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Mountain Empire Community College

Also known as MECC, Mountain Empire

3441 Mountain Empire Road, Big Stone Gap, VA

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About Mountain Empire 

Empire Community College, located in Big Stone Gap, Virginia. ECC began operation in 1972 to provide residents of Lee, Scott, Wise, and Dickenson Counties postsecondary education opportunities. The school was established through legislation approved in 1966 by Virginia Assembly to establish statewide education.

As a result the school is one of 23 colleges that comprise the Virginia Community College System.  VCCS operates two year institutions statewide in order to provide quality education and coverage to ensure that all areas in the state have access to education.

Academics

Students will have a variety of program options available to them at Mountain Empire Community College. Academic transfer programs prepare students for entry to a college or university by first allowing them to complete their freshman and sophomore years at low cost and locally then transfer those credits and use them toward a bachelor's degree.

Career programs provide education and training in one of several high demand fields for entry into the workforce as a qualified professional for the purposes of long term employment.

Programs offered include:

Admissions and Financial Aid

Mountain Empire Community College is a public, two year institution, that admits an interested individuals who are at least eighteen years of age or have a high school diploma. Individuals must complete the application for admission, pay all fees, and provide transcripts and test scores if available.

Students are encouraged to meet with a counselor, participate in orientation and may be required to take a placement exam prior to registration. Financial Aid is available in the form of loans, grants and scholarships awarded based on need as determined by the information provided on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which must be resubmitted every year.

Estimated Costs & Financial Aid

The average "out of pocket" cost of attendance, after any grants and scholarships are considered, is around $6,500. To calculate a more personalized cost visit the net price calculator. The figures listed below are for informational purposes only and do not represent current or future tuition, fees, and expenses.

Tuition & Fees Information

  • Annual tuition range:
    • State Residents: $4,000-$4,800
    • Out-of-State: $9,300-$11,180
  • Part-time students are charged:
    • State Residents: $130-$160 per credit unit
    • Nonresidents: $310-$370 per credit unit

Financial Aid Details

The table below breaks down the types of financial aid, the percent of students receiving aid, and average amount of aid per student per year.

 Percent of StudentsAverage Amount
Any Financial Aid98%-
Receiving Grants & Scholarships98%$4,925
Receiving Student Loans1%$5,223
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Admissions, Academics, & Student Services

Student Services

To help students and recent graduates, Mountain Empire Community College may provide services like those listed below:

  • Online classes
  • Weekend and night classes available
  • Remedial instructional courses
  • Counseling assistance
  • Employing students to lower education costs

Graduation & Transfer Rates

Students who attend a community college will be able to choose from a variety of programs that will lead to an associate's degree or transfer to a four year institution. The following list shows graduation and transfer-out rates for this school compared to community colleges in Virginia, which can be useful for determining which community college to attend.

 MECC, Mountain EmpireWise CountyVirginia
Graduation Rate29.3%-25.0%
Transfer-out Rate3.8%-12.0%

Specialized Programs & Accreditations

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Programs Offered

The program list below is organized by areas of study. The programs that have a link will direct you to the program's profile page where you can learn more about education requirements and career pathways.

Get more information about the programs offered by Mountain Empire Community College by clicking the request information to the right.

(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (PhD,...)

Business and Marketing Studies

Computer and Information Sciences

Construction Trades

Engineering

Engineering Technology

Family and Consumer Sciences

Health and Clinical Professions

Legal Professions and Studies

Liberal Arts and Sciences

Mechanic and Repair Technology

Natural Resources and Conservation

Personal and Culinary Services

Precision Production

Security and Protective Services

Visual and Performing Arts

Other Community Colleges Nearby

The list of nearby schools has been selected by researching which schools offer similar programs to Mountain Empire Community College.

Contact Information

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Financial Aid Office

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ACCEPTANCE RATE
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FINANCIAL AID RATE
98%

STUDENT:TEACHER RATIO
26:1

DEGREES OFFERED ONLINE
32

FINANCIAL AID AWARD AVG.
$3,929