New Student Orientation

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 attend?
A:  All new freshmen students are strongly encouraged to attend. You must complete your admissions file before attending your ROAR session. Please call (601)403-1214 or (601)554-5519 to verify your completion of the admissions process. We also encourage you to begin the financial aid process by applying for FAFSA online at

Q:  How long will ROAR last?
A:  We have so much to share with you, so make plans to be here most of the day (9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.). Dress comfortably and wear walking shoes if you will participate in the optional campus tour (see non-discrimination policy below regarding disability accommodations). Check-in begins at 8:00 a.m. in the Brownstone Center (Poplarville), Building 5 (Forrest County Center), or Front Desk (Hancock Center).

Q:  What will I do at ROAR?

  • Learn about campus resources

  • Tour campus and dorms (optional)
  • Understand college expectations
  • Get involved with campus life
  • Register for classes
  • Parent/Guest session
  • Take care of business (financial aid, student ID, etc.)

Q:  What do I need to bring to ROAR?

  • Valid photo ID (such as your driver’s license)
  • 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 institution). You will be unable to register for classes without first being accepted to PRCC through the Admissions Office.
  • Any financial aid documents that you may have questions about. 

Q:  Will lunch be provided?
A:  Poplarville Campus
Lunch in the PRCC cafeteria will be provided for registering students only at the Poplarville Campus.  Parents/guests are welcomed to eat in the PRCC cafeteria for approximately $6.00 each. 

Forrest County Center - Hattiesburg
Lunch will be provided for registering students only.  Parents/guests are welcome to bring their lunch to eat on campus.  Several fast food restaurants are located within a 5 mile radius.

Q:  Can I bring my parents or a guest to ROAR?
A:  A Wildcat Parent/Guest Session will be conducted during the students’ concurrent sessions and an optional campus tour will also be provided. Due to space limitations, you may bring no more than two guests with you to ROAR.

Q:  Can I apply for housing at ROAR?
A:  Please note, if you plan to stay in Student Housing, be aware that dorms typically fill by mid-April. Information can be found at or you may call 601-403-1412 to check on the status of your application.

Q:  Can I get a parking decal at ROAR?
A:  Parking decals will be available for purchase sometime in late July or early August. To purchase a parking decal, you either pay for it at the Business Office and then pick it up at the Campus Police department, or register your vehicle and pay online. Campus Police will email students when the decals are ready and online registration is open.

Q:  Can I pay my bill at ROAR?
A:  Beginning August 1st, you will be able to pay your PRCC bill online.

Q:  I already registered for ROAR, but now I need to change dates or my major. How can I make this change?
A:  If you need to make changes to the date of your ROAR session, the major you want to pursue at PRCC, or any other information you provided us on your original registration form, please send an e-mail to Jaime Missimer in the Office of Student Success at

Please call us at 601-403-1377 if you have any questions. We are excited to welcome you to the Wildcat Family!
Go Wildcats!
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, 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, Director of Admissions and Records, ADA/Civil Rights Coordinator, and Title IX Coordinator at P.O. Box 5537, Poplarville, MS 39470 or 601-403-1060.