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Academic Flexibility

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5 College Student

Academic Flexibility: I had a few questions about a course. I emailed the professor with my questions, and by lunch sje had my answers for me. The best part of this was i wasnt even her student yet. What that told me about this teacher is, she doesnt just care if her students pass.... she cares that EVERYONE is informed with all the information they need, to improve their lives. (Thats a TRUE teacher)

3 College Senior

Academic Flexibility: PCC offers a lot of online courses to choose from, but physical classes can have limited scheduling options. My biggest issue so far with PCC has been getting my transcripts evaluated. The process is really weird and because of this, I haven't been able to register for some classes!

3 College Student

Academic Flexibility: academic flexibility is kind of difficult, when you work a full time job. Overall it was difficult to get the times and days I needed to be flexible with work but, in the long run I figured it out.

4 College Junior

Academic Flexibility: This feedback is taking way too long right now. SORRY

3 College Junior

Academic Flexibility: I have not taken any classes yet because I just graduated high school

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Portland Community College provides flexibility so that any student can fit school into his or her busy schedule. With rampant economic turmoil in recent years, many students have to work while they attend school. PCC doesn’t do anything to stand in the way and instead tries to help, offering classes at many different locations and times.

PCC also offers classes online to fit everyone's schedule. Most students find these very helpful, as they can work on a class on their own time instead of the school's. Some students wish there were more weekend class options; the only options for full-time working students are night classes or online classes.

Facts & Statistics

Credit Requirements - Full Time
12 credits
Credit Requirements - Part Time
6 credits
Average Credits Per Course
3
Average Course Load - Full Time
4 course(s)
Average Course Load - Part Time
2 course(s)
Time Investment/Workload - Full Time
20 hours/week
Time Investment/Workload - Part Time
10 hours/week
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: No
Tips for Earning Credits
  • Receive help from an academic adviser to plan out your term.
  • There are opportunities to receive credits by attending lecture series, volunteering, and other related activities.
Academic/Testing Requirements
Students can take placement tests that are free upon admission to the College.
Typical Session Length
A semester typically lasts about three months or 12 weeks.
Class Style & Structure
Since classes are small, class style is often conducive for discussion.
Course Registration Process
Students can sign up online for classes or they can go to the Registration/Admission offices to register.

Student Polls

Describe the ease of the following    Based on 222 responses

Very hard
Very easy
  • Attending classes
  • Completing and submitting assignments
  • Enrollment process
  • Receiving financial aid
  • Scheduling classes
  • Transferring credits

How were your transfer credits awarded?    Based on 192 responses

  • 28% They replaced both electives and degree requirements.
  • 9% They only replaced core classes/degree requirements.
  • 4% They only replaced electives.
  • 4% None of my credits transferred.
  • 54% I'm a first-time student, so I had no credits to transfer.

Can you reasonably schedule classes around your work and family commitments?    Based on 192 responses

  • 64% Yes, there is a wide range of evening and weekend classes available.
  • 31% Some days I can, other days I can't.
  • 5% No, I've had to completely reshuffle my personal schedule to get to classes.

Did your school follow through with granting you the credit they estimated before you started?    Based on 192 responses

  • 45% Yes
  • 4% No
  • 52% Non-applicable

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