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  • 10/18/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    6 out of 6 people found this review useful. 1 of 136

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Portland Community College is really good for all students. If you have a schedule to work around, they can work with it; if you don't have a computer, they can help; if you plan to transfer to a University, they can easily help you transfer and still save you tons of money. You can range from any age too, high school (duel-in-roll), fresh out of high school, working man/woman, mother, father, etc.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you do plan on attending PCC, try to do everything as soon as you can. The earlier you get things in the better. You will have less stress about those things and you will quickly be ready for the next. Also, if you are not computer savvy get use to one. They do a lot of things online, which in the long run is good.

    Bang for the buck

    This is effeminately a great way to save so much money. Portland Community College is a low spending college that still offers good schooling.

    Am enjoying being here

    I don't have a computer so I do believe I am here a bit too much, but at the same time I am very happy that they have a computer center I can go to to get my work done.

    Am learning a lot

    I am definitely learning all I need and it is great. I was at first hesitant about going to a community college for the first year but I soon found out that that is not at all a problem. I thought classes at a University would be more informative and a better experience. Starting at a community college, especially PCC, is a great idea.

  • 06/26/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    5 out of 6 people found this review useful. 2 of 136

    Categories Comments
    Tips for prospective students

    if you are wanting to do a bachelors or higher in a study of your choice best way to do it is transfer credits over after you've been at pcc. The counselors will help you with your term schedule so you can make sure your taking classes that are going to transfer to you university of choice... USE YOUR RESOURCES THE SCHOOL GIVES YOU! you save money in the end. University for 13 credits= approx 5,000... pcc for 13= approx 2.000. it's also smart if your coming from highschool straight into college because if you go to a university first you most likely won't be ready because they teach at 300 level...aka HARD... pcc you can start in the 10's then go up from there. They're super flexible.

    Bang for the buck

    For how low the price is of community college compared to a university, i feel like i get the right amount of attention because the classes are small just like in highschool and i ask questions a lot so that's good for me to still be able to.

    Am enjoying being here

    I like the atmosphere of the school. It's like highschool without restrictions and the people that are there actually want to learn so i feel more like i can do what i need to do to be successful in my classes without someone making fun of me because i actually care about my education.

    Am learning a lot

    My major is Mechanical Engineering so i need hands on classes and so far the school has provided me with that.

  • 12/02/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 3 of 136

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Students who are unsure about what major they want to focus on, Students looking to obtain an associates degree, Students looking to transfer to a 4-year college.

    Tips for prospective students

    Put your admissions application in early, always check on financial aide. They are a lot of students who attend PCC and admissions rate goes up every year. If there is ever something you are unsure of, don't hesitate to ask, any staff member would be gladly to assist - they always have a smile on their face whenever I ask questions.

    Bang for the buck

    Most of the teachers teach at Portland State University as well, so we have the same instructors teaching our classes at a much lower cost. Any science instructor I've had, has their PhD and has done a lot of research on their field of study - so they know a lot!

    Am enjoying being here

    I love each campus at PCC. They are four main campuses serving the metro area, along with several other centers, so it is easy to for anyone living in and around Portland. They are tons of clubs and activities you can join - something for everyone.

    Am learning a lot

    The teachers here at PCC are very knowledgeable about the subject at hand. They are always there for their students with helpful answers and want each student to succeed.

  • 04/25/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 4 of 136

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    PCC does have a lot of returning students who were in the workforce for 3, 5, 10 years, and are now going back to school. But you'd be surprised by how many recent high school graduates attend PCC as well! PCC has a mixture of people of different ethnicity's, ages, genders, and backgrounds.

    Tips for prospective students

    Know your options. Apply for as many scholarships as possible and start early. Start when you are a sophomore in high school. Decide how you will get to school (ie: public transit, bike, car, PCC shuttle). Get your textbooks before the term starts so you can get used ones.

    Bang for the buck

    If you are looking to go to college in a 100 mile radius of Portland,OR, go to PCC. It costs almost half of what Portland State University costs. The universities also have hidden fees and if you are living in a dorm, forget about it. You will be paying a year's tuition at the university just to live at the university.

    Am enjoying being here

    PCC has made it so easy to attend. The campuses are lovely. They are also pretty clean and have all the resources a student will need. You also get $10 every term to use in the computer labs for printing materials (it's like 5 cents a page).

    Am learning a lot

    The professors at PCC are just as qualified to teach at a community college as they are at a university. A lot of them simply choose to be in a less restricted work environment than a university. PCC also offers a fantastic variety of classes so you will not be stuck in a class you do not like.

  • 05/09/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 3 people found this review useful. 5 of 136

    Categories Comments
    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you do not overload yourself or take too many credits unless you are prepared to do the necessary work. Also, go to ratemyprofessors.com to check prospective professors before you add to their class.

    Am enjoying being here

    The campus is beautiful and there are many resources to assist each person in many ways.

    Am learning a lot

    There are some truly amazing professors that teach here and do their very best to assist the students.

  • 09/11/2011

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

    1 out of 3 people found this review useful. 6 of 136

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Everyone. I am a 30 year old hispanic, single mother of 3, starting my own business and I homeschool my own children. This school will be great for any person of any age, race, religion, color, etc... I am returning to college after 7 years! It's almost like my first time. I can't wait!

    Tips for prospective students

    I am a prospective student myself. I would tell others to make sure your heart is in it. If it doesn't seem or feel right to you, don't waste your time. Search search search and keep on searching. Do your homework and make sure to apply for any scholarships you can. Ask all the questions you can think of, even if it seems stupid to you. Leave no stone unturned and document everything! Good Luck!

    Bang for the buck

    PCC is definitely affordable compared to others. The out-of-state tuition is not as bad as I had imagined. I will definitely still be applying for scholarships!

    Will enjoy being here

    Anyone who doesnt enjoy being in Oregon in the first place is just silly. I come from hell in the flesh, I can't wait to move back here. Ive driven by the college before but have not had the chance to check it out. I applied but am waiting for my transcripts to go through. I'm sure that I will enjoy my experience.

    Will learn a lot

    I imagine that PCC is like most community colleges. They are here for a reason. You have options here and community colleges are designed to get you acclimated or re-acclimated to college life. it is a great start.

  • 10/23/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 7 of 136

    Categories Comments
    Bang for the buck

    Less expensive way to get an education.

    Am enjoying being here

    Very nice campuses and very easy to get around.

    Am learning a lot

    The teachers and the academic material is good very comparable to universities.

  • 12/30/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 8 of 136

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Being self-motivated is important here. There is a huge student body and an individual can get lost in the crowd.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get signed up for classes early. They fill up fast.

  • 01/12/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 9 of 136

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The campus is very safe and campus security is quick to respond if something does go down.

    Clubs and Activities

    They have various clubs and activities there are just too many to list. One club they have and which I am in is called Fostering Success. Fostering Success is there for people that need help with financial aid and or scholarships. This is aimed towards youth that were previously in fostercare.

    Food and Dining

    excellent atmosphere, food taste great, and they have meal deals. Cascade campus is the best to have food at.

    Dorm Life

    No dorms at PCC.

    Academic Rigor

    The instructors are quick to help you and are willing to take time out of their busy schedule to help you.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be afraid to ask for help if your having trouble or have questions, people here are quick to help you and you will fit right in.

    In three sentences

    This school is an excellent way to learn with a broad areas to major in. It also is affordable some classes have tutoring specific to that class. I like being able to enjoy school activities and the fact I can meet people with simular interest. A+

  • 01/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 10 of 136

    Categories Comments
    Bang for the buck

    For the price you pay, I feel that PCC provides the same education as big universities for a fraction of the price. Especially for students going to a 4 year, the first two years can be done at a community college and they transfer just fine, and you save so much more money.

    What to do for fun

    Portland Community College Sylvania campus is about 15 minutes away from downtown Portland, so there is plenty to do down there. As for the school, there are lots of clubs one can join, theres a gym thats open for students to use, as well as a swimming pool. The school is surrounded by little coffee shops and asian restaurants so plenty of food to eat.

    Food and Dining

    I enjoy the cafeteria quite a bit, seems like there is a bit of everything. They have burgers, Asian food, Hispanic foods, as well as snacks. They provide lots of nutritious meals which make me happy as well as their variety of beverages. However this is a community college so don't expect gourmet food.

    Dorm Life

    There is no dorm life available for Portland Community College.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are challenging depending on which classes and who the professor is, and amount of workload. Taking a full 12 credit term, is challenging and keeps me on my toes. I feel that the classes are designed so you really do have to stay on top of your business so you don't fall behind. If you do what you're supposed to do you will succeed, as easy as that sounds.

    Tips for prospective students

    Come to PCC before attending a university. It is cheaper and the education is just as good, or maybe even better. The only negative aspect is parking, so be prepared to either shuttle or take the bus, because parking can be a nightmare. I would also recommend that students try to form study groups with classmates, it seems that other students at PCC are very motivated to get out so they are eager to learn from one another.

    In three sentences

    PCC is a great college that I would recommend for anyone. The classes are taught by professors that try very hard to help you learn and succeed, the class sizes are small so paying attention is easier, and you are surrounded by people who are motivated and want to get their degrees out of the way so they can move on to a university. Its a very positive place full of great resources to help you grow and achieve higher education.

  • 01/31/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 11 of 136

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    stay on campus. even crossing the street off campus leads you into one of the most crime-ridden areas of the portland metro area.

    Clubs and Activities

    have not found any.

    Great for these types of students

    paralegal students with current degrees (bs, ba, ms, ma) are the main collection of students.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    the cascade campus is located in one of the most dangerous parts of portland (crime-wise), however, if you stay on campus it is very safe.

    Bang for the buck

    portland community college's paralegal program is certified and endorsed by the american bar association, only one of two in oregon. the other institution costs nearly four times the amount.

    What to do for fun

    enjoy your life while on campus. get to know the people and advisers in your particular degree or program. this is a very important part of college life. if they know you, you will have easy access and success in the program.

    Food and Dining

    i only attend the cascade campus, but the cafeteria is of poor standard and i usually plan ahead if i want to eat while on campus.

    Academic Rigor

    already having a four year college experience, i have been challenged extensively at portland community college and i think that it will continue to challenge me.

    Tips for prospective students

    you need to chose your prospective school wisely. already having a bachelor's degree, i did hours of research to find the correct school that matched my needs, and portland community college has a terrific reputation in the paralegal field, the one i have chosen.

    In three sentences

    i am currently enrolled in the paralegal program at this community college. the sole reason i chose this school is because the american bar association endorses this school, and it is one of only two in oregon. i am challenged by their paralegal program and anticipate learning a lot in the year that i will be attending.

  • 02/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 12 of 136

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    i have felt completely safe on this campus!

    Clubs and Activities

    the clubs at pcc are very active, they are constantly standing in the cafeteria area trying to talk to people walking by. if you are the type to want to be involved in a club, this is a great place to go!

    Great for these types of students

    great for students who want to get in and learn, and not live on campus. i don't spend too much time there outside of school.

    Bang for the buck

    this is a fairly cheap college, so far i have gotten by without taking out any loans.

    What to do for fun

    i don't participate in many activities on campus, mostly i just go to my classes.

    Food and Dining

    i have not been too impressed with the food there, all though it is cheap!

    Dorm Life

    there are no dorms at pcc that i know of.

    Academic Rigor

    there have been some very hard classes and some not so hard ones, it kind of depends on the professor that you get, but mostly they just want you to learn.

    Tips for prospective students

    make sure to speak with advisors frequently, they are there to help you.

    In three sentences

    it is a really great school for students who have taken some time off after high school and want to take things slow. the campus's are beautiful and there are a lot of helpful staff there for people who are new to the college experience. overall this pcc has done a great job getting me back on my feet and into the college world smoothly.

  • 07/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 13 of 136

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Portland Community College is very safe. I have never herd of any issues since I have been attending the college.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are 30 different clubs to join at PCC. Joining a club is a great way to meet new people and learn leadership skills.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who want to travel abroad. PCC had programs to travel to: Florence, Italy-OIEC Barcelona, Spain-PCC Barcelona, Spain-OIEC Oaxaca, Mexico-PCC London, England-OIEC Alajuela, Costa Rica-OIEC Guanajuato, Mexico-OIEC Portland Community College has over 100 academic programs.

    What to do for fun

    Portland Community College offers movie night. Students can come to the college on a Friday or Saturday night to watch a movie. There are refreshments offered.

    Food and Dining

    The food is good and fresh; however, it is costly for college food. If a person does not have a lot of money, it is best to make a lunch or snack from home.

    Dorm Life

    I am not sure about Dorm Life because I live in my own home.

    Academic Rigor

    Each student will need to take a placement test to determine the proper placement level of prerequisites they need to take. Each student will need to complete the required prerequisites before they can continue in to their course study. If a student places high in their test scores, this may mean they might need to take any classes, and therefore, they can start taking their course of study. Prerequisites courses is: Math, Reading, and Writing.

    Tips for prospective students

    Try and have the best positive attitude possible. Be kind and friendly to everyone. And help do your part in helping the school looking picked up and neat.

    In three sentences

    I have been attending Portland Community College now for almost two years. The college has many different classes to choose from. I am studying to become a Drug and Alcohol Counselor. The instructors are for the most part, friendly and helpful. Some instructors are harder than others. They offer a computer lab for students to work on their homework, and offer tutoring to help students answer home work needs. I would say that the school for the most part is very friendly. I think they could do a better job of keeping the school cleaner.

  • 07/10/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 14 of 136

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Sylvania campus is the best and it is beautiful as well

    Bang for the buck

    Extremely well worth the money spent, the instructors are excellent.

    What to do for fun

    Hike, bike, intramural leagues, yoga, dance

    Food and Dining

    just fine

    Academic Rigor

    The health and medicine geared classes really are intense but worth it, they are setting their students up for success.

    Tips for prospective students

    I used a professor rating website to pick and choose my instructors but PCC has so many great ones that it wasn't really necessary.

    In three sentences

    This institution is packed wit excellent educators and a strong curriculum. I've always felt like my tuition money was well spent at Portland Community College and I recommend them to everyone that is ready to get going for college.

  • 07/15/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 15 of 136

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Excellent: high traffic areas are well-maintained. The public safety office is located in an easy-to-find location, and the officers are helpful.

    Clubs and Activities

    Clubs are easy to charter. Funding is approved by ASPCC, the student government body. Being a two-year college, however, club leaders depart the school frequently, making club momentum difficult to maintain.

    Great for these types of students

    students looking to transfer to four-year institutions, those looking to take courses for self-development, high school students looking to earn college credits in the early college program, post-baccalaureate students pursuing a new academic field, those aspiring to learn skilled trades

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Environmental Studies Center at Rock Creek: 110 acres including forest, grassland, and wetland environments. The west-side forest trail is typically open to all students throughout the fall, spring, and summer terms.

    Bang for the buck

    In my academic program, the instructional quality prepares students well for four-year colleges and universities. Tuition costs are also low at PCC.

    What to do for fun

    ASPCC hosts a variety of social and recreational events througout the fall, winter, and spring terms.

    Food and Dining

    Standards of cleanliness are maintained. Rock Creek and Cascade locations do not offer as much variety as Sylvania. Food service is also working on making more vegan options available.

    Academic Rigor

    The professors who last here keep students challenged here and also grade fairly.

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit the student center to learn about ASPCC programs and events for students. Also inquire about clubs at the student center. Clubs help enhance your experience, and they are easy to charter.

    In three sentences

    PCC is a great place for students to develop. Between the various campuses, there is a wide variety of programs of study, including skilled trades. A high level of instructional quality is expected from professors at PCC, and typical instructors are helpful to students.

  • 07/17/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 16 of 136

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    There are many programs avaliable that are community oriented and they do provide a semi fun campus life.

    Food and Dining

    Not the best food....it really does remind you of hospital food in some instances.

    Dorm Life

    No dorms are avaliable. Although they do provide living areas for students that have traveled a long distance and have no choice.

    Academic Rigor

    This school offers a range of instructors; some provide easier classes and help the students more than others.

