Before First Week Checklist

Do you have everything ready for the first week of class? Use the list below to make sure you are ready to go!

Do You Know How to Maintain Your F-1 Status?
Yes: Great! It’s important to become familiar with the immigration regulations affecting your F-1 student status. If you have any questions in the future about maintaining your status please refer to How to Maintain F-1 Status and Exceptions to full course of study handouts or speak with an International Student Advisor.
No: To maintain your F-1 status, you need to be registered for at least 12 credits and only one Distance Learning (online) course can count toward the 12 credit requirement. Any exception to full-time must have prior approval from an International Student Advisor. Please refer to How to Maintain F-1 Status and Exceptions to full course of study for more details. You can also speak with an International Student advisor.
Got Your Text Books?
Yes: Don't forget to save your bookstore receipt in case you need to return your books. Pay attention to the return deadline and if you bought a book that comes with a CD or other materials, make sure that you keep those together.
No: Using the CRNs (Course Reference Numbers) for the classes in which you are registered, please visit your campus bookstore to buy your text books for the term. You can also buy your textbooks online and get information about the Student Book Buyback by logging into MyPCC, going to the Paying for College tab. Or, consider using the ASPCC sponsored Student Book Exchange. Buy your books directly from other students! To be safe, you should check with your professor to find out what edition of your text is being used and make sure the book you buy is the same edition. At the Student Book Exchange, prices are great, but sales are final!
Do You Have Your Student ID Card?
Yes: Great! Don’t forget to validate your ID card each term you register for classes. Validation Stickers are available for registered students at the Registration and Student Account Services offices.
No: You can obtain and validate a PCC ID card at any campus Registration Office. The request forms for new ID cards are available there. The first time you request an ID card it is free. You do not need a new card each term; a validation sticker available at the Registration Office validates the card each term you register for classes.
Will You Be Driving to Campus?
Yes: If you are planning on driving to campus and parking, you will need to purchase a parking permit. Visit the Parking and Transportation page or visit the Parking channel on the Paying for College tab in MyPCC to order your permit.
No: If you need information on how to get to campus, check out the free PCC Shuttle schedule or learn about PCC's TriMet subsidy.
Need A Map of Campus?
Yes: Need to find out where your classes are? Check out the campus maps to help you get to class on time!
No: Just in case you ever need a map you can check out these campus maps to help you get to class on time!
Have You Logged in to MyPCC?
Yes: Great! Don't forget that there is more in MyPCC than registration. Get information about your student account, conduct business with the college and communicate with your instructors and other students. If you need help, please contact the Student Help Desk.
No: Getting to know how to use MyPCC is important, as this is where you will go to access your student account information, register for classes, conduct business with the college and communicate with your instructors and other students. Make sure to log in and get familiar with all MyPCC has to offer. If you need help, please contact the Student Help Desk.
Are You Able to Attend the First Day of Class?
Yes: Making sure you are there for your first day of class is really important. The PCC attendance policy gives your instructor the right to give your seat to someone else if you do not attend.
No: Make sure you contact your instructor right away if you know you CANNOT attend the first day of class. The PCC attendance policy gives your instructor the right to give your seat to someone else if you do not attend the first class meeting.
Need to Check Your Waitlist Status?
Yes: If you are on the waitlist for a class and a space becomes available, you will automatically be taken off the waitlist and registered for the class. You will get an email in your MyPCC account that tells you when you have been automatically moved from the waitlist into the course as soon as it occurs.  You can check your waitlist status by checking the Student Detail Schedule on MyPCC. Additional waitlist information can be found at the by visiting the Registration Waitlist page.

No: Great! Chances are you were able to get into the classes you needed this term. Make sure to check out the Waitlist Frequently Asked Questions in case you have a waitlisted class in future terms.

Dropping A Class?
Yes: To drop a class you may either go to any campus Registration Office or log into MyPCC and go to the Registration Services channel under the MyPCC Home tab. To receive a 100% tuition refund and not receive a W 'Withdraw' grade, full term classes must be dropped by the first Saturday of the term. Please note, registration offices are only open Monday through Friday. Saturday drops must be done via My PCC. Other deadlines may apply to shorter term classes. Visit the Adding and Dropping Classes page for more information. Remember, to meet the requirements for your F-1 visa, you must be registered for 12 credits. You need to obtain prior approval from an international student advisor before dropping below 12 credits.
No: Make sure to verify your class schedule before the drop deadline. You don't want to end up paying for a class you are not taking! To drop a class you may either go to any campus Registration Office or log into MyPCC and go to the Registration Services channel under the MyPCC Home tab. To receive a 100% tuition refund and not receive a W 'Withdraw' grade, full term classes must be dropped by the first Saturday of the term.Please note, registration offices are only open Monday through Friday. Saturday drops must be done via My PCC. Other deadlines may apply to shorter term classes. Visit the Adding and Dropping Classes page for more information. Remember, to meet the requirements for your F-1 visa, you must be registered for 12 credits. You need to obtain prior approval from an international student advisor before dropping below 12 credits.
Know your Grading Options?
Yes: Great! You can change your grading option electronically or in person through the 8th week of the term (or until your instructor has entered your grade, whichever comes first).  Two options may be available to students electronically Letter Grade (A-F) and Pass/No Pass (P/NP). Audits must be submitted to Registration in person with instructor approval.  See the Grading Policy for more details.

No: You can now choose your grading option for many classes at the time of registration.  You can change your grading option electronically or in person through the 8th week of the term (or until your instructor has entered your grade, whichever comes first). Two options may be available to students electronically Letter Grade (A-F) and Pass/No Pass (P/NP). Audits must be submitted to Registration in person with instructor approval.  See the Grading Policy for more details.

Did You Know You Have Health Insurance?
Yes: You will be automatically billed for health insurance. Contact International Student Admissions if you have questions about health insurance.
No: You will be automatically billed for health insurance. Contact International Student Admissions if you have questions about health insurance.
SEVIS I-20
Yes: Great! Remember that you need to register for at least 12 credits at PCC each term in order to maintain your immigration status.
No: Your I-20 will be mailed to you. After you receive it you should sign it and keep it with your passport. If you have just arrived in the U.S. you must submit a copy of your I-20, I-94, visa, and passport photo page to the International Student Admissions office at the Rock Creek campus.

College Lingo

CRN (Course Reference Number)
This is a unique 5-digit number assigned to each PCC class that you will use to register with each term and use to buy your textbooks.

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