Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Campus contacts

Contact the advisor at the campus you want to attend:

Sylvania and Rock Creek:
Ethan Bull or call 971-722-4192
Cascade and Southeast:
Cheri McLaughlin
Newberg:
Sarah Elsasser

Term deadlines

These steps must be completed by the following deadlines each term.
Term attending Deadline
Winter 2017 December 2, 2016
Spring 2017 March 10, 2017
Summer 2017 June 2, 2017

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

We strongly encourage you to complete all possible coursework in your school district before pursuing classes at PCC. College-level coursework in an adult-learning environment may not be appropriate for non-college aged students.

PCC's admissions policy is to admit students 18 and older.

If you are 14 or 15 years, you need to complete the process below to request an exception to our policy. There is no guarantee that requests will be approved. It is ultimately the decision of the Dean of Students’ Office to approve exception requests.

  1. Complete steps for new students

    Complete the steps for new students including admissions form and orientation. On the admissions form, choose "credit” application type.

  2. Meet minimum placement requirements

    You must take college placement exams and meet the minimum placement requirements of: Writing 115, Reading 115, and Math 58/60. Take both the ACCUPLACER Reading placement exam and the ALEKS Math placement exam. After taking the exams you will receive an email with your placement results.

  3. Consent to release form

    Log in to MyPCC and, on the Home tab, click Consent to release in the Quick Links to complete the Consent to Release Confidential Information form for each parent or guardian.

  4. Gather required materials to deliver to campus contact

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

    • A student email or letter stating the student's reason for requesting an exception to the admissions policy (i.e. why the student wants to attend PCC).
    • A letter or email of recommendation from a teacher which addresses both the student's academic and behavioral preparedness for an adult learning environment.
    • A "Permission to Attend/Enroll" letter from a school counselor or administrator. Deliver a copy of this to Enrollment Services (or send scanned copy to enroll@pcc.edu) and provide a copy to your campus contact.
    • Official school transcripts and an account of achievements that demonstrate readiness.

    If you are home schooled, provide:

    • A student email or letter stating the student's reason for requesting an exception to the admissions policy (i.e. why the student wants to attend PCC).
    • A letter or email of recommendation from an educator or tutor other than your parent or guardian which addresses both the student's academic and behavioral preparedness for an adult learning environment.
    • A copy of Exemption from Compulsory Attendance from your Educational Service District (ESD).
    • An account of completed coursework and achievements that demonstrate readiness.
  5. Schedule appointment with campus contact

    Before you attend your appointment, email copies of all required materials to your campus contact.

    • Find your campus contact name and email 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 exception process.
  6. If approved, register for classes

    1. 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
    2. Your Campus Contact will seek the required permission for your class registration. Students and parents may not approach the instructor directly.
    3. Your Campus Contact will inform you if you are able to register for the selected classes. The underage hold will be released at that time to allow you to use your MyPCC account to enroll in “approved” classes upon your assigned registration date.

      Note: All course requests or changes to course requests for new and returning 14 or 15 year old students must be emailed to your campus contact by the deadline listed above. No exceptions will be made. Because of the deadlines, enrollment trends and the need for instructor permission, it may mean that you are unable to take a class at PCC in a given term. We recommend that you make any requests well in advance of the deadline every term and that you check enrollments in classes before sending requests to ensure there is still space in a course and that enrollment in a course is not so low that the class may be cancelled. You will also want to request at least one back-up for each of your classes when you make your course requests.

NOTE: Students who are approved through this exception process are not eligible to use the audit grade option.