Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College has again been named to the Military Friendly® Schools list. This is the 13th year the college has been selected and the fourth time the college has been listed on the Top 10 List. Since 2020, the college was ranked as the No. 1 school twice. This year, MGCCC was ranked third for the nation’s largest community colleges.
“Our active-duty military and veterans along with their spouses and dependents sacrifice so much for this country, ensuring our safety and freedom,” said Dr. Mary S. Graham. “It is an honor for our institution to give back to them by facilitating their efforts in securing an education.”
More than 1,800 institutions of higher learning competed for the title by completing an extensive survey covering 10 indicators of success, including support for student veterans on campus, graduation and employment outcomes, and military spouse policies. Only those in the top 15 percent are included on the list.
MGCCC was ranked in six different categories, exceeding standards by more than 50 percent on Academic Policies & Compliance, Admissions & Orientation, Culture & Commitment, Graduation & Career, and Military Student Support & Retention. MGCCC’s highest rates were in Admissions & Orientation, Military Student Support & Retention, and Culture & Commitment, with rankings above 70 percent for each category.
MGCCC provides a wide variety of services to active-duty military personnel and veterans. The college assists its military students in scheduling courses around temporary duty assignments and interruptions for deployment. The institution’s military withdrawal policy ensures military students avoid any hardships when called into active duty. Additionally, the college offers military-base campus representatives to provide one-stop-shop services, including priority registration assistance, degree evaluations, and book service. MGCCC also provides a VA school certifying official (SCO) to meet the needs of veterans, military spouses, and military dependents. Enrollment specialists at campus locations coordinate the review of transfer credit/military credit. Finally, active-duty military students and veterans receive in-state tuition.
For more information about MGCCC’s Military Friendly designation, please visit https://www.militaryfriendly.com/mississippi-gulf-coast-community-college-is-military-friendly/.