Meridian Community College

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2017 Undergraduate Tuition

$2,700

17.4% growth from 2016

2017 Average Net Price

$5,846

After Financial Aid

2016 Student Loan

16.5%

Default Rate

2017 Enrolled Students

3,555

68.2% Full-Time

2017 Graduation Rate

27.8%

147 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 2017, 887 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Meridian Community College. 67.6% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 32.4% awarded men. The majority of degree recipients were white (448 degrees), 1.23 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (363 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Meridian Community College is $2,700, which is $-4,714 less than the national average for Associates Colleges ($7,414).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at Meridian Community College is $2,700, which is $-4,714 less than the national average for Associates Colleges ($7,414).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $5,846.

In 2017, 63% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 10% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$2,700

2017 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2017, the cost of tuition at Meridian Community College was $2,700. The cost of tuition at Meridian Community College is $-4,714 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Associates Colleges ($7,414).

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Average Net Price

$5,846

2017 Value

4.54%

1 Year Growth

In 2017 Meridian Community College had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $5,846. Between 2016 and 2017, the average net price of Meridian Community College grew by 4.54%.

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Other Student Expenses

$5,650

Room and Board

$1,800

Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Meridian Community College was of $5,650 in 2017. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,800. The cost of room and board increased by 2.35% between 2016 and 2017. The cost of books and supplies increased by 28.6% during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

63%

Of Undergraduates Receive Grants

10%

Of Undergraduates Receive Federal Loans

63% of undergraduate students at Meridian Community College received grants or loans in 2017. This represents a decline of 4.55% with respect to 2016, when 66% 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.

16.5%

2016 Default Rate

65

Number of Defaults

In 2016 the default rate for borrower's at Meridian Community College was 16.5%, which represents 65 out of the 393 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 3,555 students. The full-time enrollment at Meridian Community College is 2,424 students and the part-time enrollment is 1,131. This means that 68.2% of students enrolled at Meridian Community College are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Meridian Community College, both undergraduate and graduate, is 47.9% White, 43.1% Black or African American, 2.17% American Indian or Alaska Native, 1.15% Hispanic or Latino, 0.506% Asian, 0.478% Two or More Races, and 0.0281% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at Meridian Community College in full-time Undergraduate programs are majority Black or African American Female (32.4%), followed by White Female (29.1%) and White Male (16.1%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are majority N/A, followed by N/A and N/A.

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

68.2%

Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Meridian Community College, both undergraduate and graduate, is 3,555 students. The full-time enrollment at Meridian Community College is 2,424 and the part-time enrollment is 1,131. This means that 68.2% of students enrolled at Meridian Community College are enrolled full-time compared with 36% at similar Associates Colleges.

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Retention Rate over Time

55%

2017 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 55%. 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

    1,703

  2. Black or African American

    1,532

  3. American Indian or Alaska Native

    77

The enrolled student population at Meridian Community College is 47.9% White, 43.1% Black or African American, 2.17% American Indian or Alaska Native, 1.15% Hispanic or Latino, 0.506% Asian, 0.478% Two or More Races, and 0.0281% 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 45.9% White, 25.3% Hispanic or Latino, and 12.8% Black or African American.

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Graduates

In 2017, 313 more women than men received degrees from Meridian Community College. The majority of degree recipients at Meridian Community College are white (448 degrees awarded). There were 1.23 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (363 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 (47 degrees awarded), Precision Production (41 degrees), and Construction (20 degrees).

Workforce

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 Meridian Community College are Registered nurses (1,298,933 people), Medical & health services managers (137,608 people), Pharmacists (129,591 people), Elementary & middle school teachers (125,283 people), and Nurse practitioners & nurse midwives (121,380 people).

The most specialized majors at Meridian Community College are Transportation (47 degrees awarded), Precision Production (41 degrees), Construction (20 degrees), Liberal Arts & Humanities (238 degrees), and Health (405 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 Personal financial advisors, Surgeons, Public relations specialists, Physicians, and Podiatrists

The most specialized majors at Meridian Community College are Transportation (47 degrees awarded), Precision Production (41 degrees), Construction (20 degrees), Liberal Arts & Humanities (238 degrees), and Health (405 degrees).

