DeSoto Center

DeSoto Center

The DeSoto Center

Welcome to the DeSoto Center Campus of Northwest Mississippi Community College!

Address: Desoto Center, 5197 W E Ross Pkwy W, Southaven, MS 38671

Main Telephone number: 662-342-1570

Inquiry Form

The DeSoto Center, financed through the efforts of the taxpayers of DeSoto County, is a 155,000-square-foot structure on a 52-acre site just off Church Road in Southaven. This site, donated by the W. E. Ross family, offers the college opportunities to expand as DeSoto County continues to grow. Students can pursue a wide variety of academic pathways or career-technical programs of study. Classes are offered throughout the day and evening hours. The center offers services such as counseling and advising, financial aid, eLearning support, tutoring and a full-service library in addition to a number of clubs and organizations and fun campus events where commuter students can get involved.

Northwest students have the benefit of the 2+2 Program at the Southaven location. The associate degree is offered by Northwest, and the bachelor’s degree is offered by Ole Miss in a variety of programs.

Northwest Mississippi Community College Desoto Center also supports a career technical off-campus site in Olive Branch. This location offers both classroom and lab experience in Aviation Maintenance Technology and a Commercial Truck Driving program. The Aviation Maintenance Technology program is one of only two in the state of Mississippi. Students attending these programs register through the DeSoto Center-Southaven location.

Explore all the DeSoto Center has to offer!

2+2 Partnership with University of Mississippi
DeSoto Links
  • Business office
  • Financial Aid
  • Library
Pathways of Study
  • Academic Pathways
  • Career and Technical Education
  • Disability Services
  • Tutoring
  • Writing Center
Student Development Center
  • Admissions and Records
  • Class and Complete Withdrawals
  • eLearning
  • Placement Testing
  • Personal and Career Counseling
  • Residual ACT
Student Life
  • Bookstore - Opening Hours : 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m from 6/8/2020
  • Café Xpresso
  • Student Organizations

Facebook - DeSoto
Northwest Desoto Center Tutoring Lab - Summer 2020 Tutoring Schedule
Will Rives Monday-Friday  8 AM to 1 PM 
Assists with Accounting I & II, Algebra, Calculus I, Economics, Statistics, and Physics | Will Rives PMI: 507-839-2156 Password: 1skukD
-Jenna Boyd Monday-Thursday 1 PM to 6 PM 
Assists with Algebra, Trigonometry, Statistics, Computer Concepts, Quickbooks | Jenna Boyd PMI:  962-332-2922  Password: 6yfMh
Students can download the Zoom Cloud Meeting App on their phones, tablets, or computers. Each tutor will have an open meeting during their specified hours that students can join using the personal meeting ID (PMI).

2+2 Partnership with the University of Mississippi

For students planning on pursuing a four-year degree, Northwest Mississippi Community College and the University of Mississippi act as educational partners with a two-plus-two program. Northwest offers the first two years of the college academic program, and the University of Mississippi provides the third and fourth years, along with graduate study if desired. The Associate of Arts degree is awarded by Northwest, while the University of Mississippi grants baccalaureate degrees.

Programs Include:

  • Accountancy
  • Business
    • General Business
    • Management: Human Resources
    • Managerial Finance
    • Marketing
    • Management Information Systems
  • Criminal Justice
    • Corrections
    • Homeland Security
    • Law Enforcement
  • Education
    • Elementary Education
  • General Studies
  • Journalism
    • Integrated Marketing Communications
  • Liberal Studies
    • Liberal Arts
    • Psychology
  • Paralegal Studies
  • Social Work
For more information, visit the Ole Miss DeSoto web page.

