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Copiah-Lincoln Community College

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Copiah-Lincoln Community College is a two-year public community college in Mississippi that serves the residents of Franklin, Lawrence, Simpson, Copiah, Jefferson, Adams, and Lincoln counties. Its history dates back to 1915, when Copiah-Lincoln Agricultural High School was created by joint efforts between Lincoln and Copiah counties. Residents eventually felt the need for education beyond the 12th grade, which led to the establishment of a junior college in the summer of 1928. Gradually, more counties added their support of the college and as enrollment increased, more campuses and centers were added. In 1988, the school was given its current name with the approval of the Board of Trustees.

The main campus is located in Wesson, Mississippi with additional campuses at Natchez and Mendenhall. Accreditation is granted by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools for awarding associate degrees.


Associate Degrees

Academic tracks of study include the Associate of Arts (AA) degree, the Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree, and various certificates. The Associate of Arts is designed for students who eventually want to transfer to a four-year college or university to pursue a bachelor’s degree. Co-Lin offers the AA in areas such as Accounting, Art, Athletic Training, Biology, Business Administration, Chemistry, Criminal Justice, Elementary Education, History and Political Science, and English.

The Associate of Applied Science is geared toward students who want to take up a profession directly after completing their coursework. Students opting for the AAS can major in areas such as Automation and Control Technology, Business and Marketing Management Technology, Accounting Technology, Healthcare Data Technology, and Microcomputer Technology. There is also an Associate Degree Nursing Program which prepares students for the National Council Licensing Examination (NCLEX) for licensure as registered nurses.

Certificate Programs

Career and technical education certification programs are geared toward students who want to prepare for specific occupations or upgrade their skills. The areas in which various certificate programs are offered include Automotive Technology, Commercial Truck Driving, Cosmetology, Diesel Equipment Technology, Practical Nursing, Welding, and Precision Machining Technology.

Most Popular Fields of Study


Admissions are open and non-competitive. Students seeking admissions in the freshman class are required to submit the admissions application form along with their official transcripts from an accredited high school or their GED scores. Applicants are also required to submit official ACT scores, which are used for placement purposes in appropriate classes. Students who are 25 years or older are exempt from submitting their ACT scores. Transfer students are required to submit official transcripts from all previously-attended colleges universities.

International Applicants

International applicants are required to submit the admission application form, official high school transcripts that have been evaluated by an American transcript evaluation service, and a Statement of Financial Responsibility. They are also required to provide evidence of their proficiency in English by submitting their TOEFL/IELTS scores.

Financial Aid

To apply for financial aid students are required to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to the U.S. Department of Education. The financial aid office recommends a priority deadline of April 1 to apply for financial aid. Different financial aid programs available include scholarships, grants, loans, and work-study programs.

The merit-based awards available to eligible students include the Honors Scholarship, Deans’ Scholarship, Vice Presidents’ Scholarship, President’s Scholarship, Valedictorian/Salutatorian Scholarship, and Leadership Scholarship. Need-based awards include the Federal Pell Grant, Academic Competitiveness Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, Mississippi Tuition Assistance Grant (MTAG), and the Mississippi Eminent Scholars Grant (MESG). Students can apply for Federal Stafford loans and Parent Plus loans. Students can apply for work-study programs in which they can seek on-campus and off-campus work-study positions.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 6440th for the average student loan amount.
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The campus offers a number of organizations, services, and facilities to make students’ college experiences worthwhile.

Student Services

The counseling center provides guidance to students in making educational and career plans. It also offers personal counseling. The center provides job search assistance and shares job listings with the students.

Student Clubs and Organizations

There are several student organizations on campus to provide numerous opportunities for students to get involved in campus life. Some of the popular clubs on campus include the Art Club, Centurions History Club, Student Society for MLT, Drama Club, Martial Arts Club, and the Scholars Bowl. The award-winning student newspaper published from the Wesson campus of the college is known as The Wolf Tales. The Student Government Association represents the students’ interests in college governance and is responsible for promoting the general welfare of the school.

On-Campus Housing and Facilities

Residence Life offers housing for male students at the Simpson, Lawrence, Franklin, Lincoln, and Ellzey dorms. Women’s dorms include Copiah, Stevens, Stevens Annex, and Ellis Apartments. Dining options are available at the cafeteria in the W. S. Henley Building and The Grille Company in Callender Hall.

The bookstore stocks new and used text books, school supplies, greeting cards, posters, art and drafting supplies, sportswear, and departmental supplies.