    Tips for prospective students

    This college is good for begginning in your college career, although transferring to a college which would better suit your needs would be better.

    In three sentences

    The school itself is a good school, although some of the instructors could use some help. The tools that are provided are not the best, but it's enough to get you through.

  • 07/17/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 17 of 136

    Categories Comments
    Greek Life

    Almost non existent.

    Great for these types of students

    ALL!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Use the Book exchanges to get money back for your books and to get cheap copes of books you may need.

    Bang for the buck

    This school really helps you master the basics before jumping into a four year university.

    What to do for fun

    Hang out with friends, go get coffee. Just chat and Study.

    Dorm Life

    There are no dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on the class and on the teacher.

    Tips for prospective students

    Use RateMyProfessor.com and talk with as many students as possible to get the best teachers. One teacher can make you love a subject or completely despise it. Don't be afraid to ask questions, even if you think their stupid, I guarantee someone probably has the same question but doesn't have the guts to ask. Teachers are people too.

    In three sentences

    Diverse, place where everyone is welcome. The wide variety of teachers and students offers a unique prespective for transfer student like myself. I hope to take what I have learned here and apply it to my future college endeavors.

  • 08/07/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 18 of 136

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    It seems to be pretty safe, but make sure to avoid night classes if possible.

    Clubs and Activities

    Portland Community offers a wide variety of activities.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for any student who is looking into getting a degree, transferring, or coming back to finish he/her schooling.

    Bang for the buck

    Going to Portland Community is one of the best ways to save money while getting a good education.

    What to do for fun

    Join a sports team of club. There also is a large gym and workout center along with a pool for your enjoyment.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure, if you are transferring, to check with both colleges and see how your credits line up.

    In three sentences

    Portland Community has great programs. It offers a wide variety of classes. Also, Portland Community has an affordable tuition.

  • 08/11/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 19 of 136

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Always watch for anything that's not normal

    Great for these types of students

    Be careful whom you trust.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Wow is they from Earth?

    Bang for the buck

    Goodwill not Macy's

    What to do for fun

    Focus, keep you eyes on the prize.

    Food and Dining

    Learn to cook ,cheaper.

    Dorm Life

    Get your own place & don't trust anyone that's into everyone else business, and that's a follower

    Academic Rigor

    Smile only the strong survive.

    Tips for prospective students

    Never let no one say you can't do anything. Haters going to hate, and snakes going to hiss. Step over them and Soar :)

    In three sentences

    Child that once was bullied! Wow, flying higher then Funky Chicken. Whom Am I ? Eagle

  • 09/05/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 20 of 136

    Categories Comments
    Bang for the buck

    The professors are well educated and I feel I am getting a great education.

    What to do for fun

    There is always great, live, free music

    Dorm Life

    I have not lived in the dorms at this college

    Tips for prospective students

    Buy extra locks for your bike.

    In three sentences

    PCC offers a diverse and welcoming community. PCC has excellent course selections! PCC campuses are beautiful and the shuttle is a terrific resource for students!

  • 11/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 21 of 136

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    There is a lot of patrols around the campus to ensure our safety.

    Great for these types of students

    All types. We are a very diversified group here.

    Bang for the buck

    I feel that I really get my moneys worth at PCC. Computer labs are always available if you need a computer, scanner, or copier.

    What to do for fun

    I'm in Portland so there is a lot to do for fun. Museums, live entertainment, parks, and the zoo.

    Food and Dining

    We have great cafeterias with many healthy options. Free coffee and popcorn in the underground (ASPCC).

    Dorm Life

    There are no dorms available at PCC.

    Academic Rigor

    The work load can be heavy but we have tutors and library help plus your professors are happy to help.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get a grad plan right away so you don't end up with a lot of credits that don't count on a degree. Utilize all the great services that PCC has to offer such as the Career Counseling Center, academic adviser and the ASPCC.

    In three sentences

    Portland Community College is an amazing school! From the professors to the administration I have furthered my education with confidence and guidance. I am almost done with my AAOT degree and on to nursing school. Thanks PCC I give you an A+.

  • 05/07/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 22 of 136

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Campus security guards and emergency response personnel are always available in the central building.

    Clubs and Activities

    Music Club, Japanese Pop Culture Club, Phi Theta Kappa chapter, Flight club, Women's Resource Center

    Bang for the buck

    The courses are university level for a very low price; full time tuition is $4,000-$6,000 per year depending on the field of study.

    What to do for fun

    The RC clubhouse hosts a number of clubs with all sorts of interests ranging from music, leadership, theater, anime, and so on. Athletics classes are offered where you can play sports in a group setting, or you can simply use the weight-room, basketball courts, and soccer fields on your own time.

    Food and Dining

    The cafeteria is a nice social setting to buy and eat lunch at, but the food is expensive. Vending machines around campus are stocked with healthy snacks for reasonable prices if you're on the go.

    Dorm Life

    There are no dorms that I know of.

    Academic Rigor

    The courses are on par with university-level classes, but with a far more personal setting - most classes range from 15-30 students, and teachers are always available for questions. Teachers will often balance conceptual understanding and rote memorization (many offer notecards so that you will not need to spend time memorizing equations). Also, the Chemistry department is held to standards by the national ACS examination, so the chemistry courses are just as rigorous as anything else you will find.

    Tips for prospective students

    -The cafeteria food is very expensive, so pack a lunch! -Buy and sell your books online to avoid being overcharged -Never forget your parking permit, or you'll be charged a $20 fee -Arrive early; parking is competitive and you may need to walk for 10 minutes to class -Free tutoring is offered in the student learning center, and helpful counselors are in the administrative building -Check out the clubs by going to the clubhouse in the humanities and arts building

    In three sentences

    The PCC Rock Creek campus is beautifully decorated with plants and students' art, and is in a highly accessible location. The math and science classes (my area of study) are generally well taught, and are comparable to the courses offered at a state university level. This quality combined with low tuition costs makes the college an excellent location for earning undergraduate or prerequisite credits.

  • 12/11/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    0 out of 1 people found this review useful. 23 of 136

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Any student of any age, really. It's best for people who don't want to spend a lot of money taking classes at universities.

    Tips for prospective students

    Most importantly, you'll need to make sure that you apply for classes as early as possible, lest all of your desired classes fill up.

    Bang for the buck

    At $79 per credit, it's not bad. That's par for the course with a community college, after all. You'll find that there are plenty of resources available to students who need them. In addition, there is a free shuttle that takes students from one campus to another (certain lines only go between certain campuses), which runs pretty well with most class schedules.

    Am enjoying being here

    I can't say anything about the Rock Creek or Cascade campuses, having never set foot on them, but I can say that the Sylvania campus is quite lovely. They seem to have an affinity for concrete, but it's still pretty nice. The library at Sylvania is quite large, as is the College Center. The Southeast center isn't as impressive, but it's in a very convenient place; if you were attending any of the local high schools, you'll have no problem whatsoever getting to Southeast everyday.

    Am learning a lot

    I'm learning a good deal. Most of the instructors are pretty good about making resources available to students online, such as PowerPoint slides of their lectures, online reading materials for class and links to various helpful websites. There isn't a lot in the way of assignments for some classes, however; mostly a project or two, as well as some exams. This may not bode well for people who find small-but-frequent exercises useful.

  • 12/25/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    For students who need a comfortable, helpful environment. Works perfectly for early college students trying to figure out the whole college thing, as well as for people coming back to school. Great for most people, all around.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be serious. This is a place where you will succeed only if you choose to. Failure is the easiest task accomplished, but succeeding is a whole lot harder. Don't be afraid to speak up or ask questions; PCC is probably one of the friendliest places I've ever gone to.

    Bang for the buck

    Everybody is hurting these days, but PCC offers courses at a much better price than other places. Sure, it's just a community college, but my pocket likes it too.

    Am enjoying being here

    I've never felt more comfortable or safe anywhere else. Portland is kind of a weird place, so it's alright to be different here. It's practically normal, really.

    Am learning a lot

    The teachers are very passionate about their jobs and it makes learning a whole lot easier. You can tell that they really put a big effort into teaching.

  • 01/03/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Tips for prospective students

    for online students its important to have a good and quiet work environment when reading class assignments for the week. also for ebook readers its alot easier to use control F to search for the answers but trust me it doesnt help, u miss important filler information... so dont do it!

    Bang for the buck

    Im learning so much that i feel that every penny has bee so well spent

    Am enjoying being here

    the teachers are really nice and the class forums to communicate with the rest of the class is really helpful

    Am learning a lot

    I thought i already knew alot about computers and a little bit about programming, but i have learned so much in just two semesters here.

  • 01/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    very secure, and always around. i knock one star off, because i lost my wallet one time in between classes that left a bad taste in my mouth. i was required to wait quite some time to get it returned, even though i was able to provide every piece of information in it. being an avid shopper, i memorized every cc number, and even that was not enough evidence the wallet was mine, let alone it containing my driver's picture where! it took two police officers to verify, and i ended up missing a class because of it. i was not happy.

    Clubs and Activities

    many different clubs to choose from. i was in a few, but some are more active than others.

    Great for these types of students

    beginning students.

    Bang for the buck

    cost effective compared to local universities. teachers often teach here as well as the local universities, so you are getting the same education for cheaper.

    What to do for fun

    the campus is open, so weather provided, walk around. there is a great variety of classes to choose for leisure, including dance, jujitsu, and yoga. when in between classes, the highway is close by, so you may get to any destination quickly.

    Food and Dining

    the cafeteria has improved since previous terms, and provides many options to a hungry student. healthy alternatives have been implemented to give students the nutrition they need, but it comes at an elevated cost.

    Dorm Life

    no dorms, but the city is bustling with activity around the campus. easy to find campus, and variety of

    Academic Rigor

    teachers from the local university come teach here as well. most beginning classes are easy, but gives you a great foundation for any career you start.

    Tips for prospective students

    ask for help. they have a fantastic student help and counseling department that gets you the info you need.

    In three sentences

    pcc is cheap, easy to understand, and gets you on the right path. it is a great foundation before transferring, and saves you money instead of beginning at a 4-year. the teachers are knowledgeable, and willing to go the distance to help you get where you need.

  • 02/17/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    although i don't see a security guard all that much, i don't ever hear of anything bad going on.

    Clubs and Activities

    lots of clubs to choose from. there has to be a club for just about every interest.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    with the many different cultures there is always an event going on.

    Bang for the buck

    you defiantly get a lot out of going to a community college. starts you out in smaller classes that are a lot cheaper. also gets you prepared to go to a university.

    What to do for fun

    there are a lot of people there to start conversations with. also many different classes that you can take that aren't your average classes, and some sports too.

    Food and Dining

    typical cafes at the school. nothing to special but they do serve some good stuff.

    Dorm Life

    they do not have dorms.

    Tips for prospective students

    start out with taking classes on campus. i decided to do all online at first which was a mistake. i would rather be on campus meeting new people and learning in person.

    In three sentences

    i think portland community college is a great community college. with the various locations and ability to take classes both online and on campus, it makes going to college a lot easier. highly recommend this college for students looking into at least a two year college.

  • 02/22/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    none.

    Dorm Life

    none.

    Academic Rigor

    everything is laid out for your success.

    Tips for prospective students

    register early so you can have all of your classes located on one campus.

    In three sentences

    portland community college has wonderful atmosphere, free shuttles to all campus locations and teachers who care about education.

  • 02/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    29 of 136

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    What to do for fun

    i enjoy going up to mt. hood as they have student specials going on certain days of the week. great place to go an clear your head and wonderful views!

    Dorm Life

    none. kind of a bummer but what else can ya do?

    Academic Rigor

    not to sure what this means but i'm getting good grades and have not been to school before this since, 2005.

    Tips for prospective students

    just be chill and enjoy it to get the most you possibly can in this once in a lifetime journey.

    In three sentences

    i'm enjoying my experience of back to school. the students and staff make pcc rock creek a great choice for me, everyone is so friendly. couldn't ask for a better freshmen year at 24 there is diversity all around me.

  • 02/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    there aren't very many things to do for fun. everyday after class i immediately leave and go to work or home to study. it isn't very easy to have a really fun time while going to portland community college.

    Tips for prospective students

    if you want to save money and just get prerequisite classes out of the way its a very good option. don't expect an elaborate campus because you will not find that here at portland community college. as long as you show up to class you should do fine.

    In three sentences

    it is very small but it makes the learning enviorment nice with small classes. the teachers do a pretty good job of teaching a subject with effiency. it is very inexpensive to go here so that is the main reason why i'm here.

  • 02/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Tips for prospective students

    just make sure you dont miss any days of school. it is very important you attend all your classes so you do not fall behind.

    In three sentences

    i love pcc rock creek. they have so many programs to offer, and the staff is great. the instructors are very knowledgeable and make sure the students have a great understanding of what we are learning.

  • 03/03/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    with portland community college, their food is delicious. with a farm located in the rock creek campus, most of their vegetables comes grown without the use of pesticides, along with their meats being hormone free.

    Academic Rigor

    portland community college challenges students through their variety of classes. their course guidelines set out rigorous applications to students to be able to apply them in and outside of the classroom.

  • 03/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    33 of 136

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I took night classes, and there's always a police car around, so I'd say it's pretty safe, I never had any trouble.

    Greek Life

    None that I know of.

    Clubs and Activities

    Go to the PCC website for information.

    Great for these types of students

    High school students and non-traditional students! If you are a high school student, YOU can complete an associates degree by the time you graduate from high school! Contact PCC Early college to see what you need to apply, AND they pay for all of your tuition! That's two free years of college for you! Also great for non-traditional students who have to work during the day because PCC has many evening and weekend classes to choose from! I myself was going to high school during the day, and was able to sign up for as much as 14 credits of classes that were on the evenings/weekends. So if you have to work during the day, don't even worry, there are many classes to choose from!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Nothing that I know of.

    Bang for the buck

    Great! Classes aren't as expensive as in 4 year universities, usually it's about $400 per class. I'd say, pretty good!

    What to do for fun

    There are clubs, jobs (if you consider them fun!), student government, and more. Just check out the PCC website to sign up for a club.

    Food and Dining

    Cafeteria is okay, but not too many choices.

    Dorm Life

    There are no dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    It all depends on the instructor! Always look up the instructor's rating and see how hard their class is. Some make it really hard for you, while others don't.

    Tips for prospective students

    When you register for classes, look up your instructor on ratemyprofessors.com to find out how other people who took their class rated them. A lot of times, these ratings provide great tips on how to do well in the class, and you will know a lot more about whether this instructor suits you or not.

    In three sentences

    It's a great campus and has a lot of clubs and activities which you can sign up for online. The cost is much cheaper than at a 4 year school, and you can sign up as a non-degree student and still take full-time classes. I started attending this college while still in high school, and it's great!

  • 03/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    There are many clubs and organizations to become apart of.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be prepared to meet a range of classmates of a variety of backgrounds. Be openminded and willing to learn!

    In three sentences

    A school that provides very good professors, always helpful. A sort of go in go out school if one wants such a thing. A lot of clubs and Such available.

  • 04/03/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are the game rooms, study rooms, and cafeteria to hangout and eat.

    Food and Dining

    It can be kind of expensive but it is alright.

    Dorm Life

    Well there isn't any dorms that i know of but there is some apartments nearby for college students.

    Academic Rigor

    Some difficulties and challenges can be paying for school, even though it is cheap you can end up in debt.

    Tips for prospective students

    Some tips are to give up your best in all your studies. Another tip is to search for help when in need, in order to be successful.

    In three sentences

    In my opinion, I think Portland Community College is a great way to start my college education. I enjoy coming to this school but I want to transfer to a culinary arts college. Portland Community college is a great school to begin with and is also cheap.

  • 04/04/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Clubs and Activities

    There are some excellent clubs on campus and they hold a variety of events all year long.

    Bang for the buck

    Thought the per credit cost of classes is low, there are a lot of fees and the cost of books is outrageous.

    What to do for fun

    Join some of the various clubs and participate in the events that are held.

    Food and Dining

    The cafeteria is not bad. The food is decent, but overpriced.

