Meridian Community College

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2019 Undergraduate Tuition
$3,024
8% growth from 2018
2019 Average Net Price
$6,247
After Financial Aid
2017 Student Loan
15%
Default Rate
2019 Enrolled Students
3,402
67.3% Full-Time
2018 Graduation Rate
31.7%
178 Graduates

About

Meridian Community College is a higher education institution located in Lauderdale County, MS. In 2016, the most popular Bachelor's Degree concentrations at Meridian Community College were .

In 2019, 943 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Meridian Community College. 66.1% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 33.9% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was black or african american (450 degrees), 1.05 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, white (428 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Meridian Community College is $3,024, which is $−4,800 less than the national average for Associates Colleges ($7,824).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at Meridian Community College is $3,024, which is $−4,800 less than the national average for Associates Colleges ($7,824).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $6,247.

In 2019, 60% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 10% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$3,024
2019 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2019, the cost of tuition at Meridian Community College was $3,024. The cost of tuition at Meridian Community College is $−4,800 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Associates Colleges ($7,824).

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Average Net Price

$6,247
2019 Value
4.8%
1 Year Growth

In 2019 Meridian Community College had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $6,247. Between 2018 and 2019, the average net price of Meridian Community College grew by 4.8%.

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Average net price is calculated from full-time beginning undergraduate students who were awarded a grant or scholarship from federal, state or local governments, or the institution.

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Other Student Expenses

$5,578
Room and Board
$1,800
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Meridian Community College was of $5,578 in 2019. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,800. The cost of room and board increased by 4.08% between 2018 and 2019. The cost of books and supplies did not change during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

60%
Of Undergraduates Receive Grants
10%
Of Undergraduates Receive Federal Loans

60% of undergraduate students at Meridian Community College received grants or loans in 2019. This represents a decline of 3.23% with respect to 2018, when 62% 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.
15%
2017 Default Rate
49
Number of Defaults

In 2017 the default rate for borrower's at Meridian Community College was 15%, which represents 49 out of the 326 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 has a total enrollment of 3,402 students. The full-time enrollment at Meridian Community College is 2,291 students and the part-time enrollment is 1,111. This means that 67.3% of students enrolled at Meridian Community College are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Meridian Community College, both undergraduate and graduate, is 46.4% White, 44% Black or African American, 1.47% Two or More Races, 1.47% American Indian or Alaska Native, 1.12% Hispanic or Latino, 0.705% Asian, and 0.0294% 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 (33.4%), followed by White Female (27.9%) and White Male (16.6%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are most commonly N/A, followed by N/A and N/A.

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

67.3%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Meridian Community College, both undergraduate and graduate, is 3,402 students. The full-time enrollment at Meridian Community College is 2,291 and the part-time enrollment is 1,111. This means that 67.3% of students enrolled at Meridian Community College are enrolled full-time compared with 34.9% at similar Associates Colleges.

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Retention Rate over Time

56%
2019 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 56%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Associates Colleges (61%), Meridian Community College had a retention rate lower than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    1,577
  2. Black or African American
    1,497
  3. Two or More Races
    50

The enrolled student population at Meridian Community College is 46.4% White, 44% Black or African American, 1.47% Two or More Races, 1.47% American Indian or Alaska Native, 1.12% Hispanic or Latino, 0.705% Asian, and 0.0294% 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 44% White, 26.9% Hispanic or Latino, and 12.5% Black or African American.

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Graduates

In 2019, 303 more women than men received degrees from Meridian Community College. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients at Meridian Community College is black or african american (450 degrees awarded). There were 1.05 times more black or african american graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white (428 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Meridian Community College is N/A, followed by N/A and N/A.

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 (42 degrees awarded), Precision Production (45 degrees), and Construction (28 degrees).

Workforce

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 (83,064 people), Other managers (51,394 people), Construction managers (39,392 people), Aircraft pilots & flight engineers (34,086 people), and Preschool & kindergarten teachers (29,137 people).

The most specialized majors at Meridian Community College are Transportation (42 degrees awarded), Precision Production (45 degrees), Construction (28 degrees), Liberal Arts & Humanities (255 degrees), and Human Sciences (27 degrees).