Business Office

Fees and Payments The Business Office is located on the main floor of the DeSoto Center, Suite 233-D, for payment of fees, traffic fines, and to pick up work study checks. I.D. is required. Student Loan checks are mailed out and cannot be collected. Tuition and Fees per semester
  • Tuition (all full-time students/per semester) - $1,500.00
  • Out-of-State Fee (per semester) – Additional $1,200.00: Total fee $2700.00
  • In-State Part-Time or Special Student Fees (per semester hour) - $140.00
  • Out-of-State Part-Time or Special Student Fees (per semester hour) - $240.00
  Special Fees
  • Automobile Registration Fee – Additional Decal - $5.00
  • Career-Tech Program Fee (per semester) - $50
  • Deferred Payment Fee - $25.00
  • Mississippi Virtual Community College Fee (per semester) - $15 per credit hour
  • Nursing Program Fee (Per Semester - ADN students only) - $1200.00
  • Registration Fee (per semester) - $50
  • Replacement of ID Card - $10.00
  • Residual ACT - $50.00
  • Returned Check Fee - $25.00
  • Technology Fee (per semester) - $45

Refund Policy 100% refund if official withdrawal is made during the week of regular registration. 75% refund if official withdrawal is made during the first week after regular registration. 50% refund if official withdrawal is made during the second week after regular registration. 25% refund if official withdrawal is made during the third week after regular registration.  


(For Summer and Mini session refund policy, please see the Bulletin, Business Regulation Refund Policy) Fees and expenses listed are correct at time of publication. The college reserves the right to increase fees and expenses without prior notification.  

Contact Information Business Office 5197 W.E. Ross Parkway, Suite 233-D, Southaven, MS 38671 Hours: Monday – Friday ∙ 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Phone: (662) 280-6123

Business Office Representative Terri Reeves

Financial Aid

The DeSoto Center has financial aid advisers as well as a Veterans Affairs representative on site to assist in the financial aid process. All financial aid counselors handle scholarship information, and general scholarships are handled by Leanna Flores.
Financial Aid Counselors (from left to right):
Leanna Flores, Cordell Turner, Jessica Poole (VA representative)
Contact Information
DeSoto Center, Office 233
Phone: (662)996-1939
Fax: (662)280-6161
Hours:Monday – Thursday ∙ 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Friday ∙ 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Cordell Turner (Last name A-I)

Jessi Poole (VA Representative, Last name J-Q)

Leanna Flores (Last name R-Z)

For more information including financial aid forms and documents, please click here.

Pathways of Study

Academic Programs

  • Division of Business
    • Accountancy
    • Business Administration*
    • Business and Computer Teacher Education
    • Computer/Management Information Systems
    • Computer Science
    • Health Informatics and Information Management
    • Marketing Communications*
    • Office Administration
    • Pre-Paralegal Studies*
  • Division of Languages and Communications
    • Liberal Arts*
  • Division of Social Science
    • Communicative Disorders
    • Criminal Justice*
    • Elementary Education*
    • Exercise Science
    • General College*
    • Health and Physical Education
    • HPER/Kinesiology
    • Psychology
    • Social Work*
  • Division of Mathematics
    • Engineering
    • Mathematics
  • Division of Natural Science
    • Biology
    • Chemistry
    • Dental Hygiene (Bachelor’s or Associate’s Pathway)
    • Forensic Science
    • Medical Lab Science
    • Occupational Therapy
    • Pharmacy
    • Physical Therapy
    • Physics
    • Radiological Sciences
    • Veterinary Medical Technology
    • Veterinary Medicine
  • *2+2 Pathway Option

Career and Technical Education

Technical Programs
  • Aviation Maintenance Technology** (Olive Branch Site)
  • Business and Office Technology
  • Administrative Office Technology*
  • Business Management Technology*
  • Medical Office Technology*
  • Business and Marketing Management Technology
  • Cardiovascular Technology
  • Funeral Service Technology**
  • Hotel and Restaurant Management Technology
  • Paralegal Technology
  • Respiratory Therapy**
Career Programs
  • Commercial Truck Driving (Olive Branch Site)
  • Emergency Medical Technology – Basic **
  • Health Care Assistant
  • Practical Nursing**
*Career Certificate also available. **Industry or State Accreditation.

Adult Education

The DeSoto Center has staff on campus to help students achieve high school equivalency. They can assist with reading, math, and computer skills as well as help students prepare for the HiSET and work training. Their services are free for individuals looking to further their opportunities. For more information, please click here.

