Pearl River Community College

ROAR

ROAR 2020

Welcome to our most exciting event for new Wildcats! ROAR is designed to help you get acquainted with PRCC's campus, learn about our Wildcat Ways, get connected with PRCC technologies and find out what to expect on your first day of class. Our advisors will also help you get registered for the upcoming semester. All new students are required to complete ROAR before registering for classes.

Do you plan to start school during the Spring (January) 2021 semester? If yes, you can register for ROAR now! If you plan to start in the Summer (June) or Fall (August) 2021 semester, you can register for ROAR after March 1, 2021.

How to register for ROAR:

1. Log in to Riverguide Image
    If you have trouble logging in, please follow the trouble-shooting guide.
    Your RiverGuide credentials will be emailed to you 3-5 days after you submit your college application.
    If you have not received your login credentials, please contact the Help Desk at 601-403-1800.

2. Next, find the menu in the upper left hand corner and select ROAR Checklist (the last item in the list).

3. Then you will select Register for ROAR icon:

4. Follow the prompts on that page to register for ROAR. You will see a confirmation on screen and receive a confirmation email within 24 hours after completing your registration.


For Spring 2021, your ROAR experience will be completely virtual! Here's what you will do:

Access your ROAR Experience course
-    After you complete your ROAR registration, you will be added to our ROAR Experience Canvas course. You will begin your course on or after November 1st (depending on your ROAR registration). You will receive another email from the Office of Student Success after you have been added to the course letting you know how to access it. 

 Complete your ROAR Experience course
-    Your ROAR Experience Canvas course has 4 simple steps for you to complete to help you get acquainted with PRCC.  You must complete all steps before you can make your schedule. The steps to make your advising appointment will be given at the end of your course. 

Register for classes
-    Your advising appointment will be held virtually through Zoom or over the phone. Follow the instructions within the ROAR Experience Canvas course to make your appointment. 

 
RiverGuide Troubleshooting Guidelines

Having trouble logging in to RiverGuide? Try these tips first:

1. Use either Firefox or Chrome Internet browser. Internet Explorer will produce more errors than one of the other browsers listed.

2. Click “Sign In” only ONCE. Multiple clicks will result in an authentication error.

3. Make sure you are entering the correct username and password.

4. Clear the cache/cookies in your web browser. Use the help feature in your browser to find instructions on how to clear your cache/cookies).

5. If you are still having trouble logging in, do not change your password. Contact the IT Helpdesk first – they can help you reset your password in a more effective way.

Thank you for your interest in attending ROAR!  Please read this FAQ page before registering.

Frequently Asked Questions

ROARQ:  What is ROAR?
A: ROAR is PRCC’s new student orientation. Here you will begin your journey as a new freshman where you will learn about campus resources, academic expectations, how to get involved on campus, and create your class schedule.

Q:  Who should participate?
A:  All new freshmen students planning to attend PRCC are required to participate. Transfer students are also welcome to participate in the ROAR experience. You must complete your admissions file before attending your ROAR session. You should have received an acceptance letter from the Office of Admissions after completing the application process. Please call (601) 403-1214(Poplarville Campus) or (601) 554-5519 (Forrest County Center) or email admissions@prcc.edu to verify your completion of the admissions process if you have not received an acceptance letter or e-mail. We also encourage you to begin the financial aid process by applying for FAFSA online at www.fafsa.ed.gov.

Q:  How long will ROAR take?
A:  ROAR sessions will be conducted virtually. The time it takes to complete your ROAR experence is completely up to you! Your ROAR Experience Canvas course should take no more than an hour to complete. Your advising appointment will last between 30 minutes - 1 hour also. 

Q:  What will I learn at ROAR?

  • Learn about campus resources
  • Explore what RiverGuide, our student portal, has to offer
  • How to schedule a Campus Tour
  • Understand college expectations
  • Get involved with campus life
  • How to register for classes
  • How to take care of other college business (financial aid, student ID, etc.)

Q:  What is a ROAR Express session?
A: ROAR Expresss sessions are shortened orientation sessions that we provide on campus during PRCC's Open Registration days. Just like our virtual ROAR experience, you will learn what you need to know to begin the semester at PRCC and will meet with an advisor to create your schedule.

Q:  Will I be able to get the schedule I need?
A:  Absolutely! We make sure that each student who participates in ROAR enrolls in the courses they need for the upcoming semester.

Q:  What do I need to have on hand for ROAR?

  • Your PRCC username and password that was e-mailed to you after you were accepted. It is very important you have this information with you at your ROAR session.
  • Any ACT scores or transcripts that have not already been sent to the PRCC Admissions Office (including transcripts for any Dual Enrollment courses you have completed at another college). You will be unable to register for classes without first being accepted to PRCC through the Admissions Office. (Please note: The advising appointment will run much more smoothly for you if you send your transcripts to PRCC at least one week ahead of your advising appointment time.)

Q:  Can my parents or a guest sit in on my virtual advising appointment?
A:  Parents and guests are welcome to sit in on your virtual ROAR session. 

Q:  When can I apply for housing?
A:  Please note, if you plan to stay in Student Housing, be aware that dorms typically stay full throughout the academic year. However, you are welcome to submit a housing application online through your RiverGuide account. You may email the Student Housing Office at housing@prcc.edu if you have questions.

Q:  When can I get a parking decal?
A:  Parking decals are available for purchase for the new school year after June 1 and can be accessed online here or you can pay in person at the Business Office on campus. After purchasing your parking decal, it will be available for pickup at the Campus Police department when you're able to come to campus.

Q:  When can I pay my bill?
A:  Once your bill is generated, you can log into RiverGuide and pay using the Pay My Bill icon. This is a secured PayPal system. Summer tuition and fees are normally generated around the second week of May. Fall tuition and fees are generated the second week in July. Spring tuition and fees are generated around the second week of December. You can also set up a payment plan for any semester. Just click the Payment Plan option in RiverGuide to learn more. Email any questions regarding your bill to businessoffice@prcc.edu. If you prefer to mail in a check, here's the address:

                    Pearl River Community College
                    101 Hwy 11 North Box 5060
                    Poplarville, MS   39470

Q:  I am registered for ROAR, but I need to change my major. How can I make this change?
A:  If you want to change your major, please send an e-mail to orientation@prcc.edu or call 601-403-1250. Be sure to provide us with your student ID number and your new major.

Q: I plan to be a Fully Online student, do I still need to participate in ROAR?
A: Yes. Please register for ROAR in RiverGuide under the ROAR Checklist tab. 

If you have more questions:

Please call us at 601-403-1250 or e-mail orientation@prcc.edu if you have any questions. We are excited to welcome you to the Wildcat Family!

Go Wildcats!

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Orientation Staff
Office of Student Success

Non-Discrimination Policy

Pearl River Community College offers equal education and employment opportunities. The College does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, veteran status, or disability. For inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies or to request accommodations, special assistance, or alternate format publication please contact Tonia Moody Seal, Director of Admissions and Records, and ADA/Civil Rights Coordinator, at P.O. Box 5537, Poplarville, MS 39470 or 601-403-1060. For inquiries regarding Title IX, contact Maghan James, Assistant Vice President of Student Services and Title IX Coordinator, P.O. Box 5560, Poplarville, MS 39470 or 601-403-1253.