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Mountain Empire Community College is a public institution situated in Big Stone Gap, Virginia. The charming, small-town atmosphere of Big Stone Gap draws many to the area.

98 Undergraduate Degrees

Where Is Mountain Empire Community College?


Contact details for MECC are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 3441 Mountain Empire Road, Big Stone Gap, VA 24219
Phone: 276-523-2400

How Do I Get Into MECC?

You can apply to MECC online at:

Mountain Empire Community College has an open admissions policy, so you don't have to worry about getting into the school if you have a high school diploma or its equivalent.

Can I Afford Mountain Empire Community College?

1% Take Out Loans

Student Loan Debt

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At MECC, approximately 1% of students took out student loans averaging $2,050 a year. That adds up to $8,200 over four years for those students.

Mountain Empire Community College Undergraduate Student Diversity

1,010 Full-Time Undergraduates
64% Women
4% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 2,253 undergraduate students at MECC, with 1,010 being full-time and 1,243 being part-time.


Gender Diversity

Of the 1,010 full-time undergraduates at MECC, 36% are male and 64% are female.


Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Mountain Empire Community College students is as follows.

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 2
Black or African American 10
Hispanic or Latino 12
White 958
International Students 0
Other Races/Ethnicities 28

Online Learning at Mountain Empire Community College

835 Took All Classes Online
1,701 Took At Least One Class Online
31.1% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2019-2020, 1,701 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at MECC has changed over the last few years.


Online Growth Rankings of MECC

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Mountain Empire Community College was 31.1%. This is the #566 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at MECC regardless of major.

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

Mountain Empire Community College Nursing Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Basic Certificate Associate’s Undergraduate Certificate TOTAL
Registered Nursing 0 54 0 54
Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training 18 0 26 44
TOTAL 18 54 26 98


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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