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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 Meridian Community College are General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (1,427,098 people), Elementary & secondary schools (309,182 people), Outpatient care centers (198,852 people), Offices of physicians (189,892 people), and Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (155,643 people).

The most specialized majors at Meridian Community College are Transportation (47 degrees awarded), Precision Production (41 degrees), Construction (20 degrees), Liberal Arts & Humanities (238 degrees), and Health (405 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 degrees awarded

  2. N/A

    N/A degrees awarded

  3. N/A

    N/A degrees 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

Degrees Awarded to Men

  1. 287

  2. 600

In 2017, 287 degrees were awarded to men at Meridian Community College, which is 0.478 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (600).

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Most Common Male Majors

In false, 90 degrees were awarded to men at Meridian Community College in Other Liberal Arts & Sciences, General Studies, & Humanities, which is 0.608 times less than the 148 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In false, 176 degrees were awarded to women at Meridian Community College in Registered Nursing, which is 8 times more than the 22 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

20%

100% Completion Time

25%

150% Completion Time

In 2017, 20% of students graduating from Meridian Community College completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 25% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 30% 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.

Asian Male

Highest Graduation Rate (50%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at Meridian Community College is Male and Asian (50% graduation rate). Across all Associates Colleges, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (68.1%).

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, 25.2% of graduates (37 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    448 degrees awarded

  2. Black or African American

    363 degrees awarded

  3. Unknown

    26 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Meridian Community College is white (448 degrees awarded). There were 1.23 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (363 degrees).

2.93% of degree recipients (26 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Gender

Most Common Gender Demographic

  1. White Female

    296 degrees awarded

  2. Black or African American Female

    259 degrees awarded

  3. White Male

    152 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and gender grouping at Meridian Community College is white female (296 degrees awarded). There were 1.14 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american female (259 degrees).

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Operations

Meridian Community College has an endowment valued at nearly $13.8M, as of the end of the 2017 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $79.8k (0.579%), compared to the 2.22% average return ($81.1k on $3.66M) across all Associates Colleges.

In 2017, Meridian Community College had a total salary expenditure of $39M. Meridian Community College employs 132 Instructors, 0 N/A, and 0 N/A. Most academics at Meridian Community College are Female Instructors (95), Male Instructors(37), and N/A (0).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Meridian Community College are: Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services, with 47 employees, Office and Administrative Support, with 27 employees, and Service with 25 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$13.8M

2017 Endowment

8.93%

growth from 2016

Meridian Community College has an endowment valued at about $13.8M, as of the end of the 2017 fiscal year. The endowment of Meridian Community College grew 8.93% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $10.1M 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. $1.08M - Federal

  2. $2.99M - State

  3. $20.1k - Local

As of 2017, Meridian Community College received $1.08M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $2.99M from state grants and contracts, and $20.1k from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Salary Expenditure

$16.5M

2017 Salaries

0.532%

growth from 2016

In 2017, Meridian Community College paid a median of $16.5M in salaries, which represents 42.3% of their overall expenditure ($39M) and a 0.532% growth from the previous year. This is compared to a 1.34% growth from 2015 and a 6.01% growth from 2014.

The median for similar Associates Colleges is 14.9M (41.7% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$6.48M

Instructional Salaries

132

Number of Employees

In 2017, Meridian Community College paid a total of $6.48M to 132 employees working as instructors, which represents 39.3% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $6.48M (34%) for similar Associates Colleges: Mixed Transfer/Career & Technical-High Traditional.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Instructor

Most Common Instructor

132 Employees

Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services

Most Common Non-Instructional Employee

47 Employees

In 2017, the most common positions for instructional staff at Meridian Community College were Instructor with 132 employees; false with 0 employees; and false with 0 employees.

In 2017, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Meridian Community College were Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services with 47 employees; Office and Administrative Support with 27 employees; and Service with 25 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Gender

Most Common Demographic

  1. Female Instructor

  2. Male Instructor

  3. false

In 2017, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Meridian Community College was Female Instructor with 95 employees, Male Instructor with 37 employees, and false with 0 employees.

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