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Pearl River Community College: Academics, Admissions & Tuition Info

Research the Pearl River Community College in Poplarville, MS. Learn about its admission information, degree programs and financial aid to make an informed education decision.

Pearl River Community College in Poplarville, MS

According to the 'World Almanac and Book of Facts,' Pearl River Community College (PRCC) is the oldest publicly funded 2-year college in Mississippi, and the 16th oldest in the country. The first of four PRCC campuses is in Poplarville. Pearl River Community College has been accredited by Southern Association of Colleges & Schools Commission on Colleges (SACS) since 1977. Other campuses are the Forrest County Center and the Woodland Technical Center in Hattiesburg, and the Hancock Center in Waveland.


PRCC offers more than 230 certificate programs and more than 500 associate's degree programs through its 10 schools. Classes may be taken during the day, evenings and on weekends. Distance learning is also available. Students may also take advantage of workshops that help develop good study skills and prepare students for final exams. The school provides extensive student assistance, including personal growth and development opportunities, support groups, tutoring and educational counseling.

The college has libraries and learning centers on each campus. Its Adult Education Services Division prepares individuals for the General Educational Development test. Degree and certificate programs are available in areas such as business, management, marketing, computer and information sciences, construction trade, engineering technology, family and consumer science, health professions, liberal art and the sciences. Athletic activities at PRCC include intercollegiate and intramural sports.


Prospective students may apply via paper or online application. Admission requirements include ACT scores, official high school transcripts and college transcripts (if applicable). A letter of acceptance from the college doesn't guarantee that the student will be accepted in his or her desired program; students should review program requirements on the school's website. Certain programs such as Physical Therapist Assistant Technology, Dental Hygiene Technology, Practical Nursing, and Barbering and Cosmetology have additional application requirements.

Tuition & Financial Aid

Students who take more than 12 credits a semester are considered full-time students. In 2011-2012, tuition was about $2,180 per year for full-time resident students and $4,578 a year for full-time non-resident students. Part-time resident students pay $115 per credit hour, while part-time non-resident students pay an additional $100 per credit hour.

The average cost for books and supplies at PRCC is about $500 per year. The costs of on-campus housing vary. New student suites are about $2,100 per semester, while regular double rooms are $1,900 per semester. There is a $75 room non-refundable reservation fee.

About 68% of the students receive some type of financial aid, with about 66% receiving a scholarship. Some of the available scholarships include the Columbia Lions Club Scholarship, Bellsouth Scholarship, Batson (Ella Mae Moody) Scholarship, the American Legion Post 77 Scholarship, Allen-House Scholarship, Dewayne Stuckey Scholarship and the Annelle Steele Memorial Scholarship. A list of PRCC scholarships available can be obtained through the school's Financial Aid office.

School Type 2-year, Public*
Degrees Offered Associate's degrees and certificate programs*
Religious Affiliation None*
Academic Calendar Semesters**
School Setting Rural*
Student Body More than 5,300 students with 430 transfer-in enrollments in 2011*
Student Housing Student suites and double rooms are available each semester. There is a non-refundable fee of $75**
Schools (and/or) Programs 10 schools, 222 certificate programs of two years or less, 578 associate's degrees and 28 certificate programs of 2-4 years*
Student-Faculty Ratio 16 to 1*
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2010-2011:
One-two year certificate: Licensed Practical/Vocational Nursing (83)
Associate's: Liberal Arts (348)
Two-four year certificate: Automobile Automotive Mechanical Technology (15)*
Undergraduate Graduation Rates Students who started in Fall 2008:
20% within normal time of program
36% within 150% for normal time of the program*
Admission Rate 95% in 2010*
First-Year Retention Rates 49% for full-time and 30% for part-time in 2011*
Average SAT (and/or) ACT Score of Admitted Students In 2010:
Average ACT scores:
21 Composite ACT
21 ACT English
21 ACT Math*
Tuition 2011-2012: $2,180 per year for full-time resident students, $4,578 per year for full-time non-resident students*
$115 per semester hour for part-time resident students, $100 plus $115 per semester hour for part-time non-resident students**
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of Students Receiving it) In 2011: Federal grants (53%), Pell grants (53%), other federal grants (4%), state and local grants (10%) institutional scholarship (21%), federal student loans (21%), other student loans (8%), grants or scholarships aids (66%)*
Percent of Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 68% in 2010*

*National Center for Education Statistics' College Navigator, **Pearl River Community College in Poplarville, MS, *** College

School Contact Information

  • Address: Office of Admission, Pearl River Community College, 101 Hwy 11 N, Box 5559, Poplarville, MS 39470
  • Phone: (601) 403-1000
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