Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Begin your university degree here

Over 5000 students transfer PCC credits to four-year colleges each year On average, PCC students achieve a higher GPA than students who start at four-year schools

More and more students are discovering the best place to begin a bachelor's degree is at a community college. At PCC, you can take many of the freshman and sophomore courses you'll find at universities everywhere, including art, social, physical, and life sciences, music, literature, writing and much more. So why not start close to home and at a fraction of the cost?

First two years at PCC

With this plan, you'll start here as a freshman, earn a two-year degree, then transfer to a four-year school as a junior. You can take as little or as much time as you need to complete your freshman and sophomore courses.

Start your transfer degree today:
  1. Apply for admission to PCC

    Applying for admission is free and just takes a few minutes.

    • The admissions form will ask you what you plan to study. For now, choose Associate of Arts - Oregon Transfer (AAOT). You will update your PCC degree later, after you've decided what your future major will be.
  2. Start with general education classes

    For your first term, take the reading, writing, and math classes recommended by your placement tests.

  3. Make a two-year plan
    During your first term, start working on the steps in your two-year transfer plan.

Pick up a few credits

Just need a class or two before moving on? PCC is a great place to take your lower-level classes. We offer the same rigor and course material as four-year schools, but with a much smaller price tag.

Start taking classes here that will count there:
  1. Apply for admission to PCC

    Applying for admission is free and just takes a few minutes.

  2. Research transfer classes

    To find which classes will transfer to your future school, you can research how to transfer or ask someone at the school you are transferring to. Before making your final class selections, always check in with an advisor at your four-year school.

  3. Send your transcript

    When you're ready to transfer, have your official PCC transcript sent to your four-year school.

Think about earning a two-year degree

If you're not planning on earning a transfer degree, you might want to re-consider. Earning a two-year degree can make transferring easier, and the credentials look good on your resume. When you meet with an advisor, ask if earning a degree would help your transfer process.

Questions about transferring?

Undecided about how long you'll be in school? What to choose as a major? Which degree to pick? That's okay. Here is where to get help:

Ask your future school:
An advisor at your future school will know which classes will transfer, what major to choose, and what paperwork to fill out. Many schools visit PCC throughout the year so you can ask questions in person - see events and school visits.
Academic Track:
This self-guided tutorial explains the difference between PCC's degrees and how to choose one that will take you where you want to go.
Academic Advising:
PCC's advisors help match your academic goals with PCC's programs and degrees.