Niche recently named Holmes Community College Mississippi’s 2023 #1 Community College. The company also ranked Holmes 11 out of 252 in the Best Online Colleges in America category and 36 out of 906 in the Best Community Colleges in America division. Holmes achieved these rankings for standing out in both quality and affordability.
“On behalf of our institution, we are excited to be recognized as the best community college in Mississippi,” said Holmes President Dr. Jim Haffey. “At Holmes, we are proud to provide a quality, affordable education with some of the best instructors and staff members in the state. We are continually working to add new programs, update our facilities and find ways to offer students the most advanced technology/updated equipment possible to enhance their learning experience.Offering an accessible education that helps students prepare for promising careers gives us great pride.”
A multi-campus institution, Holmes offers the Associate of Arts degree, Associate of Applied Science degree, technical and career certificates and workforce training. The college now offers more than 50 academic majors, approximately 30 professional programs and a variety of student support services. Holmes is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.
Holmes is part of the Mississippi Virtual Community College (MSVCC) and offers classes via the Internet platform Canvas. Courses are offered both by Holmes instructors and through other instructors in the MSVCC. Although several options are offered, including regular semester courses, four-week courses and eight-week courses, the eLearning Department offers to customize schedules for interested students if they do not see a class they need. Currently, Holmes offers over 80 online programs.
Holmes’ low student-to-faculty ratio and affordability make the college accessible to many, as well. Currently, 94 percent of students at Holmes receive financial aid. The Office of Financial Aid administers a variety of programs to assist in meeting student financial needs, including Federal and State financial aid programs, student loans, state scholarships and Federal Work-Study.
Additionally, this is not the institution’s first time to be recognized for excellence. Mississippi Business Journal named Holmes as a finalist for the “Best Two-Year College” in Mississippi, ranking the college second in the state in 2019. Holmes also ranked #2 for Best Online Associate in Psychology Program by TheBestSchools.org two years in a row and was ranked #2 for Best Online Community Colleges in Mississippi by Optimal’s Guide to Online Schools, just to name a few accolades.