Demographics

Portland Community College is the largest institution of higher learning in the state, serving more than 1,430,000 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 93,799 full- and part-time students annually, or one in 16 residents.

Student Enrollment 2009–10

PCC received approximately $25.5 million in grants and contracts in 2009-10. Almost 30% of all full and part-time credit students receive financial aid in 2009-10.

  • Average age 33; most frequent age 20
  • 56% Female, 44% Male
  • 56% employed full or part time
  • Total head count: 93,799
  • Total full-time equivalent: 31,395
  • Credit students: 54,966
  • All other students combined: 38,833
  • Credit students enrolled full time (>12 credit hours): 35%
New Students (Background Education) Chart

New Students (Background Education)

Percentages may not add to 100% due to rounding.

48.7%
No previous college
32.2%
Some college
3.9%
Associate's degree
12.7%
Bachelor's Degree
2.5%
Master's / Doctoral degree
Why students come to PCC Chart

Why students come to PCC

Percentages may not add to 100% due to rounding.

41.4%
Work toward bachelor’s degree
13.0%
Explore new career
10.6%
Skills to get or keep a job
8.5%
Personal enrichment
7.8%
Complete a certificate or technical degree
7.6%
High school/GED completion
4.3%
Explore new educational opportunity
4.1%
Learn English
2.8%
Improve writing, math, reading skills
Ethnic Backgrounds Chart

Ethnic Backgrounds

Percentages may not add to 100% due to rounding.

72%
Caucasian
10%
Hispanic
10%
Asian, Pacific Islander
6%
African American
1%
Native American
Educational Fields Chart

Educational Fields

Percentages may not add to 100% due to rounding.

51%
Lower Division Transfer
30%
Career/Technical
7%
Adult Education
2%
Community Education
10%
Other

Employee Statistics 2008–09

Faculty

  • Total: 1,883
  • Full Time: 435
  • Part Time: 1,448

Staff

  • Total: 1,132
  • Full Time: 945
  • Part Time: 187

Looking into the past