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Before classes start checklist

Do you have everything ready for the first week of class? Use the checklist below to help you prepare.

Before classes start checklist

check Log in to MyPCC

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, contact the IT Service Desk.

check Check your PCC Email

Your PCC student email is the official form of communication from PCC. It’s recommended that you check your PCC email daily. You’ll receive important updates about registration, payment, and financial aid as well as important college announcements through this account.

check Accommodation options

Disability impacts lots of people, but not everyone is familiar with how the accommodation process works. If in doubt – check it out. Accessible Ed & Disability Resources has personnel at all campuses.

check Make financial arrangements for tuition payment

Full payment or financial arrangements must be in place two 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 charges to avoid course deletion, late fees, financial holds, or collections.

check Buy your textbooks

Using the CRNs (Course Reference Numbers) for the classes in which you are registered, visit your campus bookstore to buy your textbooks for the term. 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: prices are great, but sales are final!

check Buy a parking permit

If you are planning on driving to campus, you’ll need to buy a parking permit. Visit parking and transportation for instructions to purchase your parking permit online. For info on how to get to campus, check out the free PCC shuttle schedule or learn about discounted TriMet tickets.

check Student ID card

Once you registered, visit an Enrollment Services office to get your student ID card. Campus services like shuttles and computer labs require a student ID card. You will need to validate your ID card each term. Validation stickers are available for registered students at Enrollment Services.

check Check your class schedule in MyPCC

Waitlist status: 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 registered. You can check your waitlist status by checking the Student Detail Schedule in MyPCC. Find out more about waitlists. Note: if you register for one class, are on the waitlist for another section of the same class, and a space becomes available in your waitlist class, you will not be registered. This is because you can’t register for the same class twice. Think about your schedule and monitor your waitlist status if your waitlisted class is your preferred section.

Dropping a class: To drop a class log in to MyPCC and go to the Term-to-Term Checklist on 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. Shorter classes have sooner deadlines. See more about dropping classes.

Grading options: You can 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.