Portland Community College

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2022 Undergraduate Tuition
$4,428
2022 Average Net Price
$10,166
After Financial Aid
2019 Default Rate
3.97%
on Student Loans
2022 Enrolled Students
19,400
38.3% Full-Time
2022 Graduation Rate
17.9%
505 Graduates

About

Portland Community College is a higher education institution located in Multnomah County, OR. In 2022, the most popular Associates Degree concentrations at Portland Community College were Liberal Arts & Sciences (1,374 degrees awarded), General Studies (910 degrees), and Paralegal (54 degrees).

In 2022, 4,737 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Portland Community College. 56.4% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 43.6% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was white (2,779 degrees), 4.02 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (692 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Portland Community College is $4,428, which is $−3,684 less than the national average for Associates Colleges ($8,112).

Costs

In 2022, the median undergraduate tuition at Portland Community College is $4,428, which is $−3,684 less than the national average for Associates Colleges ($8,112).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $10,166.

In 2022, 59% of undergraduate students attending Portland Community College received financial aid through grants. Comparatively, 22% of undergraduate students received financial aid through loans.

Tuition Costs

$4,428
2022 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2022, the cost of tuition at Portland Community College was $4,428. The cost of tuition at Portland Community College is $−3,684 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Associates Colleges ($8,112).

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Average Net Price

$10,166
2022 Value
2.46%
1 Year Growth

In 2022 Portland Community College had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $10,166. Between 2021 and 2022, the average net price of Portland Community College grew by 2.46%.

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Other Student Expenses

$12,434
Room and Board
$1,731
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Portland Community College was of $12,434 in 2022. The cost of room and board did not change between 2021 and 2022.

During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,731. The cost of books and supplies did not change during the same period.

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Financial Aid by Income Level

59%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Grants
22%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Loans

59% of undergraduate students at Portland Community College received financial aid through grants or loans in 2022. This represents a growth of 15.7% with respect to 2021, when 51% of undergraduate students received financial aid.

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Student Loan Default Rate

Cohort default rates only account for borrowers who default in the first three years, and some schools only have a small proportion of borrowers entering repayment. These rates should be interpreted with caution, as they may not be reflective of the entire school population.
3.97%
2019 Default Rate
236
Number of Defaults

In 2019 the default rate for borrower's at Portland Community College was 3.97%, which represents 236 out of the 5950 total borrowers.

A cohort default rate is the percentage of a school's borrowers who enter repayment on certain Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program or William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan) Program loans during a particular federal fiscal year (FY), October 1 to September 30, and default or meet other specified conditions prior to the end of the second following fiscal year.

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Enrollment

Portland Community College had a total enrollment of 19,400 students in 2022. The full-time enrollment at Portland Community College is 7,428 students and the part-time enrollment is 11,972. This means that 38.3% of students enrolled at Portland Community College are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Portland Community College, both undergraduate and graduate, is 52.1% White, 20.3% Hispanic or Latino, 7.69% Asian, 6.87% Two or More Races, 5.26% Black or African American, 0.727% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders, and 0.706% American Indian or Alaska Native.

Students enrolled at Portland Community College in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly White Female (26.3%), followed by White Male (23%) and Hispanic or Latino Female (13.4%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

38.3%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Portland Community College in 2022, both undergraduate and graduate, is 19,400 students. The full-time enrollment at Portland Community College is 7,428 and the part-time enrollment is 11,972. This means that 38.3% of students enrolled at Portland Community College are enrolled full-time compared with 32.2% at similar Associates Colleges.

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Retention Rate over Time

56%
2022 Retention Rate

Retention rate measures the number of first-time students who began their studies the previous fall and returned to school the following fall. The retention rate for full-time undergraduates at Portland Community College was 56%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Associates Colleges (62%), Portland Community College had a retention rate lower than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity (2022)
  1. White
    10,116 enrolled students
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    3,935 enrolled students
  3. Asian
    1,491 enrolled students

The enrolled student population at Portland Community College is 52.1% White, 20.3% Hispanic or Latino, 7.69% Asian, 6.87% Two or More Races, 5.26% Black or African American, 0.727% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders, and 0.706% American Indian or Alaska Native. This includes both full-time and part-time students as well as graduate and undergraduates. By comparison, enrollment for all Associates Colleges is 42.9% White, 27.9% Hispanic or Latino, and 12.5% Black or African American.

Any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis is categorized as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the share of those students are shown in the chart below. Additionally, 1,089 students (5.61%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2022, 607 more women than men received degrees from Portland Community College. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients at Portland Community College is white (2,779 degrees awarded). There were 4.02 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (692 degrees).

The most common Associates Degree concentration at Portland Community College is Liberal Arts & Sciences (1,374 degrees awarded), followed by General Studies (910 degrees) and Paralegal (54 degrees).

In 2022,  the most specialized majors across all degree types at Portland Community College, meaning they have significantly more degrees awarded in that concentration than the national average across all institutions, are Liberal Arts & Humanities (2,284 degrees awarded), Precision Production (129 degrees), and Mechanical Technologies (240 degrees).

Common Jobs by Major

The most common jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Portland Community College are Elementary & middle school teachers (138,952 people), Other managers (135,861 people), Graphic designers (94,584 people), Postsecondary teachers (69,785 people), and Software developers (63,793 people).

