ROARing on the River

Welcome to our most exciting event for new Wildcats! ROAR is PRCC’s Orientation program for all incoming students. This is where students will learn important information to prepare them for the first day of school, as well as be advised and registered for their classes. Returning Wildcats make an appointment with your advisor to create your schedule. 

ROAR Registration for SUMMER & FALL 2023 will open March 1!

What to Expect

Register for ROAR in your RiverGuide account upon receiving your log-in credentials. Be sure admissions have received all required documents (transcripts & test scores) – highly recommended: complete FAFSA prior to ROAR.

Complete your ROAR Experience in Canvas. Check your email within 24 hours of registering, and click the self-enroll link to get started.  Within your Canvas course, you will watch important videos that will guide you through getting prepared for your advisement appointment and for your first day at PRCC. Here you will also schedule your advising appointment and have the option to be advised in-person (highly encouraged), virtually, or by phone.

Attend your advising appointment to register for classes. You’ll have a one-on-one meeting with an advisor who will answer all your questions and make sure you are prepared for your first day of class!  

In your ROAR Experience course, you will schedule an appointment to meet with an advisor at a time that is convenient for you!

RiverGuide Troubleshooting

Having trouble logging into RiverGuide? Try these tips to help you dive back in.

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. For information on setting up the OneLogin Multi Factor Authentication, visit I.T.’s How To page.

6. If you are still having trouble logging in, do not change your password.  Contact the I.T. Helpdesk at 1-844-292-3214.  They can help you reset your password in a more effective way.


A:  ROAR (Ready, Orient, Advise, Register) is PRCC’s Orientation program. Here you will begin your journey as a new student at PRCC.  You will learn about campus resources, academic expectations, how to get involved on campus, and register for classes.

A: Use your PRCC RiverGuide credentials to log into RiverGuide, and click the ROAR Registration link on your frequents page. 

A: All incoming students planning to attend PRCC are required to participate, including transfers. You must complete your admissions file before attending your advising appointment. 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 Campus) or email 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

A: The time it takes to complete your ROAR Experience is completely up to you! Your ROAR Experience Canvas course should take no more than 30 minutes to complete. Your advising appointment will last about 30 minutes – 1 hour also. We encourage you to visit us in person for your appointment. 


ROAR is designed to prepare you for your 1st day at PRCC. You will gain insight on topics such as: 

  • What RiverGuide, our student portal, has to offer
  • How to schedule a Campus Tour
  • How to prepare for your advisement appointment appointment
  • How to take care of other college business (financial aid, student ID, etc.)
  • and much more!

A:  ROAR Express sessions are shortened orientation sessions that we provide on campus during PRCC’s Open Registration days. Just like our ROAR Experience, you will learn what you need to know to begin the semester at PRCC and will meet with an advisor to register for classes.

A:  Absolutely! We make sure that each student who participates in ROAR enrolls in the courses they need for the upcoming semester.

A: One parent or guest is welcome to join you. 

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 if you have questions. 

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.


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 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

A: If you want to change your major, please send an e-mail to or call 601-403-1250. Be sure to provide us with your student ID number and your new major.

A: Yes. Please register for ROAR in RiverGuide.

If you have more questions:

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

Go Wildcats!

First-Year Experience Staff

Dr. Lisa Wall, Director of First-Year Experience

Ms. Emily Sheckells, ROAR Orientation Coordinator

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 policy or to request accommodations, special assistance, or alternate format publications, contact Eddie Sandifer, ADA Coordinator, 101 Hwy 11 N., Poplarville, MS 39470 or 601-403-1215. For inquiries regarding Title IX, contact Alexandra Kennedy, Title IX Coordinator, at 101 Hwy 11 N., Poplarville, MS 39470 or 601-403-1546.