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Portland Community College Data & Information Overview

440 awards Ranking Badges
Great Price Value for Your Money
13% Student Loan Default Rate
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How Well Is Portland Community College Ranked?

#300 Best Colleges in Nation
#5 Best Colleges in OR
Liberal Arts Highest Ranked Major
Quality Badge

2024 Rankings

College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities in its annual rankings and ranks them in a variety of ways, including most diverse, best overall quality, best for non-traditional students, and much more.

Portland Community College was awarded 440 badges in the 2024 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is liberal arts.

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Overall Quality

College Factual ranked Portland Community College as #300 out of 2,217 colleges and universities in the country on its 2024 Best Colleges list. This puts it in the top 15% of all schools in the nation. This is an improvement over the previous year, when Portland Community College held the #627 spot on the Best Overall Colleges list.

Portland Community College is also ranked #5 out of 30 schools in Oregon.

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Is It Hard to Get Into Portland Community College?

Open Admissions Policy

Acceptance Rate

Since Portland Community College has an open admissions policy, being accepted to the school isn't that hard. However, a full basic things - such as a high school diploma or equivalent - may be required. Also, go over your application to make sure it is complete before you submit it.

Learn more about Portland Community College admissions.

Portland Community College Faculty

19 to 1 Student to Faculty
29% Full Time Teachers

Student to Faculty Ratio

At Portland Community College, the student to faculty ratio is 19 to 1. Compared to the national average of 15 to 1, this is somewhat high. This could mean that class sizes may be larger than they are at other colleges or universities or that professors may be required to teach more classes.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

Another measure that is often used to estimate how much access students will have to their professors is how many faculty members are full-time. The idea here is that part-time faculty tend to spend less time on campus, so they may not be as available to students as full-timers.

The full-time faculty percentage at Portland Community College is 29%. This is lower than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  29 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Portland Community College

61% Freshmen Retention

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate is a sign of how many full-time students like a college or university well enough to come back for their sophomore year. At Portland Community College this rate is 61%, which is a bit lower than the national average of 68%.

Freshmen Retention Rate  61 out of 100

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Portland Community College Undergraduate Student Diversity

8,886 Full-Time Undergraduates
40.1% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
56.8% Percent Women

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 22,904 undergraduates at Portland Community College with 8,886 being full-time and 14,018 being part-time.

How Much Does Portland Community College Cost?

$9,464 Net Price
19% Take Out Loans
$18,908 Total Student Loans
The overall average net price of Portland Community College is $9,464. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for Portland Community College

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$8,314 $8,600 $10,994 $12,889 $13,191

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of Portland Community College, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At Portland Community College, approximately 19% of students took out student loans averaging $4,727 a year. That adds up to $18,908 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Portland Community College is 12.5%. This is higher than the national default rate of 10.1% so you should proceed with caution when taking out student loans.

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How Much Money Do Portland Community College Graduates Make?

$41,311 Avg Salary of Grads
Average Earnings Boost
Yearly salaries vary depending on what you major in, but on average, bachelor's degree recipients from Portland Community College make around $41,311 per year during the early years of their employment. This is in the same neighborhood of the average college graduate's salary of $42,485 per year. However, certain majors may produce higher-paying graduates.


See which majors at Portland Community College make the most money.

Location of Portland Community College

Oregon State
8,886 Full-Time Undergraduates
Large City Campus Setting
Located in Portland, Oregon, Portland Community College is a public institution. The location of Portland Community College is great for students who prefer living in an urban area.

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Contact details for Portland Community College are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 12000 Sw 49Th Avenue, Portland, OR 97219-7132
Phone: 971-722-6111

Portland Community College Majors

45 Majors With Completions
3,713 Undergraduate Degrees
Learn more about the majors offered at Portland Community College along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at Portland Community College

81% Take At Least One Class Online
59% Take All Classes Online

Online learning is becoming popular at even the oldest colleges and universities in the United States. Not only are online classes great for returning adults with busy schedules, they are also frequented by a growing number of traditional students.

In 2020-2021, 17,093 students took at least one online class at Portland Community College. This is a decrease from the 21,420 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2020-2021 17,093 12,370
2019-2020 21,420 21,275
2018-2019 9,036 4,310
2017-2018 11,134 5,064
2016-2017 11,019 4,807

Learn more about online learning at Portland Community College.

Notes and References


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


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