FINANCIAL AID RATE64%
STUDENT TEACHER RATIO19:1
DEGREE OFFERED ONLINE14
FINANCIAL AID AWARD AVG.$5,158
Average Grants + Scholarship Aid Awarded to Undergraduate Students
Percent of Full-Time Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid
Percent of Students Paying In-State Tuition vs Out-of-State Tuition
Portland Community College
Also known as Summit Salon Academy-PDX
8820 SW Center, Tigard, OR
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
- Computer Science, Mathematics, Statistics
- Criminal Justice, Human Services, Public Administration
- Fine Arts, Arts
- Foreign Languages
- Health, Physical Education and Recreation
- Health Professions
- Home Economics, Family Studies
- Liberal Arts, Humanities
- Natural Sciences
- Social Sciences
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.
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
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.
Admission Requirements & Details
The information regarding admissions below may give you an idea of the applicants Portland Community College accepts. The details may include admissions application requirements and recommendations, as well as any college or dual credits that may be transferred.
College Credits Accepted
- Dual Credits
- AP Course Credits
Estimated Costs & Financial Aid
The average "out of pocket" cost of attendance, after any grants and scholarships are considered, is around $7,900. 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
- Tuition estimates per year:
- State Residents: $4,200-$5,000
- Out-of-State: $9,000-$10,840
- Part-time students are charged:
- State Residents: $120-$140 per credit unit
- Nonresidents: $250-$300 per credit unit
Financial Aid Details
The table listed below helps break down the types of financial aid students receive and the percent receiving aid, as well as the average amount of aid per student per year.
|Percent of Students||Average Amount|
|Any Financial Aid||64%||-|
|Receiving Grants & Scholarships||57%||$5,705|
|Receiving Student Loans||20%||$4,518|
Academics & Student Services
Student ServicesTo help students and alumni, Portland Community College may provide services to students including:
- Distance learning
- Night and weekend classes available
- Remedial instructional courses
- Career path counseling
- Student employment
- Assistance to find work
- Child care
Specialized Programs & Accreditations
- Dental Assistant Program
- Dental Hygienist Program
- Dental Laboratory Technician Program
- Associate's Degree in Nursing (ADN) Program
- Radiology Technician Program
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.
Get more information about the programs offered by Portland Community College by clicking the request information to the right.
(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (PhD,...)
Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Business and Marketing Studies
Computer and Information Sciences
Foreign Languages and Literature
Health and Clinical Professions
Legal Professions and Studies
Liberal Arts and Sciences
Mechanic and Repair Technology
Recreation and Fitness Studies
Security and Protective Services
Transportation and Materials Moving
Visual and Performing Arts
Other Community Colleges
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- Clackamas Community College in Salem, OR (11 miles away)
- Clark College in Richland, WA (14 miles away)
- Chemeketa Community College in Bend, OR (34 miles away)
- Lower Columbia College in Kirkland, WA (50 miles away)
- Tillamook Bay Community College in Dallas, TX (54 miles away)
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