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Mountain Empire is a public college located in Virginia. It is a small institution with an enrollment of 1,052 undergraduate students. The Mountain Empire acceptance rate is 100%. Popular majors include Liberal Arts and Humanities, Health Professions, and Nursing. Graduating 39% of students, Mountain Empire alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $20,100.
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3441 Mountain Empire Road
Big Stone Gap, VA 24219
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Net Price
$6,752/ year
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$5,051/ year
Students Receiving Financial Aid


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of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.13 responses
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.10 responses
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.10 responses
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Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$24,400/ year
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I am very impressed with Mountain Empire Community College, it has helped me to pursue my dreams. The professors have given 100% of there time to help me succeed. The nursing program has offered me all the clinical and professional experience that I will need to succeed in my dreams of being a Licensed practical nurse. I have been given opportunities to step up my knowledge with my ACLS classes, EKG, and college success skills. The campus is very safe and you feel at home when you walk through the doors. They have a advisors that will help you with any aspect if the school you need. The college SLO's works to offer tutoring, a public library, a local deli in the school, and will work with your daily schedule to help you succeed. I can not say enough for the experiences and kindness that I have been offered at this college. Thank you.
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Mountain Empire is located in the small town of Big Stone Gap. It is a good community college if you want to study medical, teaching or trades. If you are seeking to study English, History, Science or Technology your best bet is to get your Associates here and transfer to another college. The highest degree available is a 2 year Associates. It is hard to find a job with some of their degrees so be careful with what you choose. Like most community colleges it is meant to be a stepping stone so keep that in mind. In terms of career fairs or job boards, most of the jobs advertised are for fast food. If you ask for career advice you will be handed a sheet full of jobs that are nothing but minimum wage. In terms of the cost of tuition financial aid usually, pays it in full as it is a cheap college to attend. They also make you take entrance exams in math and English to see where you are in those subjects. If you have a learning disability they do not accommodate it very well.
I was able to graduate from MECC with an Associates Degree in General Education before graduating high school. I am thankful for all of the help and time that the professors put in for me because there were points where I was struggling to juggle both high school and college classes. These professors made such a huge positive impact on my college experience.