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3 College Sophomore

Academic Flexibility: There could be more evening classes to choose from. Sometimes you only get one choice and it's not at the nearby campus.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Small classes sizes, majority of teachers are great. Most of the programs are great with no extra classes that have nothing to do what you are studying

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Most of my professors have been really great. The occasional person who is much too dry and only reads from the slides.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: So far it's been really good at school, as I feel with all education it costs far too much. It limits who can go.

4 College Sophomore

Online Courses: They are run very well, so far I've only taken a math course and a art course online. They advance my degree but do nothing for my career of choice.

4 College Sophomore

Student Body: Very diverse since it's a community college. Still tends to lean more white due to it being in Portland.

3 College Sophomore

Tuition & Financial Aid: They do make sure you know when the scholarship deadline is.

College Sophomore

Career Services: I'm not sure yet, I haven't looked at that information yet but I have seen a lot of post about it. I'm not anywhere near graduating so it's not relevant yet.

College Sophomore

Academic Experience: I haven't gotten into the program yet, just doing pre-reqs right now,

3 College Sophomore

Academic Experience: Sometimes the senority thing shouldn't be done when it's a series of classes. It bumps people out that need to take it in order.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Resources: There are a lot of resources and they do a great job letting you know where and how to use them. They send e-mails out reminding you of the tutors before finals.

5 College Sophomore

Tuition & Financial Aid: My financial aid pays for everything and the loans I do have are very low interest! Make sure to submit your FAFSA on the day it opens (Jan.1st) and also search for other scholarships like the PCC student scholarships offered to only PCC students.

College Sophomore

Career Services: I haven't looked into this yet.

3 College Sophomore

Academic Experience: PCC has anthropology programs but are not as good as they could be. I feel like I am retaking the courses for anthropology I took while in high school. It is just a lot of basic material I have already learned and I get bored easily. The classes for my major and any major I feel like are just beginners because PCC is a 2 year school not a 4 year university. It's just a cheaper way to get your first 2 years completed and then you transfer.

4 College Sophomore

Academic Experience: The class registration process is very easy for me. You can even look at your "Grad Plan" to see what classes you are still required to take in order to transfer. The work load is really up to what classes you take. The writing classes have a minimal work load but the bio and chemistry classes are a lot of work and lab time.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Resources: I look up all my teachers on Rate My Professor, and through that I get amazing instructors. The libraries at each campus are great and the tutors are a lot of help.

4 College Junior

Student Body: I have already covered this topic in a previous step.

4 College Junior

Tuition & Financial Aid: I think the tuition is just a bit pricey. When I started my studies at PCC, tuition was twenty dollars less per credit than the price now. Which is quite a bit more in a short amount of time, and the textbooks have become very expensive also. The school began offering rental textbooks, but there is a credit card requirement. If you have no credit card, this option is not offered, therefore the higher price must be paid.

As for getting Financial Aid at the school, I did not experience this, because I applied on-line at fafsa.com. The school contacted me within 2 weeks time of receiving my fafsa results.

The value of education I am receiving has it' ups and downs. As with any program, there will always be some problems associated, but can be ironed out if approached in the correct manner, and with the right attitude.

I am a firm believer that success of a course is at least 70% reliant on the instructors method of teaching and the remaining 30% on how well you ingest that knowledge. I would recommend to anyone that they visit the website http://www.ratemyprofessor.com, and read the students evaluations of the instructors before deciding which course to register into. This website is most helpful in determining which instructor you choose.

4 College Junior

Career Services: I haven't researched any of these topics yet, bu I plan to very soon.

4 College Junior

Academic Experience: On=line learning is a bit more difficult than attending a class that is on campus. I believe the work load is much heavier and it takes longer to finish each weekly assignments. I find that the on-line tests have proven to require less completion time than if the test were being administered by hand. I do not know why this is so, but I have found that there is no adjustment options for this. As for the topics and material that we study, some have been more difficult than others, but overall, I believe I am being offered the correct courses for my line of study.

4 College Junior

Academic Experience: Most of my professors have been great, with the exception of a couple of difficult experiences, but I would imagine this is the same at any institution. The registration process has been pretty good so far. I have never found myself in a situation that was not easily remedied, either by self correction or with help from staff. The on-line student help center is wonderful, and has many options for troubleshooting or you can speak with the helpers who can direct you on the correct path that you need. Like I mentioned earlier, the workload is a bit heavier with on-line courses, but the convenience of studying and learning at home, make it all worthwhile.

4 College Junior

Campus Resources: I study my courses on-line, so I do not visit the Rock Creek campus very often. My experience has been with Registration office, Financial Aid office, the Library, and the Book Store. The people who run the registration office are always very helpful, courteous, and kind. Everyone is very knowledgeable, and are able to process requests in a timely manner. The Financial Aid office is efficient and the people there are very respectful. If I ever have any issues that I am concerned about, I know that I will be provided positive results. I love the Library, and have always received excellent help with my affairs. The Book Store is a bit crowded most of the time, but this is understandable considering the volume of enrolled students each semester. The demographics of the Book Store are wonderful and therefore, finding the books and materials I need have never been a difficult task. There are always an ample amount of helpers to assist everyone, which makes the experience much less stressful. Overall, the atmosphere of the campus is refreshing and receiving help from knowledgeable people is a godsend.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: The professors are very helpful, and it's up to YOU to take responsibility if you're having problems in a class. Class sizes don't mean much to me because everyone is willing to work.

4 College Sophomore

Tuition & Financial Aid: I never applied for financial aid, but tuition is relatively low compared to public universities where you pay 2x's the amount for the same classes.

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4 College Junior

Tuition & Financial Aid: I got everything accomplished and it was an easy process.

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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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