Skip Navigation
small NCES header image
College Navigator
College Navigator

Name of School

States (use map for more than 1 state)

use map
ZIP Code 


 0 Items Selected

Level of Award  help

Institution Type help

waiting for map to load
Loading map...

IPEDS ID: 185509
OPE ID: 00474000
add to favorites
Mercer County Community College
1200 Old Trenton Rd, West Windsor, New Jersey 08550-3407
Distance from ZIP:  0.0 miles from 08550
General information:  (609) 586-4800
Type:  2-year, Public
Awards offered:  One but less than two years certificate
Associate's degree
Campus setting:  Rural: Fringe
Campus housing:  No
Student population:  8,501 (all undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty ratio:  17 to 1
Carnegie Classification
Associate's--Public Rural-serving Large
Religious Affiliation
Not applicable
Federal Aid
Eligible students may receive Pell Grants and other federal aid (e.g. Direct Loans).
Undergraduate students enrolled who are formally registered with office of disability services
Special Learning Opportunities
Distance education opportunities - undergraduate level
Study abroad
Weekend/evening college
Student Services
Remedial services
Academic/career counseling service
Employment services for students
Placement services for completers
Credit Accepted
Credit for life experiences
Advanced placement (AP) credits
Faculty by primary function, Fall 2013Full timePart time
Total faculty119678
Research and public service00
Estimated Expenses for Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
Estimated expenses for academic year2010-20112011-20122012-20132013-2014% change 2012-2013 to 2013-2014
Tuition and fees
Books and supplies$1,144$1,258$1,180$1,1800.0%
Living arrangement
Off Campus
Room and board$7,780$8,556$7,400$7,4000.0%
Off Campus with Family
Total Expenses2010-20112011-20122012-20132013-2014% change 2012-2013 to 2013-2014
Off Campus$15,580$16,974$15,612$15,7080.6%
Off Campus with Family$7,782$8,399$8,212$8,3081.2%
Off Campus$16,600$18,018$16,680$16,8000.7%
Off Campus with Family$8,802$9,443$9,280$9,4001.3%
Off Campus$18,640$20,082$18,768$18,8880.6%
Off Campus with Family$10,842$11,507$11,368$11,4881.1%
This calculator uses estimated student expenses data to estimate the total tuition and fees charged over the duration of a typical 2-year program at this school.
1. Select starting academic year
2. Select tuition inflation rate

% (0-100 allowed)
  • The output is only an estimate and not a guarantee of the actual amount the student may be charged; it is not binding on the Secretary, the institution of higher education, or the State; and it may change, subject to the availability of financial assistance, State appropriations, and other factors. The student must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to be eligible for, and receive, an actual financial aid award that includes federal grant, loan, or work-study assistance.
  • The estimated price does not include room and board, books and supplies, &c. (where applicable) and is based on previous years' tuition and fees data. Tuition and fees may vary by program. Please contact this institution for detailed price information.
  • Estimated yearly tuition and fees may not sum to totals because of rounding.
Estimate the total tuition and fee costs over the duration of a typical program.
 Multiyear Tuition Calculator
Alternative Tuition Plans
Type of PlanOffered
Tuition guarantee plan
Prepaid tuition plan
Tuition payment planX
Other alternative tuition plan
Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2012-2013
Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
Type of AidNumber receiving aidPercent receiving aidTotal amount of aid receivedAverage amount of aid received
Any student financial aid151638%————
Grant or scholarship aid40030%$1,956,594$4,891
Federal grants34325%$1,269,658$3,702
Pell grants34325%$1,175,311$3,427
Other federal grants16712%$94,347$565
State/local government grant or scholarships32124%$676,936$2,109
Institutional grants or scholarships101%$10,000$1,000
Student loan aid19715%$879,818$4,466
Federal student loans19715%$807,818$4,101
Other student loans141%$72,000$5,143
  • 1 Includes students receiving Federal work study aid and aid from other sources not listed above.
All Undergraduate Students
Type of AidNumber receiving aidPercent receiving aidTotal amount of aid receivedAverage amount of aid received
Grant or scholarship aid13,94544%$12,961,252$3,285
Pell grants1,96422%$7,697,309$3,919
Federal student loans1,02011%$3,165,708$3,104
  • 1 Grant or scholarship aid includes aid received, from the federal government, state or local government, the institution, and other sources known by the institution.

