Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon


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

Jo Lynn Dow
Rock Creek:
Jo Lynn Dow
Cheri McLaughlin
Academic Advising

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. Gather the required materials

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

    • A student letter stating reason for requesting exception.
    • Letter(s) of recommendation from your school counselor or administrator, which addresses both academic and behavioral preparedness for an adult learning environment.

    If you are home schooled:

    • A student letter stating reason for requesting exception.
    • A letter of recommendation from your educator or tutor which addresses academic preparedness.
    • A letter from someone other than your parent or guardian that addresses behavioral preparedness for an adult learning environment.
    • A copy of Exemption from Compulsory Attendance from ESD.
  2. Schedule an appointment

    Schedule an appointment with the campus contact at the campus you wish to attend.

    • 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.
  3. Complete admissions process

    If approved to move forward, you will be asked to follow the remaining seven steps in this order:

    1. Apply for admission.
    2. Take a college placement exam. Regardless of what type of classes you intend to take at PCC, you must place at the minimum levels of Writing 115, Reading 115, and Math 60.
    3. Meet with your Campus Contact to review test scores and complete the Underage Enrollment Form.
    4. Complete a New Student Orientation online or in person.
    5. Use MyPCC to complete the online Consent to Release Confidential Information form for each parent or guardian.

    Note: The final 2 steps must be completed by the deadline for each term an underage student attends classes at PCC until the student turns 16.

    1. Using your PCC email account, submit a list of your desired course(s) to the Campus Contact, who will seek the required instructor approval for enrollment. Do not approach the instructor directly.  Include the following information:
      • Subject code (for example: BA 101)
      • CRN (for example: 45602)
      • Instructor name
      • Instructor email
    2. Your HSC Specialist will inform you if instructor permission was received.
The steps above 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