Best Community Colleges in Mississippi 2022

Best Community Colleges in Mississippi 2022

The best community colleges provide an effective springboard into higher education, offering students high-quality two-year degree programs in a wide range of disciplines. The top-rated community colleges in Mississippi offer a broad selection of associate’s degrees, affordable tuition rates, and strong partnerships with public four-year schools so that students can easily transfer their credits into accredited bachelor’s degree programs.

Colleges and Universities in Mississippi

The majority of the learning institutes in Mississippi are public schools, with the University of Mississippi, also known as Ole Miss, being the largest. This university, located in Oxford, boasts alumni like William Faulkner, John Grisham, and James Meredith. Tuition at Ole Miss runs about $9,000, just below the national average. The eight private colleges, all of which have religious affiliations, range in tuition costs from $10,000 at Rust College to $40,000 at Millsaps College.

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Students who attend these schools have the option to pursue degrees in fields like nursing, business, dentistry, Christian ministry, education, and literature. Additionally, all of these private schools are considered small schools, serving under 5,000 students. Mississippi also offers up to $12,000 of undergraduate loan forgiveness, over the course of four years, for teachers who work in designated shortage areas or who teach in critical shortage subjects, like special education or mathematics.

From Mississippi mud pie to fried chicken, Mississippi brings a whole new meaning to the term comfort food. The Magnolia State is easy on the eyes too. With nearly endless forests spilling over with hickory, pine, and oak trees, the intricate river system, and the Gulf Island National Seashore, Mississippi is a true destination for lovers of outdoor adventure. And students who plan on earning their associate, bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degree in Mississippi have 31 colleges and universities to choose from.

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We’ve identified 15 community colleges in Mississippi. The following list shows the best community colleges and primarily associate degree granting colleges in Mississippi.

Best Community Colleges in Mississippi

  1. Tuition + fees

    $4K

    Graduation

    35%

    Student body

    3K

    What is East Mississippi Community College known for?

    East Mississippi Community College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    Most Influential Alumni

  2. #2

    Hinds Community College

    Raymond , MS

    Tuition + fees

    $3K

    Graduation

    39%

    Student body

    10K

    What is Hinds Community College known for?

    Hinds Community College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    Most Influential Alumni

  3. Tuition + fees

    $3K

    Graduation

    34%

    Student body

    6K

    What is Northwest Mississippi Community College known for?

    Northwest Mississippi Community College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    Most Influential Alumni

  4. #4

    Coahoma Community College

    Clarksdale , MS

    Tuition + fees

    $3K

    Graduation

    38%

    Student body

    2K

    What is Coahoma Community College known for?

    Coahoma Community College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    Most Influential Alumni

  5. #5

    Jones County Junior College

    Ellisville , MS

    Tuition + fees

    $4K

    Graduation

    36%

    Student body

    4K

    What is Jones County Junior College known for?

    Jones County Junior College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    Most Influential Alumni

  6. Tuition + fees

    $4K

    Graduation

    41%

    Student body

    8K

    What is Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College known for?

    Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    Most Influential Alumni

  7. #7

    Pearl River Community College

    Poplarville , MS

    Tuition + fees

    $4K

    Graduation

    38%

    Student body

    5K

    What is Pearl River Community College known for?

    Pearl River Community College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    Most Influential Alumni

  8. Tuition + fees

    $4K

    Graduation

    38%

    Student body

    3K

    What is Northeast Mississippi Community College known for?

    Northeast Mississippi Community College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    Most Influential Alumni

  9. Tuition + fees

    $3K

    Graduation

    34%

    Student body

    2K

    What is Mississippi Delta Community College known for?

    Mississippi Delta Community College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    Most Influential Alumni

  10. #10

    Itawamba Community College

    Fulton , MS

    Tuition + fees

    $3K

    Graduation

    46%

    Student body

    4K

    What is Itawamba Community College known for?

    Itawamba Community College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    Most Influential Alumni

  11. #11

    Holmes Community College

    Goodman , MS

    Tuition + fees

    $3K

    Graduation

    41%

    Student body

    5K

    What is Holmes Community College known for?

    Holmes Community College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    Most Influential Alumni

  12. #12

    Meridian Community College

    Meridian , MS

    Tuition + fees

    $3K

    Graduation

    31%

    Student body

    3K

    What is Meridian Community College known for?

    Meridian Community College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    Most Influential Alumni

  13. Tuition + fees

    $3K

    Graduation

    46%

    Student body

    2K

    What is Southwest Mississippi Community College known for?

    Southwest Mississippi Community College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    Most Influential Alumni

  14. Tuition + fees

    $3K

    Graduation

    37%

    Student body

    2K

    What is East Central Community College known for?

    East Central Community College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    Most Influential Alumni

  15. Tuition + fees

    $3K

    Graduation

    51%

    Student body

    2K

    What is Copiah–Lincoln Community College known for?

    Copiah–Lincoln Community College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

2021 Ranking Archive

Many of our 2022 undergraduate focused rankings look considerably different than 2021. That’s because we took a fundamentally different apporach. For 2021 we utiulized our Concentrated Influence algorithm, designed to take away the size advantage larger schools have when we rank their faculty and alumni’s academic influence. Concentrated influence highlights smaller schools that are proportionally as successful as larger universities at cultivating influential alumni and faculty.

  1. Northwest Mississippi Community College
  2. East Mississippi Community College
  3. Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College
  4. Copiah–Lincoln Community College
  5. Mississippi Delta Community College
  6. Pearl River Community College
  7. Meridian Community College
  8. Northeast Mississippi Community College
  9. Coahoma Community College
  10. Holmes Community College
  11. East Central Community College
  12. Jones County Junior College
  13. Hinds Community College
  14. Itawamba Community College
  15. Southwest Mississippi Community College