Student Enrollment Demographics


Copiah-Lincoln Community College is a member of the Mississippi Junior and Community College Athletic Conference. The intercollegiate athletic teams are known as the Wolves. Varsity sports include football, basketball, softball, golf, men’s and women’s basketball, tennis, and soccer.

Various recreational activities are provided for students at the Student Activity Center in the Callender Hall. To ensure the physical well-being of students, the college offers a gymnasium and a fitness center. The Oswalt Nature Trail is used by students for walking or running.

Information Summary

Ranks 26th in Mississippi and 2366th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault N/A N/A
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape N/A N/A
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson 1 0.03
Burglary 6 0.16
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft N/A N/A
Arrest 13 0.35

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Wesson, MS 39191
Surrounding communityDistant rural area (between 5 to 25 mi. away from an urban area)
Total Population7,446 (N/A urban / 7,446 rural)
Households2,534 (2.72 people per house)
Median Household Income$29,389
Families1,951 (3.15 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Associate's — Public Rural-serving Medium
Undergraduate PopulationMedium full-time two-year
EnrollmentExclusively undergraduate two-year
Size & SettingMedium two-year

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringAssociate's degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District2802

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 3914th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $2,200 $2,200 $4,200
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $150 $150 $150
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $110 $110 $195
FT Graduate Tuition N/A N/A N/A
FT Graduate Required Fees N/A N/A N/A
PT Graduate per Credit Hour N/A N/A N/A
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $7,650 $7,650 $9,650
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $11,310 $11,310 $13,310
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $6,950 $6,950 $8,950

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $2,250(N/C) $2,250(N/C) $4,050(N/C)
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,000(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board $2,900(N/C)
On-Campus – Other Expenses $1,200(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $3,460(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $4,500(N/C)
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $3,600(N/C)

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record N/A /  N/A /  N/A
College Prep. CompletionN/A
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scoresN/A
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NJCAA

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity593
Meals per Week21
Room FeeN/A
Board FeeN/A

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

Total 306 8 2 4 478 798
Accounting 1 4 5
Accounting Technology/Technician and Bookkeeping 2 2
Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science, General 17 15 32
Art/Art Studies, General 2 2 4
Automation Engineer Technology/Technician 4 31 35
Automobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology/Technician 9 3 12
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 22 28 50
Business Administration and Management, General 15 1 22 38
Chemistry, General
Child Care Provider/Assistant 9 4 13
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Technician 5 5
Computer Science 4 1 5
Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications 1 5 6
Construction/Heavy Equipment/Earthmoving Equipment Operation 15 6 21
Cosmetology/Cosmetologist, General 6 23 29
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies 4 7 11
Diesel Mechanics Technology/Technician 3 8 11
Drafting and Design Technology/Technician, General 3 3
Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering Technology/Technician 3 2 5
Elementary Education and Teaching 12 32 44
Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic)
Engineering, General
English Language and Literature, General 1 1
General Studies 57 3 1 1 102 164
Geographic Information Science and Cartography
Health and Medical Administrative Services, Other 10 1 6 17
Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation and Refrigeration Maintenance Technology/Technician 6 1 7
Heavy Equipment Maintenance Technology/Technician
History, General 1 8 9
Hospitality Administration/Management, General 3 3
Industrial Technology/Technician
Institutional Food Workers 1 4 5
Instrumentation Technology/Technician
Legal Assistant/Paralegal 3 3
Legal Professions and Studies, Other
Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training 19 2 1 1 28 51
Machine Shop Technology/Assistant
Machine Tool Technology/Machinist
Manufacturing Engineering Technology/Technician
Marketing/Marketing Management, General 4 2 6
Mathematics, General 2 9 11
Medical Administrative/Executive Assistant and Medical Secretary
Medical Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiation Therapist
Military Technologies and Applied Sciences, Other
Music, General 1 1
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching 8 3 11
Political Science and Government, General
Pre-Nursing Studies 15 26 41
Pre-Veterinary Studies
Psychology, General 4 10 14
Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiographer 1 15 16
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 13 37 50
Respiratory Care Therapy/Therapist 8 8
Restaurant/Food Services Management
Secondary Education and Teaching
Social Sciences, General 11 1 5 17
Social Work 1 1
Special Education and Teaching, General
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management
Truck and Bus Driver/Commercial Vehicle Operator and Instructor 7 2 9
Welding Technology/Welder 17 5 22

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 3996th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $44,953 ($41,848 male / $38,401 female)
Number of FT Faculty 111 (44 male / 67 female)
Number of PT Faculty 176
FT Faculty Ratio 0.6 : 1
Total Benefits $2,683,799

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