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 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 to Pearl River Community College is Northshore Technical Community College (19.0 miles away).

Top Placements

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

School Overview

  • The teacher population of 373 teachers has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Pearl River Community College(MS) Community College Avg.
Institution LevelAt least 2 but less than 4 yearsAt least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution ControlPublicPublic
Total Faculty373 staff138 staff
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Student Body

  • The student population of Pearl River Community College has stayed relatively flat over five years.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 12:1 has stayed the same over five years.
  • The Pearl River Community College diversity score of 0.40 is less than the state average of 0.53. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment4,529 students2,966 students
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Student : Teacher Ratio12:122:1
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# Full-Time Students3,127 students2,344 students
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# Part-Time Students1,402 students622 students
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Total Dormitory Capacity
1,000593
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% Hispanic
1%
1%
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% Black
22%
36%
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% White
74%
58%
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% Hawaiian
1%
-
% Unknown races
2%
2%
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Diversity Score0.400.53
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College Completion Rate
19%
27%
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Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$32,100$29,800
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Finances and Admission

  • The public in-state tuition of $2,855 is less than the state average of $3,781. The in-state tuition has grown by 30% over four years.
  • The public out-state tuition of $5,253 is less than the state average of $5,574. The out-state tuition has grown by 14% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees$2,855$3,781
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Out-State Tuition Fees$5,253$5,574
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% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid84%91%
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Median Debt for Graduates$7,989$7,500
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Median Debt for Dropouts$4,332$4,500
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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
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Source: 2016 (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.

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