Before First Week Checklist

calendar showing payment is due two weeks before the start of the termDo you have everything ready for the first week of class? Answer the questions below by clicking on "Yes" or "No" to make sure you are off to a great start.

Do you have college-approved financial arrangements in place?
Yes: Great! Then you know that you need to pay in-full or have your college-approved financial arrangements in place at least 2 Mondays before the start of term.  Don’t forget to confirm your payment arrangements every term, and be sure to log into MyPCC to check your email and announcements for any flags or notices that you need to respond to in order to keep your course registrations and avoid late fees, financial holds, or collections.
No: You may be at risk of being dropped from all of your classes (course deletion), and that would be a drag!  Full payment or college-approved financial arrangements must be in place at least 2 Mondays before the start of term. If your financial arrangements are delayed or will not cover your full term charges, you must set up a payment plan or pay the remaining full-term charges to avoid course deletion, late fees, financial holds, or collections. For more information, visit the Payment Information page on the PCC website, and be sure to log into MyPCC to check your email and announcements for any flags or notices that you need to respond to in order to keep your course registrations.
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.
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!
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 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 located? 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!
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 the first class meeting.
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 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 (8-12 weeks) must be dropped by the first Saturday of the term. Other deadlines may apply to shorter term classes. Visit the Dropping Classes page for more information.
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 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 (8 to 12 weeks) must be dropped by the first Saturday of the term. Other deadlines may apply to shorter term classes. Visit the Dropping Classes page for more information.
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.

 

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.