Portland Community College

12000 SW 49th Avenue, Portland, OR

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Portland Community College (PCC), located in the Northwest Oregon area, is the largest higher education institution in the state of Oregon. PCC offers many different types of study programs, including traditional credit courses earned towards a two-year associate's degree or as part of a college-transfer program.  PCC also allows students to pursue dual enrollment programs, wherein they combine their PCC credits with those from other institutions.  Continuing education and adult basic skills programs are offered, as well as professional training and licensing for career advancement, among others.


Portland Community College was founded in 1961.   In 1968, a new college district was formed, the Metropolitan Area Education District, to include the school districts of Portland and five other counties.  The district's name was later changed to the Portland Community College District.   In the 1990s, PCC's Cascade and Rock Creek campuses were completed, along with the establishment of several of its centers.


Portland Community College's academic calendar follows a four-quarter format, with fall, winter, spring and summer terms.  Each term is roughly three months long.

There are 80 programs of study available at Portland Community College from many different departments.  Students can pursue programs for general studies, pre-college transfer, two-year associate's degrees, professional training certificates, improving English skills or earning a high school diploma.

Colleges and Schools

PCC doesn't have separate colleges and schools, but its many departments offer the following study areas:

  • Agriculture, Forestry, Marine
  • Architecture
  • Business
  • Computer Science, Mathematics, Statistics
  • Criminal Justice, Human Services, Public Administration
  • Engineering
  • Fine Arts, Arts
  • Foreign Languages
  • Health, Physical Education and Recreation
  • Health Professions
  • Home Economics, Family Studies
  • Journalism
  • Liberal Arts, Humanities
  • Natural Sciences
  • Social Sciences

Student Life

There are many student resources offered at Portland Community College's three comprehensive campuses, including online-distance learning options, academic advising, counseling, career advising, child care, student leadership opportunities, and more.


The athletics program at Portland Community College is all about basketball.  Its Panther Basketball Program, which includes men and women's intercollegiate basketball teams, has the ambitious goal of winning an NWAACC conference championship.  Once it achieves this goal, PCC plans to transfer all its basketball players who are also graduating with an associate's degree to four-year universities as top student-athletes.  PCC wants its Panther student-athletes to continue their athletic and academic careers at the university level and beyond.

Satellite Campuses

Portland Community College has three campuses in and around the Portland area: Cascade Campus, Rock Creek Campus, and Sylvania Campus.  As part of its "Extended Learning Campus," PCC also has seven smaller centers that provide job training, specialized programs, and some college transfer courses.  These seven centers are:

  • CLIMB / Central Portland (CPWTC)
  • Hillsboro Center
  • Newberg Center
  • Portland Metropolitan (PMWTC)
  • Southeast Center
  • Willow Creek Center
  • Downtown Center
  • Columbia County

Community Life

The city of Portland, known as "the City of Roses," is 70 miles from the Pacific Ocean and situated along the Columbia and Willamette rivers. Portland's historic old town is adjacent, offering many galleries and museums, theatres, shopping, Waterfront Park and many more attractions to enjoy.  Not far from Portland are many outdoor attractions such as Hood River, Multnomah Falls, and Mount Hood.  There are more than 200 parks in the Portland area, and the excellent public transportation system makes most destinations accessible.

Estimated Costs & Financial Aid

The average "out of pocket" cost of attendance, after any grants and scholarships are considered, is around $8,800. To calculate a more personalized cost visit the net price calculator. The figures listed below are for informational purposes only and do not represent current or future tuition, fees, and expenses.

Tuition & Fees Information

  • Annual tuition range:
    • State Residents: $3,500-$4,100
    • Out-of-State: $8,100-$9,677
  • Charges per unit:
    • In-State: $96-$120 per unit
    • Out-of-State: $220-$270 per unit

Financial Aid Details

The table below breaks down the types of financial aid, the percent of students receiving aid, and average amount of aid per student per year.

 Percent of StudentsAverage Amount
Any Financial Aid54%-
Receiving Grants & Scholarships44%$4,845
Receiving Student Loans31%$5,461

Admissions, Academics, & Student Services

Student Services

To help students and recent graduates, Portland Community College may provide services like those listed below:

  • Online classes
  • Weekend and night classes available
  • Remedial instructional courses
  • Career path counseling
  • Employing students to lower education costs
  • Assistance to find work
  • Day care

Graduation & Transfer Rates

Community colleges often times offer both career training courses and curriculum to help students transfer out to a 4-year college or university, that is why we include how this school compares for both graduation and transfer rates against other community colleges in Multnomah County and community colleges in Oregon in total.

 Portland Community CollegeMultnomah CountyOregon
Graduation Rate19.2%18.4%19.1%
Transfer-out Rate14.8%22.6%20.4%

Specialized Programs & Accreditations

  • Dental Assistant Program (more info)
    • Accredited by the American Dental Association, Commission on Dental Accreditation (since 1964)
  • Dental Hygienist Program (more info)
    • Accredited by the American Dental Association, Commission on Dental Accreditation (since 1970)
  • Dental Laboratory Technician Program
    • Accredited by the American Dental Association, Commission on Dental Accreditation (since 1967)
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing (ADN) Program (more info)
  • Radiology Technician Program (more info)
    • Accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (since 1970)

Programs Offered

The program list below is organized by areas of study. The programs that have a link will direct you to the program's profile page where you can learn more about education requirements and career pathways.

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(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (PhD,...)

Agriculture Operations


Biological and Biomedical Sciences

Business and Marketing Studies

Communication Technology

Computer and Information Sciences

Construction Trades



Engineering Technology

Foreign Languages and Literature

Health and Clinical Professions

Interdisciplinary Studies

Legal Professions and Studies

Liberal Arts and Sciences

Library Science

Mechanic and Repair Technology

Personal and Culinary Services

Precision Production

Public Administration and Social Services

Recreation and Fitness Studies

Security and Protective Services

Social Sciences

    Transportation and Materials Moving

    Visual and Performing Arts

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