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Portland Community College: Academics, Admissions & Tuition Info

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About Portland Community College

Portland Community College (PCC) is a 2-year, public institution that began as an adult education program in 1961. The college operates 3 campuses and 7 extended learning centers around the Portland, OR, area. The school's certificate and associate degree programs can prepare students for transfer to 4-year institutions or provide important career training.


PCC offers over 100 academic programs covering a wide variety of subjects like nursing, foreign language study, pilot training and electrical trades. A large number of the certificate options at the school can prepare students for entering the workforce, while transferable associate degree programs are available in subjects like history, economics and education. Most programs can take place at any of the campus locations, but some are available only at specific locations. The school also offers distance learning opportunities, as well as study abroad options.


Portland Community College has an open admissions policy, so students can apply at any time up to the beginning of the fall term. Although there are no firm deadlines, students want to leave enough time to complete the financial aid process, schedule placement testing at the school and attend orientation. Students are expected to submit transcripts from high school and any other institution where they have studied, in addition to the college application. Students can apply either online or through the mail.

Tuition & Financial Aid

Tuition rates depend on the student's residency. Students who were Oregon residents or had residency in any of the 4 states bordering Oregon were charged $82 per credit hour as of 2012. Non-residents were charged $206 per credit hour. Classes may also come with parking fees, technology fees and college service fees. Room and board was estimated to cost $6,984 for the 2011-2012 year.

Financial aid is available to undergraduate students, and the school offers hundreds of scholarships annually to applicants through the PCC Foundation. These must be applied for independently and have varying application deadlines. PCC also provides students with resources on how to find private, unaffiliated scholarship packages.

School Type 2-year, public*
Degrees Offered Certificates, associate degrees*
Religious Affiliation None*
Academic Calendar Quarters**
School Setting Large city*
Student Body 34,632 undergraduates in 2011*
Student Housing None*
Schools and Programs 3 campuses, 117 programs**
Student-Faculty Ratio 21:1*
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2011:
Certificate, less than 1 year: Autobody/collision and repair technology (73)
Certificate, 1 to <2 years: Accounting (46), dental assisting (46)
Associate: Liberal arts and sciences/liberal studies (1,008)
Certificate, 2 to <4 years: Automobile/automotive mechanics technology (12)*
Undergraduate Graduation Rates In 2011: 14% within 150% of normal program completion time*
Admission Rate Open admissions policy*
Undergraduate Application Deadline Rolling application processing*
Entering Class Size In fall 2011: 2,500 students*
First Year Retention Rates For the class matriculating in 2010: 60% of full-time students and 45% of part-time students*
Decision Notification Date Rolling notifications*
Tuition As of 2012: $82 per credit hour for resident students; $206 per credit hour for non-resident students**
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percentage of First-Time Undergraduates Receiving It) In 2011: federal grants (40%), Pell grants (40%), other federal grants (8%), state/local government grants/scholarships (3%), institutional grants/scholarships (2%), federal student loans (35%)*
Percentage of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid 52% in 2011*

Sources: *IPEDS Data Center, National Center for Education Statistics; **Portland Community College.

School Contact Information

  • Address: 12000 SW 49th Avenue, Portland, Oregon 97219-7132
  • Phone: (971) 722-8888 and choose option 2
  • Website: www.pcc.edu

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