    Dorm Life

    PCC has no Dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    Just like any other school, there are some good classes and there are some bad ones. Some of the classes they are attempting to cram a semesters work of information into a quarter long (11 weeks) class. They need to restructure these classes as the class failure rate is very high. Other classes are just too easy. They are not challenging and don't do the students any good.

    Tips for prospective students

    Talk to other students about their experiences, instructors and classes. Utilize all the resources that PCC has to offer. Attend your classes and don't be afraid to participate. Be active in clubs and organizations, if you have the time. The students you meet there will help you and you have a chance to help others as well.

    In three sentences

    PCC is a good college, but like any school it has a few issues. They have excellent resources to help students. The overall cost of attendance is much lower than any of the other schools in the area.

  • 04/07/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    the campus safety is good

    Greek Life

    it's nice to be part the community

    Clubs and Activities

    tutoring

    Great for these types of students

    friendly

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    rock creek campus

    Bang for the buck

    financial aide don't pay a lot

    What to do for fun

    hangout with my friends

    Food and Dining

    are okay but expensive so i eat home

    Dorm Life

    there is no dorm

    Academic Rigor

    Nursing program

    Tips for prospective students

    always take advantage tutoring

    In three sentences

    if i rate pcc i will rate 7 r 10

  • 05/03/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Food and Dining

    Do not eat on campus.

    Dorm Life

    Don't live on campus.

    Academic Rigor

    It's Great.

    In three sentences

    It is a great school for online learning. I'm able to get my work done on time, but have the freedom to do it when I can at home.

  • 05/13/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    PCC is great for working adults. They have plenty of online and evening classes to choose from.

    Bang for the buck

    PCC is above all a great value. Most credits transfer easily to other institutions in Oregon.

    Food and Dining

    Food at PCC is definitely above par. This being Portland there are plenty of great options for vegans and vegetarians.

    Dorm Life

    PCC has no dorms

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are fairly easy, about what you would expect from a community college. The coursework in most instances is acceptable for working adults.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't expect to much help from staff (e.g counselors, financial aid, career services). Most do not have much more information than is available on the website. Be prepared to be on your own as far as financial aid and degree counseling.

    In three sentences

    Portland Community College is a great choice for those returning to school. Classes are not too difficult and they offer a multitude of classes online. The libraries are second to none.

  • 05/17/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Food and Dining

    Have not yet dined on campus

    Dorm Life

    No Dorms

    Academic Rigor

    Don't fall behind or get help as needed and you'll do fine!

    Tips for prospective students

    It is a great college for getting prerequisites out of the way and getting the basics down.

    In three sentences

    Classes are in a intimate setting. It is easy to get to know the professors and you meet a diverse group of people in the classes.

  • 05/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Meet new people and open your mind to different cultures. Also, there are several clubs that anyone can join!

    Food and Dining

    The cafeteria has healthy options and there are multiple tables you can sit down at and enjoy your lunch in peace or study. There are delicious restaurants within a 5 block radius.

    Dorm Life

    No dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    The work load is feasible, and the resources for tutoring are endless.

    Tips for prospective students

    Even if you don't know what degree you want, the teachers and advisers will help you figure it out.

    In three sentences

    The level of commitment the teachers have is very high. The facilities are beautiful. Finally, the ROOTS/Trio program is the best opportunity for students who apply.

  • 05/21/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The campuses are very safe; public safety is always visible. There are a lot of trees, and it's tobacco free!

    Greek Life

    Greek life is not applicable.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are a lot of interesting clubs for students to join. Recruiting people seems to always be a challenge though.

    Great for these types of students

    It's great for various students. PCC can fulfil students that seek challenging, thought provoking classes in the 200 level courses, and I've heard story about how simple some lower level classes can be.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Check out the Student Underground!

    Bang for the buck

    The libraries are very great resources for all students.

    What to do for fun

    Joining a club can be supper fun!

    Food and Dining

    There are options, but pretty expensive. I do not recommend the fried food.

    Dorm Life

    This does not apply to this exclusive commuter college.

    Academic Rigor

    Do your research of the instructors. The academic rigor can also varie depending on the level. 200 level classes tend to be as challenging as university courses.

    Tips for prospective students

    For the first term do not be afraid to ask questions. Coming from high school all the new information and expectations can be utterly overwhelming.

    In three sentences

    At PCC, you definitely get out what you put it. It is a large school with four to five different campuses across town, so no one will really go up to you and offer help. Everyone is there for their own personal interest, if you do make an effort there are great resources though.

  • 06/02/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There's not too much to do for fun around campus. There are occasional art shows, and Saturday Market-like set ups around campus selling neat items.

    Food and Dining

    The food is pretty good and there are a lot of choices. Credit card accepting vending machines with healthy and unhealthy choices all over campus. The cafeteria is pretty good.

    Dorm Life

    There are no dorms on campus.

    Academic Rigor

    Some classes are easy, some are hard, like any college.

    Tips for prospective students

    It's easy to skip classes, but DON'T because it will affect your grade. I've only been to the Sylvania and Rock Creek campuses, but I enjoy both. Good luck!

    In three sentences

    I like Portland State University a lot, and plan on staying here to finish out my requirements for my Associates Degree before I transfer to a four year college. Most counselors are very helpful and passionate about helping students. Teachers are patient, knowledgable, and passionate about what they teach!

  • 06/04/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    44 of 136

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The campuses are safe but be smart, if it is dark and you have to walk to your car ask for a security guard to walk with you. Be aware of your surroundings, check your cell phone once you're in your car, with the doors locked.

    Clubs and Activities

    Never joined any but I am sure they're great!

    Great for these types of students

    Any student, any age.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Enjoy the grass and shade of the big trees.

    Bang for the buck

    PCC is really affordable. It's like private class size for a public price. Instructors actually learn your name and remember your progress in class. Ask for help and they're willing to meet out of their own office hours.

    What to do for fun

    Join a club sport, stick around on the quad and meet new people. Study on campus, outside when it's sunny!

    Food and Dining

    Fresh food every day. There are vending machines too but the cafes and cafeteria have healthy food options.

    Dorm Life

    I didn't live in any campus housing.

    Academic Rigor

    Some classes are more challenging than others, depending on a students learning style. Use on campus resources such as the writing labs and computer labs. The staff are always friendly and helpful, you just have to ask!

    Tips for prospective students

    Arrive to class early, parking is a problem at times. Be sure to attend classes and listen to lectures. Do required readings and homework. Don't slack on work just because the class is graded on a curve.

    In three sentences

    The teachers are friendly and approachable. The curriculum is challenging but doable. The campuses are clean, safe and accessible.

  • 06/07/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    45 of 136

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Campus safety is observed at all times. Staff monitors the campus with a security officers who work as a team, who are are present and close by, not a phone call away.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is one of the best lifes, because it is right up there next to the diversity welcome sign!

    Clubs and Activities

    With a wide variety of clubs to choose from the activities planned by students can often bring unexpected opportunities.

    Bang for the buck

    What you dont know - you can learn.

    What to do for fun

    Meet people, attend events and explore career opportunities, that help you stay connceted with other students who share your expectations and dreams. College is fun. The roots of happiness grow deepest in the soil of service.

    Food and Dining

    The cafeteria makes you feel like your anywhere you want to eat, with a huge selection of choices, you can't go wrong, breakfast, lunch, or dinner! No need to leave campus, at PCC in search of food!

    Dorm Life

    At one time...it was, but now the use of transportation and commuter bus availability right on campus which you can ride for free to other PCC campuses, drive or take other public transportation and be home with your family each night, dorm life is a thing of the past!

    Academic Rigor

    Easy to manuever when your oars are in the water.

    Tips for prospective students

    First tip is take the initiative and get started - plant your seeds. The seond tip is water the seeds and expect growth. The third tip is to remember that it is not what is poured into a student that counts, but what is planted.

    In three sentences

    Portland Community College is an inviting campus where everyone knows your name. The staff at Portland Community College are eager to see you suceed, and the instructors of the most gifted instructors around. Portland Community College is the foundation of your future, the road to your success, and the ticket to your dream career.

  • 06/08/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Food and Dining

    Though Ive never eaten at the cafeteria, the food looked fresh and good. The only thing is it's sort of expensive

    Dorm Life

    There are no dorms

    Academic Rigor

    I took Writing, CG, Math, Biology, PE, and Health.

    Tips for prospective students

    Look up your teachers at ratemyprofessor.com.

    In three sentences

    PCC is a great commuter college. It has a good atmosphere, great resources for studying, and is career-focused. I highly recommend PCC.

  • 06/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    What I love to do for fun on my spare time to to relax in the sunshine depending on the weather and read a book.

    Tips for prospective students

    Always talk to an advisor or a counselor with next step classes for the next term.

    In three sentences

    Portland Community College is great to attend. There are many diversities and many good teacher's at this location.

  • 06/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    48 of 136

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Nothing on campus but Portland is full of fun things to do. Just look around, you'll find something.

    Food and Dining

    Vending machines

    Dorm Life

    There aren't any dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    Course work is challenging and appropriate.

    Tips for prospective students

    Plan to devote plenty of time to study even if you are planning to attend part time; they throw information at you too quickly.

    In three sentences

    Portland Community College offers a broad range of vocation, 2 year and transfer degrees. The rates are reasonable. Sadly, most of the staff is unpleasant.

  • 06/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    49 of 136

    Categories Comments
    Bang for the buck

    I really think I am being well prepared for my upcoming MCATs at a lot lower price than PSU.

    What to do for fun

    I study all the time, I am a non traditional post bacc student, so fun for me is researching and really learning everything I can about a subject to prepare myself for grad school. There is a nice divey bar with free wifi right off campus though, that is a great place to study and have a cocktail.

    Food and Dining

    The cafeteria serves mostly unhealthy food that is fried and gross. I dine off campus or bring my own food most of the time.

    Academic Rigor

    I found the upper division science classes to be more challenging than I had expected from a community college. I love this because I feel like I am getting a quality education on par with a four year school but at a much more affordable tuition.

    Tips for prospective students

    Give yourself plenty of time to drive around aimlessly waiting for a parking spot to open up, so you aren't late for your classes. Utilize the learning center, it is a great resource and the tutors are very helpful! Study groups are a great way to make friends and keep your grades up!

    In three sentences

    The instructors are knowledgable and fair. Most of the facilites and labs are in great shape. Some of the parking policies surrounding the inner-city campuses seem a bit unfair considering the difficulty in finding parking before class.

  • 06/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    50 of 136

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Some campuses like Rock Creek and Sylvania are farther out from the rest of civilization and therefore things are pretty quiet. I have no experiences at Rock Creek or the SE campus, but the Cascade campus isn't so fun to be at when it's late. There is frequent police activity nearby, and there was even a drive by shooting that damaged bus shelters and cars in a school lot. I don't like being there after dark, alone. I've never felt unsafe at Sylvania, and it is in a very low-crime area.

    Bang for the buck

    The same professors often are teaching at the more expensive universities in addition to their positions at PCC.

    What to do for fun

    Hang out in the student lounge, much on some free popcorn and play te Wii.

    Food and Dining

    The food at some campuses is great, with lots of variety and fresh selections. Then there is the Cascade campus cafeteria. It's a joke.

    Academic Rigor

    I'm challenged every day, but I don't know if all of the professors are used to teaching at college level.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get all your classes on the same campus if you can, the shuttle schedule isn't necessarily as convenient as it could be.

    In three sentences

    A high quality school for an affordable price. Great fit for the working student.

  • 06/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Food and Dining

    Have never eaten here but they do have vending machines all over the campus.

    Dorm Life

    No Dorms

    Tips for prospective students

    It is ok to be undecided here because the tuition is inexpensive.

    In three sentences

    It is a good inexpensive college. They have very inconvenient payment policies. They offer a large range of different classes at different times.

  • 07/05/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Food and Dining

    Food and Dining is okay they have options but they should expand a little and get diffrent types of ethnic foods.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life would be good but i dont stay on campus becuase they dont have dorms.

    Tips for prospective students

    Try and have all your information for classes ready and know ahead of time were they are so you wont be late for your classes.

    In three sentences

    Portland Community College has a lot of great attributes, like small classes so teachers pay more attention to the student and good ways to find a class when your lost.

  • 08/16/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    53 of 136

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I have never had any safety issues or felt unsafe at PCC.

    Greek Life

    I am not aware of any fraternaties or sororities at PCC.

    Clubs and Activities

    I am not involved in any clubs at PCC, but from walking around campus it seems like there are many opportunities for activities

    Great for these types of students

    Great for either those out of high school that want to save a little money on general education before going to a four year school, and even better for people going back to school later. It's very easy to work in a school schedule around a full time job between night and online classes.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    I don't know too much about this as I don't spend a ton of time on campus. I usually only have time to go to class and then need to get to work.

    Bang for the buck

    I think PCC is a tremendous value for anyone looking to get general education or transfer credits. They have great resources and staff for community college prices.

    What to do for fun

    The best thing in Portland is the outdoors, if it is not pouring outside. Both Sylavania and Rock Creek are located in nice areas with good places to go hiking around. Off campus I would definitely go up to Mt. Hood for skiing or snowboarding in the winter. In the summer I like to float down the Clackamas River.

    Food and Dining

    I have only really eaten at the Sylvania campus which has a cafeteria, deli and juice bar. The juice bar there is awesome and makes really good drinks. Very similar to Jamba Juice. I would say the cafeteria and deli food is fairly average. Not a bad option if you don't have time to get off campus for food in between classes.

    Dorm Life

    There are no dorms that I know.

    Academic Rigor

    I have only taken general education courses so far which I have been able to handle fairly easily with my full time work schedule so far. Classes have been enlightening and challenging without demanding an extraordinary number of hours for homework. I have have been averaging about 12 or 13 credits per term and I would guess it has required about 15 hours of work outside of class per week.

    Tips for prospective students

    I think the most important thing is to develop a plan quickly and decide what you want to study. PCC has a good advising department that can help students to find their aptitudes and interests as well as develop an academic plan once a student finds what they want to study.

    In three sentences

    Portland Community College has a lot to offer students who plan to transfer to a four year school or to go directly to work. Online classes are also very helpful for people like me with a full time job. Between all the classes offered, multiple locations, and great online courses, PCC makes it easy to get started on developing a new career.

  • 08/16/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    The ones not quite sure on their major, socially isolated since the classrooms here are much smaller than the ones in universities.

    Bang for the buck

    It is a community college, the tuition is reasonable.

    What to do for fun

    There honestly isn't much to do for fun, there are a lot of little restaurants around but mainly the fun is by talking to fellow students.

    Food and Dining

    Nice cozy little cafeteria that makes addicting smoothies.

    Dorm Life

    There are no dorms here.

    Academic Rigor

    Summer courses are rather intense, they go at very fast pace to meet criteria. Overall the the classes are not to difficult as long as you stay on top of your work.

    In three sentences

    It is wonderful here, the students here are diverse and eclectic. Teachers are great and have an earnest desire to helps students one on one.

  • 08/16/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    Everything is nice, neat and safe. I always feel safe when I go to class.

    Greek Life

    I have no idea?

    Clubs and Activities

    I've heard they are diverse and fun.

    Great for these types of students

    Everyone who doesn't have a big idea of what they want to do yet but want to try different subjects.

    Bang for the buck

    APPLY FOR SCHOLARSHIPS NOW. The earlier you apply for everything the easier and longer time you have to do everything else you will need to do. It is also a lot less stress.

    What to do for fun

    I spend time with my family, swim in my pool and read.

    Food and Dining

    I have yet to try their cafeteria food, but I am assuming it is better than high school!!!

    Dorm Life

    I don't live in a dorm.

    Academic Rigor

    Some teachers are nicer than others, I wouldn't say nice actually, I'd say some teachers are more open.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be open to new ideas and new views on everything.

    In three sentences

    Rock Creek campus is well equip with everything you need. The wifi works well and you can access it where ever. Also there is a campus closer to me as well which makes it easier to go to classes.

  • 08/21/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I felt safe.

    Clubs and Activities

    They seemed to have something for everyone.

