PERRLA: 1. the most amazing, approachable, quirky, coachy software company for students, ever. 2. medical acronym for Pupils Equal, Round and Reactive to Light and Accommodation

What We're About

Helping Students

We know how overwhelming it can be to try to juggle school, work, and home. We’ve done it ourselves. Students who use our software have the best chance of success in school, and we like knowing that.

Being There for You

We make it easy for students to contact us. From 10am until 10pm, 7 days a week, our Customer Support Team is standing by to help you. Some companies talk about support and it’s all talk, but we’re kind of fanatical about it.

Having Fun While Doing Both

We take our work seriously, but we also take our fun seriously, too. No, seriously. Do you know another company that has created a fictitious revolutionary character, has a unicorn for a mascot, and has even made a sock puppet musical? We promise to give you not only the best student software around, but to also try and put a smile on your face while doing it.

PERRLA’s Story

PERRLA was first developed in 1998 when our founder, Gary McGuire, was attending Vanderbilt University. Gary had to write a lot of APA papers for his Nursing degree and his PERRLA program made it easier. A couple of Gary's nursing instructors told him he should put his formatting tool on the Internet to help other students. That was the beginning of PERRLA, LLC.

  • Since 1998, the company has grown and we’ve released countless updates.
  • We added the MLA format in 2010.
  • In 2013, we released PERRLA Online, our web-based application that allows students to write papers anywhere in the world, using only a web browser.  PERRLA Online also includes tools to manage Classes, Assignments, To-Do’s, etc.
  • With each semester, we continue to work on PERRLA, adding features to help students with the challenges of attending school in the 21st Century.

More than 500,000 students have put their faith in us so far… and we’re helping many new students each semester.

We hope you will recognize that this is more than a business for us. We are working hard on new (and existing) products but our goal - after all these years - is still the same... to help people achieve their dreams through success in school.

Did We Mention Approachable?

We love hearing from you

From inside our software, we've built-in the ability for you to provide us with feedback. In addition to that, you can get in touch with anyone at PERRLA by sending us an email at

Email Us

Support: 10am - 10pm, 7 days/week

We’re here when you need us and have a special mission to offer you the best support imaginable. If you have questions about our software, are having a problem, or need a little extra guidance, we’d love to help! You can contact our Support gurus using the button below, from within our software, or you can email us at

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