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 Mountain Empire Community College

Mountain Empire Community College - Big Stone Gap, VA

3441 Mountain Empire Road, Big Stone Gap, Virginia 24219

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Awards offered:Associate's degree
Award of less than 1 academic year
Award of at least 1 but less than 2 academic years
Campus setting:Rural: Fringe
Campus housing:No
Student population:3,219( All undergraduate )
Student-to-faculty ratio:22 to 1
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Special Learning Opportunities
Distance learning opportunities
Student Services
Remedial services
Academic/career counseling service
Employment services for students
Credit Accepted
Dual credit
Advanced placement (AP) credits
Carnegie Classification
Associate's--Public Rural-serving Medium
Religious Affiliation
Not applicable
Federal Aid
Eligible students may receive Pell Grants and other federal aid (e.g. Direct Loans).
Undergraduate students enrolled who are formally registered with office of disability services
3% or less
Estimated Expenses for Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

• Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.

Detailed Expenses 2009-2010 2010-2011 2011-2012 %change 2010-2011 to 2011-2012
Tuition and fees
In-state $2,297 $2,652 $2,924 -9%
Out-of-state $6,667 $7,298 $7,526 -3%
Books and supplies $1,000 $1,000 $1,000 0%
Living arrangement
On Campus
Room and board $ $ $ NAN%
Other $ $ $ NAN%
Off Campus
Room and board $2,600 $2,600 $2,600 0%
Other $4,800 $4,800 $4,000 17%
Off Campus with Family
Other $4,800 $4,800 $4,800 0%
Total Expenses 2009-2010 2010-2011 2011-2012 %change 2010-2011 to 2011-2012
On Campus $3,297 $3,652 $3,924 0%
Off Campus $10,697 $11,052 $10,524 10%
Off Campus with Family $8,097 $8,452 $8,724 0%
On Campus $7,667 $8,298 $8,526 0%
Off Campus $15,067 $15,698 $15,126 0%
Off Campus with Family $12,467 $13,098 $13,326 0%
Average graduate student tuition and fees for academic year 2012-2013
In-state tuition $2,676
In-state fees $252
Out-of-state tuition $6,914
Out-of-state fees $612
Alternative Tuition Plans
Type of Plan Offered
Tuition guarantee plan
Prepaid tuition plan
Tuition payment plan X
Other alternative tuition plan
Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2010-2011
Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

• Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.

Type of Aid Number receiving aid Percent receiving aid Total amount of aid received Average amount of aid received
Any student financial aid 513 98% --
Grant or scholarship aid 513 98% $2,682,792 $5,230
Federal grants 423 80% $2,036,584 $4,815
Pell grants 413 79% $1,887,317 $4,570
Other federal grants 184 35% $149,267 $811
State/local government grant or scholarships 400 76% $394,951 $987
Institutional grants or scholarships 232 44% $251,257 $1,083
Student loan aid 0 0% $0 Not applicable
Federal student loans 0 0% $0 Not applicable
Other student loans 0 0% $0 Not applicable
All Undergraduate Students
Type of Aid Number receiving aid Percent receiving aid Total amount of aid received Average amount of aid received
Grant or scholarship aid1 2,072 61% $9,143,481 $4,413
Pell grants 1,675 49% $7,066,829 $4,219
Federal student loans 0 0% $0 Not applicable


Full-time beginning undergraduate students who paid the in-state or in-district tuition rate and were awarded grant or scholarship aid from federal, state or local governments, or the institution.
Average net price $4,664 $4,141 $3,952
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who paid the in-state or in-district tuition rate and were awarded Title IV aid by income.
Average net price by Income 2008-2009 2009-2010 2010-2011
$0 - $30,000 $3,988 $3,210 $3,142
$30,001 - $48,000 $4,226 $3,672 $2,644
$48,001 - $75,000 $4,170 $4,775 $4,812
$75,001 - $110,000 $7,153 $6,428 $4,549
$110,001 and more Not applicable Not applicable Not applicable

• Average net price is generated by subtracting the average amount of federal, state/local government, or institutional grant or scholarship aid from the total cost of attendance. Total cost of attendance is the sum of published tuition and required fees (lower of in-district or in-state), books and supplies, and the weighted average for room and board and other expenses.

• Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.

• Title IV aid to students includes grant aid, work study aid, and loan aid. These include: Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG), National Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent Grant (National SMART Grant), Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant, Federal Work-Study, Federal Perkins Loan, Subsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan, and Unsubsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan. For those Title IV recipients, net price is reported by income category and includes students who received federal aid even if none of that aid was provided in the form of grants. While Title IV status defines the cohort of student for which the data are reported, the definition of net price remains the same total cost of attendance minus grant aid.


