Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon


Contact the Enrollment Services Office or the academic advisor listed below at the campus you wish to attend:

Sylvania and Rock Creek:
Ethan Bull or call 971-722-4192
Cheri McLaughlin
Irene Seto

Term deadlines

These steps must be completed by the following deadlines each term.
Term attending Deadline
Winter 2016 November 27, 2015
Spring 2016 March 4, 2016
Summer 2016 May 27, 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 coursework within their school district before pursuing classes at PCC. College-level coursework in an adult-learning environment 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 who are 16 or 17 years of age must complete some additional steps before they are eligible to register for classes.

Applicants who are 14 or 15 years of age will need to complete the process below to request exception to the admissions 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. Apply for Admission

    Apply for admission as a “credit” applicant.

    • Take a college placement exam.
      • Use study guides to prepare to meet the minimum placement requirements, which are Writing 115, Reading 115, and Math 60 for students ages 14 or 15.
    • Complete a New Student Orientation online or in person.
    • Use MyPCC to complete the online Consent to Release Confidential Information form for each parent or guardian.
  2. Gather the required materials

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

    • 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, please provide–

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

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

    • 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.
  4. If approved to move forward, complete the remaining steps

    1. 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
    2. Your Campus Contact will inform you when instructor permission is received. The underage hold will be released at that time to allow you to use your MyPCC account to enroll in “approved” classes.