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Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College: Academics, Admissions & Tuition

Research the certificate and degree programs offered at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College in Perkinston, MS. Learn about its academics, and get admission and financial aid info to decide if this is the right school for you.

About Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College

A 2-year, public community college, Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College (MGCCC) was founded in 1911 as Harrison County Agricultural High School. It began doing junior college work in 1925 and was renamed in 1987. In addition to its main campus in Perkinston, which is located north of Gulfport, Mississippi, MGCCC has campuses in Lucedale, Long Beach, Gulfport, and Biloxi.


As of 2011, MGCCC classes were taught by 309 full-time and 230 part-time faculty members. Students intending to pursue bachelor's degrees after transferring from MGCCC may enroll in preparatory transfer programs. A wide variety of career and technical programs are available. Most technical programs require at least four semesters of coursework and award students an Associate in Applied Science degree. Career programs, which vary in length from eight weeks to a year, generally lead to diplomas. MGCCC also offers nine health-related programs, including an associate's degree in nursing and a diploma in practical nursing. Classes are offered during the day, at night, on weekends, and through distance education, though not all programs are available at all campuses.


MGCCC has open admissions, though some programs may have additional admission requirements. First-time applicants must submit high school transcripts or GED score reports. Students who have taken the ACT may submit those scores for placement purposes, while others will be required to take the COMPASS exam prior to registering for classes. As of 2011, 66% of the students were White and 22% were African American. Also in 2011, 70% of students attended full-time, 59% were female, and 36% were 25 or older.

Tuition and Financial Aid

As of 2012, Mississippi residents attending on a full-time basis and taking up to 18 credit hours paid $1,150 per semester, while residents attending part-time paid $115 per credit hour. Full-time non-resident students paid $2,073 per semester or $192 per hour if attending part-time. During the summer term, most students were charged $115 per credit hour. For each credit beyond 18, in-state students were charged $115 and out-of-state students were charged $192. Student housing, which is available on the Perkinston campus only, was $1,050 per semester, excluding meal plan costs. During the 2011 academic year, Mississippi residents living on campus and attending full-time could expect to pay about $9,612 per year, while non-resident students could expect to pay $11,458. These estimates include room and board, tuition, fees, books, and supplies.

Students with financial need may apply for federal and state financial aid, including grants, scholarships, work study, and loans. In addition, some scholarships are available through MGCCC as well as from regional and private sources.

School Type 2-year, public**
Degrees Offered Certificates, diplomas, associate's degrees*
Religious Affiliation None**
Academic Calendar Semesters*
School Setting Rural**
Student Body In 2011: 9,972**
Student Housing Seven residence halls*
Programs Over 90 degree, certificate, and diploma programs*
Student-Faculty Ratio 26 to 1**
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2011:
Less-than-1-year certificate: Truck and Bus Driver/Commercial Vehicle Operator and Instructor (11)
1 to less-than-2-year certificate: Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training (102)
Associate's: General Studies (596)**
Graduation Rates 2007 entering class:
13% within normal program time
25% within 150% of normal program time
31% within twice the normal program time**
Admission Rate Open admissions**
Entering Class Size Estimated 2,424 in 2011***
First-Year Retention Rates 60% of full-time students, 29% of part-time students in 2011**
Application Due Date Accepted year-round*
Tuition (2011-2012) $2,712 (in-state), $4,558 (out-of-state), includes fees**
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of All Undergraduates Receiving it) In 2011: Grant or scholarship aid (57%), federal loans (17%)**
Percent of Students Receiving Some Form of Aid In 2011: 86% of full-time beginning students**

Sources: *Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, **College Navigator, National Center for Education Statistics, ***IPEDS Data Center.

School Contact Information

  • Address: Perkinston Campus, Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, PO Box 548, Perkinston, MS 39573
  • Phone: (601) 928-6333
  • Website: www.mgccc.edu

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