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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 Dentists, Chief executives & legislators, Physicians, Aircraft pilots & flight engineers, and Sales representatives of services, except advertising, insurance, financial services, and travel

The most specialized majors at Meridian Community College are Transportation (42 degrees awarded), Precision Production (45 degrees), Construction (28 degrees), Liberal Arts & Humanities (255 degrees), and Human Sciences (27 degrees).

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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 (184,536 people), Construction (90,568 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (47,554 people), General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (38,493 people), and Air transportation (36,345 people).

The most specialized majors at Meridian Community College are Transportation (42 degrees awarded), Precision Production (45 degrees), Construction (28 degrees), Liberal Arts & Humanities (255 degrees), and Human Sciences (27 degrees).

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Degrees

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
  1. N/A
    N/A degree-majorss awarded
  2. N/A
    N/A degree-majorss awarded
  3. N/A
    N/A degree-majorss awarded

In false, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Meridian Community College was N/A with N/A degrees awarded.

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Gender Breakdown for Common Majors

320
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2019
623
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2019

In 2019, 320 degrees were awarded to men at Meridian Community College, which is 0.514 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (623).

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Most Common Male Majors

In false, 104 degrees were awarded to men at Meridian Community College in Other Liberal Arts & Sciences, General Studies, & Humanities, which is 0.689 times less than the 151 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In false, 167 degrees were awarded to women at Meridian Community College in Registered Nursing, which is 7.95 times more than the 21 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

26%
100% Completion Time
32%
150% Completion Time

In 2019, 26% of students graduating from Meridian Community College completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 32% 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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Diversity

Graduation Rate by Race and Gender

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.
Two or More Races Male
Highest Graduation Rate (100%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at Meridian Community College is Male and Two or More Races (100% graduation rate). Across all Associates Colleges, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (69.1%).

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, 4.49% of graduates (8 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. Black or African American
    450 degrees awarded
  2. White
    428 degrees awarded
  3. Unknown
    27 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Meridian Community College is black or african american (450 degrees awarded). There were 1.05 times more black or african american recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white (428 degrees).

2.86% of degree recipients (27 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Gender

Most Common Gender Demographic
  1. Black or African American Female
    335 degrees awarded
  2. White Female
    247 degrees awarded
  3. White Male
    181 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and gender grouping at Meridian Community College is black or african american female (335 degrees awarded). There were 1.36 times more black or african american female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white female (247 degrees).

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Operations

Meridian Community College has an endowment valued at nearly $15.7M, as of the end of the 2019 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $84.5k (0.537%), compared to the 5.92% average return ($255k on $4.3M) across all Associates Colleges.

In 2019, Meridian Community College had a total salary expenditure of $39.6M. Meridian Community College employs 134 Instructors, 0 N/A, and 0 N/A. Most academics at Meridian Community College are Female Instructors (95), Male Instructors(39), and N/A (0).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Meridian Community College are: Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media, with 46 employees, Service, with 43 employees, and Office and Administrative Support with 27 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$15.7M
2019 Endowment
5.42%
growth from 2018

Meridian Community College has an endowment valued at about $15.7M, as of the end of the 2019 fiscal year. The endowment of Meridian Community College grew 5.42% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $11.4M 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. $1.49M - Federal
  2. $3.27M - State
  3. $24.4k - Local

As of 2019, Meridian Community College received $1.49M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $3.27M from state grants and contracts, and $24.4k from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Salary Expenditure

$16.8M
2019 Salaries
2%
growth from 2018

In 2019, Meridian Community College paid a median of $16.8M in salaries, which represents 42.4% of their overall expenditure ($39.6M) and a 2% growth from the previous year. This is compared to a 0.156% decline from 2017 and a 0.532% growth from 2016.

The median for similar Associates Colleges is 16.6M (44.7% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$6.63M
Instructional Salaries
134
Number of Employees

In 2019, Meridian Community College paid a total of $6.63M to 134 employees working as instructors, which represents 39.5% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $5.1M (30.7%) for similar Associates Colleges.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

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

In 2019, the most common positions for instructional staff at Meridian Community College were Instructor with 134 employees; false with 0 employees; and false with 0 employees.

In 2019, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Meridian Community College were Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media with 46 employees; Service with 43 employees; and Office and Administrative Support with 27 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Gender

Most Common Demographic
  1. Female Instructor
  2. Male Instructor
  3. false

In 2019, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Meridian Community College was Female Instructor with 95 employees, Male Instructor with 39 employees, and false with 0 employees.

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