Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Welcome to PCC! This checklist shows all the steps you need to complete before your first day of class. See when classes begin on the academic calendar.

Apply for admission

Complete the online PCC admissions form. The admissions process is different for students under 16 years of age, for students 16 and 17 years old and for international students.

Submit your transcripts

In order for credits from previous colleges to be included on your PCC transcript, you must request all official transcripts be sent to PCC Student Records office. Follow the instructions outlined at transfer credit evaluation process.

Get help paying for college

It's important to know how you will be paying for college. Financial help is available, but you have to start early.

  • Financial Aid: the first step is to fill out the FAFSA and include PCC school code 003213 at least 6 months before you plan to start classes. Then visit the financial aid website to see the rest of the steps you'll need to take.
  • Veteran Benefits: first, apply for benefits with Veterans Affairs at least 6 weeks before you plan to start classes. Then visit the Veterans Education Benefits Office to see how to use your veterans educational benefits at PCC.
  • Scholarships: you can apply for PCC Foundation scholarships or private scholarships - visit the scholarships page for more.

Take placement tests

PCC uses placement testing to determine students’ academic skill level for appropriate course placement. Most new PCC students are required to take placement tests to determine their skills in reading, writing and mathematics. Testing schedules are available on the Testing Center website, along with information on how to prepare for your test.

Attend an orientation

All new students planning to earn a certificate, associate's degree, or transfer to another college must complete an orientation. You can take the orientation online or visit an Orientation Center.

Meet with an advisor

PCC advisors will help you maximize your college experience by creating an academic plan. Bring a copy of your transcript or grade report and your placement test scores to this meeting. For additional information about advising and a list of campus locations visit the academic advising website.

Register for classes

Register for classes online through MyPCC. Detailed information about how to register is available on the registration website. Your MyPCC username is set up when you are admitted and the default password is your birthday (mmddyy). If you have forgotten your username or password, use the links on the login page to get help.

Pay your bill

You must pay for your classes in full or have a college-approved financial arrangement in place two Mondays before the first day of the term. Students who do not meet the payment due date are subject to being deleted from their course registration. Visit Ways to Pay for a list of approved financial arrangements.

Buy a parking permit

If you plan to drive to campus, purchase a parking permit online in MyPCC. Go to the MyPCC Home tab and click Order Student Parking Permit in the Registration Services box. For information about shuttle schedules, bus passes and alternative transportation, visit the parking website.

Get your student I.D. card

Student services such as the PCC shuttle, computer labs, libraries and testing centers require a PCC student I.D. card. After registering for credit classes, go to an Enrollment Services Office with a valid photo I.D., such as a passport, driver's license, military identification, alien registration receipt card (with photograph) or photo I.D. card issued by a state or government agency.

Buy your books

Go to the bookstore at your campus and purchase your books or order online at the bookstore website. Be sure to have your CRNs in order to purchase the correct books!

Go to class!

You are expected to attend all classes in which you are enrolled or waitlisted. Your seat in class may be given to another student if you don't attend the first class session! If you don't attend or stop attending a class and fail to drop the class before the drop deadline, you will be responsible for all tuition and fees. If you are on a waitlist, you could be automatically enrolled when a space opens up. You must check in MyPCC to manage your course enrollment.