Portland Community College

Portland Community College

Portland Community College is Oregon's largest community college, and is situated in Portland. There are more than 80,000 students in this college. PCC sprawls over 1,500 acres in northwestern Oregon. It was established in 1961 and offers education in alcohol and drug counseling, aviation science, architectural design, biomedical engineering and Asian studies. There are three major campuses of PCC. They are the following:

  • Cascade
  • Rock Creek
  • Sylvania

Portland Community College's athletics teams are called the Panthers. It is an associate member of the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges. It has men's and women's basketball teams which compete against the community colleges of Chemeketa, Lane, Linn-Benton, Clackamas, Mount Hood, Southwestern Oregon, and Umpqua.

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Portland Community College
12000 SW 49th Avenue
Portland , OR 97219-7132
General Phone: (503) 244-6111

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Portland Community College Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Liberal Arts1,052American Sign Language, sign language translation, liberal arts and sciences, general studies
Medical Support and Technology198dental assistant, dental hygienist, dental lab tech, medical assistant, veterinary assistant, radiation therapist, medical lab tech, ophthalmic tech
Business and Management120business management, accounting, accounting technology, MIS, management information systems, marketing, retail
Mechanics and Repair119HVAC, jewelrymaking, autobody repair, automobile mechanics, diesel mechanics, aircraft maintenance, aircraft powerplant tech
Nursing and Emergency Medicine113EMT paramedic, registered nursing
Security and Law Enforcement88criminal justice and safety, juvenile corrections, fire protection tech, security and protective services
Engineering Technician72civil engineering tech, electronics tech, manufacturing tech, mechanical engineering tech, construction engineering tech, drafting, architectural drafting
Office and Administration68office management, administrative assistant, office data entry, general office occupations
Law43legal assistant
Design40design and visual communication, interior design
Landscaping and Horticulture30landscaping
Family and Social Work28child care management
Medical Administration25medical records tech
Construction Trades24construction, building inspector, construction manager
Education and Teaching19teacher aide, education courses
Therapy and Counseling17substance abuse counseling
Production Trades16machinist, machine shop assistant, welding
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy16health and physical education
Photography and Commercial Art13commercial art
Music8music performance
Cooking and Culinary Arts8food prep and kitchen assistant
Engineering3biomedical engineering
Computer Science and Engineering3web design
Transportation3commercial pilot and flight crew
Media1printing press operation

Number of programs and degrees for Portland Community College in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Award of less than 1 academic year3612
Award of at least 1 but less than 2 academic years24537
Associate's degree1,79750
Award of at least 2 but less than 4 academic years5610

Portland Community College Student Body

In 2007-2008, Portland Community College had a total enrollment of 24,353 students (15,335 full-time equivalent).

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 100%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 60%
Black 5%
Hispanic 6%
Asian 8%
American Indian 1%
Unknown 17%
(Foreign Students) 2%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 3%
18-19 16%
20-21 14%
22-24 15%
25-29 19%
30-34 11%
35-39 8%
40-49 9%
50-64 5%
65+ 1%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)


Portland Community College Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 55 %
Part-Time 39 %

Portland Community College Room and Board (2007)

The school does not offer campus housing.

(Please refer to our profile of Portland, Oregon for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Oregon Colleges).

The school does not offer students a meal plan.

Portland Community College Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 2,736
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 7,344
Books and supplies $ 1,470

Financial Aid:
Portland Community College participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 321300)

Portland Community College Faculty

Portland Community College has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track3643
Non-tenured and not on tenure track1029

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Instructoracademic year191$64,108246$60,605
All faculty totalacademic year191$64,108246$60,605

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Portland Community College Athletics

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):


Portland Community College Degree Programs (2007)

Business And Management
Accounting Technology/Technician and Bookkeeping
Business Administration and Management, General
Management Information Systems and Services, Other
Management Information Systems, General
Marketing/Marketing Management, General
Retailing and Retail Operations

Computer Science And Engineering
Web Page, Digital/Multimedia and Information Resources Design

Construction Trades
Building/Construction Site Management/Manager
Building/Home/Construction Inspection/Inspector
Construction Trades, General

Cooking And Culinary Arts
Food Preparation/Professional Cooking/Kitchen Assistant

Design and Visual Communications, General
Interior Design

Education And Teaching
Education, Other
Teacher Assistant/Aide

Biomedical/Medical Engineering

Engineering Technician
Architectural Drafting and Architectural CAD/CADD
Civil Engineering Technology/Technician
Construction Engineering Technology/Technician
Drafting and Design Technology/Technician, General
Electrical/Electronic/Communications Engr Technology/Technician
Manufacturing Technology/Technician
Mechanical Engineering/Mechanical Technology/Technician

Family And Social Work
Child Care and Support Services Management

Landscaping And Horticulture
Landscaping and Groundskeeping

Legal Assistant/Paralegal

Liberal Arts
American Sign Language (ASL)
General Studies
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Sign Language Interpretation and Translation

Mechanics And Repair
Aircraft Powerplant Technology/Technician
Airframe Mechanics and Aircraft Maintenance Technology/Technician
Autobody/Collision and Repair Technology/Technician
Automobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology/Technician
Diesel Mechanics Technology/Technician
Heating/AC/Ventilation/Refrig Maint Technology/Technician
Watchmaking and Jewelrymaking

Printing Press Operator

Medical Administration
Health Information/Medical Records Technology/Technician

Medical Support And Technology
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Technician
Dental Assisting/Assistant
Dental Hygiene/Hygienist
Dental Laboratory Technology/Technician
Medical Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiation Therapist
Medical/Clinical Assistant
Ophthalmic Technician/Technologist
Veterinary/Animal Health Technology/Technician/Veterinary Assistant


Music Performance, General

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic)
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Health and Physical Education, General

Office And Administration
Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science, General
Business/Office Automation/Technology/Data Entry
General Office Occupations and Clerical Services
Office Management and Supervision

Photography And Commercial Art
Commercial and Advertising Art

Production Trades
Machine Shop Technology/Assistant
Machine Tool Technology/Machinist
Welding Technology/Welder


Security And Law Enforcement
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies
Fire Protection and Safety Technology/Technician
Juvenile Corrections
Security and Protective Services, Other

Therapy And Counseling
Substance Abuse/Addiction Counseling

Airline/Commercial/Professional Pilot and Flight Crew

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% students 40 years or older
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Salaries of full-time faculty
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Top 17%Portland Community College % of degrees in landscaping and horticulture
% of degrees in engineering technician
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Top 18%Portland Community College % of degrees in engineering technician
Faculty/student ratio (full-time)
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Top 19%Portland Community College Faculty/student ratio (full-time)

checked Open admission
checked Accepts some high school credits
checked Grants credits for AP courses
checked Offers distance learning
checked Offers weekend classes
checked Career counseling
checked Career services
checked Student employment services
checked On-campus day care
checked Remedial classes for students
checked Offers remedial adult education
checked Option to study abroad
checked Offers part-time study
checked On-campus library
checked Tenure system for quality teaching
checked Offers athletic scholarships

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