Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College is ranked No. 1 on the 2020-21 Military Friendly® Schools list for the nation’s largest community colleges. Now in its 10th year, the list has come to set the standard for higher education institutions to provide the best opportunities for veterans and their spouses. MGCCC has had a top 10 designation for the past two years.
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.
“It is our privilege to serve the men and women in the country’s military and we are thrilled that MGCCC has been ranked as the best community college for our military families,” said Dr. Mary S. Graham, MGCCC president. “The college has had a strong relationship with the military for many years and values the opportunity to have a presence at all of the military installations on the Coast.”
MGCCC was ranked in six different categories, exceeding standards by more than 55 percent on Academic Policies & Compliance, Admissions & Orientation, Culture & Commitment, Graduation & Career, and Military Student Support & Retention.
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 and top-10 ranking, please visit https://www.militaryfriendly.com/mississippi-gulf-coast-community-college/.