Applicants 16 & 17 Years of Age
Admission and Registration Procedures and Requirements
Contact the Admission and Registration Office or your High School Completion Specialist:
Thank you for your interest in attending Portland Community College! Students 16 or 17 years of age, who do not have a high school diploma or GED, must complete some additional steps before they are eligible to register for classes. After completing the admissions process, a hold will be placed on your account. Proper documentation is necessary to be able to remove the hold and register at PCC. Carefully review the options in Step 1 and contact the necessary office to submit your documentation.
Step 1) Provide Additional Documentation
Submit your documentation to a campus Admission & Registration Office (in person, by email, or fax).
If you are currently:
- Continuing to Attend Your High School
You must submit a Letter of Permission to Attend Classes to one of the PCC Admissions & Registration offices from your high school counselor or administrator. Only HS counselors or administrators may approve classes for high school credit. Letters are not required for summer term enrollment at PCC.
- Being Homeschooled
You must provide a Letter of Verification from your local Educational Service District (ESD) to one of the PCC Admissions & Registration offices. Letters are not required for summer term enrollment at PCC.
- Attending PCC and Not Pursuing a High School Diploma or GED
You must provide a “Release From Compulsory Education” form from your high school or a Letter of Verification from your local Educational Service District (ESD) to one of the PCC Admissions & Registration offices.
- Seeking a High School Diploma from PCC
There are various options and specific steps that must be taken to obtain a High school diploma from PCC. You may refer to the Prepare for College, Prepare for Life website for more information about the Adult High School Diploma & Gateway To College Programs.
- Seeking a GED
The GED Program manages all aspects of their admissions process. Contact information, procedures, and orientation schedules can be accessed at the ABE/GED website.
Step 2) Take the College Placement Exams
College placements will determine the enrollment in all reading, writing, and math classes and the majority of our credited general education classes. SAT or ACT scores may be used in lieu of college placement scores. ALL prerequisites are listed under each class description in the PCC Catalog and term Schedule. You may not be required to take the placement exams depending on the course you wish to enroll in. Testing schedules for each campus may be accessed at the Testing Centers website.
Step 3) Complete a New Student Orientation
New students are oriented on enrollment procedures and helpful resources that support student success. Although strongly encouraged for all new students, you may not be required to complete an orientation if you are a non-credit student. Access to the online orientation and the schedule for on-campus orientations are available at the Orientation web page.