    Great for these types of students

    Just out of high school going to do their general education while deciding what to do in life.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    They have a lot of activities.

    Bang for the buck

    I think it is great bang for the buck.

    What to do for fun

    Hike, camp, photography, travel.

    Food and Dining

    I try to eat healthy and save money, so I bring my own lunch most of the time. Coffee was good.

    Dorm Life

    No dorms, it is a community college.

    Academic Rigor

    Some teachers are too lenient in their expectations of the students. They need to be tougher to help bring out the best in the students. Being too nice does not help them. They are very nice for the most part and knowledgeable.

    Tips for prospective students

    Everyone is very helpful in the administration and counseling areas, seek out their help for registration and financial aid. Many classes are online and easily accessible.

    In three sentences

    I have enjoyed my time at PCC, it is a very affordable choice for getting your basics out of the way for your associates degree before transferring to a four year college. The campuses are smaller, and classes are easy to locate.

  • 08/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Overall i've always found PCC campuses to feel safe and secure. I always see campus police around. To be fair i've yet to be on campus in the evening and am anxious to see how this feeling may change after dark.

    Great for these types of students

    High School Graduates that want to save money before transferring, adult degree seekers, technical degree students or anyone looking for a good education at a cheaper price.

    What to do for fun

    Read, study, write and study! Well, if you're looking for fun each PCC campus is in close proximity to many options for dining, coffee houses, shopping and even outdoor recreation. Jump in your car or bus and explore.

    Food and Dining

    They have a fairly limited selection of food/drink but what is available is fresh and healthy. Smoothies, sandwiches, muffins, salad and soup are among the options. The smoothies are especially tasty.

    Dorm Life

    There are no dorms at PCC.

    Academic Rigor

    I find the overall academic program to be fairly challenging and fulfilling. The professors are knowledgeable, helpful and willing to spend extra time with you if needed.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do research on the website first. Make appointments if necessary. Go in often so the employees, teachers, advisors get to know your face.

    In three sentences

    I found PCC to be very helpful if you are persistent, knowledgeable and savvy at navigating the system. When I used all the resources that were available I found them to be very helpful. This isn't a college that is going to hold your hand but will work hard for you when you seek them out.

  • 09/01/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    At PCC, there are plenty of movie nights, open mics, and groups to become involved in. Personally, I enjoy the student art showcases the most.

    Food and Dining

    The cafeteria is fairly large, but I have yet to experience anything other than the free coffee offered in the recreation room below the cafeteria. I mostly purchased my food from a small grocery store two blocks away from campus.

    Dorm Life

    I'm pretty sure there aren't any dorms available to students at PCC.

    Academic Rigor

    Although I attend a community college, the pace is pretty fast and the curriculum difficulty varies. When I took four classes last term, I ended up doing well but I was pretty stressed out most of the time. For me, the hardest classes were my art and design courses.

    Tips for prospective students

    The best tip I could give for a prospective student is to not procrastinate on your schoolwork. It is important to take note of assignment deadlines and schedule out the time spent on homework in a way that allows for recreation, family matters, chores, without creating stressful situations.

    In three sentences

    PCC is a wonderful place to start a college education. My experiences with the faculty have always been positive. Each of the campus's that I have attended have a welcoming atmosphere.

  • 09/03/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    never felt unsafe.

    Great for these types of students

    part time students will love all the class-time options.

    Bang for the buck

    at 82 dollars per credit, its a steal.

    What to do for fun

    some kids did a few gorgeous chalk drawings.

    Food and Dining

    Try the beer and cheese soup!!!!

    Dorm Life

    No on campus or dorm options. bummer, but its community college.

    Academic Rigor

    Loved the Women, sex and family history class. great professors.

    Tips for prospective students

    Handle everything and register FAR ahead of time. things become hectic and classes get full fast.

    In three sentences

    Great classes, wonderful campus. Lots of Transportation options and great cafeteria. Not very helpful financial aide help.

  • 09/07/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are plenty of fun things to do around PCC - it's Portland! When I had class on Saturdays I would go to the Saturday Market. I also really enjoyed watching various plays in the area.

    Food and Dining

    the food and dining is great. There are a lot of choices in the cafeteria and plenty of places to sit inside or out.

    Dorm Life

    This is a community college - no dorm life.

    Academic Rigor

    All of the courses I have been in are challenging yet easy to manage due to the structure of the course.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you know the bookstore hours. If you live far away and are required to buy materials for a test it's important to do so during the week.

    In three sentences

    Portland Community College is great! The staff is very helpful and are quick when processing paperwork. I also love their online courses that they offer.

  • 09/19/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    They always have lots of activities going on, dances and open mic Tuesdays. They have a little student room with a pool table and xbox, I don't really go in there or participate to much, I'm just there to get my schooling done but if you're interested there are definitely things for you to do there.

    Food and Dining

    The food is ok. I try not to eat in the cafeteria if I don't have to. It's overpriced in my opinion. They also have a little coffee place that serves starbucks, but the few times I have had coffee from there, it didn't really taste like starbucks coffee, maybe it was just the barista at the time? I'm not sure but I try to prepare and bring food from home.

    Dorm Life

    Well, there isn't any as this is a two year college. There are however apartments that are right across the street and they are pretty well priced, and nice.

    Academic Rigor

    It really depends on the class you are taking and the teacher. Some classes were so easy I could have not showed up and passed, while one I took last term nearly killed me with an impossible amount of reading and writing responses/papers. Check with a website like ratemyproffesor.com before registering for a class. Other students will let you know how difficult the class was and how much they enjoyed the class. If I would have done this from the beginning it would have saved me from some terrible teachers.

    Tips for prospective students

    Unless you are a very disciplined person, I would say it's important to stay focused and if possible take a full load of classes. It's so easy to get distracted and end up not finishing. Make an end goal, for two years, or four years and map out how you're going to get there with a counselor, then stick to it.

    In three sentences

    I have enjoyed my experience here overall, they have great programs and enthusiastic teachers. Most are willing to help and are actually interested in you learning and future. It's probably not the same experience you would have going straight into a four year, feels a little bit like highschool, but a good place to be if you are needing to get some basic credits out of the way before moving on to something bigger!

  • 09/21/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus safety has been pretty good, in the mornings they are very active but as the day wanes on they become less so. Ultimately they do a good job of patrolling the parking areas and making sure everything is in place, and safe.

    Clubs and Activities

    In regards to clubs and activities, I'm only aware of a couple of clubs that are in existence such as the ASL club, which I hear is a great place to go if one wants to know American Sign Language, and the manga club. Aside from those clubs, I'm not too aware of others and their actives, but from what I know there are a lot of clubs for various different people.

    Great for these types of students

    Portland and the colleges and universities surrounding it, are mostly designed for those that are free spirited and progressive in their ideologies. Also, those that enjoy nature and the active lifestyle will find Portland and the greater Portland area the ideal location. Here we take our trees seriously, so one will find a lot greenery and a lot more fresh air.

    What to do for fun

    For newcomers that might not know, this is Portland Oregon, and it was rated the best city for bicyclists, so there is that. If bicycling is not a habit one enjoys, for any reason--I personally don't like shaving my legs just to be accepted by bicyclists--we have a ton of hiking locations, parks, fine restaurants, paintball locations, and even a place where one could go skydiving. Portland likes to be extreme, and weird. Also we are kind of considered the Mecca of indie music, and we have a lot of venues that host great bands. In essence Portland is for those that love the outdoors, the indie music, the art and the general weirdness of society, and that goes doubly so for campus life.

    Food and Dining

    The food is decent, though that is quite the subjective term. Some will find the food sub-par others will find it delicious, and they might argue among themselves, but in reality there is a large selection of food one can pick from. The types of food range from bento to tocos to burgers to smoothies and a lot in between. All of this boils down to the time of day one is there--because they all have different hours of operation--and the food one wants, there is just enough variety to sate the desire of any regular person, just not foodies.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm Life at campus is non-existent, but due to the agreement between PSU and PCC, one can live in the dorms that are usually set aside for those attending the university. Those dorms are located in Portland, and I am told they are very small, but they do have a good view, if one is into cityscapes that is.

    Academic Rigor

    Academic rigor has a certain polarity to it, in that it depends on the instructor teaching the class. Simply put, there are those that teach courses so as to pass on a superficial knowledge and there are those that challenge the student to understand the principles and their implications. As such, the college is split fairly evenly between easy and difficult instructors, but there are a few that motivate and inspire the student to achieve something greater.

    Tips for prospective students

    Though this ought to be obvious, but none the less courtesy and respect toward one's teachers goes a long way in gaining their support and receiving a good grade. Those that respect the Professor and their knowledge, will find it easier--not easy--to attain a good grade and a great understanding of the subject matter.

    In three sentences

    It's a good place to start for those that don't know where to go. This place will give support to those that seek it, a challenge to those that want it, an opportunity to those that grasp for it and less importantly, decent food to those that are hungry. Also amidst all the professors, one can find a teacher that truly cares for the student and will invest time into cultivating a respect and yearning for knowledge.

  • 09/21/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are a wide range of activities and organizations to get involved with. Also, the city of Portland offers many activities and a great environment for all.

    Food and Dining

    PCC's Southeast campus is beginning a large expansion project, other campuses offer a wide variety of dining choices.

    Academic Rigor

    Great transferable courses with very challenging and supportive instructors.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't think that PCC is a pushover. Come ready to work!

    In three sentences

    Portland Community College offers a wide range of programs to pursue. Several campuses are conveniently located with shuttle bus service to connect them. My experience has been that PCC offers courses with a high calibur of instructors who present challenging curriculums. An excellent experience.

  • 09/21/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Get involved in a club!

    Food and Dining

    Food is pretty good. PCC uses some local and sustainable products, but also lots of big-name GMO's, and it's not very affordable. A sandwich is $5.00. Pack your own food whenever possible.

    Academic Rigor

    PCC has the same academic standards as any college requiring accreditation. The teachers and resources coordinators will all recommend the 2 hours of studying to every 1 hour sitting in class ratio.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get connected on campus. Access the available resources by checking in with an advisor or your instructors. Ask questions. Claim your education!

    In three sentences

    PCC has great resources, a variety of learning options and a diverse student body. If you have the time and energy to put into college success, you will get a great education at PCC.

  • 09/22/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Looking for a associates degree or planning to transfer.

    What to do for fun

    Community Service Projects

    Tips for prospective students

    Take your math and science classes first.

    In three sentences

    I absolutely love Portland Community College! The small classroom sizes and more personal connections you can make with the professors are great! I would highly recommend this school to anyone because of the multiple types of classes you can take and different campuses you can choose from.

  • 10/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus escorts would be helpful for late night classes on the Rock Creek campus where it gets rather spotty with lighting late at night, and sometimes long distances must be traveled to get to one's car.

    Clubs and Activities

    Many clubs and activities are available for those who want to experience this venue. It seems especially valuable for students who are living at home and are fairly young, and want a way to connect to other students on campus. It is also a way to expand one's credentials and experience in one's area of expertise; this is helpful when applying for scholarships or for jobs in the future, as well as for personal growth.

    Great for these types of students

    The school is very good value for students looking for a more intimate experience on a smaller campus; expecially good for students not quite ready to move on to another state university or private college. Also excellent for those in transition to new careers, those who want to upgrade skills and those who are returning to college after many years in the workforce or at home. Many of the certificates and two year programs are a great addition to skills already learned or for someone wanting to change course and try something different. It is a great way to revitalize one's passion for learning.

    Bang for the buck

    Excellent value, five stars.

    What to do for fun

    Take an art class, join a club, attend social functions, or simply walk around the campus enjoying the sunshine on a beautiful day.

    Food and Dining

    Food choices could be ex;panded with healthier options, expecially at the Rock Creek campus. Cafeteria has limited hours and much of the food is fried. Given the number of people with weight management issues, it is appalling to see students lined up to eat deep fried foods that are high calorie and have little nutritional value.

    Academic Rigor

    The courses are difficult, challenging and often taught by professors who teach at other universities, or have taught at other universities, including Willamette, Portland State, and Oregon State University. The level of academic rigor seems to be consistent with what I would expect from an academic institution that strives for excellence in preparing students to transfer to four year universities.

    Tips for prospective students

    Try to respect one'sprofessors by listening without judgment and develop relationships with people outside of one's normal comfort zone. People tend to gravitate toward others that are similar to themselves, but the world is larger than that and one can obtain a much better education when one is open to new ideas and a variety of cultures. One can learn from others who have gone before and are willing to share their experiences, what has worked for them, and what may be a different perspective than one's own. Think about the seeds that are being planted today in terms of the trees that will they will become in the future. Try something new and don't be afraid to follow one's passion, even if it means taking a risk of failing. Eventually one will find and become the person one truly wants to be, able to live a life that is authentic, passionate and that has value to the world.

    In three sentences

    Portland Community College is a fantastic opportunity for students looking to obtain value and excellence in education. The variety of courses offered, the excellent professional staff and the multicultural, cross generational experience is amazing given the minimal cost compared to other universities. The class sizes are small and the attention available to individual students far exceeds what is often experienced by freshman students in four year universities attending mega-classes taught by teacher's assistants.

  • 10/19/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    The cafeteria food is what you would expect.

    Academic Rigor

    In most classes the workload is reasonable

    Tips for prospective students

    Get to class early because it make take up to an hour at times to find a parking spot.

    In three sentences

    Most of the instructors are supportive of their students and go out of their way to make sure that they understand the material and what is expected of them. The tuition is reasonable when compared to the tuition many of the collages in Portland are. The only drawback to PCC is all campuses need more available parking since there is not enough parking for all of the students.

  • 10/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The security is pretty good and I feel safe on campus.

    Greek Life

    To my knowing there is no Greek Life.

    Clubs and Activities

    They have a few clubs but to me none of them were that interesting.

    Bang for the buck

    The classes are well worth the tuition.

    Food and Dining

    At the campus I go to (Rock Creek) there's a coffee shop that sells Starbucks coffee and there is a cafeteria that has lots of choices.

    Dorm Life

    As far as I know there are not any dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    It's my first term in college so it may not be as rigorous for everyone. Also I never took Honor's or IB classes in high school so it all depends.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved and ask professors if you have any questions because all of them are willing to help.

    In three sentences

    Portland Community College is a good school that should be considered to get your associates degree or to get your prerequisites out of the way. Classes are small and tuition is low so it's a good choice. There are also multiple campuses that are all in convenient locations.

  • 11/07/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus is well lit, open, and has the blue emergency stations in any area one might be alone.

    Greek Life

    None.

    Clubs and Activities

    PCC encourages new clubs with money offered to do activities.

    Bang for the buck

    Lower than in-state tuition but more expensive than some other community colleges.

    What to do for fun

    There are multiple clubs to join and PCC encourages the starting of new ones. The Portland area also has an infinite amount of cool things to do for anyone from a city-person to an outdoorsman.

    Food and Dining

    There is a deli, asian restaurant, pizza option, and bagel/sandwich area along with dozens of different drinks.

    Dorm Life

    There are no dorms at PCC.

    Academic Rigor

    There is a good balance between hard and easy classes. For those going in to a science field, classes tend to be harder.

    Tips for prospective students

    See an academic advisor as soon as you can. You might think that you don't need to, or that it's unnecessary, but they are extremely helpful.

    In three sentences

    Portland Community College is a great opportunity for those who want an affordable, practical education. PCC offers classes in almost every area one could possibly want to study. Transferring from PCC is made easy by their helpful staff.

  • 11/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There always seems to be something going on. There is also a variety of clubs you can join, and each campus has their own set of clubs. If you can't find one you like at one campus, try looking at another one.

    Food and Dining

    Most of the food available at PCC seems to be of the vending machine variety, but the Rock Creek campus does have a small cafeteria style area where you can buy things such as salads, sandwiches, baked goods, and a small selection of hot food among other things.

    Dorm Life

    PCC doesn't offer any form of student housing.

    Academic Rigor

    While the difficulty of the classes will depend on which classes are taken and the capabilities of the individual student, don't be surprised to find that you have 10 hours of homework a week for a class you only take two days a week.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be afraid to ask questions. There is always someone there to help if you need it. Also make sure you get everything you will need for your classes as soon as you can. You might find you will need to use what you buy sooner than you think.

