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Pearl River Community College

101 Hwy 11 N, Poplarville, MS

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Pearl River Community College, located in Poplarville, Mississippi, began as Pearl River Country Agricultural High School which came into being in 1908 through a state law establishing several such institutions throughout the state. The school system was found to be in violation of the then separate but equal act, resulting in the closure of 17 of the twenty schools. PRCC's doors were kept open through private funding from citizens that allowed the school to operate until a new law could be passed that met the separate but equal laws standards. The school added freshman college courses to the school in 1921, followed by sophomore courses in 1925, making it the first community college in the state. Since that time the school has experienced period of growth over the years, resulting in changes to curriculum and facilities to accommodate increased enrollment and the need to modernize and refurbish facilities as well as new ones in order to provide an excellent educational environment for current and future students. Portion of the Poplarville Campus, including the colleges oldest structure, Moody Hall, had to be razed due to damage from Hurricane Katrina and concerns over student safety. Reconstruction has been stalled due to insurance issues.

Academics

Pearl River Community College offers a number of degree and certificate programs aimed at providing students with a solid education in a vocational or technical field, or to transfer to a four year institution to continue one's education. Career programs prepare students for entry into the workforce as professionals by assisting in the development of skills and abilities necessary to perform duties and tasks in a given field. Programs take between one and two years to complete, and the resulting degree or certificate demonstrates competency and training that allows for employment at the entry level.

Transfer programs complete the freshman and sophomore years of a four year education, followed by the submission of an application to a four year institution to transfer credits and complete one's bachelor's degree. Colleges and universities will each have separate requirements for transfer admissions so it is advised student meet with an academic counselor to develop a curriculum that best assists in fulfilling the requirements of the student's desired school or schools.

Programs offered include:

Admissions and Financial Aid

Pearl River Community College is a public two year institution that maintains and open enrollment policy that allows any student to enroll that meets the minimum requirements for admission and submits an application. Students should also provide previous educational records, including standardized test scores, and may be subject to a placement exam prior to registration. Students are encouraged to meet with a councilor to discuss program enrollment, future goals, and curriculum. Participation in student orientation is also recommended as it allows the student to prepare for campus life.

Financial aid is available in the form of loans, grants, and scholarships. Students in need of assistance must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which will provide the school with the information necessary to develop a financial aid package based on the financial needs of the student and their aid program eligibility. Aid must be reapplied for prior to the start of each  academic year.

Estimated Costs & Financial Aid

The average "out of pocket" cost of attendance, after any grants and scholarships are considered, is around $1,600. To calculate a more personalized cost visit the net price calculator. The figures listed below are for informational purposes only and do not represent current or future tuition, fees, and expenses.

Tuition & Fees Information

  • Tuition estimates per year:
    • State Residents: $2,700-$3,200
    • Out-of-State: $5,000-$6,058
  • Charges per unit:
    • State Residents: $120-$140 per credit unit
    • Nonresidents: $220-$260 per credit unit

Financial Aid Details

The table below breaks down the types of financial aid, the percent of students receiving aid, and average amount of aid per student per year.

 Percent of StudentsAverage Amount
Any Financial Aid91%-
Receiving Grants & Scholarships88%$4,795
Receiving Student Loans24%$3,462
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Admissions, Academics, & Student Services

Student Services

To help students and recent graduates, Pearl River Community College may provide services like those listed below:

  • Online course work available
  • Night and weekend classes available
  • Remedial courses
  • Academic counseling for students
  • Employing students to lower education costs
  • Employment search assistance

Graduation & Transfer Rates

Students who attend a community college will be able to choose from a variety of programs that will lead to an associate's degree or transfer to a four year institution. The following list shows graduation and transfer-out rates for this school compared to community colleges in Mississippi, which can be useful for determining which community college to attend.

 Pearl River Community CollegePearl River CountyMississippi
Graduation Rate32.2%-25.4%
Transfer-out Rate19.9%-22.3%

Specialized Programs & Accreditations

Campus: Forrest County Center

  • Dental Assistant Program
    • Accredited by the American Dental Association, Commission on Dental Accreditation (since 1992)
  • Dental Hygienist Program
    • Accredited by the American Dental Association, Commission on Dental Accreditation (since 1992)
  • Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) Program
    • Accredited by the American Occupational Therapy Association, Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (since 1997)
  • Radiology Technician Program
    • Accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (since 1999)

Campus: Pearl River Community College

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Programs Offered

The program list below is organized by areas of study. The programs that have a link will direct you to the program's profile page where you can learn more about education requirements and career pathways.

Get more information about the programs offered by Pearl River Community College by clicking the request information to the right.

(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (PhD,...)

Business and Marketing Studies

Computer and Information Sciences

Construction Trades

Education

Engineering Technology

Family and Consumer Sciences

Health and Clinical Professions

Liberal Arts and Sciences

Mechanic and Repair Technology

Personal and Culinary Services

Precision Production

Psychology

Recreation and Fitness Studies

Security and Protective Services

Transportation and Materials Moving

Visual and Performing Arts

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ACCEPTANCE RATE
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FINANCIAL AID RATE
91%

STUDENT:TEACHER RATIO
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DEGREES OFFERED ONLINE
8

FINANCIAL AID AWARD AVG.
$4,330