Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Questions?

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
Cascade:
Cheri McLaughlin
Southeast:
Irene Seto

Term deadlines

These steps must be completed by the following deadlines each term.
Term attending Deadline
Summer 2016 May 27, 2016
Fall 2016 August 26, 2016
Winter 2017 December 2, 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.

    • Complete a New Student Orientation online or in person.
    • 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 under age 16.
    • 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 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. Please 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, please 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 from an educator or tutor other than your parent or guardian.
    • A copy of Exemption from Compulsory Attendance from your Educational Service District (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 exception process.
  4. If approved to move forward, complete the remaining steps

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