    In three sentences

    They have a helpful and friendly faculty. With the many options of when and where you take your class, it is easy to fit your classes into your schedule. They are very student oriented and have many out of class activities that help you feel like a part of the school.

  • 11/16/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus safety is amazing. I have yet to hear of any violence of illegal activity at PCC. We have an on campus security office. These officers handle anything that is disrupting to the education trying to be learned.

    Greek Life

    There is no greek life at Portland Community College.

    Clubs and Activities

    I've already stated that I do not know much about clubs and activities but I do know if a student is interested in joining one there are plenty. At the start of each term clubs populate the campus and try to educate students about their club. As more students join the club builds in size and grows a greater reputation.

    Great for these types of students

    Portland Community College is great for the student on a budget. The student who strives to do their academic best but may not have all the money in the world. This school is the school for students who care about their education but don't have the money to jump to a state college yet.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    PCC actually has an aviation program where a hanger building holds planes for students to work on and get educated in aviation.

    Bang for the buck

    If you're not in the best financial standing, no worries. Portland Community College is very impressive for the price paid. If you engage yourself in class the price of education well out pays itself. A great staff of teachers is always willing to help you with your studies also.

    What to do for fun

    There are many elective classes that offer room for artistic creativity, athletic activity, and knowledge on subjects that students might not have had the option for in high school. My knowledge of clubs and programs is not great but I do know Portland Community College has a club for just about anything someone could be interested in.

    Food and Dining

    There are vending machines on campus but no cafeteria since Portland Community College is not a state or private school. Snacks are very nutritional though, high in proteins and vitamins if you choose right. I find the snacks, drinks, and water fountains exceptional to get me through my classes.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms for Portland Community College are non-existent. Students who plan to transfer from another college will have to look for apartments or any other possible means of living.

    Academic Rigor

    If you want to be challenged at Portland Community College, the sky is the limit. There are a vast number of courses and each one has its work that needs put in. Homework, projects, essays, activities, and studying for tests are all included in the academic rigor.

    Tips for prospective students

    I advise all students who plan on attending Portland Community College to make sure you are in class on time. Nothing is more distracting and frustrating than a student who interrupts class by being late. Plus its your education and it wouldn't be wise to miss a minute of it.

    In three sentences

    The Portland Community College Rock Creek campus is a small but very diverse school. Those who attend will be educated in the right studies with great instructors no matter who they are or what their financial situation may be. All in all Portland Community College is an outstanding choice for any student low on income in the Portland Metro area.

  • 11/24/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    None

    Clubs and Activities

    Lots of clubs and was to get involved.

    Great for these types of students

    Outgoing students

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    I think the library is a great place to study.

    Bang for the buck

    Very good price because it is a community college.

    What to do for fun

    Get involved in clubs and take some of the sports and art classes.

    Dorm Life

    Don't have any

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved in activities, connect with other students, and stay on top of all your class work.

    In three sentences

    I think Portland Community College is a great way to get an associates degree. I love the people and the teachers here. It's a great learning environment.

  • 12/12/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    Online classes. Nuff said.

    What to do for fun

    It's Portland! Anything!

    Food and Dining

    Portland is well known for excellent dining. Go explore! Whatever your pallet is, you can satisfy it somewhere.

    Dorm Life

    There are no dorms for community colleges.

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on your choice of classes and teachers, you can have a great experience. Don't forget to check out ratemyprofessor.com before taking classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    Plan ahead, know what classes you want, have a few alternatives, and register at the first possible time!

    In three sentences

    I really enjoyed the online classes. For a technology or business major, Portland Community College is where it's at! Very highly recommended!

  • 12/12/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus is pretty safe. They close up the campus at 11 every night with security guards often on site. Although it is a big campus for Portland Community College, I haven't felt scared or threatened once.

    Greek Life

    Non existent I think.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    My favorite spot on campus is the CT Building on the bottom floor. It is artsy, comfortable and laid back.

    What to do for fun

    You can use the Internet in the library. You can join a club, which there is a variety of choices. You can people watch from the CC building or in the library by the windows. You can go off campus about a block or so towards I-5 and try a little coffee and breakfast joint called Baristadors; they're yummy and friendly.

    Food and Dining

    There is a huge cafeteria with many choices such as sandwiches, pizza, sushi, burgers, Chinese, bagels, energy drinks, etc. They also have yummy sandwiches called Bim Bim, they come in 3 flavors and I greatly recommend giving them a shot. The bookstore sells a little bit of snack-y foods and candy bars. There are also a couple of places to get juices, smoothies and coffee. The only reason I give a low rating is that the food is over priced for what quality and quantity you get.

    Dorm Life

    It's great, because there are no dorms to rate. We all live off campus in a great variety of different social settings.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes go over great topics and the professors usually are great at explaining what you're learning, but you only learn about the flour and eggs of the cake when you also have the sugar, icing, seasonings and chocolate to learn about too.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get to campus early in the beginning of the semester because the parking will be very cramped and you will be searching for a parking spot for about 10 minutes.

    In three sentences

    It is full of helpful resources such as tutors, computer labs and a cafeteria, machines and coffee shops to get a quick snack/drink for a jump start. The (Sylvania) campus is large but it is easy to learn your directions. The professors are nice and there is a good variety of courses and schedules as long as you sign up as soon as you can.

  • 12/16/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Safety could be improved. Pathway lighting to and from parking lots is a little shady at night.

    Clubs and Activities

    Phi Theta Kappa is a great society once you're in. Lots of opportunities for scholarships and leadership.

    Bang for the buck

    PCC is exceptionally reasonable for what is offered, although if state funding does not improve, those ratings are sure to drop. Community college funding is imperative for it's doors to stay open.

    What to do for fun

    Sleep.

    Food and Dining

    College campus food quality is to be what's expected. It's food. Get back to work!

    Academic Rigor

    This may sound complicated, but it's actually a pretty simple concept. In my experience, college is as easy or hard as I want to make it. The material will always be challenging, but if I choose not to study, college is easy and I won't do well. If I do the work, it's difficult but the material starts to be easier to understand.

    Tips for prospective students

    It has been my experience that if I show up to class on time, do the next assignment in front of me, develop a relationship with the professor, maintain contact with them, and use the pertinent tutoring that is available, I will be successful. The students I see unhappy or not doing as well as they'd like are those that do the bare minimums or have misconceptions about what it takes to meet their expectations.

    In three sentences

    PCC is a very reasonably priced school with a great amount of academic resources for a junior college. The faculty I've had contact with are very professional and knowledgeable in their areas and have welcomed questions and comments with enthusiasm. I would recommend PCC to anyone looking for a great college education and experience if they're willing to do some work.

  • 12/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    There is Campus safety teams out patrolling the parking lots and there are quarterly drills to practice...in which students and faculty practice an intrusion...etc. Understanding of what to do in case and where to go is important.

    Greek Life

    Portland has a Greek sector which offers many activities but as far as on campus unsure as to the extent that there is involvement.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are many activities and clubs that are available. The science dept. has many activities and club outings. There are outdoor activities/clubs, health and fitness has activities they do regularly. So there is not a lack except by your choice and/or time.

    Great for these types of students

    The commuter student, the working student, and the transitional student it is good for. It is also good for the student that many not be clearly decided on a major yet.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Sylvian campus is up in the Sylvian hills of Portland and so if we get snow this campus has a better chance of getting some.

    Bang for the buck

    PCC is a good option for those of us that do not want a lot of debt to accomplish our goals of schooling. Because they have quality professors, we get good education for a lesser cost than at university. We can also choose to work if we want to as well as go to school, so it is not just a go to school only proposition.

    What to do for fun

    There is hiking, biking, swimming, nature trails, museums, all kinds of things to do because of the closeness to Portland proper. Portland is a large city and has many things to do. Waterfront park often has concerts and other events to do. There is Saturday market, in the summer Farmers markets, the zoo, children's museum, forestry museum, etc. The beach is only 2hours away and the mountain (Mt. Hood) is about 1-1/2 hours away also.

    Food and Dining

    The food on campus is a variety. It is pretty good for a college. There are restaurants close by as well. Least expensive option is bring food from home. There are microwaves to warm things up in available for no extra cost. They have fast sandwiches, to soups, salads, hamburgers, noodle dishes, asian food. The done side is that the food is available during the am and through lunch ...if you take night classes there is no food/dining available.

    Dorm Life

    PCC does not have official dorms, so housing is on your own. However, there are people in the area that have roommate needs and they post them.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are challenging and not just an easy A. However, the professors care about you as an individual and are willing to work with you on the course work for you to succeed. This is done through office hours, tutoring, workshops, etc.

    Tips for prospective students

    It is larger than some community colleges but still on the smaller scale. It is in Portland, Or but has access to the Portland metro area. You can live close by or further out and still make it happen as far as classes and commuting. You do have to pay for parking if you have a vehicle, but it is minimal.

    In three sentences

    It is a smaller, less expensive option to start college. PCC has effective classes in many areas and professors that care about you as a person not just a number. You can get more one on one attention here.

  • 12/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I have felt VERY safe at this school. You know that campus security is there to help you out.

    Bang for the buck

    It's community college. You're getting the credits you need to transfer to a 2-year school and it's a lot of money you save for the same education.

    What to do for fun

    Join clubs and immerse yourself into the PCC world. Do the best you can in each class and become a part of the campus community.

    Food and Dining

    This all depends on what campus you are on. Sylvannia Campus has a greater variety of food, it's very delicious! And there's always a place to get snacks in between classes.

    Dorm Life

    There is no dorm life, you sleep at home. But there is commuting, and that on its own is a different experience.

    Academic Rigor

    The first year is just like a step-up from High School. Like the transaction from Middle School to High School.

    Tips for prospective students

    Choose the campus closest to your home. Build your schedule to where you have classes at around the same times and not throughout the whole day, because then you're stuck on campus all day long.

    In three sentences

    A very diverse place were learning is a priority to the teachers. With multiple campuses, each has its own personality. A great start to the college career.

  • 01/06/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    This is a very safe campus. Security is always present, and there are emergency phone. PCC parking is well lite at night, and there is cameras everywhere.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are many clubs and all sorts of activities to participate in.

    Great for these types of students

    PCC is a great place for people of any age, race, ethnicity ect. PCC makes sure that anyone is welcome.

    What to do for fun

    There are many activities, clubs, athletics and groups. Each student may find a fun activity to participate in.

    Food and Dining

    PCC has a large variety of food options. There is a large cafeteria, and also a coffee shop, and vending machines all over the campus.

    Dorm Life

    There is no on campus housing.

    Academic Rigor

    These are college classes, so it is no pick-nick. Although PCC has classes for students that are not quite ready for college level courses. But when you do get to the college level, don't let the fact that this a community college fool you. The classes are just as difficult and expectations are the same as a four year university. So do not expect less than the best. The instructors are knowledgeable, approachable, and want you to succeed.

    Tips for prospective students

    PCC offers many resources for all people. This school offers a large variety of classes to meet all expectations for a two year degree, or a transfer degree. Starting college here is easy. The staff is very helpful and want your educational goals and experiences to be positive. This is also a good place to start if you do not know what you want to do regarding your degree. You can start off taking your required core classes you would need for a degree. You can take these classes and work with an advisor to figure out what you would like to work towards. PCC is just a great place to start. You have great instructors, small class sizes, options to attend school in person or on-line. And most of all, a school that cares about each student, and helping to guide you in the right direction.

    In three sentences

    This school is great to start, especially if you are undecided about what you want to do. PCC offers many programs to help people in need. PCC is the place to start your college education.

  • 01/11/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    paying basketball

    Food and Dining

    different foods for all kind : American, Asian ,even African foods.

    Dorm Life

    best ever

    Tips for prospective students

    The school offers some tips for prospective student,like free scholaship ,and so on ..

    In three sentences

    Portland Community college are one of the best schools in Oregon state. The student are succeed compared to the other college in the state.the school offers flexible schedule to attend the classes.

  • 01/12/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    They offer security at the campuses, and it isn't scary, unless you make it that way.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are all kinds of clubs. If you don't like one that you see, you can start your own.

    Great for these types of students

    Each person has their own thing they like, and pcc offers a lot of things for each kind of person.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    When I am at school, I am in the tech lab so I can get caught up on homework, or I am in the under ground hanging out with my friends. They sell snacks cheap so it's a nice way to relax.

    Bang for the buck

    Bring lunch. Also, the wrc offers a class thats up to 7 credits for free if you qualify.

    What to do for fun

    If you like to have fun, join a club, or at Cascade, the under ground has pool and tv to watch.

    Food and Dining

    They have a lot of restaurants around, but most the campus food is sandwiches and if you are at Cascade Campus, or Sylvania, they have hot food. Most of it though is pricey for a campus food.

    Dorm Life

    I don't live in a dorm, but don't let them get to you. Study first, it's the best way to go.

    Academic Rigor

    Do what you need, but don't take classes just to fill the space. You don't get a lot for school, and if you are a few credits from full term, it's only a little less, and if you can;t study a lot, it may be the best idea for you there.

    Tips for prospective students

    Go there to learn, but don't wait for a long time. As you get older, it is harder to retain all the information they give you. It can be fast paced, so don't goof off. Take a breather inbetween classes, and study hard.

    In three sentences

    I feel that Portland Community College is an amazing place where you can have second chances. They offer many programs and schedules that will fit any person's life. I also like the fact they have so may other programs to help those who struggle in their classes.

  • 01/21/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    The CC building especially has many seats available for students to sit comfortably and read and study.

    Food and Dining

    The Dining area is generally well kept and the food varies widely. There is something for everyone. Breakfast is also served in the cafeteria, which is very nice before attending an early class.

    Dorm Life

    There are no dorms for this college, but there are shuttles that bring you from campus to campus as well as downtown, so if you live away from the campus you will attend it is nice to take a free shuttle to school in the morning.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are challenging but informative. Teachers are more than happy to spend time with you if needed in order to further your understanding. E-mailing is an excellent way to communicate questions to your instructors as well if assistance is needed.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take time to learn campus layout. Knowing where your classes are ahead of time really helps. Getting involved with after school programs such tutoring or study groups are very helpful with understanding.

    In three sentences

    Teachers are well informed and do an excellent job transferring knowledge and getting through to their students. I have had teachers who have worked in the field they currently teach in and are very open to sharing past experiences and tips. The campus is full of people just waiting to help make your experience a positive one.

  • 01/22/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I have yet to experience any fear or uneasiness regardless of the time of day or night I venture onto campus.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    I love the Winter Powwow that takes place every January in the Health Technology building (Sylvania campus). The energy of the event will no doubt have your feet tapping. Best of all is the delicious frybread!

    Bang for the buck

    Everyone knows education costs are rising and everyone wants to save every penny possible; I think PCC falls under the average price range for a community college. Like everything else, one gets out what is put in...if one studies diligently, the bang for the buck is priceless.

    What to do for fun

    Get involved! As a member of Phi Theta Kappa (honor society for 2-yr colleges), I found plenty of opportunities to socialize, fundraise, and volunteer.

    Food and Dining

    The Sylvania campus has a nice selection of food items, from convenient sandwiches to a cafeteria-style entree. I especially like the option to choose from Asian, Italian, or grill genres.

    Tips for prospective students

    Plan ahead when buying textbooks -- use Craigslist, Facebook, or other social media to locate materials at prices far below the campus bookstore rates. This lone action will save plenty of money to take extra courses...perhaps pottery or yoga!

    In three sentences

    PCC offers a variety of degrees in an energetic atmosphere full of diversity and activity. Professors are well-versed in their chosen subjects and capable of explaining concepts in easy to understand language. Extra-curricular functions are abound for just about any student with an interest.

  • 01/26/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Fairly safe, but as some people might note, the public safety seem a bit arrogant, nothing wrong with that, just annoying if your not a student or someones parent.

