Mount Hood Community College

Mount Hood Community CollegeMount Hood Community College (MHCC) in Multnomah County, Oregon, provides a great learning environment for homeschoolers and homeschool grads. The college has an open-entry general admission policy and welcomes all students who can benefit from instruction, regardless of their educational background. The public college is financed by local property tax funds, state reimbursement funds, and student tuition.

Opened in 1966 within view of Oregon’s tallest mountain, Mount Hood Community College was named after the majestic stratovolcano. The college, located in the city of Gresham, is a relatively short distance from the nearby communities of Troutdale, Sandy and Clackamas.

A suburb of the Greater Portland Metropolitan area, Gresham lies about fifteen miles straight east of downtown Portland. It is beautifully situated near the Mount Hood Scenic Highway and the Columbia River Gorge. Johnson Creek, which begins at the foothills of the Cascade Mountains, runs westward through Gresham. The city is located roughly seventy miles east of the Oregon Coast.


Mount Hood Community College enrolls about 30,000 students and is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. Classes are offered at the 212-acre main campus in Gresham, the Maywood Park campus in Portland, Bruning Center for Allied Health Education in Gresham, and public schools within the district.

Offering over 120 professional programs, as well as a variety of university transfer possibilities, MHCC prepares students for the jobs of today. Popular courses of study include nursing, funeral science, integrated media, automotive technology, and transfer courses that lead to B.A. degrees in humanities and science.

The college is also home to Eastern Oregon University’s four-year degree programs in Business Administration and Education, both with several concentrations. By transferring lower-division coursework (freshman and sophomore) from MHCC to EOU and becoming a co-admission student, this program provides the following advantages:

  1. All classes will be offered on the Mount Hood Community College campus.
  2. Students may transfer as many as 120 credits.
  3. Both programs compliment work schedules and family commitments.
  4. Personal advising by department faculty/advisors.
  5. Students may attend EOU and MHCC simultaneously.
  6. Least costly route to a baccalaureate degree, and/or a teaching license.
  7. Coordinated financial aid and scholarship opportunities.
  8. Expanded educational options by combining academic resources of two institutions.
  9. Combined library and technology privileges at both institutions.

Whether students are interested in pursuing a professional or technical degree, transferring to a four-year institution, or taking personal enrichment courses, MHCC is the place to accomplish their goals and fulfill their dreams.


Mount Hood Community College competes in the Northwest Athletic Conference (NWAC). The college nickname is the Saints, in reference to the St. Bernard mascot. There are four men’s teams including baseball, basketball, track and field, and cross country. There are five women’s teams including volleyball, softball, basketball, track and field, and cross country. MHCC has a large aquatics center, which includes an indoor swimming pool. The college also hosts the Portland Highland Games.

Student Life

The Mount Hood Community College student body mirrors the diverse group of people that make up the community. MHCC has an active student government, at least 30 different student clubs, and a student newspaper called The Advocate. Historically, the college has been known for its jazz performance program, and MHCC was the site of the Mount Hood Jazz Festival each summer from 1982-2002 and from 2008-2010. The college also owns and oversees KMHD, a non-profit FM broadcast radio station based in Portland.


A high school diploma or GED is not required for enrollment in Mount Hood Community College, although a few MHCC programs do have special admission requirements. These limited and restricted entry programs require additional steps before students are considered for admission to the program. The college also has a special admission process for students under the age of 18. Note: If you are concurrently enrolled in high school, you may not be eligible for financial aid due to federal regulations.

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