal Arts & Sciences, which is 1.16 times more than the 112 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

10%
100% Completion Time
21%
150% Completion Time

In 2022, 10% of students graduating from Mercer County Community College completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 21% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 27% 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.
American Indian or Alaska Native Female
Highest Graduation Rate (100%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate in 2022 at Mercer County Community College is Female and American Indian or Alaska Native (100% graduation rate). Across all Associates Colleges, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (73.2%).

The department of education defines graduation rate as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within 150% of "normal time" to completion.

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) categorizes any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the graduation rate of those students is shown in the chart below. Additionally, 6.76% of graduates (10 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity (2022)
  1. White
    413 degrees awarded
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    165 degrees awarded
  3. Black or African American
    140 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Mercer County Community College is white (413 degrees awarded). There were 2.5 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (165 degrees).

6.32% of degree recipients (58 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Sex

Most Common Sex Demographic (2022)
  1. White Female
    225 degrees awarded
  2. White Male
    188 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino Female
    97 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and sex grouping at Mercer County Community College is white female (225 degrees awarded). There were 1.2 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white male (188 degrees).

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Operations

Mercer County Community College has an endowment valued at nearly $13.2M, as of the end of the 2022 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of −NaNk (−0.0861%) compared to the 0.843% average return (43.9k on 5.21M) across all Associates Colleges.

In 2022, Mercer County Community College had a total salary expenditure of 81.9M. Mercer County Community College employs 55 Professors, 26 Assistant professors and 20 Associate professors. Most academics at Mercer County Community College are Male Professor (29), Female Professor (26), and Female Assistant professor (14).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Mercer County Community College are: Office and Administrative Support, with 66 employees, Management, with 36 employees, and Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services with 35 employees.

Endowment

$13.2M
2022 Endowment
14.3%
decline from 2021

Mercer County Community College has an endowment valued at about $13.2M, as of the end of the 2022 fiscal year. The endowment of Mercer County Community College declined 14.3% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $7.97M 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: High Transfer-High Traditional Carnegie Classification grouping.

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Government Grants and Contracts

Grants & Contracts
  1. $5.01M - Federal
  2. $3.12M - State
  3. $198k - Local

As of 2022, Mercer County Community College received $5.01M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $3.12M from state grants and contracts, and $198k from local grants and contracts.

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Salary Expenditure

$35.7M
2022 Salaries
8.55%
growth from 2021

In 2022, Mercer County Community College paid a median of $35.7M in salaries, which represents 43.6% of their overall expenditure ($81.9M) and a 8.55% 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

$8.6M
Instructional Salaries
103
Number of Employees

In 2022, Mercer County Community College paid a total of $8.6M to 103 employees working as instructors, which represents 24.1% 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

Professor
Most Common Instructor
55 Employees
Office and Administrative Support
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
66 Employees

In 2022, the most common positions for instructional staff at Mercer County Community College were Professor with 55 employees, Assistant professor with 26 employees, and Associate professor with 20 employees.

In 2022, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Mercer County Community College were Office and Administrative Support with 66 employees, Management with 36 employees, and Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services with 35 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Sex

Most Common Demographic (2022)
  1. Male Professor
  2. Female Professor
  3. Female Assistant professor

In 2022, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Mercer County Community College was Male Professor with 29 employees, Female Professor with 26 employees, and Female Assistant professor with 14 employees.

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

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