Portland Community College Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

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Payment is due two weeks before the term begins. The sooner you apply for financial aid, the better! Learn more: paying for college »

First-time college student

If you have never attended college before, PCC is a great place to start! Follow the steps below to become a student and start your college career.

  1. Apply to PCC

    Complete the application for new students. It's free and only takes a few minutes. You'll receive an acceptance email with your username and student ID number.

  2. Complete the orientation

    Learn the basics about PCC in the New Student Orientation. Log in with the username and student ID number from your acceptance email. The orientation takes about 30 minutes.

  3. Plan your first term
    1. Set up your MyPCC account: use the first time user link on the MyPCC login page to get an account setup code.  Create a password, and you'll be ready to use MyPCC!
    2. Give us more info about your academic history. We use this info to recommend your first term classes: we call this process "placement".

      Less than 7 years since high school? 
      Submit grades or GED® scores »

      More than 7 years since high school? 
      Take a placement test »

  4. Register for classes

    Sign up for a New Student Advising and Registration Session. At this session, you'll use MyPCC to register for classes.
    Need help completing these steps? Not sure what to do next? Contact an Enrollment Advisor.

Paying for college

wallet with a dollar sign

Payment is due two weeks before the term begins. The sooner you apply for financial aid, the better! Learn more: paying for college »

Student with prior college credit

Have you taken classes at another college and want to continue your education with us? Complete these steps for a smooth transition to PCC.

  1. Apply to PCC

    Complete the application for new students. It's free and only takes a few minutes. You'll receive an acceptance email with your username and student ID number.

  2. Complete the orientation

    Learn the basics about PCC in the New Student Orientation. Log in with the username and student ID number from your acceptance email. The orientation takes about 30 minutes.

  3. Plan your first term
    1. Set up your MyPCC account: use the first time user link on the MyPCC login page to get an account setup code.  Create a password, and you'll be ready to use MyPCC!
    2. Submit your transcripts: to get into most college classes, you'll need to show that you've taken college-level reading, writing, and math.
    3. Schedule an advising appointment: we recommend meeting with an advisor to plan your first term of classes.
  4. Register for classes

    You can register in MyPCC when your registration time opens.  See more about registering for classes.
    Need help completing these steps? Not sure what to do next? Contact an Enrollment Advisor.

Paying for college

wallet with a dollar sign

Payment is due two weeks before the term begins. The sooner you apply for financial aid, the better! Learn more: paying for college »

Returning to PCC

Have you attended PCC before, but it's been more than a year since you've taken a credit class? Follow these steps to reactivate your account.

  1. Apply to PCC

    Complete the application for new students. It's free and only takes a few minutes. You'll receive an acceptance email with your username and student ID number.

  2. Complete the orientation

    See what's changed since the last time you were here in the New Student Orientation. Log in with the username and student ID number from your acceptance email. The orientation takes about 30 minutes.

  3. Plan your first term
    1. Set up your MyPCC account: if it's been longer than a year since you've logged in, use the first time user link on the MyPCC login page to get an account setup code. Create a new password, and you'll be ready to use MyPCC!
    2. Schedule an advising appointment: we recommend meeting with an advisor to plan your first term of classes.
  4. Register for classes

    You can register in MyPCC when your registration time opens.  See more about registering for classes.
    Need help completing these steps? Not sure what to do next? Contact an Enrollment Advisor.

Earn credit while in high school

If you haven't yet completed a high school diploma or GED®, you'll follow the application steps for your specific program.

  1. Apply to PCC

    Complete the application for new students. It's free and only takes a few minutes. You'll receive an acceptance email with your username and student ID number.

  2. Learn about programs for high schoolers

    PCC has several programs for students who haven't yet completed a high school diploma or GED®.

    • Take college classes at your high school: Dual Credit
    • Take college classes at PCC: Expanded Options Program, High School Credit Recovery
    • Earn a diploma (or GED®) at PCC: Gateway to College, YES to College, Beaverton Early College, Jefferson Middle College
    • See all programs for high school students »
  3. Talk to a specialist

    To figure out which program is a good fit for you, schedule an appointment. We'll help you choose your path and plan your next steps.

Paying for college

wallet with a dollar sign

Payment is due two weeks before the term begins. The sooner you apply for financial aid, the better! Learn more: paying for college »

Questions?

Bianca de Garriz, Admissions Representative

Connect with our Admissions Team for one-on-one assistance or group requests.

Tutorials for new students

Check out our YouTube playlist to learn more about each step for new students!

The admissions process is different for:

  • ESOL: improve your English skills
  • GED®: earn a high school equivalency certificate
  • International: seeking F-1 Visa to study in the US
  • CLIMB: specialized non-credit continuing education opportunities

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