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MECC Demographics & Diversity

Big Stone Gap, Virginia

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Racial Demographics & Diversity

Racial Diversity
Extremely Low

A college's ethnic diversity is indicated by the student body's equal inclusion of students from different backgrounds . Students at MECC are almost exclusively White with a small Black population. The school has extremely low racial diversity. 5% percent of students are minorities or people of color (BIPOC). The ethnic breakdown is detailed in the following table.

Racial demographics of Mountain Empire Community College students
Race Percent of Students
White 95%
Black 2%
Hispanic 1%
Asian 0%
American Indian / Alaskan 0%
Hawaiian / Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 1%
International 0%
Race Unknown 0%

Gender Demographics & Diversity

Gender Diversity

There are 69% more female students than male students enrolled at Mountain Empire Community College with a gender ratio of 63% women to 37% men. Compared to the US average of 56% female students, MECC has a lower gender diversity than other US colleges and is less inclusive of males.

Male to female gender ratio for Mountain Empire Community College students
Gender Percent of Students
Men 37%
Women 63%
Enrollment by gender for Mountain Empire Community College students
Gender Number of Students
Men 718
Women 1,210

Geographic Diversity

Geographic Diversity
Very Low

MECC serves a very low number of students outside of Virginia, with 97 percent of the student body residing in-state.

Enrollment by geographic location for Mountain Empire Community College students
Origin Percent of Students
In State 97%
Out of State 3%
Foreign 0%
Unknown Location 0%

Economic Diversity

Median Household Income
$35,558 per year

62% of students can be considered low-income as indicated by their receipt of Federal Pell Grant Aid.

Undergrad Student Population

Undergrad enrollment by age and part time status
Segment Percent of Students
Students Over 25 Years Old 27%
Part time Undergrads 34.7%

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=232788 IPEDS survey data for Mountain Empire Community College.