Mountain Empire Community College

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2022 Undergraduate Tuition
$4,620
2022 Average Net Price
$6,331
After Financial Aid
2022 Enrolled Students
1,928
42.6% Full-Time
2022 Graduation Rate
40.5%
123 Graduates

About

Mountain Empire Community College is a higher education institution located in Wise County, VA. In 2022, the most popular 1 to 2 Year Postsecondary Certificate concentrations at Mountain Empire Community College were Other Liberal Arts & Sciences, General Studies, & Humanities (145 degrees awarded), Licensed Practical & Vocational Nurse Training (24 degrees), and HVAC Maintenance (6 degrees).

In 2022, 975 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Mountain Empire Community College. 62.6% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 37.4% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was white (912 degrees), 33.8 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, two or more races (27 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Mountain Empire Community College is $4,620, which is $−3,492 less than the national average for Associates Colleges ($8,112).

Costs

In 2022, the median undergraduate tuition at Mountain Empire Community College is $4,620, which is $−3,492 less than the national average for Associates Colleges ($8,112).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $6,331.

In 2022, 53% of undergraduate students attending Mountain Empire Community College received financial aid through grants.

Tuition Costs

$4,620
2022 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2022, the cost of tuition at Mountain Empire Community College was $4,620. The cost of tuition at Mountain Empire Community College is $−3,492 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Associates Colleges ($8,112).

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Average Net Price

$6,331
2022 Value
28.1%
1 Year Growth

In 2022 Mountain Empire Community College had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $6,331. Between 2021 and 2022, the average net price of Mountain Empire Community College grew by 28.1%.

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Other Student Expenses

$4,950
Room and Board
$1,500
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Mountain Empire Community College was of $4,950 in 2022. The cost of room and board increased by 10% between 2021 and 2022.

During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,500. The cost of books and supplies did not change during the same period.

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Financial Aid by Income Level

53%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Grants

53% of undergraduate students at Mountain Empire Community College received financial aid through grants or loans in 2022. This represents a decline of 3.64% with respect to 2021, when 55% of undergraduate students received financial aid.

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Enrollment

Mountain Empire Community College had a total enrollment of 1,928 students in 2022. The full-time enrollment at Mountain Empire Community College is 822 students and the part-time enrollment is 1,106. This means that 42.6% of students enrolled at Mountain Empire Community College are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Mountain Empire Community College, both undergraduate and graduate, is 92.1% White, 2.13% Hispanic or Latino, 1.97% Two or More Races, 1.71% Black or African American, 0.622% Asian, 0.0519% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders, and 0.0519% American Indian or Alaska Native.

Students enrolled at Mountain Empire Community College in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly White Female (54.9%), followed by White Male (37.1%) and Hispanic or Latino Female (1.7%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

42.6%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Mountain Empire Community College in 2022, both undergraduate and graduate, is 1,928 students. The full-time enrollment at Mountain Empire Community College is 822 and the part-time enrollment is 1,106. This means that 42.6% of students enrolled at Mountain Empire Community College are enrolled full-time compared with 32.2% at similar Associates Colleges.

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Retention Rate over Time

63%
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 Mountain Empire Community College was 63%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Associates Colleges (62%), Mountain Empire 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
    1,776 enrolled students
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    41 enrolled students
  3. Two or More Races
    38 enrolled students

The enrolled student population at Mountain Empire Community College is 92.1% White, 2.13% Hispanic or Latino, 1.97% Two or More Races, 1.71% Black or African American, 0.622% Asian, 0.0519% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders, and 0.0519% 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.

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Graduates

In 2022, 245 more women than men received degrees from Mountain Empire Community College. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients at Mountain Empire Community College is white (912 degrees awarded). There were 33.8 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, two or more races (27 degrees).

The most common 1 to 2 Year Postsecondary Certificate concentration at Mountain Empire Community College is Other Liberal Arts & Sciences, General Studies, & Humanities (145 degrees awarded), followed by Licensed Practical & Vocational Nurse Training (24 degrees) and HVAC Maintenance (6 degrees).

In 2022,  the most specialized majors across all degree types at Mountain Empire Community College, meaning they have significantly more degrees awarded in that concentration than the national average across all institutions, are Construction (54 degrees awarded), Engineering Technologies (79 degrees), and Precision Production (32 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 Mountain Empire Community College are Registered nurses (1,410,570 people), Medical & health services managers (159,920 people), Elementary & middle school teachers (144,929 people), Nurse practitioners & nurse midwives (142,094 people), and Pharmacists (135,749 people).

