Spring enrollment at PRCC up 2.5% over last year

January 19, 2011 - 12:49pm -- braswell

POPLARVILLE - Pearl River Community College spring semester enrollment for 2011 has reached its highest point ever. Through the end of late registration last week, spring enrollment was at 4,908 students, including 4,017 full-time students, on the Poplarville, Hattiesburg and Waveland campuses, as well as classes at satellite sites throughout the district. That a 2.5 percent increase from spring enrollment in 2010. Enrollment at the Forrest County Center in Hattiesburg continues to show up well. This spring total is 1,827 students. That up almost 300 students from two years ago. We could not be more pleased with the solid enrollment that PRCC has experienced for the spring semester, said PRCC President William Lewis. As our college continues to enhance its facilities, programs and services, the value and quality of a community college education continues to appeal to more and more people. We are delighted that so many Mississippians have entrusted their higher education needs to our institution. John Grant, Vice President for Instruction, had praise for the PRCC faculty as they prepare for another busy semester. We are very pleased with our enrollment this semester, said Dr. Grant. We had anticipated that our enrollment would be greater than it was last spring, and our faculty and administrators did a good job planning for the expected growth. Meanwhile, Dr. Adam Breerwood, Dean of Student Services, reported that campus housing is just about full for the spring semester. Our dormitories are near full capacity and we are experiencing a spike in residence life students compared to last spring, said Adam Breerwood, dean of student services. We have really hit the ground running this semester. Our financial aid and admissions offices have all seen an increase in applications across the board. We have had several meeting to incorporate more student activities and events this year. Our campus is alive and vibrant and we are off to a great start. The Hancock Center in Waveland also continues on a positive trend. Enrollment is at 277 students, plus another 14 are enrolled at the Stennis Space Center.