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Portland Community College Overview

Located in Portland, Oregon, Portland Community College is a public institution. The location of the school is great for students who enjoy the amenities of city life.

What Is Portland Community College Known For?

5,361 Undergraduate Awards
  • Although it may not be available for every major, the undergraduate certificate is the highest award a student can attain at Portland Community College.
  • For the 2017-2018 academic year, 26% of the faculty were full-time.

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Portland Community College Rankings

These rankings may look different from those published by other outlets, because we use an outcomes-based approach rather than a subjective one. We get our data from a number of places, including the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard. For more information, check out our rankings and methodology page.

Portland Community College has been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#30 Most Popular Online Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at Portland Community College.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#1 Most Popular Online Gerontology Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#2 Most Popular Online Computer Programming Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#7 Most Popular Online Accounting Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#18 Most Popular Online Liberal Arts General Studies Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#18 Most Popular Online Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#27 Most Popular Online Computer & Information Sciences Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#37 Most Popular Online Health & Medical Administrative Services Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#43 Best Health & Medical Administrative Services Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#52 Best Dental Support Services Undergraduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It

Where Is Portland Community College?

Location of Portland Community College

Contact details for Portland Community College are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 12000 Sw 49Th Avenue, Portland, OR 97219-7132
Phone: 971-722-6111
Website: www.pcc.edu

How Do I Get Into Portland Community College?

You can apply to Portland Community College online at: www.pcc.edu/admissions/

Portland Community College has an open admissions policy, so you don't have to worry about getting into the school if you have a high school diploma or its equivalent.

Can I Afford Portland Community College?

20% Take Out Loans
18.2% Loan Default Rate

Student Loan Debt

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At Portland Community College, approximately 20% of students took out student loans averaging $4,518 a year. That adds up to $18,072 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Portland Community College is 18.2%. Watch out! This is significantly higher than the national default rate of 10.1%, which means you could have trouble paying back your student loans if you take any out.

Portland Community College Undergraduate Student Diversity

10,724 Full-Time Undergraduates
51% Women
34% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 27,046 undergraduate students at Portland Community College, with 10,724 being full-time and 16,322 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  Portland Community College

Gender Diversity

Of the 10,724 full-time undergraduates at Portland Community College, 49% are male and 51% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  Portland Community College

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Portland Community College students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Portland Community College Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 803
Black or African American 484
Hispanic or Latino 1,380
White 5,783
International Students 523
Other Races/Ethnicities 1,751

Over 90 countries are represented at Portland Community College. The most popular countries sending students to the school are Vietnam, South Korea, and Saudi Arabia.

Online Learning at Portland Community College

5,064 Took All Classes Online
11,134 Took At Least One Class Online
0.5% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2017-2018, 11,134 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at Portland Community College has changed over the last few years.

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This school is the 2nd most popular in Oregon for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of Portland Community College

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Portland Community College was 0.5%. This is the #1,991 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at Portland Community College regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of Portland Community College majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Communications Technologies & Support 67%
Computer & Information Sciences 15%
Graphic Communications 67%
Health & Medical Administrative Services 20%
Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities 1%
Liberal Arts General Studies 1%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at Portland Community College ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at Portland Community College.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Gerontology #27
Computer Programming #71
Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies #207
Accounting #268
Health & Medical Administrative Services #318
Computer & Information Sciences #386

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

Portland Community College Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Basic Certificate Associate’s Undergraduate Certificate TOTAL
Liberal Arts General Studies 0 2,657 0 2,657
Precision Metal Working 196 35 10 241
Accounting 107 71 58 236
Vehicle Maintenance & Repair 38 62 110 210
Computer Software & Applications 99 35 17 151
Computer Programming 40 72 22 134
Allied Health Professions 42 58 27 127
Business Administration & Management 10 110 4 124
Design & Applied Arts 29 79 7 115
Allied Health & Medical Assisting Services 23 32 57 112
Drafting & Design Engineering Technology 66 14 17 97
Legal Support Services 0 78 4 82
Business Support & Assistant Services 56 12 12 80
Industrial Production Technology 31 26 21 78
Mental & Social Health Services 42 21 6 69
Gerontology 50 17 0 67
Dental Support Services 0 25 36 61
Information Technology 30 29 0 59
Nursing 0 49 0 49
Biotechnology 38 9 0 47
Teacher Education Grade Specific 33 14 0 47
Construction 44 0 0 44
Health & Physical Education 29 13 0 42
Health & Medical Administrative Services 0 41 0 41
Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation & Refrigeration 30 9 0 39
Criminal Justice & Corrections 2 36 0 38
Geography & Cartography 32 0 0 32
Electronics Engineering Technology 0 27 3 30
Building Management & Inspection 3 24 0 27
Management Information Systems 26 0 0 26
Marketing 0 4 16 20
Ophthalmic & Optometric Support Services 0 19 0 19
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science 0 18 0 18
Mechanical Engineering Technology 0 15 0 15
American Sign Language 0 7 7 14
Biomedical Engineering 0 12 0 12
Human Services 12 0 0 12
Music 3 9 0 12
Horticulture 4 7 0 11
Construction Engineering Technology 6 5 0 11
Fire Protection 2 9 0 11
Air Transportation 0 9 0 9
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 0 8 0 8
Culinary Arts 7 0 0 7
Graphic Communications 0 0 6 6
Teaching Assistants 0 1 3 4
Civil Engineering Technology 0 4 0 4
Entrepreneurial Studies 2 0 0 2
Electrical & Power Transmission Installers 0 2 0 2
Environmental Design 1 0 0 1
Heavy/Industrial Equipment Maintenance 0 1 0 1
TOTAL 1,133 3,785 443 5,361

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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