    Greek Life

    none

    Clubs and Activities

    Interesting, though they seem very limited in membership.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who want to save money. Students who have a bad high school GPA and want to improve their college GPA for transfer. Anyone who doesn't have a ton of time for allot of in person classes.

    Bang for the buck

    Good bang for buck, probably better than most other colleges and the reason why most people study here.

    What to do for fun

    Spend some time in the libraries or in clubs, or maybe just have that social life you promised yourself.

    Food and Dining

    The Cafeteria is good(compared to expectations) at Rock Creek and most other campuses, but its not a restaurant, so don't expect perfection.

    Dorm Life

    none

    Academic Rigor

    Fairly Rigorous, depending on how good a grade you want.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't let total class time fool you, there is allot of work in each class and forgetting to do homework will easily land you on the barely passing line.

    In three sentences

    A cheap, very good alternative to first two college years and a good way to gain general skills and education.

  • 01/27/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The campus safety is great. I have never had an issue with anything the entire time I have gone there. There are emergency phones around the campus and parking lot. Also, I hear about prowlers or sexual crimes occurring at other surrounding schools but never at PCC.

    Greek Life

    I haven't heard anything about Greek life, but that's not to say it doesn't exist at PCC. I would be surprised if it didn't because they usually have everything you can imagine available in the way of school support/activities.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are tons of clubs and activities. PCC is all about keeping the students proactive in their education and keeping a sense of community.

    Great for these types of students

    Every student. Any student could do great at this school. There are many people that go to school at PCC to learn English as a second language and just a very wide variety of students.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There are tons of traditions and locations on campus that are great. There are cultural events, art events, women's resources and events, the list goes on. It is a very neat school.

    Bang for the buck

    PCC is a great school and very cheap like I said. I feel you do get a very good bang for your buck because it is so affordable and most the teachers are very good. PCC has very high standards about teaching students well and making sure students are ready for what classes they need next.

    What to do for fun

    Roller skate, go out, movies, hike, explore, anything fun!

    Food and Dining

    They always have a lot available in the way of food, coffee, vending machines, etc.

    Dorm Life

    I don't think PCC has a dorm.

    Academic Rigor

    It depends on the teacher. I always use ratemyprofessors.com before I chose my teacher. Some are harder, some are easier. Same way at most schools.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get everything done that you need to ahead of time. Don't wait until the last minute to get registered because the classes do fill up so you have to be on it!

    In three sentences

    Portland Community College is a great place to start in your educational path. It is cheap, pretty easy to access, and the staff is very helpful in assisting to get things done for you. For a community college, it is excellent.

  • 01/29/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    SAFE program. Self defense classes.

    Clubs and Activities

    All your standard clubs plus anime, film, and many that focus on cultural and gender diversity. Lots of supportive communities here.

    Great for these types of students

    Poor peeps like me. non-degree seeking people that want continued learning. curious folks that want to explore careers and classes on the cheap(er) Students that want to take care of basic requirements without going broke!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    ssssssssecretsssssssss

    Bang for the buck

    I think for the price $85 per credit, there are a lot of passionate teachers and the support resources are great here! There is a definite feeling that the school as a whole wants you to succeed and move on the bigger and better things!

    What to do for fun

    Michael Jackson Dance Off!!

    Food and Dining

    nothing too fancy, but many pleasant options. They just got Pho!

    Academic Rigor

    Just started this term, but it is easy to manage if you are on top of your assignments. I am taking fundamentals right now.

    Tips for prospective students

    Plan ahead! Investigate any college you are interested in on-line and take advantage of school orientations and councilors. Meet with professors in your Major! Become familiar with all the tutoring and resource centers on campus and ask questions!

    In three sentences

    Portland Community Colleges has great resources for every student. I am an older student just beginning college and it has been a wonderful experience. PCC is a great resource for any student working towards a brighter future,

  • 02/04/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Categories Comments
    Greek Life

    There is one fraternal/sorority club.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are minority clubs, biking clubs, billiards, science, fraternal/sorority, and many more.

    Great for these types of students

    This is great for students who are attending college later in life, graduates getting a second degree, people starting over, those with GEDs, and practically anyone who doesn't want to drop a ton of money on college.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There are many minority programs and clubs at all PCC locations.

    Bang for the buck

    Depending on what you study, you can come out with a two year degree, making over $25 plus an hour.

    What to do for fun

    There are many clubs one can join at PCC, like biking clubs, billiards, and science clubs.

    Food and Dining

    There are cafeterias located on campus.

    Dorm Life

    I don't believe there are dorms at PCC.

    Academic Rigor

    I can't really comment on this yet. But I only know for myself that I will be pushing myself to a very high standard.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure to log online at PCC.edu and register to get your student number. This way, you can apply for STARS scholarships through the PCC Foundation Scholarships. Make sure to check your MyPCC for updates on financial aid awards and important dates.

    In three sentences

    -Campus locations all around the city -Great option for those who are going to school later in adult life or starting over. -Affordable and ability to graduate in two years with many associate degree programs.

  • 02/05/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    It's Portland after all!

    Food and Dining

    Great choices around all the campus'.

    Dorm Life

    Live off campus.

    Academic Rigor

    Some difficult and some not so.

    Tips for prospective students

    Check campus locations, there has to be one close by, great school.

    In three sentences

    A very friendly atmosphere. Teachers are helpful and understanding while offering great ways of teaching.

  • 02/07/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    PCC is great if you're not looking for a cookie cutter community college.

    Bang for the buck

    I attended another community college within 10 miles, in Washington and the prices at PCC are just a little lower. The quality of education and overall surroundings are much better as well.

    What to do for fun

    Campuses are within the city of Portland, so the surroundings are amazing and by far my favorite part of PCC. Everything from local bars, record shops, book stores, and tons of coffee shops are within walking distance.

    Food and Dining

    Great cafeteria with multiples options and freshly prepared food, both hot and cold.

    Academic Rigor

    I really enjoy the variety of teaching styles each quarter offers. I've definitely been able to find what style I learn best with through Portland Community College.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take advantage of all the campuses, although I have not had the chance to see them all, my classmates say each are great.

    In three sentences

    I love this school. I attend the Cascade campus and have had nothing but a great experience here, not only with the teachers, but with the great staff and students as well.

  • 02/27/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Tips for prospective students

    I'd say just to be outspoken in a polite way. Portland is very diverse and accepting.

    In three sentences

    It has the most locations I have ever saw. The environment is beautiful and relaxed. Everyone is so friendly.

  • 03/03/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Very safe. There is campus security. The people on campus are very nice!

    Great for these types of students

    The best place to get some prerequisites for transfer! Try new classes, keep an open mind, and discover what you may like to do. High school students can take a class to get college credit before graduation.

    What to do for fun

    Make friends. Explore the city. Be open to new ideas and new things to do.

    Food and Dining

    There are several different vendors. The food has been great. My favorite is the coffee.

    Dorm Life

    I live at home while attending PCC. I do not know anyone living in the dorm. Ask the administration if you have any questions!

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are mostly great! It was hard to get in to a good schedule as a freshman, but it gets easier the more credits you have. The library, study center, and email to professors help with any questions.

    Tips for prospective students

    Science professors at PCC are either the best or the worst, so before you register for a class, research the professor for any reviews. I found out too late about a professor that was notorious for causing a lot of early drops from the course. Try to find any books used or with an on-line discount, because the amount you get when you sell back is not much at all!

    In three sentences

    Administrative staff are wonderful. I attend the Sylvania campus right now and though parking was hard to find the first week, is easy to be on time for class the rest of the quarter. Most of the professors are helpful and I have enjoyed my courses.

  • 03/06/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    The pool tables at rock creek are fun.

    Food and Dining

    Food is pretty expensive

    Dorm Life

    No dorms

    Tips for prospective students

    Study hard for the placement test because you can skip prerequisites.

    In three sentences

    A lot of different fields of study. Many different campuses and variety of students. Somebody is always willing to help in the tutoring center.

  • 03/17/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Bang for the buck

    PCC offers excellent value.

    What to do for fun

    Attend the theater productions on campus or visit downtown Portland for a variety of museums, opera, jazz clubs and top notch coffee shops.

    Food and Dining

    The campus has a variety of mini restaurants and coffee shops. However, for added variety there are multiple restaurants within five miles of the campus

    Dorm Life

    There are no dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    Academic Rigor has to do most of all with the type of course you are taking. Taking a statistics or physics class is a lot more challenging than taking basic math.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do not procrastinate. Sign up for classes early so that you can get into the classes that fit your schedule. If you need financial assistance, apply for financial aid, even if you think your chances of obtaining it are slim.

    In three sentences

    PCC has an abundance of excellent professors that offer challenging, university level education at community college prices. Numerous cultures are representing and the rich diversity is refreshing. Parking is convenient and inexpensive.

  • 03/29/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I felt very safe on their campus, even at night if I was taking a late class.

    Clubs and Activities

    I did not participate in any clubs or activities, since I worked full-time while going to school.

    Great for these types of students

    PCC is great to independent and motivated students.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    None that I am aware of.

    Bang for the buck

    I definitely feel that you get your money's worth out of PCC. Especially, if you plan on transfer to university and do not have a lot of money to spend on your education. Like myself, I am transferring to a university but I figured I would go to a community college to fulfill my pre-requisites.

    What to do for fun

    PCC offers all kinds of groups and activities for all students.

    Food and Dining

    They have pretty good food for a cafeteria style facility.

    Dorm Life

    PCC does not offer dorms on their campuses.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you are active when registering for classes. Make sure you meet with an advisor every term, just to make sure you are on track for either transferring or getting your degree with them.

    In three sentences

    PCC is a great place to start your upper education when you are unsure of which school you would like to attend for your degree.

  • 04/02/2013

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    There area amazing restaurants around, they're fun to explore!

    Food and Dining

    Seemed fine. Did not try.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be sure to apply for classes ahead of time! They fill up fast and late-enrollment fees are killer.

    In three sentences

    The Cascade campus is amazing, especially considering it is in the middle of Portland. All the teachers I had were very helpful. It was all-around a good experience.

  • 04/05/2013

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Pretty safe.

    Clubs and Activities

    A handful of clubs.

    Great for these types of students

    Just starting out, not totally sure what to pursue.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Annual bonfire.

    Bang for the buck

    Very good teachers for a CC.

    What to do for fun

    People watch.

    Food and Dining

    Cafeteria food's pretty overpriced but it doesn't taste horrible.

    Academic Rigor

    Not too bad at all.

    Tips for prospective students

    Talk to class mates.

    In three sentences

    A nice school. Good for starting out. Would attend.

  • 04/06/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Food and Dining

    cafeteria is... definitely lacking. great donuts and coffee, but thats about as far as it goes.

    Dorm Life

    no dorms for PCC, as far as i know. i certainly don't live in one.

    Academic Rigor

    it depends upon the class and instructor. the only writing and math instructors ive ever had were very rigorous and intense when it came to work load and assignments, but i know many others that do not experience this. even so, its those intense classes that make me feel the most satisfied with my time and effort.

    In three sentences

    the staff and instructors are all very invested and great at what they do. the biggest and best difference between college and high school is the absolutely amazing feeling of independence and responsibility. the school and its system works well for students and staff, and i'm happy to be a part of it.

  • 04/11/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Clubs and Activities

    lots of activities go on and you can read about what's coming in the bathrooms from the Potty Press news letters in the stalls!

    Bang for the buck

    affordable and you get great teachers and material

    Food and Dining

    the food is okay, but I usually pack my lunch and didn't buy the food but once or twice

    Academic Rigor

    I studied my butt off for my anatomy and physiology classes. The teachers are great and the material very challenging, but you learn so much!

    Tips for prospective students

    PCC is very affordable and you do get your money's worth.

    In three sentences

    I like that PCC has a good selection and amount of classes available. I've never had a problem getting into a class that I wanted or needed to take. The teachers are also very good.

  • 04/15/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Constantly have security patrolling the parking lot

    Great for these types of students

    Any.

    Bang for the buck

    Not a spendy school but definitely get knowledge.

    What to do for fun

    I did most activities of campus.

    Academic Rigor

    I would say it's an average difficulty for a school. I feel any class can be made easy if you don't apply yourself. You get out of the class what you put in.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get a schedule that fits your needs.

    In three sentences

    This is a good school to attend while working. They offer a variety of classes throughout the day, as well as, online. If you work full time I strongly recommend it.

  • 05/05/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    It really depends on the term. Since they can't always control the students that come on campus, the woman's resource center and public safety are great places to familiarize yourself with.

    Clubs and Activities

    I have to say 5 out of 5 because I run a club myself, and it is FABULOUS.

    Great for these types of students

    It's a great transition school for students. Whether you're planning on transferring, are in an early college program (Estacada Early College is a good choice), or you're just dipping your feet in the college experience, this is the place for you!

    Bang for the buck

    If you take around 12-16 credits, it's relatively inexpensive. Books on the other hand cost an arm and a leg.

    What to do for fun

    There are numerous clubs that you can join, or you can become the president by starting one of your own! If you find volunteering fun, there's endless opportunities for that as well. There are the occasional festival you can partake in. What I find most fun are the dance classes, particularly Hip Hop. If you're in one of these classes, at the end of each term you have a small campus or family/friend showing. However, at the end of Spring term is the big show with all of the campuses dance classes. This is fun to participate in and a great way to extend your family. There's also the occasional scout hiding in the audience. Good luck!

    Food and Dining

    It's all using sustainable serving products. The food isn't as allergy friendly as I would prefer, but then again, school cafeteria's rarely are.

    Dorm Life

    Portland Community College does not offer dorm life, so I'll give it a 5 out of 5 for off-campus living opportunities.

    Academic Rigor

    I only give it a 3 out of 5 because it depends. It depends on which program your in, your major/intended major, and the classes you choose to take.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would recommend having a consistent communication with an adviser. This communication is also key with all of your instructors. As long as you do that and keep up with your studies, you shouldn't run into any problems.

    In three sentences

    It's a friendly, inclusive campus. They have many resource centers that cater to the needs of the students and offer job/volunteer opportunities. A bonus is that the entire campus has decided to accept the sustainability mission; go green!

  • 05/23/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    A little dark at night but there is always a campus safety officer available to walk you to your car if needed!

    Great for these types of students

    Non-traditional Adult learners Students seeking more one on one attention from instructors Students seeking small class sizes

    What to do for fun

    Explore Portland and enjoy all the great food in the city!

    Food and Dining

    Has just about everything you could need - good coffee and decent food!

    Dorm Life

    No Dorms at PCC

    Academic Rigor

    I am studying nursing at PCC - the curriculum is set by OCNE and is rigorous!

    Tips for prospective students

    Make friends/study partners. Utilize the academic advisors. Study in the newly renovated library!

    In three sentences

    PCC Sylvania is a very lovely campus full of trees, soaring views, a beautiful library and ample places to study. I've met some amazing classmates at PCC. I love that I don't feel out of place being an older, post-bacc, non-traditional student.

  • 05/23/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Clubs and Activities

    There is all different clubs, for any kind of person.

    Great for these types of students

    Anyone looking to save money, needs to start as Portland Community College.

    Bang for the buck

    Wonderful pricing compared to a university.

    Food and Dining

    The food is like high school, not the best but edible, although I have never eaten a meal.

    Dorm Life

    There is no dorms!

    Academic Rigor

    These classes are very simple for former AP students.

    Tips for prospective students

    I suggest you all find your books on Craigslist! The book store pricing is ridiculous!

    In three sentences

    Portland Community College is a great community college in regards to all the other ones I have seen. The buildings and campuses are clean and most people are friendly. All help is easily accessible.

  • 05/23/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Very safe, I've never heard of any problems at any of the campuses.

    Greek Life

    None to speak of.

    Clubs and Activities

    Way to many to count. But if you have an interest, you'll find something for yourself.

    Great for these types of students

    Part time workers Parents Fresh out of High School students Transfers Someone interested in automotive

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Not really anything I can think of.

    Bang for the buck

    I took 12 credits or more every term and it did nothing to drain my bank account. Very affordable.

    What to do for fun

    A LOT of clubs, sports and event hosted by the college.

