Pearl River Community College

  • 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 5,157 students (74% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 11:1 is higher than the state community college average of 10:1.
Minority enrollment is 36% of the student body (majority Black), which is less than the state average of 47%.

Top Rankings

Pearl River Community College ranks among the top 20% of community colleges in Mississippi for:

School Overview

The teacher population of 453 teachers has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Pearl River Community College(MS) Community College Avg.
Carnegie ClassificationAssociate's Colleges: Mixed Transfer/Vocational & Technical-Mixed Traditional/NontraditionalAssociate's Colleges: Mixed Transfer/Vocational & Technical-High Traditional
Institution LevelAt least 2 but less than 4 yearsAt least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution ControlPublicPublic
Total Faculty453 staff371 staff
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School CalendarLink to School Calendar

Student Body

The student population of Pearl River Community College has grown by 13% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 11:1 has decreased from 12:1 over five years.
The Pearl River Community College diversity score of 0.50 is less than the state average of 0.57. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment5,157 students3,704 students
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Student : Teacher Ratio11:110:1
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# Full-Time Students3,824 students2,593 students
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# Part-Time Students1,333 students1,111 students
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Total Dormitory Capacity
815 students791 students
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% Asian
1%
1%
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% Hispanic
2%
3%
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% Black
29%
38%
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% White
64%
53%
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% Unknown races
4%
3%
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Diversity Score0.500.57
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College Completion Rate
36%
36%
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Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$32,100$30,000
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Tuition Cost and Acceptance Rate

The public in-state tuition of $2,855 is more than the state average of $2,428. The in-state tuition has declined by 7% over four years.
The public out-state tuition of $5,253 is more than the state average of $4,459. The out-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees$2,855$2,428
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Out-State Tuition Fees$5,253$4,459
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% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid96%92%
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Median Debt for Graduates$7,500$8,000
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Median Debt for Dropouts$5,140$4,750
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Acceptance Rate84%84%
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ACT Total Avg.7070
ACT Composite2121
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ACT English2121
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ACT Math2121
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ACT Writing77
Source: 2020 (or 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.

Nearby Schools

The nearest community college to Pearl River Community College is Northshore Technical Community College (19.0 miles away).
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Did You Know?
For Mississippi public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $2,428 per year for in-state students and $4,459 for out-of-state students. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

Mississippi community colleges have a diversity score of 0.57, which is lower than the national average of 0.71. The most diverse community college in Mississippi is Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.