  • For more information on Student Financial Assistance Programs or to apply for financial aid via the web, visit Federal Student Aid.
Average Net Price for Full-Time Beginning Students
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who paid the in-state or in-district tuition rate and were awarded grant or scholarship aid from federal, state or local governments, or the institution.
Average net price$5,061$5,778$5,208
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who paid the in-state or in-district tuition rate and were awarded Title IV aid by income.
Average net price by Income2010-20112011-20122012-2013
$0 – $30,000$1,592$2,173$2,040
$30,001 – $48,000$3,040$3,628$3,537
$48,001 – $75,000$5,532$6,113$5,872
$75,001 – $110,000$5,259$6,071$6,069
$110,001 and more$3,537$4,511$4,209
  • Average net price is generated by subtracting the average amount of federal, state/local government, or institutional grant or scholarship aid from the total cost of attendance. Total cost of attendance is the sum of published tuition and required fees (lower of in-district or in-state), books and supplies, and the weighted average for room and board and other expenses.
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
  • Title IV aid to students includes grant aid, work study aid, and loan aid. These include: Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG), National Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent Grant (National SMART Grant), Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant, Federal Work-Study, Federal Perkins Loan, Subsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan, and Unsubsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan. For those Title IV recipients, net price is reported by income category and includes students who received federal aid even if none of that aid was provided in the form of grants. While Title IV status defines the cohort of student for which the data are reported, the definition of net price remains the same – total cost of attendance minus grant aid.
Net Price Calculator
An institution’s net price calculator allows current and prospective students, families, and other consumers to estimate the net price of attending that institution for a particular student.
Visit this institution's net price calculator
Fall 2013
Total enrollment (all undergraduate)8,501
Undergraduate transfer-in enrollment271
Attendance StatusStudent Gender
Attendance Status:
Full-time: 36%
Part-time: 64%Student Gender:
Male: 48%
Female: 52%
Student Race/ethnicity
Student Race/ethnicity:
American Indian or Alaska Native: 0%
Asian: 4%
Black or African American: 32%
Hispanic/Latino: 13%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander: 0%
White: 36%
Two or more races: 0%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 11%
Non-resident alien: 4%
Undergraduate Student AgeUndergraduate Student Residence
Undergraduate Student Age:
24 and under: 65%
25 and over: 35%
Age unknown: 0%Undergraduate Student Residence:
In-state: 98%
Out-of-state: 2%
Foreign countries: 0%
Unknown: 0%
  • Residence data are reported for first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduates, Fall 2012.
Undergraduate Distance Education Status
Undergraduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 5%
Enrolled in some distance education: 11%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 84%
  • This institution has an open admission policy. Contact the institution for more information.
First-to-Second Year Retention Rates

Retention rates measure the percentage of first-time students who return to the institution to continue their studies the following fall.

Retention Rates for First-Time Students
Student retention:
Full-time students: 61%
Part-time students: 42%
Percentage of Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2012 and Returned in Fall 2013
Overall Graduation Rate and Transfer-Out Rate

The overall graduation rate is also known as the "Student Right to Know" or IPEDS graduation rate. It tracks the progress of students who began their studies as full-time, first-time degree- or certificate-seeking students to see if they complete a degree or other award such as a certificate within 150% of "normal time" for completing the program in which they are enrolled.

Some institutions also report a transfer-out rate, which is the percentage of the full-time, first-time students who transferred to another institution.

Note that not all students at the institution are tracked for these rates. Students who have already attended another postsecondary institution, or who began their studies on a part-time basis, are not tracked for this rate. At this institution, 44 percent of entering students were counted as "full-time, first-time" in 2013.

Overall Graduation and Transfer-Out Rates for Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2010
Overall graduation rate:
Overall graduation rate: 13%
Transfer-out rate: 21%
Percentage of Full-time, First-Time Students Who Graduated or Transferred Out Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
Overall graduation rate by gender
Overall graduation rate by gender:
Male: 11%
Female: 14%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2010 and Graduated Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
Overall graduation rate by race/ethnicity
Overall graduation rate by race/ethnicity:
American Indian or Alaska Native: 50%
Asian: 13%
Black or African American: 4%
Hispanic/Latino: 13%
White: 17%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 14%
Non-resident alien: 18%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2010 and Graduated Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
Graduation Rates by Time to Completion

Graduation rates can be measured over different lengths of time. "Normal time" is the typical amount of time it takes full-time students to complete their program. For example, the "normal" amount of time for many associate's degree programs is 2 years. Not all students complete within the normal time, so graduation rates are measured by other lengths of time as well, including "150% of normal time" (e.g., 3 years for a 2-year program) and "200% of normal time," or twice as long as the normal time (e.g., 4 years for a 2-year program).

