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275 West Broad Street
Decatur, MS 39327-0129
p. 601-635-2111
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East Central Community College

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Founded in 1928, East Central Community College (ECCC) is a small, two-year institution that serves five counties in east central Mississippi. The college offers nearly 30 academic, technical, and pre-professional credit programs. The college also serves non-credit students through adult education classes that lead to the General Education Diploma, as well as workforce training activities through the college’s Workforce Development Center.

Accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, ECCC is part of the Mississippi Virtual Community College (MSVCC). The college offers its students flexible study options, including online instruction and other opportunities that are available through East Central and the MSVCC for online courses from other Mississippi community colleges. Distance learning is available for courses in areas of study that include psychology, literature, economics, child development, computers, music appreciation, and accounting.

The college also offers a number of physical and online resources that have been designed to help students succeed academically and socially.

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Students who are 22 years of age or younger and wish to apply to ECCC must complete the (online or paper) application form and submit an official high school or occupational transcript, or a GED score report, a Mississippi Occupational Diploma, an official ACT score report, and an official college transcript or AP transcript (if applicable).

Applicants 23 years of age or older must complete the application form and submit an official high school transcript, a copy of an official high school diploma, or a GED score report. Applicants must also submit a Mississippi Occupational Diploma and an official college transcript or an AP transcript (if applicable). The deadline for submitting an application varies by term, so prospective students should contact the school for specific dates. A nonrefundable application fee may also be required.

Adult students, transfer students, home-schooled students, and international students may need to use different procedures, so they should refer to the college’s website or contact the Office of Admission for more information about the admissions process and application requirements.

Students applying for any healthcare education program at ECCC must meet all of the college’s general admission requirements. Each program also has additional specific requirements for admission. Applications to the Practical Nursing, Associate Degree Nursing, and Paramedic Technology programs must be submitted to the Office of Healthcare Education before the departmental deadline. Similar conditions apply for applications to the Surgical Technology program, as well as LPN to ADN Bridge programs.

Financial Aid

ECCC offers a wide variety of financial aid programs. A significant number of the college’s students receive some form of state, federal, private, or institutional financial assistance. Forms of aid that are available to students of the college include grants, scholarships, loans, and work-study. Some grants and scholarships are based on merit, while others require applicants to demonstrate financial need. There is also a separate scholarship application for endowed scholarships, which can be obtained from the Office of Student Services. All students who wish to be considered for financial aid must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). If selected for verification, students will also need to complete a Federal Verification Worksheet and/or submit additional documents. Students are encouraged to contact the Financial Aid Office for more information and assistance with completing the financial aid application process. Students may also have to submit proof of residency to be considered for in-state tuition rates.

Student Financial Aid Details

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The majority of students who attend East Central hail from Mississippi. About a third of the college’s students live on campus in one of several residence halls. The college also offers apartment-style residences for students who are married or who have families. Room assignments are made based on a first-come, first-served basis, but housing is guaranteed for first-year students. There are also resources and services designed to accommodate students who commute to the campus.

At the college, there is a wide selection of clubs, organizations, and activities that include academic, professional, political, social, talent, athletic, student government, media, religious, service, multicultural, special interest, and honor groups. One of the most popular and widely recognized student organizations at ECCC is the marching band, known as the “Wall O’ Sound.” The band has more than 150 members who perform at various school functions, including parades, football games, and pep rallies. The members of the Wall O’ Sound represent all of the counties in the college’s recruiting district and nearly all of the majors offered at the college. There is also a brass quintet, a concert choir, a pit orchestra, and a percussion ensemble. Many students also choose to write for the college’s newspaper or participate in student government. Students can check the college’s website for a complete list of clubs and events.

Student Enrollment Demographics


The athletic teams at ECCC are known as the Warriors, and the school’s colors are black and gold. They compete in the National Junior College Athletic Association. Intercollegiate sports for men include football, basketball, baseball, soccer, tennis, and golf. Intercollegiate sports for women include basketball, soccer, softball, golf, and tennis. Students can also participate in cheerleading.

Students can also choose to participate in one of the school’s many intramural athletic programs.

Information Summary

Ranks 29th in Mississippi and 2446th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault 4 0.13
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape N/A N/A
Robbery 1 0.03
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 21 0.69
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft 7 0.23
Arrest 56 1.84

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Decatur, MS 39327-0129
Surrounding communityDistant rural area (between 5 to 25 mi. away from an urban area)
Total Population4,032 (N/A urban / 4,032 rural)
Households1,426 (2.48 people per house)
Median Household Income$29,784
Families1,040 (2.96 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 District2803

Special Learning Opportunities

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

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 3367th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $1,980 $1,980 $4,080
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $190 $190 $190
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $95 $95 $95
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 $10,460 $10,460 $12,560
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $12,230 $12,230 $14,330
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $6,970 $6,970 $9,070

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $1,980 $2,070 $1,980 $2,070 $4,080 $4,170
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,280(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board $3,390(N/C)
On-Campus – Other Expenses $3,520(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $5,260(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $3,520(N/C)
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $3,520(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 Fee$1,350
Board Fee$1,940

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

Total 134 5 1 24 215 1 383
Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science, General 3 1 4
Autobody/Collision and Repair Technology/Technician 6 1 8
Automobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology/Technician 1 2 3
Carpentry/Carpenter 2 1 1 2 6
Child Care Provider/Assistant 26 4 2 32
Computer Programming/Programmer, General 1 1 3 5
Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications 1 1 2
Cooking and Related Culinary Arts, General 1 1
Cosmetology/Cosmetologist, General 4 1 14 19
Drafting and Design Technology/Technician, General 2 1 2 5
Electrician 3 7 10
Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic) 1 1 2
Health and Medical Administrative Services, Other 4 1 2 7
Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation and Refrigeration Maintenance Technology/Technician 6 1 7
Hospitality Administration/Management, General 4 4
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other 60 4 1 10 106 183
Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training 3 1 6 10
Machine Tool Technology/Machinist 2 6 8
Medical Insurance Coding Specialist/Coder
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 8 29 37
Surgical Technology/Technologist 5 12 17
Welding Technology/Welder 2 11 13

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 3657th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $48,137 ($46,603 male / $48,382 female)
Number of FT Faculty 75 (24 male / 51 female)
Number of PT Faculty 131
FT Faculty Ratio 0.6 : 1
Total Benefits $1,851,255

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