C+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Professors
    B-
  2. Value
    C+
  3. Diversity
    C-
  4. Safety
    A+
  5. Student Life
    NG
  6. Location
    D-
Mountain Empire Community College is ...
Public
Athletic Division
Athletic Conference
Address
3441 Mountain Empire Road
Big Stone Gap, VA 24219
Website

Admissions

Cost

Net Price
$6,460/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $5,566/ year
  • $30-48k
    $6,023/ year
  • $49-75k
    $7,384/ year
  • $76-110k
    $7,762/ year
  • $110k+

Academics

Professors
B-
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
26:1
Evening Degree Programs
Yes
77%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.13 responses
100%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.10 responses
80%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.10 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
1,263Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
25%
Pell Grant
73%
Varsity Athletes
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After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$22,400/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
39%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
77%
National
83%

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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.
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My mother attended this school when she went back for her degree in education. After my father was discharged from the Military, he attended this school at received his degree in Electrical Engineering. Both of my parents received a two year degree, my mother went on and received her Bachelor's degree in education. I have applied to some university, but I never heard back from them. I was hurt by the thought that I was not capable or smart enough to get into college. When I talked to my parents about attending college, they told me that I should think about going to this school. I went to take my placement test, and I was surprised by how good I did. I was encouraged by this step to further my education. I have seen that this college is going to be a great start. I want to take this step but, I cant because of my finical situation. I can not receive Finical Aid because my parents make too much money, but I still can not afford it because they do not make enough to support me.
Good school! Online classes are great but they are not what I would call Online. There are other Colleges that suit Online learners better. Every Online class requires you take exams using a proctor which is understandable. In order to do so you have the options to take the exams on campus or at a library. You also can take exams using Proctor U for around $7.25 a test. Not every student has access to a car,transportation or the money to take tests through Proctor U. Given that a lot of students have 4 or more classes the cost of taking exams through Proctor U would soon add up. This was the case for me. Luckily I transfer in the fall to one of the top university's in the country and their Online classes are entirely online even exams which means I don't have to go through everything I've had to deal with the past few semester. I would choose this school for classes such as CPR,First Aid or skill classes. MECC has a wonderful CPR program and I wouldn't take the course anywhere but MECC.