Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon


Contact the Enrollment Services Office or your High School Completion Specialist:

Ethan Bull
Rock Creek:
Ethan Bull
Cheri McLaughlin
Irene Seto

Term deadlines

These steps must be completed by the following deadlines each term.
Term attending Deadline
Spring 2015 March 9, 2015
Summer 2015 June 1, 2015
Fall 2015 August 31, 2015
Winter 2016 December 14, 2015
Spring 2016 March 7, 2016

This information is also available as a printable PDF: Underage exception process for admission and registration.

Students are strongly encouraged to complete all the possible course work within their school district before pursuing classes at PCC. College level course work may not be appropriate for non-college aged students.

The admissions policy of Portland Community College is to admit students who are 18 years of age or older. Applicants under the age of 16 will need to submit a request for exception to the admissions policy to the contact at the campus they wish to attend. There is no guarantee that requests will be approved. It is the ultimate decision of the Dean of Students' Office to approve exception requests.

  1. Apply for Admission

    Apply for admission as a “credit” applicant.

  2. Gather the required materials

    If you are currently enrolled in an accredited diploma granting program:

    • A student letter stating reason for requesting exception.
    • Letters of recommendation which address both academic and behavioral preparedness for an adult learning environment from:
      • a school counselor or administrator and
      • a teacher or instructor
    • Official school transcripts and an account of achievements that demonstrate readiness.

    If you are home schooled:

    • A student letter stating reason for requesting exception.
    • Letter of recommendation which address both academic and behavioral preparedness for an adult learning environment from:
      • an educator or tutor other than your parent or guardian and
      • a copy of Exemption from Compulsory Attendance from ESD
    • An account of completed coursework and achievements that demonstrate readiness.
  3. Take a college placement exam

    • Take a college placement exam.
    • You must meet the minimum placement requirements of Writing 115, Reading 115, and Math 60 for the “Underage Exception Request”.
  4. Schedule an appointment

    Bring copies of all required materials and test scores with you.

    • Refer to the campus contact information above. Both you and your parent/guardian are required to attend.
    • Based on this initial meeting a decision will be made as to whether or not you can continue in the admissions process.
  5. If approved to move forward, complete the remaining steps

    1. Complete a New Student Orientation online or in person.
    2. Use MyPCC to complete the online Consent to Release Confidential Information form for each parent or guardian.
    3. Your Campus Contact will seek the required instructor permission for class registration. Please do not approach the instructor directly. From your MyPCC email, send the following information to your Campus Contact in a list using the following format:
      • Subject code (for example: BA 101)
      • Course Title
      • CRN (for example: 45602)
      • Instructor name
      • Instructor email
    4. Your Campus Contact will inform you if instructor permission was received. The U16 hold will be released at that time, so you may enroll in “approved” classes from your MyPCC account.