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3 College Junior

Academic Experience: I am currently in the Portland Community college Paramedic program and I can honestly say that this program is spectacular. After I graduate as a paramedic I am wanting to get into the nursing program and PCC has a very competitive and up to date nursing program. One thing I do not like about PCC is I am a really bad test taker and when I took the placement test I scored really low in math and I am taking classes that I took in seventh grade. I know everything we are learning and one of my professors told me I was too advanced for this class, unfortunately I can not do anything about it because of my low test scores.

3 College Junior

Overall Experience: Portland Community College has a variety of classes to take and programs to complete. There are people form all over who attend PCC and It's a great environment to make friends and study partners. The professors at PCC are dedicated to there classes and take each day seriously. PCC is a great Community College for those returning to school or are trying to save money before heading off to a four year university.

5 College Junior

Online Courses: I've only taken a few online classes at PCC. I really prefer campus classes, but I find online to be more convenient in the summer.

5 College Junior

Overall Experience: My classes have all been small. The teachers know my name and they are very accessible if I have questions.

5 College Junior

Overall Experience: I wish PCC were a four year school. It has been a great experience.

5 College Junior

Academic Experience: I've had very good teachers at PCC. I am taking classes to transfer to George Fox and the classes are interesting and challenging.

5 College Junior

Overall Experience: I love PCC - especially Rock Creek. The campus is beautiful and the professors are great!

3 College Sophomore

Online Courses: A new experience for me

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I love how diverse all PCC courses are. You can literally relate to everything.

3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I don't know much about this because I am new to PCC

4 College Sophomore

Academic Experience: I think the academic environment at PCC is very challenging and I love that part about it. It challenges me mentally and that is helping me to learn new things.

3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: This is my first term at PCC and I think I am already loving it. But I wish the professors and staff were more dedicated to their students. And I want to make friends.

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3 College Sophomore

Academic Experience: I am planning on switching my major soon, to better coincide with what i want to do in life. But having my major is pretty good. There are a lot of class options to choose from to complete my degree, which is great so that i can choose what i want to learn about in particular.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: It's extremely helpful because of the many resource centers here. I know that if i need help or have a question on anything, there are people here who only want me to succeed.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: I am learning a lot here and I really enjoy most of the courses. Class styles vary from lecture only to lecture/lab mix or feild studies. I love that in almost every class, there is an opportunity to go on a field trip. Also, the focus on sustainability is wonderful.

4 College Junior

Academic Experience: The Interior Design/Architecture program is great. It is well rounded with difficult classes and fun ones. The curriculum is very hands on, so not only do you learn technical knowledge, but you get a feel of what it will be like in the real world.

5 College Junior

Career Services: PCC does a phenomenal job to help students find post-grad work. Not only is the career center a wonderful resource, but each Major area of study has it's own special way of finding internships and jobs for the students who deserve it. It's really soothing to know that as long as I work hard, I will most likely leave with an internship or maybe even a permanent position!

3 College Junior

Online Courses: I hate online classes. But I don't attribute that to PCC entirely, it's just not my favorite type of education. The few online classes I have taken were either wayyyy to easy and I felt like I wasted money because I didn't learn anything or, they were extremely difficult to keep track of and get in touch with the instructor. Peer to peer interaction is forced through the online classes I have taken so that is nice..ish.

3 College Junior

Academic Flexibility: The program I am in is slightly restrictive because the classes are only offered at one campus. (Which is a long drive from my house). Also, the majority of the credits do not transfer to other Interior Design Universities in the area. So, if I decided that I wanted to get my Bachelor Degree later on, I would end up having to take many of the same courses over again.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: PCC is a great school. Most of my teachers are wonderful. You can tell that they are passionate about what they do and very knowledgeable as well.

3 College Sophomore

Career Services: It's very focused in Oregon's schools

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: There is always a new employer or recruiter waiting for you on campus.

4 College Sophomore

Academic Experience: Good teachers, good disposition, great ambient, tight schedules.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: It is a really good place to start your higher education, very recommended for an international student. This school is very focused in transfers in-state, if you want to apply out-state, you should start your transfer plan the first day you start your classes.

3 College Senior

Academic Experience: Will not be receiving my Bachelor's degree at Portland Community College, as there is no degree available in Fine Art. However there are a number of classes available that apply to transfer students.

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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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