Pearl River Community College

Pearl River Community College Enrollment and Financial Aid Info

The main campus of Pearl River Community College is located in Poplarville, MS; there are other locations in Hattiesburg and Waveland, MS. Learn about the school's financial aid and student life, and get the pros and cons of studying at PRCC.

Is PRCC the School For You?

Pearl River Community College (PRCC) is a public school that offers certificates and associate degrees with a focus on vocational programs. PRCC is considered a commuter school and offers online, evening and weekend courses. Weigh the facts below to see if Pearl River is the right school for you.


  • Total cost (including tuition and fees and room and board) is $3,970 less than the national average
  • The acceptance rate is about 20 percentage points higher than the national average
  • The graduation rate is almost 11 percentage points higher than the state average
  • Accepts dual and AP credits
  • Offers remedial services, academic counseling, placement and employment services


  • Offers only associate degrees and certificates
  • Located more than 2 hours from Jackson, the state's capital

About Pearl River Community College

Pearl River Community College is located in southwestern Mississippi, about 70 miles from New Orleans, LA. If you're looking for an affordable school, PRCC may be for you. According to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), the total cost of attendance for students living on campus at PRCC was only $6,580 for the 2012-2013 school year, which is lower than the national average of $10,550 for 2-year schools. Because PRCC is a community college, it only offers associate degrees and certificates; however, you can choose from a variety of general education, career and technical programs at this school. Your options include such programs as nursing, electronics, business marketing and management, web development and cosmetology, among others. PRCC allows for dual-enrollment, which means high school students can earn college credits while still in school. If you need help with your education, PRCC offers a Student Success Center where you can find such services as peer mentoring, online study help and tutoring. Career counseling, transfer assistance and a career library are also available at PRCC.

It may be easier to get accepted into PRCC than into other schools; the NCES reports that PRCC's acceptance rate was 84% in 2011, which is higher than the national average of 63.8%. According to the NCES, the graduation rate at PRCC is 36% for students who started in 2008. This rate is higher than Mississippi's state average of 25.2% for 2-year public colleges.

Getting in & Financial Aid at PRCC

To apply at Pearl River Community College, you must submit an application form online or by mail to the admissions office. You'll also need to submit high school transcripts and ACT scores. You may be required to take the COMPASS placement test. After applying, you must complete an orientation session online or in person.

PRCC offers several types of financial aid, including federal student loans, grants and scholarships. In order to qualify for financial aid, you must fill out a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). You'll find both academic and service-oriented scholarship options at PRCC, in addition to a variety of foundation scholarships, including awards for students majoring in specific fields of study or participating in athletics.

Application & Tuition Info
Application Deadline (2013-2014) Ongoing - no deadline***
Financial Aid Priority Application Deadline (2013-2014) April 17*
Admission Notification Date (2013-2014) After completed application is processed***
Acceptance Rate (Fall 2011) 84%**
All Tuition & Living Expenses (2012-2013) $6,580 (in-state)**,
$8,978 (out-of-state)**
Student Loan Default Rate (2009) 20.2%**

Life at PRCC

PRCC is primarily a commuter school located in rural Mississippi, but the school does offer on-campus housing. If you're interested in living on campus, you can apply to live in one of PRCC's single-gender residence halls. The Poplarville campus houses a library and learning lab, cafeteria and bookstore.

As a student at PRCC, you can work out in the wellness center or join one of the many student organizations available on campus, such as the Spirit of the River Marching Band, the Student Art Society, the Criminal Justice Association or the Spanish Club. You can also participate in basketball, baseball, soccer or other sports. The PRCC athletic teams compete in the NJCAA division.

Student Life Info
Campus Setting Rural**
Student Population (Fall 2011) 5,390**
Male-to-Female Student Ratio (Fall 2011) 39% to 61%**
% of Full-Time Students (Fall 2011) 69%**
% of In-State Students (Fall 2010) 91%**
Retention Rate (Fall 2011) 49% for full-time students**
Campus Housing Available Yes***
Percent of Students Living On Campus 25%*
Number of Libraries 1***
Extracurricular Activities About 30 clubs and organizations***

Article Sources: *College Board, **NCES College Navigator, ***Pearl River Community College

School Contact Information

  • Address: 101 Hwy 11 N, Poplarville, Mississippi 39470
  • Phone: (601) 403-1000