Student Services

Disability Services

Disability services are available at the DeSoto Center to students with physical or psychological disabilities. Visit the Student Disability Website  for forms that need to be submitted for accommodations/modifications. Forms need to be submitted to Patsy Gardner.

Patsy Gardner

Patsy Gardner
Office 307

Tutoring Services

The DeSoto Center also has free tutoring services available to help all Northwest students with a variety of subjects. Tutoring services are located in Room 306.
Tutoring Hours:
Monday: 7:00 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday: 7:00 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday: 7:00 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Thursday: 7:00 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Friday: 7:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Student Development Center

  • Placement Testing
  • Personal and Career Counseling
  • Residual ACT
  • Class and Complete Withdrawals
  • Admissions and Records
  • eLearning

Suite 237 | (662) 996-1924
The goal of the Student Development Center is to help students benefit from the personal, social, vocational, and educational opportunities available to them. Counselors are available to provide a variety of services to current students and prospective students. Admissions and eLearning are also housed in the Student Development Center.

Student Development Center Staff
Candis Walker, Director
Harvey Hill, Counselor
Nici Hill, Counselor
Jessica Bunyard, eLearning Specialist
Angela Dortch, Admissions and Records Clerk

Monday-Tuesday 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Wednesday-Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m
*Admissions and Records and eLearning are not available during extended hours (4:30 p.m.- 6:30 p.m.).

Admissions and Records

The Office of Admissions and Records is responsible for assisting both new and returning students with admissions and registration.
  • application for admission
  • high school or previously attended college transcripts
  • ACT scores
  • transcripts
  • pathway changes
  • forms to determine Mississippi residency
  • in-school deferment (student loans)
  • verification of enrollment

For more admissions information, please click here.


If you are taking an online class or plan to take one in the upcoming semester, Jessica Bunyard  can assist you. She can help with:
  • helping determine if online learning is right for you
  • registering for an online class
  • canvas help

For more eLearning information, please click here.

Student Life

DeSoto Center might be a commuter campus, but you will find lots of ways to connect with your classmates through student organizations. Below you will find a list of clubs to get involved with:
  • Student Government Association
  • Respiratory Therapy CARE (for Respiratory Therapy majors)
  • H.O.S.A (for Practical Nursing majors)
  • Phi Theta Kappa (Honor Society of the Two-Year College)
  • SSICP Student Society of Invasive Cardiovascular Professionals (for Cardiovascular Tech majors)
  • Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA) (for Hotel and Restaurant Management Tech and Marketing Management Tech majors)
  • Sigma Phi Sigma (for Funeral Service Tech majors)
  • Baptist Student Union (open to all denominations)
  • Spanish Club
  • Autism Support Club
  • Student Recruiters
  • Dress for Success
  • Book Club
  • Faith Connection Club
Facebook - DeSoto Students can enjoy lunch without leaving campus at the Cafe Xpresso, which serves a variety of sandwiches, salads, beverages and snacks throughout the day. Enjoy good eats with your friends or just take a study break in the adjacent dining area.
Cafe Xpresso
The DeSoto Center also has a Bookstore with all the textbooks and supplies you need, as well as snacks and Northwest attire.
DeSoto Center students also have the opportunity participate in the Northwest Mississippi Community College Beauty Review and run for Mr./Miss NWCC and homecoming maid!
Mr & Miss DeSoto Center

Writing Center

The Writing Center is located on the first floor in the library. The DeSoto Writing Center is a free service for any student at Northwest, and we work with students at any stage of the writing process. In the spirit of the 2+2 Partnership, the DeSoto Writing Center is a shared space between Northwest and Ole Miss, and we work collaboratively.

You can schedule an appointment at the Northwest Writing Center website:

The DeSoto Writing Center Hours:
  •        Monday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  •       Tuesday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  •       Wednesday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  •       Thursday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  •         Friday: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

*We are closed during the summer semester.

Pictured (left to right): Josh Green, DeSoto Writing Center Coordinator; Jeanine Rauch, Ole Miss-DeSoto Writing Center Director.

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