    Food and Dining

    Not the best in all honesty. There is a small cafeteria for students and facility, but it's choices are limited and the food is descent.

    Dorm Life

    Since PCC is a community college, there are no dorms to speak of.

    Academic Rigor

    From what I've heard from my friends at university, PCC ups the ante on the difficulty. Attendances and participation are graded and homework is assigned each day. That is something many university classrooms never do.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take Community College seriously, its the easiest way to get your two year degree out of the way before heading off to university. The class sizes are small, the professors are great and the number of offered courses are very large.

    In three sentences

    PCC is the perfect college for anyone who wishes to save money, get a quality education or work while going to school. I graduated in 2010 from high school and have been working part-time while going to school full time. Only PCC would've made this possible for me.

  • 05/25/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Safety officers are on all campuses.

    Food and Dining

    There are plenty of food options at each campus location.

    Dorm Life

    There are no dorms at Portland Community College.

    Academic Rigor

    Teachers at Portland Community College are intelligent, passionate and expect the same from their students.

    In three sentences

    An adequate school with plenty excellent, passionate educators. The locations are convenient. Selecting classes online every term is simple and easy.

  • 05/29/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Adult students.

    Bang for the buck

    Very affordable education.

    Food and Dining

    Limited but ok services.

    Dorm Life

    No on campus housing.

    Academic Rigor

    A community college.

    Tips for prospective students

    Keep your mind open to all options.

    In three sentences

    An excellent campus in a beautiful area of Portland with teachers who care and students from a aide variety of backgrounds.

  • 06/09/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    They have a very secure campus, with campus security from beginning to the end of the day.

    Clubs and Activities

    I don't participate in any clubs or activity's, not because they don't have any because they do. I choose to focus on other things.

    Great for these types of students

    Pursuing a degree, certificate, taking courses needed for your current job, or just need to take a class or two for any reason. This college has many options for all different kinds of area of study.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    I have not experienced any of this.

    Bang for the buck

    The entire experience at Portland Community College has been time consuming and not an easy thing for me to do and do right, with that said it is because there are many options, different directions a student can take there education. Because there are so many resources at this college you will find yourself (if you choose to want to utilize the resources offered) spending the same amount of time learning and researching many areas, as you do with your classes you are taking. However I find that to be a wonderful thing.

    What to do for fun

    I am a way to busy student to participate in this type of are, however they bhave it all.

    Food and Dining

    I have used vending machines only, they have many to choose from.

    Dorm Life

    I have not experienced any type of dorm life.

    Academic Rigor

    I believe the degrees and certificates offered are not easy classes and a lot is expected from you with any class you take. It defiantly isn't high school, when they say deadline, they mean deadline. It is very disciplined and does require many hours and total attention, and focus.

    Tips for prospective students

    Pay attention, read everything, check your emails daily, meet with an adviser, make sure you know your options before choosing an option, ask questions, and if you are not sure what you want to major in, or what classes you want or need, I suggest meeting with an adviser and start at the beginning of your chosen term anyway. You can get your prerequisites out of the way while researching your options and learning what courses are needed for what your decision will be.

    In three sentences

    Portland Community College is not the first college I have attended, so on the note I do have another college to compare it to. I happen to really like this college for several reasons, the website is extremely resourceful and easy to use, the instructors have been very helpful, they have several different areas of study (over 800 degrees, one-year certificates, and less than 1 year certificates. They keep you informed of important things that you cannot afford to miss, they have several different types of Web Courses. You can order text books and material online, as well as sell them back online. I have learned a lot from the many programs offered through Portland Community College and I would recommend this college to everyone.

  • 06/11/2013

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    A definite visible presence.

    Great for these types of students

    Just about anybody can benefit from going here.

    Bang for the buck

    Again - much cheaper to take transferrable credits here than at a University.

    Food and Dining

    Usually pretty good - if you go hungry that's on you.

    Dorm Life

    None

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are planning a four year degree as a possibility in your future, knock out as many transferrable credits as you can at the community college level first. You will save a lot of money in the long run. An advisor can help determine your best choices.

    In three sentences

    I went to check out some information about returning after a long absence. Before I ever got back out of the door, I had taken my placement tests and spoke with a couple of advisors. Pretty quick I would say!

  • 06/13/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Clubs and Activities

    I hear about clubs all the time, although I'm not part of one due to school and job. There is a wide variety to choose from and they all seem friendly and welcoming.

    Bang for the buck

    The classes are normally pretty small so it's very personal. The teachers are almost always friendly and want to help you succeed.

    What to do for fun

    You can meet new people and hang out just about anywhere on campus, the library is amazing!

    Food and Dining

    Really friendly people in the cafeteria, decently priced food that is pretty delicious. A lot of nutritious options to choose from!

    Dorm Life

    There are no dorms at PCC however, there are lots of nicely located apartments in the area for relatively cheap. Plus there are bus lines that give easy access to the campus.

    Tips for prospective students

    Definitely find yourself an academic adviser to help you through each term and keep your spirits up!

    In three sentences

    Beautiful campus that is easy to get to. Small classes with kind and helpful teachers. Wonderful advisers to help you choose classes if you're not sure what to take.

  • 07/09/2013

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    This is a good school for anyone and everyone. Diversity is big at PCC and that is what made it a great place to me. Older adults with a few degrees under their belt come back to fulfill pre-reqs to then go on and do something different that what they previously studied. I've learned a lot from the stories some of those returning students shared. LIke what I do or don't want to study. Or how it is okay to make a career change. Networked. Single mothers/fathers find that this school is convenient and there is daycare available on campus for a fee. Online courses are also available for those who are very self-disciplined.

    Bang for the buck

    PCC works well for those planning to transfer to a four-year university. The advising office has great worksheets for you to complete the general education requirements of almost any university you want to transfer to. For half the price of what you would pay otherwise. Credits transfer easily and you save money. Also, if you don't know what you want to study, then I suggest experimenting at a community college where it isn't going to break your (or your parent's) bank. The array of classes available make exploration easy.

    What to do for fun

    Well, PCC offers a wide assortment of physical education classes such as Yoga, Taekwondo, and Tai Chi for a fee. Those are fun filler classes. They also have sports teams and many different clubs if you want to get involved on campus. There are many trails in the Portland/Beaverton area that are perfect for outdoor-sy types. Food carts abound. Lots of bars and stores and activities make their home in Portland.

    Food and Dining

    They have several vending machines in all the buildings, so you are never far from a snack. Most buildings also have a microwave if you want to heat up a lunch. The cafeteria has a wide selection of sandwiches, burritos, cookies, coffee and salad-type stuff. The price tag is just not great. Close to PCCs Rock Creek Campus, there are a couple of amazing restaurants with reasonable prices. Mad Greek comes to mind. If you are at the other campuses, then you are in Portland. Which is like food heaven.

    Dorm Life

    No dorms. This is something you will miss out on at PCC, but the students vary from still in high school to in their sixties, so I think that makes up for that. You get to make so many different connections.

    Academic Rigor

    It really depends on your instructor and your class choices. Since this is a community college, you won't be exposed to 300 level or 400 level classes as much, but some of the 200 level classes are tough, like Anatomy&Physiology. Classes are also longer and condensed. A class may be two hours long, but only meet twice a week. This is great if you have a job though! Portland Community College does have Honors designated classes as well and if you want a more rigorous experience, that would be the way to go. Keep in mind that some of the instructors also teach at PSU, so rigor will be similar. Almost all the classes I took required genuine effort, but I was studying for a science degree.

    Tips for prospective students

    Certain campuses are better equipped for certain areas of study. By this I mean that science labs might be better at one campus than another. Also, Portland Community College offers the ease of dual-enrollment with Portland State University if you that is your route of choice. This is great because you get that many more class options and you can complete pre-reqs at PCC for a lower cost while taking upper-level at PSU.

    In three sentences

    Portland Community College has several campuses making access to many different classes easy and convenient. It is a great place to explore, and begin the college experience while working or making time for family. The diversity of the students attending make this a wonderful place to learn about tolerance and hear the stories of non-traditional students you might not otherwise meet.

  • 07/11/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Food and Dining

    Portland is full of diverse dinning experiences.

    Dorm Life

    there are no dorms.

  • 07/24/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Students who are ready to take their academic careers to the next level. This is a place where learning is paramount and failure is out of the question.

    Bang for the buck

    Tuition for a full-time student is on average only a little over $1000. For the quality of faculty and facilities that come with this price I'd say it's well worth the cost.

    What to do for fun

    There are numerous clubs. Pretty much any interest is hosted in a format where new connections can be made and knowledge can be shared.

    Food and Dining

    Food here is as you might expect from a city college with various options ranging from burgers and pizza to salad and Kung Pao Chicken. All pretty tasty!

    Academic Rigor

    Every class that I've taken has been difficult. I have had to think, work and participate in order to pass. Ultimately, I learned.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get in as early as possible on registration day. Classes fill up fast!

    In three sentences

    Portland Community College is a highly accessible school which offers classes which are challenging and therefore give a sense of achievement upon completion. Each and every teacher that I have had has been exceedingly knowledgeable about the subject which they are teaching. Complemented by each teacher's uniqueness and this has made my academic experience here both entertaining and educational. Having attended two other Jr. Colleges before this I feel as though PCC is truly the cream of the crop. I would encourage anyone even considering college to begin their journey here, it will be just the sort of impetus which will surely lead to success!

  • 08/23/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Always present and easy to access.

    Bang for the buck

    Its a community college, so its cheaper. But don't let the community college status fool you. PCC has accredited teachers and programs that give students a one up for careers or college transfers. Great way to get your basics taken care of at a much cheaper price.

    Food and Dining

    Wide variety of food and healthy choices for those with dietary restrictions.

    Dorm Life

    No Dorms for this college

    Academic Rigor

    Don't let the Community College status make you think you can slack. The teachers give you assignments and accept one to live up to the status of 'college student'.

    Tips for prospective students

    Talk to your teachers! They want to help you succeed and go on to the university of your dreams. Keep in touch with them and they will help you succeed.

    In three sentences

    Excellent school for completing the basics before moving on to a university. Great teachers who care about the students. Convenient locations through out Portland and online classes.

  • 10/12/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    campus security is always patrolling the parking lots, they'll escort you to your vehicle late at night, emergency phones located in a variety of places.

    Clubs and Activities

    Differ from campus to campus, but lots of options, and always the ability to start your own.

    Great for these types of students

    high school graduates returning students after a long absence

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Rock Creek is smoke free, you have to walk off campus in order to a have a cigarette. Sylvania has designated smoking only areas, on the outside edges of campus. There's a shuttle bus that runs between campus' making it easier to take classes at multiple locations.

    What to do for fun

    So many clubs available. Most campuses have exercise facilities that are open to students, Sylvania has a pool.

    Food and Dining

    Every campus is a bit different in their food options. The Sylvania campus has a very large dining area lots of food options, it's similar to a mall food court, but smaller. The Rock Creek campus cafeteria is much smaller the Sylvania but has lots of options also, places to sit and eat can be hard to find if it's a peak meal time.

    Academic Rigor

    They have a wide variety of class types, some are much more challenging then others. There are a lot of introductory courses for those looking to explore and find their interests. Most teachers are aware that you have a life and job outside of the class and so try and give you as much advance notice of the expectations.

    Tips for prospective students

    Talk to an advisor, go to the career center, check out the many clubs that are available to join. Plan ahead!

    In three sentences

    I personally am really impressed with Portland Community College and am very glad that I decided to attend. Class sizes are smaller, so your teachers are much more aware of who people are and are more interested and engaged with their students on a personal level. The campus is nice and they have a lot of student activities and resources. They're more then willing to help students whenever they can and however they can. The resources available to students are vast and appeal to a wide range of demographics.

  • 10/21/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Explore Portland!

    Food and Dining

    The cafeteria has great options for cheap prices, and they have starbucks.

    Dorm Life

    There are no dorms at PCC.

    Academic Rigor

    My teachers are involved in the communicability and push us to get involved as well.

    Tips for prospective students

    Their website can be overwhelming and confusing, when applying work with an adviser right away.

    In three sentences

    Portland Community College is the biggest college in Portland, for good reason. The teachers are great and impress me everyday with their knowledge. They have every class you can think of, to fulfill anyone's needs.

  • 10/28/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Independent students who can navigate through all the technical aspects of college without help.

    Bang for the buck

    The school is completely mediocre and not worth what you pay. The only thing that give it a competitive edge is types of programs you can get into.

    What to do for fun

    Portland is a city close enough to nature to enjoy it.

    Food and Dining

    Lots of local dining close to campus.

    Dorm Life

    No dorms. you are on your own for figuring out a living situation.

    Academic Rigor

    Varies too much. Some teachers teach, some teachers have no idea what they're doing.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be able to rely on yourself more than staff for help figuring out your path to education, finances, housing, etc. Every person will tell you something different.

    In three sentences

    Difficult to navigate in terms of applying and figuring out the steps to take in your education. Teaching styles and content vary highly between every teacher and subject. The only community college in the area with a lot of class options and unique programs.

  • 11/11/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    There are public safety vehicles that circle around campus constantly, not only for the students but they also watch other parked vehicles as well.

    Food and Dining

    Food is good, but at times it could be a little pricy.

    Dorm Life

    Portland community college does not have dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    Everything that they do, they have a purpose for. They give you the information that you need and leave all the horse playing business at home.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be ready to get down and dirty with you school work. Portland Community College teachers do not play around.

    In three sentences

    Portland Community College isn't a regular kind of community college. The teachers that I have had so far don't just give you community college work, they provide you with work that professors at a University level would provide you with. Their expectations are literally high, they give you no slack on anything and that may sound harsh, but they just want the best for you and your future.

  • 11/19/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    We have campus security patrolling the each campus regularly, so the environment is safe. There are security station located all around the campus.

    Great for these types of students

    Independent students who are self-motivated, but also don't mind working in student lead groups.

    Bang for the buck

    If you are an Oregon resident, you will enjoy the fact that the cost of attendance is $88 per credit hour. If your are from out of the state, then your cost of attendance will be $216 per credit hour. Getting your education is very affordable if you have living expenses and transportation already figured out, but this might not be the school for you if you like to have all of your expenses pre-determined.

    Food and Dining

    The cafeteria experience is different for each campus, but all of them share the same food court-like quality.

    Dorm Life

    There are no dorms at this college.

    Academic Rigor

    All professors are different. This school is more for independent students because teaching staff members are most likely only reachable during class hours. Professors I've had so far have been pretty flexible with turning in assignments late (due to misunderstanding), but don't take much time responding to questions in emails. This can be a good thing, if you are motivated. It causes you to reach out to other resources for knowledge and increase your understanding. If you are having trouble in a class, then there are volunteer tutors available in the student center. The school website is organized and gives you personal access to your classes, degree requirements, and informational links.

    Tips for prospective students

    Attend this school with an open mind to everyone's different lifestyle choices, keep up on your homework regularly--even if it is not required, keep track of your graduation plan on the website, and make a schedule of study time that works with life outside of class.

  • 11/23/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Tips for prospective students

    Come in and meet with a student advisor that way you can have all of your questions answered, they are very helpful.

    In three sentences

    I think that Portland community college is a very good school. The teachers and staff are there for you with what ever you need help with. they provide counseling for people who need it. I love Portland community college.

  • 11/26/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    It's safe to walk on campus and off considering it's located in a relatively decent area.

    Greek Life

    No greek life D;

    Clubs and Activities

    Very limited considering people just want education, and then move on.

    Great for these types of students

    Needs money, education, motivated to do well, people who want to make money, and learn at the same time.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Some people get to class 30 minutes early. Some teachers give students opportunities beyond the campus: internships, field trips.

    Bang for the buck

    Good college education for a fraction of the price. A lot of information is available to you if you look. All the teacher that I've interacted with have taught me information that I need.

    What to do for fun

    Socializing with people in classes is pretty fun. There's a gym on the campus so you can shoot hoops. Other then those two things there's nothing fun to do.

    Food and Dining

    The food here is mediocre at best, but the coffee, and the price of the food make up for the taste.

