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 (MS) 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 138 staff

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 state average of 0.53. The school's diversity has grown by 5% over five years.
Total Enrollment 4,529 students 3,029 students
Student:Teacher Ratio 12:1 22:1
# Full-Time Students 3,127 students 2,344 students
# Part-Time Students 1,402 students 622 students
Total Dormitory Capacity 1,000 593
% Hispanic
1%
1%
% Black
22%
36%
% White
74%
58%
% Hawaiian
1%
-
% Unknown races
2%
2%
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 0.53

Finances and Admission

The in-state tuition of $2,380 is more than the state average of $2,250. The in-state tuition has grown by 9% over four years.
The out-state tuition of $4,778 is more than the state average of $4,500. The out-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees $2,380 $2,250
Out-State Tuition Fees $4,778 $4,500
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid 84% 93%
ACT Total Avg. 70
-
ACT Composite 21 -
ACT English 21 -
ACT Math 21 -
ACT Writing 7 -
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.