Location
Portland, OR
Undergrads
14,282
Tuition (in-state)
$7,696 ($3,232)
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Reviews 1078 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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3 College Junior

Campus Resources: I dont use too much of the resources on campus. If i do use anything its open study in the class room where i get to study the models.

College Junior

Career Services: I have not looked into the post grad services at PCC. I could not give you an accurate rating.

5 Recent Alumnus

Campus Resources: They are ALWAYS willing to help!! NO Complaints!

4 Recent Alumnus

Student Body: The student body is very dedicated and hard-working. Most are raising families and working part time while going to school full time. So there is not a whole lot of interaction outside of the campus because of very busy personal lives.

4 Recent Alumnus

Tuition & Financial Aid: I think I am receiving what I paid for (in some cases more). I have no complaints! :)

5 Recent Alumnus

Career Services: They have a class (free 4 credits) that helps you network and keep in touch to help find jobs,money for school,childcare/welfare,etc... well after you graduate/transfer!

4 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: My overall experience is a positive one. I have come across a couple of negative experiences with professors but the good far outweigh the bad.

Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: I have not exposed myself to that aspect of the school yet to give an accurate review.

4 Recent Alumnus

Academic Experience: I have yet to enter a program because I am still working on my prerequisites. My prerequisite classes are up to my discretion so there really is not much room for dull classes unless you want them.

4 Recent Alumnus

Academic Experience: Portland Community College is what YOU make it! This college caters to many people from varying walks of life. People you come across are usually quite ambitious people. There is a stigma that community college is for those who could not get into a university. That could not be furthest from the truth! In fact, most students are balancing raising a family, working and/or furthering their education to create or join organizations that benefits the community. The curriculum here is just as rigorous as curriculums at a university ( because majority of the professors teach at universities also). The workload is dependent upon the class and the professors. I have heard of some professors who do not give out required homework, but the exams are ridiculously hard. There are endless opportunities for for people here backed by strong support and aid from the administration. If only it were a university...

College Sophomore

Career Services: transferring schools, didn't use career services.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I only went to PCC part time and didn't put much effort into it. I had a pretty good experience overall, and for a community college it's very good, but it's still a community college. But if that's what your looking for, PCC is a great option.

4 College Sophomore

Academic Flexibility: It's very easy to schedule and sign up for things, as community colleges are built for people who have other jobs or go part time or have families and things like that.

College Sophomore

Online Courses: didn't take any online courses

5 College Sophomore

Campus Resources: The campus I went to, Sylvania, was absolutely beautiful. It has a lot of resources and study places and such. I loved it. Other campuses are not as good though.

4 College Sophomore

Tuition & Financial Aid: They do a good job of walking you through it, but the website isn't the greatest.

3 College Sophomore

Student Body: The students are a mix of "I'm just here for a major so I can get a better job" and "I really love my school! Go PCC!" an oversimplification of course, but there do appear to be a lot of those extremes there.

3 College Sophomore

Academic Experience: There's a lot of learning to be done at PCC, but only if you really want to learn and work at it. The teachers are pretty good but the curriculum isn't great.

College Sophomore

Academic Experience: I'm transferring and haven't taken any classes in my major at PCC

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: For a community college, PCC has good classes and pretty helpful staff to get you through the process. It's not the greatest school, but it is still very good.

3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: As with many community colleges, the object is to provide an opportunity for lower income people to get a better job with a degree. So while the in depth learning experience may not be the greatest, they seem like they still work on job opportunity a lot.

5 College Senior

Overall Experience: Great community, feels just like a university.

5 College Senior

Tuition & Financial Aid: The tuition is very reasonable compared to PSU.

5 College Senior

Campus Resources: So many resources you cant use them all.

4 College Senior

Academic Flexibility: Very versatile scheduled class times.

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Unlike universities with sometimes 100 students in a class, PCC is conducive for intimate learning, with small class sizes that allow for good one-on-one instruction. Even though PCC enrolls some 83,000 students, the campuses are spread out so that there isn't too much crowding on one particular campus. Even then, though, parking can still be a problem, as it's the no. 1 thing students list among their complaints about the school. 

In terms of students, you will find people from every walk of life at PCC, as the College draws students from all over. However, one drawback to students with the main goal of furthering their education is that it can be hard to make friends sometimes. Nevertheless, PCC students are still very friendly and welcoming; it's just that being a community college makes it so people come to class and then go home. PCC staff is very friendly, as well. Sometimes, you may see your instructor as not just someone teaching you, but someone you can go to as a mentor and friend. Instructors are usually very interested in the general success of their students.

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