The most specialized majors at Mountain Empire Community College in 2022 are Construction (54 degrees awarded), Engineering Technologies (79 degrees), Precision Production (32 degrees), Liberal Arts & Humanities (264 degrees), and Health (370 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 Mountain Empire Community College are Surgeons, Cardiovascular technologists and technicians, Skincare specialists, Broadcast announcers and radio disc jockeys, and Physicians

The most specialized majors at Mountain Empire Community College are Construction (54 degrees awarded), Engineering Technologies (79 degrees), Precision Production (32 degrees), Liberal Arts & Humanities (264 degrees), and Health (370 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 Mountain Empire Community College are General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (1,531,745 people), Elementary & secondary schools (405,474 people), Outpatient care centers (259,275 people), Offices of physicians (213,056 people), and Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (186,865 people).

The most specialized majors at Mountain Empire Community College are Construction (54 degrees awarded), Engineering Technologies (79 degrees), Precision Production (32 degrees), Liberal Arts & Humanities (264 degrees), and Health (370 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 Mountain Empire Community College.
Most Common (2022)
  1. 119 degrees awarded
  2. 55 degrees awarded
  3. 19 degrees awarded

In 2022, the most common associates degree concentration at Mountain Empire Community College was Liberal Arts & Sciences with 119 degrees awarded.

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Sex Breakdown for Common Majors

365
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2022
610
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2022

In 2022, 365 degrees were awarded to men at Mountain Empire Community College, which is 0.598 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (610).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2022, 52 degrees were awarded to men at Mountain Empire Community College in General Construction Trades, which is 26 times more than the 2 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2022, 141 degrees were awarded to men at Mountain Empire Community College in Other Allied Health Diagnostic, Intervention, & Treatment Professions, which is 6.71 times more than the 21 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

28%
100% Completion Time
44%
150% Completion Time

In 2022, 28% of students graduating from Mountain Empire Community College completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 44% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 50% 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.
Black or African American Female
Highest Graduation Rate (100%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate in 2022 at Mountain Empire Community College is Female and Black or African American (100% graduation rate). Across all Associates Colleges, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (73.2%).

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity (2022)
  1. White
    912 degrees awarded
  2. Two or More Races
    27 degrees awarded
  3. Black or African American
    18 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Mountain Empire Community College is white (912 degrees awarded). There were 33.8 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, two or more races (27 degrees).

1.33% of degree recipients (13 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Sex

Most Common Sex Demographic (2022)
  1. White Female
    573 degrees awarded
  2. White Male
    339 degrees awarded
  3. Two or More Races Female
    15 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and sex grouping at Mountain Empire Community College is white female (573 degrees awarded). There were 1.69 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white male (339 degrees).

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Operations

Mountain Empire Community College has an endowment valued at nearly $33.9M, as of the end of the 2022 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of 15.3k (0.0452%) compared to the 0.843% average return (43.9k on 5.21M) across all Associates Colleges.

In 2022, Mountain Empire Community College had a total salary expenditure of 26.5M. Mountain Empire Community College employs 14 Assistant professors, 11 Instructors and 10 Professors. Most academics at Mountain Empire Community College are Female Assistant professor (8), Male Instructor (7), and Female Professor (6).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Mountain Empire Community College are: Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services, with 26 employees, Office and Administrative Support, with 16 employees, and Service with 13 employees.

Endowment

$33.9M
2022 Endowment
10.9%
growth from 2021

Mountain Empire Community College has an endowment valued at about $33.9M, as of the end of the 2022 fiscal year. The endowment of Mountain Empire Community College grew 10.9% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $28.7M higher than than the median endowment of Associates Colleges according to the Carnegie Classification grouping.

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Salary Expenditure

$8.9M
2022 Salaries
5.13%
growth from 2021

In 2022, Mountain Empire Community College paid a median of $8.9M in salaries, which represents 33.6% of their overall expenditure ($26.5M) and a 5.13% 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

$2.77M
Instructional Salaries
44
Number of Employees

In 2022, Mountain Empire Community College paid a total of $2.77M to 44 employees working as instructors, which represents 31.2% 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

Assistant professor
Most Common Instructor
14 Employees
Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
26 Employees

In 2022, the most common positions for instructional staff at Mountain Empire Community College were Assistant professor with 14 employees, Instructor with 11 employees, and Professor with 10 employees.

In 2022, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Mountain Empire Community College were Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services with 26 employees, Office and Administrative Support with 16 employees, and Service with 13 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Sex

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

In 2022, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Mountain Empire Community College was Female Assistant professor with 8 employees, Male Instructor with 7 employees, and Female Professor with 6 employees.

This chart shows the sex split between each academic rank present at Mountain Empire Community College.

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