Under 16 Years of Age Admissions

Underage Exception Process for Admission and Registration


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

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

(Printable version of 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 contacts listed on the right 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.

Requests for exception to the admission policy should include:
  • 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 wish to be admitted to PCC in lieu of high school you must also provide a copy of Exemption from Compulsory Attendance from your high school or ESD.
If you are home schooled you are required to submit:
  • 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 your high school or ESD.
Once you have all the materials gathered

Call the High School Completion Specialist (listed in the red box) at the campus you wish to attend to schedule an appointment. Both you and your parent/guardian are required to attend this appointment.

Based on this initial meeting a decision will be made as to whether or not you can continue in the admissions process. If approved to move forward you will be asked to follow these 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 High School Completion Specialist to review test scores and complete the Underage Enrollment form.
  4. Complete a New Student Orientation.
  5. Use MyPCC to complete the online Consent to Release Confidential Information form for each parent or guardian.
    Note: The remaining 3 steps must be completed for each term an underage student attends classes at PCC until the student turns 16.
  6. Submit desired course(s) to campus contact who will seek required instructor approval for enrollment. Please do not approach instructor directly.
  7. Your Campus HSC Specialist will inform you if instructor permission was received.
  8. Online registration for course(s) will not be permitted until one week prior to start of term. Enrollment is based on space available in course(s) at that time.

Please note that all of the above steps must be completed by the following deadlines:

Spring 2014
March 10, 2014
Summer 2014
June 2, 2014
Fall 2014
September 1, 2014
Winter 2015
December 15, 2014
Spring 2015
March 9, 2015