Academic Experience

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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...

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 Senior

Academic Experience: The professors are great, many coming from PSU.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 221st
    Best Class Sizes
  • 983rd
    Best Class Availability
  • 1375th
    Least Stressful Workloads
  • 1511st
    Most Accessible Professors

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Trung Hoang
nghe an, vietnam
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Most PCC students would agree that they have wonderful teachers at the College. All of the professors are always ready for their classes and are on time. They also are often available with flexible schedules to meet with students for help and find ways to help students if they are not available. They teach students lessons and actually have life experience to apply to the classes. The teachers are easy to get along with, and students generally have a great time in classes.

Portland Community College offers a standard workload to students. For mathematics, the workload can be a little heavier, though. However, if students know how to manage their time, then they can finish projects, although someone who has a job may have a little bit of a harder time juggling responsibilities. Overall, the grading scale is the same as with other colleges.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
Full-Time Retention Rate
Part-Time Retention Rate
Transfer-Out Rate
Graduation Rate
Degrees Awarded
  • Associate degree
  • Certificate
Instructional Programs
Occupational: Yes
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: No
Recreational/Avocational: Yes
Adult Basic Remedial: Yes
Secondary (High School): Yes
Programs/Majors Offered
Most Popular Majors
  • Accounting Technician and Bookkeeping: Unknown
  • Business Administration and Management: Unknown
  • General Studies: Unknown
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences: Unknown
Special Study Options
Distance Learning Opportunities: Yes
Study Abroad: Yes
Weekend/Evening College: Yes
Teacher Certification: Yes
Class Sizes
Class sizes typically consist of 20 to 35 students. Math classes can be a little bigger than most classes.
Student/Professor Relationships
Student-professor relationships are pretty strong because the classes are so small.
Testing & Grading Procedures
Grades are usually based on assignments and tests. The final grade is evaluated on everything you do, not just one thing, although tests and big essays have some weight.
Typical Lecture - Single Day
A single day usually consists of a lecture from a professor. Sometimes professors will give students a 10-minute bathroom break. A professor usually lectures for the duration of the class time.
Typical Course - Start to Finish
Courses typically meet twice a week over the course of a semester. A professor will go over the syllabus on the first day, then soon after that it picks up with quizzes, exams, and new topics every week.
Things I Wish I Knew Before Coming To School
Parking is very limited.
Tips to Succeed
  • Do not slack off.
  • Study hard and ask instructors for help if you need it.
  • Try to plan ahead and have good time management skills.
Full-Time Faculty
Female Faculty
Male Faculty
Faculty Diversity
African American: 2%
Asian American: 4%
Hispanic: 4%
International: 3%
Native American: 0%
White: 83%
Unknown: 2%
Average Faculty Salary
Academic/Career Counseling?
Remedial Services?

Student Polls

Which statement(s) best describes the quality of education you're getting?    Based on 158 responses

  • 30% Applicable to the real world
  • 24% Will advance my career
  • 23% Learned a lot of new things
  • 12% Will help me switch careers
  • 11% Learned a few new things
  • 1% Waste of time
  • 1% Haven't learned anything I didn't already know


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