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Fall 2011
Total enrollment 3,219
Undergraduate enrollment 3,219
Undergraduate transfer-in enrollment 67
Graduate enrollment 0

•This institution has an open admission policy. Contact the institution for more information.

First-to-Second Year Retention Rates

Retention rates measure the percentage of first-time students who are seeking bachelor's degrees who return to the institution to continue their studies the following fall.

Retention Rates for First-Time Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees

Percentage of Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2010 and Returned in Fall 2011

Overall Graduation Rate and Transfer-Out Rate

The overall graduation rate is also known as the "Student Right to Know" or IPEDS graduation rate. It tracks the progress of students who began their studies as full-time, first-time degree- or certificate-seeking students to see if they complete a degree or other award such as a certificate within 150% of "normal time" for completing the program in which they are enrolled.

Some institutions also report a transfer-out rate, which is the percentage of the full-time, first-time students who transferred to another institution.

Note that not all students at the institution are tracked for these rates. Students who have already attended another postsecondary institution, or who began their studies on a part-time basis, are not tracked for this rate. At this institution, 70 percent of entering students were counted as "full-time, first-time" in 2011.

No varsity sports data reported for this institution.


Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges01/01/1974 Accredited


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Illegal weapons possession000
Drug law violations00 0
Liquor law violations000
Arrests - On-Campus Residence Halls 2009 2010 2011
Illegal weapons possession ------
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Criminal Offenses - On-Campus 2009 2010 2011
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter 000
Negligent manslaughter 000
Sex offenses - Forcible 000
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only) 000
Robbery 000
Aggravated assault 000
Burglary 440
Motor vehicle theft 000
Arson 000
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus Residence Halls 2009 2010 2011
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter ------
Negligent manslaughter ------
Sex offenses - Forcible ------
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only) ------
Robbery ------
Aggravated assault ------
Burglary ------
Motor vehicle theft ------
Arson ------
• (!) Residence Halls are a subset of On-Campus statistics
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• These data do not include incidents that: (a) took place off campus on public property immediately adjacent to and accessible from the Campus; (b) took place on a noncampus building or property owned or controlled by a student organization that is officially recognized by the institution; or (c) incidents at buildings/property owned or controlled by an institution but is not contiguous to the institution. For further information, see


• This institution is not found on the current Federal loan default rates database.

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Completions are the number of awards conferred by program and award level.

PROGRAMAssociate's degree Award of less than 1 academic year Award of at least 1 but less than 2 academic years
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services Colleges
Accounting and Related Services, Other112
Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other811-
Business Operations Support and Secretarial Services, Other25-19
Category total341221
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services Colleges
Computer and Information Sciences, General-23-
Category total-23-
Construction Trades Colleges
Construction Trades, General-9-
Category total-9-
Engineering Colleges
Surveying Engineering-2-
Category total-2-
Engineering Technology and Engineering-Related Fields Colleges
CAD/CADD Drafting and/or Design Technology/Technician14--
Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering Technology/Technician910-
Industrial Production Technologies/Technicians, Other19-1
Industrial Technology/Technician4--
Category total46101
Family and Consumer Sciences Human Sciences Colleges
Child Care Provider/Assistant-21-
Category total-21-
Health Professions and Related Programs Colleges
Allied Health Diagnostic, Intervention, and Treatment Professions, Other-146-
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Technician-20-
Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic)3--
Health and Medical Administrative Services, Other-278
Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training-437
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse66--
Respiratory Care Therapy/Therapist14--
Category total8319745
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services Colleges
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration581
Category total10121
Legal Professions and Studies Colleges
Legal Assistant/Paralegal4-3
Category total4-3
Liberal Arts and Sciences Studies and Humanities Colleges
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other--45
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies65--
Category total65-45
Mechanic and Repair Technologies Technicians Colleges
Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation and Refrigeration Maintenance Technology/-138
Category total-138
Natural Resources and Conservation Colleges
Natural Resources/Conservation, General8--
Category total8--
Personal and Culinary Services Colleges
Funeral Service and Mortuary Science, General-2-
Category total-2-
Precision Production Colleges
Welding Technology/Welder-64
Category total-64
Visual and Performing Arts Colleges
Design and Visual Communications, General-1-
Category total-1-
Grand total250308128