The most specialized majors at Portland Community College in 2022 are Liberal Arts & Humanities (2,284 degrees awarded), Precision Production (129 degrees), Mechanical Technologies (240 degrees), Engineering Technologies (188 degrees), and Construction (87 degrees) (as of 2022).

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Highest Paying Jobs by Major

Highest Paying Job

The highest paying jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Portland Community College are Surgeons, Cardiovascular technologists and technicians, Skincare specialists, Broadcast announcers and radio disc jockeys, and Physicians

The most specialized majors at Portland Community College are Liberal Arts & Humanities (2,284 degrees awarded), Precision Production (129 degrees), Mechanical Technologies (240 degrees), Engineering Technologies (188 degrees), and Construction (87 degrees) (as of 2022).

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Common Industries by Major

Most Common Industry

The most common industries for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Portland Community College are Elementary & secondary schools (291,798 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (162,631 people), Construction (154,342 people), Computer Systems Design (129,569 people), and General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (77,958 people).

The most specialized majors at Portland Community College are Liberal Arts & Humanities (2,284 degrees awarded), Precision Production (129 degrees), Mechanical Technologies (240 degrees), Engineering Technologies (188 degrees), and Construction (87 degrees) (as of 2022).

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Majors Awarded

IPEDS uses the Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) standard, so the categories may not match the exact concentrations offered by Portland Community College.
Most Common (2022)
  1. 1,374 degrees awarded
  2. 910 degrees awarded
  3. 54 degrees awarded

In 2022, the most common associates degree concentration at Portland Community College was Liberal Arts & Sciences with 1,374 degrees awarded.

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Sex Breakdown for Common Majors

2,065
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2022
2,672
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2022

In 2022, 2,065 degrees were awarded to men at Portland Community College, which is 0.773 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (2,672).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2022, 530 degrees were awarded to men at Portland Community College in Liberal Arts & Sciences, which is 0.628 times less than the 844 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2022, 844 degrees were awarded to men at Portland Community College in Liberal Arts & Sciences, which is 1.59 times more than the 530 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

7%
100% Completion Time
18%
150% Completion Time

In 2022, 7% of students graduating from Portland Community College completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 18% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 22% within 200%.

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Graduation rate is defined as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within a specific percentage of "normal time" to completion for their program.

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Graduation Rate by Race and Sex

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.
Asian Female
Highest Graduation Rate (22.5%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate in 2022 at Portland Community College is Female and Asian (22.5% graduation rate). Across all Associates Colleges, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (73.2%).

The department of education defines graduation rate as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within 150% of "normal time" to completion.

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) categorizes any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the graduation rate of those students is shown in the chart below. Additionally, 4.95% of graduates (25 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity (2022)
  1. White
    2,779 degrees awarded
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    692 degrees awarded
  3. Asian
    390 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Portland Community College is white (2,779 degrees awarded). There were 4.02 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (692 degrees).

5.3% of degree recipients (251 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Sex

Most Common Sex Demographic (2022)
  1. White Female
    1,539 degrees awarded
  2. White Male
    1,240 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino Female
    431 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and sex grouping at Portland Community College is white female (1,539 degrees awarded). There were 1.24 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white male (1240 degrees).

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Operations

Portland Community College has an endowment valued at nearly $15.9M, as of the end of the 2022 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of −NaNk (−0.901%) compared to the 0.843% average return (43.9k on 5.21M) across all Associates Colleges.

In 2022, Portland Community College had a total salary expenditure of 368M. Portland Community College employs 393 Instructors. Most academics at Portland Community College are Female Instructor (211), and Male Instructor (182).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Portland Community College are: Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media, with 239 employees, Office and Administrative Support, with 229 employees, and Management with 168 employees.

Endowment

$15.9M
2022 Endowment
2.71%
decline from 2021

Portland Community College has an endowment valued at about $15.9M, as of the end of the 2022 fiscal year. The endowment of Portland Community College declined 2.71% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $10.6M higher than than the median endowment of Associates Colleges according to the Carnegie Classification grouping.

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The small bar chart below shows the endowment quintiles for all universities in the Associates Colleges: Mixed Transfer/Career & Technical-Mixed Traditional/Nontraditional Carnegie Classification grouping.

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Salary Expenditure

$139M
2022 Salaries
0.541%
growth from 2021

In 2022, Portland Community College paid a median of $139M in salaries, which represents 37.7% of their overall expenditure ($368M) and a 0.541% growth from the previous year.

The median for similar Associates Colleges is 16.8M (40.1% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$33.9M
Instructional Salaries
393
Number of Employees

In 2022, Portland Community College paid a total of $33.9M to 393 employees working as instructors, which represents 24.4% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $5.35M (31.8%) for similar Associates Colleges.

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Occupations by Share

Instructor
Most Common Instructor
393 Employees
Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
239 Employees

In 2022, the most common positions for instructional staff at Portland Community College was Instructor with 393 employees.

In 2022, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Portland Community College were Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media with 239 employees, Office and Administrative Support with 229 employees, and Management with 168 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Sex

Most Common Demographic (2022)
  1. Female Instructor
  2. Male Instructor

In 2022, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Portland Community College was Female Instructor with 211 employees, and Male Instructor with 182 employees.

This chart shows the sex split between each academic rank present at Portland Community College.

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