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Academic Experience


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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.

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.

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

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 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.


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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 228 responses

  • 28% Applicable to the real world
  • 25% Will advance my career
  • 22% Learned a lot of new things
  • 13% Learned a few new things
  • 11% Will help me switch careers
  • 1% Waste of time
  • 0% Haven't learned anything I didn't already know


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