Pearl River Community College

Tel: (601)403-1000
4,529 students
Public institution
Pearl River Community College is a public institution committed to providing quality educational and service opportunities for all who seek them.
School Highlights
Pearl River Community College serves 4,529 students (69% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 12:1 is lower than the state community college average of 22:1.
Minority enrollment is 26% of the student body (majority Black), which is less than the state average of 42%.
Pearl River Community College is the only community colleges within Pearl River County, MS.
The nearest community college is Northshore Technical Community College (19.00 miles away).

School Overview

The teacher population of 373 teachers has grown by 15% over five years.
College Pearl River Community College Community College Avg.
Institution Level At least 2 but less than 4 years At least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution Control Public institution Public
Total Faculty 373 staff
62 staff
Pearl River Community College Total Faculty (2006-2014)

Student Body

The student population of 4,529 has declined by 17% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 12:1 has stayed the same over five years.
The school's diversity score of 0.40 is less than the national average of 0.70. The school's diversity has grown by 5% over five years.
Total Enrollment 4,529 students 1,371 students
Pearl River Community College Total Enrollment (2006-2014)
Student : Teacher Ratio 12:1
22:1
Pearl River Community College Student Staff (2006-2014)
# Full-Time Students 3,127 students
779 students
Pearl River Community College Full-Time Students (2006-2014)
# Part-Time Students 1,402 students
1,083 students
Pearl River Community College Part-Time Students (2006-2014)
Pearl River Community College Enrollment Breakdown  Community College Average Enrollment Breakdown
% Hispanic
1%
20%
Pearl River Community College Hispanic (2006-2014)
% Black
22%
15%
Pearl River Community College Black (2006-2014)
% White
74%
49%
Pearl River Community College White (2006-2014)
% Hawaiian
1%
-
% Unknown races
2%
6%
Pearl River Community College Unknown (2006-2014)
Pearl River Community College Ethnicity Breakdown  Community College Average Ethnicity Breakdown
Diversity ScoreThe chance that two students selected at random would be members of a different ethnic group. Scored from 0 to 1, a diversity score closer to 1 indicates a more diverse student body. 0.40 0.70
Pearl River Community College Diversity Score (2006-2014)

Finances and Admission

The in-state tuition of $2,855 is less than the state average of $5,664. The in-state tuition has grown by 30% over four years.
The out-state tuition of $5,253 is less than the state average of $10,360. The out-state tuition has grown by 14% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees $2,855 $5,664
Pearl River Community College In-State Tuition Fees (2006-2014)
Out-State Tuition Fees $5,253 $10,360
Pearl River Community College Out-State Tuition Fees (2006-2014)
Total Dormitory Capacity 1,000 271
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid 84%
90%
Pearl River Community College % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2006-2014)
ACT Total Avg. 70
66
Pearl River Community College ACT Total (2006-2013)
ACT Composite 21
20
Pearl River Community College ACT Composite (2006-2013)
ACT English 21
19
Pearl River Community College ACT English (2006-2013)
ACT Math 21
19
Pearl River Community College ACT Math (2006-2013)
ACT Writing 7
8
Pearl River Community College ACT Writing (2012-2013)
Source: 2014 (latest year available) IPEDS

School Notes

  • Pearl River Community College is the state's oldest publicly funded two-year college. The campus features historic buildings situated on one of the loveliest campuses in the south. A complementary blend of old and new enhances the student's learning experience. Pearl River Community College has two campuses, one in Poplarville and one in Hattiesburg. The main campus at Poplarville is located on U.S. Highway 11. The Forrest County Center is located in Hattiesburg on U.S. Highway 49 South. PRCC was originally founded as the Pearl River County Agricultural High School in 1909 and became the first community college in Mississippi in 1921. Some of the buildings date back from the early 20's, but have been well maintained over the years and serve as landmarks on the modern campus. Academic courses are designed for the student who will go on to a four-year institution to obtain a Bachelor's degree. Technical courses are designed for the student who wants to get a good grounding in his or her preferred field and then go to work after two years of school. Career courses are for the student who wishes to go to school for a year and then go to work.

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Did You Know?
For Mississippi public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $2,263 per year for in-state students and $4,258 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $17,237 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

Mississippi community colleges have a diversity scoreThe chance that two students selected at random would be members of a different ethnic group. Scored from 0 to 1, a diversity score closer to 1 indicates a more diverse student body. of 0.53, which is higher than the national average of 0.50. The most diverse community college in Mississippi is Virginia College-Jackson. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.