Demographics

Portland Community College is the largest institution of higher learning in the state, serving more than 1,420,000 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 87,145 full- and part-time students annually, or one in 16 residents.

Student Enrollment 2008–09

PCC received approximately $23.8 million in grants and contracts in 2008-09. Almost one fourth of all full and part-time credit students receive financial aid in 2008-09.

  • Average age 34; most frequent age 20
  • 57% Female, 43% Male
  • 61% employed full or part time
  • Total headcount: 87,145
  • Total full-time equivalent: 26,383
  • Credit students: 47,518
  • All other students combined: 39,627
  • Credit students enrolled full time (>12 credit hours): 38%
New Students (Background Education) Chart

New Students (Background Education)

Percentages may not add to 100% due to rounding.

49.1%
No previous college
33.5%
Some college
3.8%
Associate's degree
11.1%
Bachelor's Degree
2.5%
Master's / Doctoral degree
Why Students Come to PCC

Why students come to PCC

Percentages may not add to 100% due to rounding.

39.6%
Work toward bachelor’s degree
13.2%
Personal enrichment
14.7%
Explore new career
8.5%
Explore new educational opportunity
11.2%
Skills to get or keep a job
4.1%
Improve writing, math, reading skills
5.3%
High school/GED completion
3.4%
Learn English
Ethnic Backgrounds Chart

Ethnic Backgrounds

Percentages may not add to 100% due to rounding.

73%
Caucasian
10%
Hispanic
10%
Asian, Pacific Islander
5%
African American
1%
Native American
Educational Fields Chart

Educational Fields

Percentages may not add to 100% due to rounding.

50%
Lower Division Transfer
29%
Career/Technical
8%
Adult Education
4%
Community Education
9%
Other

Employee Statistics 2008–09

Faculty

  • Total: 1,742
  • Full Time: 448
  • Part Time: 1,294

Staff

  • Total: 1,120
  • Full Time: 918
  • Part Time: 202