Pearl River Community College

Tel: (601)403-1000
4,692 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 4,692 students (70% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 14:1 is lower than the community college average of 24:1.
Minority enrollment is 29% of the student body (majority Black), which is less than the state average of 47%.
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 338 teachers has grown by 9% over five years.
College Pearl River Community College Community College Avg.
Carnegie Classification Associate of Arts Colleges Associate of Arts Colleges
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 338 staff
61 staff
Pearl River Community College Total Faculty (2006-2013)

Student Body

The student population of 4,692 has stayed relatively flat over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 14:1 has decreased from 15:1 over five years.
The school's diversity score of 0.42 is less than the national average of 0.68. The school's diversity has grown by 10% over five years.
Total Enrollment 4,692 students 1,296 students
Pearl River Community College Total Enrollment (2006-2013)
Student : Teacher Ratio 14:1
21:1
Pearl River Community College Student Staff (2006-2013)
# Full-Time Students 3,288 students
814 students
Pearl River Community College Full-Time Students (2006-2013)
# Part-Time Students 1,404 students
1,040 students
Pearl River Community College Part-Time Students (2006-2013)
Pearl River Community College Enrollment Breakdown  Community College Average Enrollment Breakdown
% Black
28%
15%
Pearl River Community College Black (2006-2013)
% White
71%
51%
Pearl River Community College White (2006-2013)
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. 0.42 0.68
Pearl River Community College Diversity Score (2006-2013)

Finances and Admission

The in-state tuition of $2,630 is less than the state average of $5,660. The in-state tuition has grown by 20% over four years.
The out-state tuition of $5,028 is less than the state average of $10,250. The out-state tuition has grown by 9% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees $2,630 $5,660
Pearl River Community College In-State Tuition Fees (2006-2013)
Out-State Tuition Fees $5,028 $10,250
Pearl River Community College Out-State Tuition Fees (2006-2013)
Total Dormitory Capacity 950 252
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid 68%
89%
Pearl River Community College % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2006-2013)
Percent Admitted 86%
81%
Pearl River Community College Percent Admitted (2006-2013)
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: 2005 (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 $2,949 per year for in-state students and $4,819 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $18,237 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 0.55, which is higher than the national average of 0.52. The most diverse community college in Mississippi is East Central Community College. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.