Academic Experience

Location
Portland, OR
Undergrads
14,282
Tuition (in-state)
$7,696 ($3,232)
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3 College Sophomore

Academic Experience: Excellent in some programs, including my major, Multimedia

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4 College Sophomore

Academic Experience: Good internships and work opportunities

3 College Freshman

Academic Experience: Workload can be really large depending on the class because you mostly only meet two days a week.

2 College Freshman

Academic Experience: They don't offer very many journalism and communication classes. They get cancelled pretty often as well.

5 College Freshman

Academic Experience: so far teacher communication and general faculty staff have been very helpful. Curriculum has flexible options, and registration was quick and easy. Tutors are available all the time.

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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
Hometown
nghe an, vietnam
Major
accounting
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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
23:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
493
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
1,617
Full-Time Retention Rate
58%
Part-Time Retention Rate
45%
Transfer-Out Rate
17%
Graduation Rate
13%
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
83
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
493
Female Faculty
57%
Male Faculty
43%
Faculty Diversity
African American: 2%
Asian American: 4%
Hispanic: 4%
International: 3%
Native American: 0%
White: 83%
Unknown: 2%
Average Faculty Salary
$65,207
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
Yes

Student Polls

Which statement(s) best describes the quality of education you're getting?    Based on 150 responses

  • 29% 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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