Location
Big Stone Gap, VA
Undergrads
1,412
Tuition (in-state)
$7,670 ($3,060)
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Reviews 51 total reviews with an average rating of 4.2

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4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Resources: Although it is really easy to sign into the wireless network that is offered here, there are a decent amount of problems. The network crashes a lot! This becomes a hassle, especially when you need the wifi to complete a paper on your personal computer.

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5 Recent Alumnus

Tuition & Financial Aid: My financial aid completely covered everything I needed at Mountain Empire. I was also a part of the Aim's Higher Scholarship program, so this also helped me out in the financial aid. It was super easy setup.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Online Courses: I had never taken an online class before, so I was kind of nervous. Although, it was confusing at first once I was used to how it worked I loved it. It isn't very hard to stay up to date with the classes either. The teacher was readily available whenever I had a question through email.

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3 College Sophomore

Tuition & Financial Aid: Mountain Empire Community College is the best "bang for you buck" as far as tuition and financial aid is concerned. The financial aid officer there is one of the friendliest and helpful I've had the pleasure of dealing with and made the experience a lot smoother and easier. The only negative comment I have is the long probationary appeals however the financial aid office will work with you on those too.

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5 College Sophomore

Campus Resources: The campus resources are wonderful at my college. The computer labs are always open and printing is never a problem. The internet always works perfectly.

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5 College Sophomore

Campus Resources: The student center is a great aspect of my college. They are very helpful and will answer any questions. The library is also very nice, with lots of resources.

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5 College Sophomore

Academic Flexibility: I chose this school because it is academically challenging and all of the college staff are very helpful and friendly. This college has been enjoyable to attend and I am glad I attend here.

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5 College Junior

Academic Flexibility: Advisor a Blessing – My advisor has worked with me on several occasions to help me with scheduling. She has saw me when I didn't have an appointment and she has returned phone calls when I have concerns. She is helping me to finalize a degree I started in 97, but couldn't finish because of a bad marriage. She is helping me with my new degree. Many of the prior classes are transferring and working toward my current degree. She is a huge asset to my success with college.

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5 College Junior

Campus Resources: Facilities Are Nice – The bathrooms are always clean, the hallways, and the outside landscape always looks nice. Our college isn't a campus students live on either, but it is also a grand place to be attending college. The libary is available and the staff their quick to help. The lunch area is clean the staff is nice and your food is served quickly and it is not to expensive. The bookstore staff is always helpful. Beth a staff person always sends us listings of the latest jobs in our areas. Wow this is a wonderful benefit the college gives to us and free of charge. Thank God for our rural area college that offers so much. The many different four year college degrees that are offered to us right there on MECC campus is a wonderful asset.

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5 College Junior

Tuition & Financial Aid: They Got It Going – I can not afford to attend college and if I wasn't blessed to get help with financial aid then a college education for me would not be happening. The college lets you know through email any updates about your financial aid. The other day I had a situation come up and went to the college Sherrie guided me through the steps to get the problem resolved within fifteen minutes. I hadn't heard a response so I emailed her within close of the business day she had responded in detail what needed to be done.

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5 College Junior

Campus Resources: My sister and brother have both attended MECC. My sister was involved in Americorp. She had a project due with the group in Haysi VA painting a school and other repairs. Our family turned it into a family event and seven of us went there to help the group. I was impressed how a few students would reach out to others and accomplish so much at that school.

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5 College Junior

Campus Resources: Well Balanced – If a known upgrade is scheduled the college and each teacher sends out an email that the system will be down and they tell the time frame. One night because of storms our computer was down for awhile during computer class. The teacher continued on with the lesson plan and worked around the issue. The problem was resolved within thirty minutes.

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5 College Junior

Overall Experience: Being from a rural area most people from out of state feel we are country hicks. All the staff at MECC strife to see success from these mountain folks. The bookstore staff, the testing center, the parking sticker attendant, the teachers, financial aid and all others I have come incontact with are willing to help me to success with my education.

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4 College Freshman

Academic Experience: Pre-Teacher Education Major – I am enrolled in the Pre-Teacher Education Major. I have 1 more year at Mountain Empire and then will have to transfer to a university for my bachelors degree. I believe the program at MECC has helped me to get adjusted to college life before transferring to a university. The workload is very managable.

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College Freshman

Online Courses: I have not taken any online courses yet but have friends that have and they did very well in them.

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4 College Freshman

Academic Experience: Faculty and Staff Are Very Helpfull in the Students Success – The college offers a wide range of different academics and I feel Mountain Empire is a very important to our community. They offer much lower tuition than a large university. They have an excellent nursing program and other programs that would fit the needs of almost anyone in our area.

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5 College Junior

Tuition & Financial Aid: I recieved financial aid until this past semister. I have worked my way up the ladder in nursing school going from CNA classes, to LPN, and now am in the RN program. While this may make me a better nurse, it has however made it impossible for me to continue financial aid through completion of my associate degree in nursing. I am past the max credits. The tuition is standard and the financial aid manager is who I have my thanks to give to for making sure I had tuition covered for this semister as well as previous scholarship awards.

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4 College Junior

Campus Resources: Appalachian Tricollege Nursing Program at MECC. The Appalachaian Tricollege Nursing program is a very vigorous program. Students learn with hands on assignments and are challenged to think critically. Students go into the field with a good understanding of what is expected of them and how to perform skills accurately and professionally.

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4 College Junior

Overall Experience: Moutain Empire Community College is a good college because it doesn't just pass its students, it strives to make them the best of the best. Courses are challenging and hands on. Instructors are very good. Graduates leave with on the job knowledge and are prepared for the work force and this is what makes a college and its students successful. With increased availability of night, web, and video courses, many working students have the opportunity to continue their education. Education is one of the most important aspects of life and it affects our lives in so many ways. Mountain Empire makes sure its students succeed with free tutoring assistance, guidance counselors, and provides transportation for those in need. I highly recommend others to MECC.

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5 College Senior

Academic Flexibility: Perfect. The teachers are very easy going, if you are late on your work, let them know why and they are fine with it. Just don't take Ms. Brown. In anything. Just don't.

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3 College Junior

Campus Resources: Cheap and Friendly – The school has a very home feel and is inexpensive

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5 College Junior

Campus Resources: Computers are available at many places around the campus. Many classrooms have computers and there is a computer lab for the students. Printers are in the classrooms that need them. My English course provided a printer so the students could print a majority of the assignments during class. There is wireless internet access all over campus and the speed is great. I have had very few issues with it. The resources at Mountain Empire are excellent.

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3 College Junior

Tuition & Financial Aid: The college is fairly small and not a lot of funds are available for students. It would be great if the college could provide more financial aid to the students in need. There are many people in the area that would love to attend college but are not able to receive financial aid because it is simple is not available.

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5 College Sophomore

Campus Resources: Unique Experience – Mountain Empire Community College is a small school. The current enrollment is probably under 2000 students. This smallness creates a great social community. Here everyone knows almost everybody.

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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Mountain Empire Community College is a great place to go to school. Everyone at MECC is so friendly and will help you with anything. Also, MECC is a very affordable place to go to school. It is great. If I was starting all over, I would chose to go to MECC first due to closeness to home and low cost.

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