Pearl River Community College

Tel: (601)403-1000
  • 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 declined by 19% 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
Pearl River Community College Total Faculty (2007-2016)

Student Body

  • The student population of 4,529 has declined by 20% 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 Enrollment4,529 students2,966 students
Pearl River Community College Total Enrollment (2007-2016)
Student : Teacher Ratio12:122:1
Pearl River Community College Student Staff Ratio (2007-2016)
# Full-Time Students3,127 students2,344 students
Pearl River Community College Full-Time Students (2007-2016)
# Part-Time Students1,402 students622 students
Pearl River Community College Part-Time Students (2007-2016)
Pearl River Community College Enrollment Breakdown MS All Enrollment Breakdown
Total Dormitory Capacity
1,000593
Pearl River Community College Dormitory Capacity (2014-2016)
% Hispanic
1%
1%
Pearl River Community College Hispanic (2007-2016)
% Black
22%
36%
Pearl River Community College Black (2007-2016)
% White
74%
58%
Pearl River Community College White (2007-2016)
% Hawaiian
1%
-
% Unknown races
2%
2%
Pearl River Community College Ethnicity Breakdown MS All Ethnic Groups 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.0.400.53
Pearl River Community College Diversity Score (2007-2016)
College Completion Rate
19%
27%
Pearl River Community College Completion Rates for First-Time, Full-Time Students (2007-2015)
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$32,100$30,000
Pearl River Community College Average and Median Earnings, Disaggregated by Student Subgroups (2008-2013)

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
Pearl River Community College In-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
Out-State Tuition Fees$5,253$5,574
Pearl River Community College Out-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid84%91%
Pearl River Community College % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2007-2016)
Median Debt for Graduates$7,989$7,500
Pearl River Community College Median debt for students who have completed (2007-2015)
Median Debt for Dropouts$4,332$4,500
Pearl River Community College Median debt for students who have not completed (2007-2015)
Acceptance Rate84%-
Pearl River Community College Percent Admitted (2007-2013)
ACT Total Avg.7070
ACT Composite2121
Pearl River Community College ACT Composite (2007-2016)
ACT English2121
Pearl River Community College ACT English (2007-2016)
ACT Math2121
Pearl River Community College ACT Math (2007-2016)
ACT Writing77
Pearl River Community College ACT Writing (2013-2016)
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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Did You Know?
For Mississippi public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $3,781 per year for in-state students and $5,574 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $15,980 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 lower than the national average of 0.67. The most diverse community college in Mississippi is Meridian Community College. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.