Portland Community College

12000 SW 49th Ave.
Portland, OR 97219-7132
(971) 722-8888
Accrediting Agency:
Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities

Portland Community College is the largest two-year institution in Oregon, serving more than 34,000 students. The school was originally established as an adult education program in 1961. Today, students can choose from a wide range of certificate and associate degree programs in areas ranging from technical training to liberal arts. A growing number of online programs and courses are also offered through the college. The school operates three main campuses throughout the city: Sylvania, Rock Creek, and Cascade. There are also several learning centers in and around Portland run by PCC.

Programs Offered

Whether students are looking to transfer to a four-year institution in the near future, or are hoping to gain the technical skills and qualifications they need to enter the workforce, Portland Community College has a number of options. Some examples of available majors include accounting, architectural design and drafting, biology, business administration, computer science, criminal justice, creative writing, dental hygiene, engineering, interior design, journalism, marketing, mathematics, psychology, veterinary technology, and web site development, among others. Online classes are also available to help working adults and students with family responsibilities better balance the demands of higher education.


Portland Community College has been accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities since 1970. In addition, the school has earned specialized accreditation for their programs in dental assisting, dental laboratory technology, dental hygiene, radiological technology, and nursing.


Students interested in enrolling at Portland Community College can submit their application online; or, a downloadable copy of the application is available if they wish to submit via standard mail. In addition to this form, official high school transcripts, or GED test results, must be sent to the admissions office. First-time freshman will have to complete placement testing before enrolling. Students transferring college credits should contact an advisor about whether or not they will need to complete this testing. Following placement, students will complete an orientation and meet with an advisor to prepare to register for classes. Please note that the school has an open admissions policy; however, some programs may have additional admissions requirements.

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