Graduation Rates for Students Who Began Their Program in Fall 2009 or Fall 2010, by Time to Completion
Graduation Rates for Students Who Began Their Program in Fall 2009 or Fall 2010, by Time to Completion
[Students who began in Fall 2009]
Within "Normal time" for the program: 5%
Within 150% of "Normal time" for the program: 14%
Within Twice as Long as "Normal time" for the program: 18%
[Students who began in Fall 2010]
Within "Normal time" for the program: 5%
Within 150% of "Normal time" for the program: 13%
Within Twice as Long as "Normal time" for the program: %
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Graduated in the Specified Amount of Time
Completions (Number of awards conferred) 2012-2013
Completions are the number of awards conferred by program and award level.
sort byProgram<1
  • Data shown are for first majors.
  • (-) Program is not offered at this award level.
  • d identifies programs and award levels that are offered as a distance education program. For program category totals, d is shown if one or more programs in the category are offered as a distance education program.
Agriculture, Agriculture Operations, and Related Sciences
Ornamental Horticulture-15
Plant Sciences, General--1
Category total-16
Architecture and Related Services
Architecture and Related Services, Other--10
Category total--10
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services
Accounting Technology/Technician and Bookkeeping--18
Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science, General-05
Business Administration and Management, General--88d
Business/Commerce, General-030
Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies08-
Hotel/Motel Administration/Management--11
Management Information Systems and Services, Other-12-
Management Information Systems, General01-
Category total021152d
Communication Technologies/Technicians and Support Services
Photographic and Film/Video Technology/Technician and Assistant--4
Radio and Television Broadcasting Technology/Technician--15
Category total--19
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services
Computer Programming/Programmer, General--39
Category total--39
Engineering Science-24
Category total-24
Engineering Technology and Engineering-Related Fields
Architectural Engineering Technology/Technician-13
Automotive Engineering Technology/Technician--3
Civil Engineering Technology/Technician--5
Drafting and Design Technology/Technician, General-3-
Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering Technology/Technician-116
Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Engineering Technology/Technician-14
Solar Energy Technology/Technician-1-
Telecommunications Technology/Technician--1
Category total-732
Health Professions and Related Programs
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Technician--15
Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other--6
Medical Administrative/Executive Assistant and Medical Secretary030-
Medical Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiation Therapist--15
Physical Therapy Technician/Assistant--18
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse--116
Category total030170
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services
Criminal Justice/Police Science--57d
Fire Prevention and Safety Technology/Technician--1
Category total--58d
Legal Professions and Studies
Legal Assistant/Paralegal-162
Category total-162
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies--320d
Category total--320d
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other01-
Category total01-
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies
Kinesiology and Exercise Science--23
Category total--23
Personal and Culinary Services
Baking and Pastry Arts/Baker/Pastry Chef-3-
Culinary Arts/Chef Training--10
Food Preparation/Professional Cooking/Kitchen Assistant-1-
Funeral Service and Mortuary Science, General-2222
Restaurant, Culinary, and Catering Management/Manager-0-
Category total-2632
Public Administration and Social Service Professions
Human Services, General--19
Category total--19
Transportation and Materials Moving
Airline Flight Attendant--1
Airline/Commercial/Professional Pilot and Flight Crew--2
Aviation/Airway Management and Operations--2
Category total--5
Visual and Performing Arts
Commercial and Advertising Art-326
Visual and Performing Arts, General-230
Category total-556
Grand total0109947
2012-2013 Varsity Athletes
NJCAA Division I MenWomen
Track and Field, X-Country9
Institutional Accreditation
AgencyPeriods of AccreditationStatus
Middle States Commission on Higher Education1/1/1967 -  Accredited
Specialized Accreditation
Agency / ProgramPeriods of AccreditationStatus
American Board of Funeral Service Education, Committee on Accreditation
Funeral Service Education (FUSER) - Institutions and programs awarding diplomas, associate degrees and bachelor's degrees4/23/1976 -  Accredited
American Physical Therapy Association, Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education
Physical Therapy (PTA) - Programs for the physical therapist assistant10/28/1998 -  Accredited
Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology
Radiologic Technology (RAD) - Programs for radiographers12/1/1972 -  Accredited
Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education, Commission on Accreditation
Montessori Education (MONTE) - Montessori teacher education programs and institutions(!)6/30/2012 -  Accredited
  • (!) Estimated date
2012 Crime Statistics
Arrests - On-Campus201020112012
Illegal weapons possession000
Drug law violations000
Liquor law violations000
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus201020112012
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Sex offenses - Forcible000
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only)000
Aggravated assault000
Motor vehicle theft000
  • The crime data reported by the institutions have not been subjected to independent verification by the U.S. Department of Education. Therefore, the Department cannot vouch for the accuracy of the data reported here.
  • These data do not include incidents that: (a) took place off campus on public property immediately adjacent to and accessible from the Campus; (b) took place on a noncampus building or property owned or controlled by a student organization that is officially recognized by the institution; or (c) incidents at buildings/property owned or controlled by an institution but is not contiguous to the institution. For further information, see
Three-year Official Cohort Default Rates
Fiscal Year201120102009
Default rate21.7%23.2%14.9%
Number in default15814095
Number in repayment726603634
Aid Programs
  • Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan)
Would you like to help us improve our products and website by taking a short survey?

YES, I would like to take the survey


No Thanks

The survey consists of a few short questions and takes less than one minute to complete.
National Center for Education Statistics -
U.S. Department of Education