    Dorm Life

    Living at home and having great food, soft bed, great entertainment beats living in a cramped up dorm with public showers.

    Academic Rigor

    I expected college to be somewhat harder, but it's great education, you can learn a lot if you put your mind into it. Some of the classes are easier then regular college, but there's still rigorous classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    Find the smartest students in your classes and interact with them, they might contribute ideas you've never thought of or forgot. Use the resources your given wisely, don't mess on computers, you can find information by using books, magazines,news articles..., I've found that the silent study room is the perfect atmosphere to study in. Teachers here don't give you much busy work, so try and focus on studying the information more.

    In three sentences

    Portland community college is filled with interesting individuals, and even though it's a jr. college, there are a lot of smart students attending. Portland community college has a ton of resources, which boost your potential to succeed: Summit library source, Library with computers, silent study rooms, campus store that offers cheap school supplies...Your getting a wide variety of resources, education, and an array of staff to help you for a cheap price.

  • 12/18/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I would like to talk about the public safety in PCC. I want to give to this one 5 stars because people who work for public safety in PCC are very nice, responsibility. They will help students every time when need under any weather condition. They will go with you to your car if you get out of class very late at night. They will go with you to your building if you have to start your work at any campus at the very early of the morning.

    What to do for fun

    There are many organizations at PCC, and these group always try to create helpful events for students and staffs. Especially, ASPCC usually creates sport events for students. Moreover, music concerts are held at Rock Creek campus sometimes.

    Food and Dining

    The food is very rich. It means there are many kinds of food in PCC. There are Asian food, American food, and Mexican food; thus, students have many choices for their food. Moreover, PCC's kitchen creates food by its recipe. There are many experience employees who are from many countries are working at the PCC's kitchen.

    Dorm Life

    Portland Community College does not have any dorm; however, there are many apartments settle around every campus.

    Academic Rigor

    - Portland Community College has more than 100 academic programs. And there are many programs are linked to many University in order to give students have a chance to build up their knowledge. - There are also many different degrees students could earn at PCC.

    Tips for prospective students

    - There are many experience advisors who can give students wise advices in order to help student to study effectively and graduate quickly. PCC also has orientation events for international students or high school students who will enter college in the future. - PCC provide a huge resource information on the internet to help students get up to date information quickly. Moreover, library system is another strong power to help students to succeed.

    In three sentences

    - PCC is the biggest Community College in Oregon. - PCC is trying create a great future of education for community. - PCC can sever more than 93,000 full-time and part-time students.

  • 01/24/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Clubs and Activities

    ASPCC makes sure that there is a club that can accommodate every type of student on each campus. Whether you have parenting or narcotics recovery in common; want to gain racial or sexual orientated pride; love to perform or watch/create anime films, there is a group for you. These clubs may help in your desired majors, or can enhance a student's versatility.

    Great for these types of students

    If you were a student that hated high school due to the constant competition, or you did not apply yourself the way you could have, Portland Community College is the place for you to be. Just change your campus location and watch yourself thrive.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Everyone studies in the library and the cafeteria, but the explorers of the campus go to the Underground. The underground has tables for studying, and lounge couches to chill before the big test. The UG is furnished with pool tables, boardgames, and X-Box 360, purchasable snacks, and free coffee - it's not Starbucks, but it gives you that needed caffeine fix.

    What to do for fun

    If you're looking for something fun to do, find the campus ASPCC board, where it displays on campus events, along with local events that you can invite your study buddies to. If you want ongoing fun, join a club or start a club with students of common interests.

    Food and Dining

    Whether you have a taste for burgers and fries, or a wrap and hummus, PCC has a plethora of food choices. Not cooked with lots of salt, to respect the health of all the students, but the food is never bland; cooked with flavor and fried in peanut oil, opposed to lard. Everything is absolutely tasty, but they could use some pasta in the cafeteria and other things for versatility. Perhaps it could be you that made a student-wide petition to improve the menu!

    Dorm Life

    As a community college, PCC does not have dormitories; but as much time as the students spend on campus, people would think they live there.

    Academic Rigor

    Before taking any math, science, or writing classes, each student must take placement tests in reading, writing, and math, to ensure that the work does not intimidate the students. No matter what level the students are at, the instructors will work hard to make sure that no student is left behind, and comprehends all the class material. The academic rigor develops with the students, after they have been given the proper skills and academic support to prepare them to transfer to a university.

    Tips for prospective students

    For students just getting out of high school, do not think that you can procrastinate and skip class, and yet receive an A in all of your classes. PCC has an attendance rule stating that (depending on the length of the class or term) a student may miss four (sometimes three) classes, until they are automatically dropped from those classes. As far as homework and classwork goes, some instructors do not allow late work, so it is essential to have a planner at hand and keep up with your work. For those who have not been in school in a while, utilize the tutoring labs, or create study groups with other students, to ensure you all will be successful and motivate one-another,

    In three sentences

    Whether you just graduated high school, or if you have not been in school for over twenty years, Portland Community College is the place to be. It creates a nice, non-intimidating learning environment, and it provides many support groups and study circles, to ensure that every student will be successful. Having five different campuses, each student gets one or two PCC campuses that better serve for obtaining their desired degrees. There is no reason why a motivated student would not soar at Portland Community College.

  • 01/26/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    pretty safe, haven't had any bad experiences

    Great for these types of students

    great place to start off in college especially if low on income

    Bang for the buck

    great place to start off so you don't go into as much debt

    What to do for fun

    lots of clubs that a person can join-- of all natures

    Food and Dining

    great cafeteria and other places inside to get food, it's cheap but still good,

    Dorm Life

    I live at home and attend Pcc, I'm not really sure there are dorms (highly doubtful)

    Academic Rigor

    This school doesn't offer bachelor's degrees, but offers many associate degree's among other programs too.

    Tips for prospective students

    This is a great school to start off your college because its cheaper than the universities and just as good of classes.

    In three sentences

    This is a very welcoming school. The teachers really do want to help you and put time into helping you learn. Very easy to get help, don't be afraid to ask.

  • 01/29/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Adult students

    What to do for fun

    What ever you want

    Tips for prospective students

    -Research the teachers before signing up for classes. -Assign time to study -Communicate with professors

    In three sentences

    Overall professors are very eloquent, patient and committed. So far I've had a good experience in all of my classes. Class sizes are also good and not overwhelming.

  • 02/09/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    They have their own sheriff department and always have an officer on duty.

    Great for these types of students

    Beginning college students or continuing students who have not been to school for a long period of time.

    What to do for fun

    Join groups and after school activities.

    Food and Dining

    They have a decent sized cafeteria, a coffee shop, and many vending machines.

    Dorm Life

    They do not have dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    They have all different levels of difficulty for many types of classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    If this is your first time attending college, choosing a community college is a great way to go. Take simple classes to begin with. Start with prerequisites and classes that go with your career choice. If you do not know what you want to major in, talk to an adviser about an associates in general studies and that'll show you classes you can take to help earn that degree while determining what you want to major in.

    In three sentences

    They are student oriented. They show they care about your future. They help you with everything from your college success to your personal life.

  • 02/23/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Always there.

    Greek Life

    I am pretty sure there are various chapters at PCC.

    Clubs and Activities

    I am not involved with a club, but from what I can tell, there is a wide variety of clubs and you can start your own, with approval.

    Great for these types of students

    PCC is great for students of all types, ages, etc. It is a very diverse college, with people of all ages, from high school to retirement age, people of many different ethnic backgrounds, etc. It's also a good school for anyone who is unsure of what to major in, since you can take general education classes, while getting a taste of the college life. PCC offers many various degree programs and certificates!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    I can't think of any unusual traditions.

    Bang for the buck

    Great value, good professors for the most part.

    What to do for fun

    The library.

    Food and Dining

    Okay, not a whole lots of options. Plus it's expensive for most students.

    Academic Rigor

    I believe that the amount of work and intensity for the 100/200 level is just as good as a university.

    Tips for prospective students

    Parking is a nightmare (plus you have to pay to park), but there is also Trimet bus service or their free PCC shuttles.

    In three sentences

    Portland Community College is a good place to get a two year degree or certificate. It is also a good place to start your first year or two, then transfer to a four-year school if that's your plan. Either way, it can help save you money.

  • 02/27/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    I love to go to PCC library and read. Their library is beautiful and clean!

    Food and Dining

    Pcc offers great food!

    Dorm Life

    They do not offer dorms

    Academic Rigor

    Most teachers are good at explaining and very helpful.

    Tips for prospective students

    Meet up with a career counselor there, they are great at guiding you. Take advantage of the free online tutoring PCC. Also try to visit the reference library when needed. They are great at helping you plus most teachers will give extra credit just for visiting!

    In three sentences

    Portland Community College is a great college. It is affordable and the professors are great. There are many great programs you can sign up for!

  • 03/10/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Join a club

    Tips for prospective students

    Please research your class carefully before meeting advicers

    In three sentences

    The teachers are nice. School facility is good. I like the shuttle bus.

  • 03/16/2014

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    very safe and very comfortable

    Dorm Life

    I am living at home so I'd say 5 out of 5

    Academic Rigor

    I have taken dual enrollment classes from PCC and although they are more challenging that the typical high school class, I have taken a sum of knowlegde away from each class I have participated in.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be afraid to ask questions.

    In three sentences

    PCC is a beautiful campus and in a great community. I am attending after highschool and they have been quite helpful with getting enrolled and into the system. The atmosphere is also very comfortable; I don't feel like I am ever in any danger.

  • 03/30/2014

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Bang for the buck

    Financial aid staff are always eager to help, along with counselors. I currently have no knowledge on the teaching faculty, as I have not yet began my semester.

    What to do for fun

    I am beginning my first year at this school and do not attend classes until the 31st. I currently have no knowledge on extra curricular activities.

    Food and Dining

    I have not eaten in the dining hall.

    Dorm Life

    I do not believe PCC provides student housing.

    Academic Rigor

    Unknown. I begin classes on the 31st.

    Tips for prospective students

    Speak with a counselor as early in the day as possible. Portland Community college has a huge number of students and the best way to see a counselor is to arrive at the student information center early. Also, make sure you always have your student ID on hand. It's very useful and save you a lot of time. If changing from part to full time or vice-verse, and you are receiving financial aid, speak to a financial aid counselor and fill out a change of hours form so you aid can be adjusted. Otherwise they may adjust your funds mid-term and you may run into trouble.

    In three sentences

    Good, clean campus, and helpful faculty. I do not begin class until the 31st, so cannot provide any feedback on the teaching or tutoring programs.

  • 04/11/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Tips for prospective students

    Just enjoy your school life in PCC.

    In three sentences

    PCC is a good school. PCC has a lot of amazing teacher. I enjoy my time at PCC.

  • 04/15/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There is a lot of security at the campuses.

    Bang for the buck

    Classes here are much cheaper. Which is nice, because you can take the same classes that a university would have for much less.

    Food and Dining

    There are cafeterias at almost all of the campuses, with dining outside of the campuses as well.

    Dorm Life

    There are no on campus dorms, as this is a small community college.

    Academic Rigor

    Online classes are much more rigorous than their on-campus classes. It just depends on how you learn and how many classes you take at a given time.

    In three sentences

    Portland Community College is very diverse and open. With more than four campuses and online classes, you will be able to find what is best suited for you. Their transportation is very solid and will take you from campus to campus.

  • 05/31/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are many clubs to choose from. Going to the main office will provide you with a list.

    Food and Dining

    The cafeteria offers a variety of food. They try to provide healthy wholesome choices.

    Dorm Life

    There are no dorms in this college.

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on the classes determines the level of difficulty.

    Tips for prospective students

    Definitely research the professors before you register for classes. Don't forget a parking pass because the ticket can be 15+ dollars. The first week of classes you must leave early for class.

    In three sentences

    Portland community college is a great school. Class sizes are about 20-35 students, they offer great tutoring services and most professors care about their students. There are many campuses and centers to choose from as well.

  • 06/09/2014

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    STUDY! but on the side you have this on campus center where you have a pool table and other video games and stuff you could use. And I'm not sure but I think there is a free gym.

    Food and Dining

    It's all good. I guess.

    Dorm Life

    For me personally I feel more comfortable living at my own house. So, not having dorms wasn't a problem for me.

    Academic Rigor

    You are in these small classes where you can easily get the help you need from the teacher or from the free tutoring center there.

    Tips for prospective students

    You should put it in mind, because Portland Community College can provide all the things you need in order to get the ideal college experience that all students deserve.

    In three sentences

    It's an easy place to feel comfortable in, it's not too different than high school. They also have this beautiful campus. And of-course it's not too expensive, but at the same time you can have great education and easy to get help from the students or the staff.

  • 06/18/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Students who are looking for a financial break or something that will give them some time to figure out what they want to do with their lives/education will find opportunity and inspiration here!

    Bang for the buck

    PCC is super affordable and they have some amazing and eclectic instructors. This is a great place to save a little money while pursuing 4+ year degree, as well as a solid option for an associates degree. If you are a person who isn't quite sure where they are going right out of high school, or someone who is returning to their education after a little (or a lot) of time off, there is something here for you!

    Food and Dining

    There is a variety of food offered and there are some hidden gems, if you know where to look. They also have a selection of easy on-the-go options that can be handy when you have a few minutes between classes or on your way to catch the bus.

    Academic Rigor

    There are many classes that are offered at Portland Community College that are very challenging in the sense that they force you to critically think of things in different ways than you may have originally. There are many well qualified and interesting instructors with a lot of real-world experience in their particular field that can be fascinating and also add a level of authenticity to the subject that they are teaching.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would always recommend that students keep in close contact with the different counselors that the school offers. They have a lot of really great resources that can help you navigate your time at PCC, as well as your future plans for your education and career. The many avenues for help and advice that are offered on campus will help to broaden and enrich your time there.

    In three sentences

    This is a great place for people to find who/what they want to become in the future! It is affordable,has many qualified and knowledgeable instructors, and interesting, unique classes. I would recommend this college as a stepping stone for future success!

  • 10/07/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    Good school for the money.

    Food and Dining

    Food is decent if you get the right thing.

    Dorm Life

    No dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    My classes this quarter are very easy.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you want to learn or become independent, this is the school to go.

    In three sentences

    So far, PCC seems like a great school if you focus and get the right teachers. Everyone seems friendly, including teachers. It is a very independent based school.

  • 10/15/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    There are a LOT of clubs available for all types, join the club fair at the beginning of fall and find out all about them.

    Bang for the buck

    At 92 dollars a credit, PCC definitely comes out cheaper than 2 years at a regular college. Unfortunately, it is pretty expensive as far as Community Colleges go and the price is sure to continue to go up. It has been doing so consistently for the last decade. In 2004 the classes were 44 dollars a credit.

    What to do for fun

    There are a ton of clubs to join at PCC as well as a rec room with pool table. Every Fall there is a club fair that goes on for 3 days that showcases the many different things people can do while a student at PCC.

    Food and Dining

    5 stars for their peanut sauce that goes with the salad rolls. It is the best I have ever had. I have been to countless restaurants and none even come close it is such a random thing for them to be proficient in, but somehow they are. Sadly the woman who makes it seems to be busy every time I go to ask about the recipe.

    Dorm Life

    PCC is a community college so it does not offer living arrangements.

    Academic Rigor

    From what I have noticed, the difficulty level of PCC classes tend to be on the lighter end of the spectrum. Although I would say some professors do push harder than others, for the most part it is pretty tame.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure to keep an eye on your academic progress. It is easy to get distracted by the vast ocean of options available. Always make sure that the classes you are taking give you transferable credits and are credits that count towards your degree if your plan is to transfer out quickly.

    In three sentences

    PCC is a great way to start if you are unsure of what direction to go. They offer tons of classes and programs at an affordable price plus the grants will usually always be able to cover the price unless you are like me and max out on your credits.

  • 10/31/2014

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Dorm Life

    There were no dorms, I got to stay in MY house, great plus!

    In three sentences

    It is a great school for people starting out or who want to further their knowledge. I enjoyed my stay, and loved the teachers! There is a great mix of people that attend so you'll always make new friends!