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Portland Community College

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Description of Portland Community College

  • Location: Portland, USA
  • Year of foundation: 1961
  • Language of instruction: English
  • Number of students: more than 60 000
  • Type of training: mixed.

Portland Community College (PCC) is the largest educational college in Oregon. The basis of the institution was the adult education program, created in 1961. Over the past 20 years, portland and its county have opened several campuses to greaterly reach the state's population.

Education takes place in the mode of obtaining a certificate for further admission to the university. More than 60,000 students study in full-time and distance forms. Programs of various fields are presented for study: accounting, chemistry, theatrical art, business administration.

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Accommodation, meals, prices

The PCC does not have dormitories on campus, but a student can contact the administration for help finding accommodation. The college cooperates with ANDEO International Homestays, American Homestay Network – homestay programs.

College Housing Northwest is a non-profit housing corporation in Portland. It offers accommodation in seven unique apartment buildings located in the city center. To reach any of the PCC campuses, students can take advantage of the institution's free shuttle service.

On campuses there are grocery stores, canteens, where you can buy what is grown in the educational garden of the college.

Activities Portland Community College

The PCC is actively developing various areas of extracurricular activities. College sports teams participate in basketball and football competitions between state institutions.

Annual events are held:

  • Art installations in the art gallery
  • Autumn harvest festival with pumpkins, petting zoo, music
  • Three performances a year at the College Theatre
  • Dance circles in studios
  • Individual sports training in gyms, game rooms
  • Art clubs in arts and crafts, drawing, design
  • Music studios with lessons on playing musical instruments, musical groups, rehearsals, regular performances at holidays.

The college has specialized centers of different directions, for example, the Multicultural Department in Rock Creek for support, communication of foreign students. The Center for Women's Resources supports the female half of the students, conducts lectures on feminism, sex education.


  • International cooperation, exchange programs
  • Average age of students: 27 years
  • 55% of students are women
  • Languages spoken on campus are English, French, Russian, Italian. The total number is 48 languages.

Facilities and equipment at Portland Community College

PCC has four campuses in Portland:

  • Campus Silvania is the largest, oldest learning point located in the southwestern district of the city. There is a fitness center with a swimming pool, an ultra-modern theater - the Performing Arts Center, an innovative laboratory MakerLab.
  • Rock Creek is a 256-acre suburban campus. It is home to the Washington County Museum, forests, wetlands, a variety of farm animal collections, and a 3.6-acre educational garden.
  • The Cascade Urban Campus is located in North Portland.
  • The Southeast campus was originally the former home of the local headquarters of the U.S. Corps of Engineers, now expanded, modernized, has a large area, improved equipment.

For training, lecture halls, laboratories for practices, computer classes are equipped. Students can visit the library with a reading room for additional self-study. Sports classes are held in gyms, game halls, in an open stadium with running tracks and obstacle course.

In the center of one of the territories of the training is an educational ecological garden, where students, college employees grow food of plant origin.

The college has a center for children's education, where children are accepted from 6 weeks to 12 years. The center hosts classes on literacy, world knowledge, social behavior.

The institution has good transport accessibility, several of its own shuttles running between campuses. Students have the opportunity to rent university bicycles, cars - on the territories of the buildings there are parking lots for all types of transport.

Admission dates and extra charges

Academic year:

  • Autumn semester: September-December
  • Winter semester: January-March
  • Spring semester: March-June.

Between semesters, exams, vacations, parties in honor of public holidays are held.

Additional costs:

  • Residence
  • Nutrition
  • Public transport
  • Parking, bicycle/car rental
  • Medical care
  • Sports, art sections
  • Books, consumables
  • Annual fees – from 70$
  • Personal expenses.

Entry requirements, how to apply, what is required to enrol

The application can be submitted by registering on the official website of the college.

Minimum requirements for applicants to junior specialties:

  • Certificate of completion of secondary education
  • Official transcripts
  • ACT/SAT Results
  • Letter of motivation for admission
  • Letter of approval from parents/guardians
  • Paid registration fee – 50$.

International students need to provide:

  • TOEFL (from 79 for internet test / from 550 for paper testing)
  • IELTS (from 6.5)
  • F1 Visa
  • Medical insurance.

Scholarships Portland Community College

Scholarship programs:

  • FAFSA, ORSAA Programs for International Students
  • PCC Foundation Scholarships
  • Ford Family Foundation
  • U.S. Bank Support
  • Oregon Society Foundation
  • Material assistance to veterans, children of fallen heroes
  • Scholarships of partner organizations outside the state.

Financial awards are given to students who are successful in learning, sports, creativity or those who need support according to social criteria.

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  • Guardianship services during the studies
  • Student supervision

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- we recommend to apply 6-9 months before the start of the course (some camps and schools offer discounts for early booking or for lengthy study programs)
- there are some very popular and high demand children's camps, where the applications need to be submitted 1 year in advance (in particular Switzerland , Great Britain , USA , Canada , Austria)
- we recommend to apply one year before the start of the training program,
- some schools have a specific time frame (September-November - please specify an individual school)
- some schools require tests in several stages (UKISET, internal tests of the school: English, mathematics, logics, subjects, interview, some require a personal visit)
- we recommend to apply one year before the start of the program,
- for Foundation and Pathway programs, IELTS and TOEFL certificates are usually required, respectively

- recommended submission one year before the start of the program,
- the deadline normally closes in January, for TOP HEIs and, as a rule, in March in other universities
- for a bachelor, a Foundation or Pathway preparatory program a completed A-level, IB, High School + IELTS / TOEFL are required
- for Masters you need a graduated higher education, in some cases you need a pre-Masters program
- MBA requires completed higher education, work experience preferably at least 2-3 years, etc.
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