Demographics

Portland Community College is the largest institution of higher learning in the state, serving more than 1,373,758 college-age residents in a five-county, 1,500-squaremile area in northwest Oregon. The district includes the state’s largest city, Portland, and the most rapidly growing population areas in the state. PCC enrolls more than 86,164 full- and part-time students annually, or one in 15 residents.

Student Enrollment 2006–07

PCC received approximately $26 million in grants and contracts in 2006-07. Approximately 57 percent of all full-time credit students received some form of scholarship, work-study employment, loans or grants to help pay their tuition in 2006-07. About 29 percent of all full- and part-time students receive financial aid.

  • Average age 35; most frequent age 20
  • 58% Female, 42% Male
  • 65% employed full or part time
  • Total headcount: 86,164
  • Total full-time equivalent: 23,011
  • Credit students: 41,008
  • All other students combined: 45,156
  • Credit students enrolled full time (>12 credit hours): 36%
New Students (Background Education) Chart

New Students (Background Education)

46.7%
No previous college
34.7%
Some college
3.9%
Associate's degree
11.4%
Bachelor's Degree
3.3%
Master's / Doctoral degree
Why Students Come to PCC

Why students come to PCC

39%
Work toward bachelor’s degree
13%
Skills to get or keep a job
17%
Personal enrichment
16%
Explore new career
5%
Improve writing, math, reading skills
7%
Explore new educational opportunity
3%
High school completion
Ethnic Backgrounds Chart

Ethnic Backgrounds

75%
Caucasian
10%
Hispanic
9%
Asian, Pacific Islander
5%
African American
1%
Native American
Educational Fields Chart

Educational Fields

46%
Lower Division Transfer
33%
Technical/Professional
9%
Adult Education
9%
Community Education
4%
Other

Note: Percentages may not add to 100% due to rounding.)

Employee Statistics 2006–07

Faculty

  • Total: 1,577
  • Full Time: 415
  • Part Time: 1,162

Staff

  • Total: 2,073
  • Full Time: 919
  • Part Time: 1,154