Start here. Go anywhere!

We've made getting started at PGCC as easy as one, two, three.

Our New Student Enrollment Steps guide you through the admissions process — and can be completed entirely online.

If you need help, don't worry. Our friendly admissions staff is here to help you every step of the way.

Spring 2024 Term Start Dates

January 22: 15-week and First 7-week Accelerated Classes Begin
February 5: 10-week Classes Begin
March 19: Second 7-week Accelerated Classes Begin

Need help? We're available in person and remotely. 

Location: Bladen Hall, Suite 125
Hours: Monday-Friday: 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m. 
Virtual: Zoom | Monday-Friday: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Contact: | 301-546-0864

STEP 1 | Apply to PGCC

Apply to PGCC

If you are new to PGCC, or returning after two or more years away, your first step is to complete the admissions application. There is no application fee, no essay, and most students receive their acceptance within fifteen minutes!

High school students taking PGCC classes, including Early College Access Programs, Concurrent Enrollment, and Underage Talented and Gifted (TAG), have additional admissions requirements.

First-time Workforce Development and Continuing Education students must also complete Step 1: "Apply to PGCC," then watch your email for additional registration information.


You're Admitted. Now What?

Log into your PGCC Admissions Account to print your acceptance letter and view your personalized enrollment steps.

  • Select the View button next to your application.
  • Select the Decision tab to view or print your acceptance letter.
  • Select the Supplemental Items & Documents tab to view your personalized enrollment steps.

General enrollment steps for first-time college, transfer, re-admitted, and visiting students can be found below. Additional steps may apply to certain student groups or programs.

Step 2 | Activate Your Owl Link Student Account

Activate Your Owl Link Student Account

Owl Link is your hub for College information. To activate your Owl Link student account, click here. Your username and a temporary password will be emailed to you after you are admitted.

Do this first, as you'll need your account to complete the remaining steps.

If you did not receive your activation email or need additional assistance activating your Owl Link account, please contact the Help Desk at or 301-546-0637.


Step 3 | Complete New Student Orientation

Complete New Student Orientation (NSO)

If you have questions, you may find the answers here. Our New Student Orientation is interactive, provides valuable information, can be done right from your phone, and is required for all first-time and transfer students.

NSO only takes about twenty minutes, so now is a great time to start.

NSO is optional for readmitted and visiting students.


Step 4 | Apply for Financial Aid and Scholarships

Apply for Financial Aid and Scholarships

At PGCC, an education is always within your reach! There are numerous grants and scholarships to help. Apply below to see if you qualify.

(Free Application for Federal Student Aid)

PGCC School Code: 002089
Priority Deadline for Full Consideration: March 1

Learn more about Financial Aid.

Learn more about Institutional Scholarships.

Step 5 | Determine Placement

Determine Placement

Not all students are the same. That's why PGCC relies on multiple measures to identify the right classes to begin or restart your college education. Our academic advisors use this information to place you in the most appropriate courses for your skill level, educational path, and goals.

Please satisfy at least one item below before scheduling your advising appointment.
  • High school graduate with a 2.6 GPA within the last five years (starting in fall 2024).
  • SAT (480 Reading and Writing /530 Math), ACT (21 Reading, English, and Math) or an equivalent college placement exam within the last five years;
  • Have completed 12 or more college credits; or
  • Complete PGCC's placement assessments.

Not sure if you need to take a placement test? Visit the Testing Center.


Advising and Registration

Step 6 | Schedule an Appointment with Your Advisor

Schedule an Appointment with Your Advisor


Discuss your educational, career, and personal goals with an academic and career advisor.

What to Discuss With Your Advisor

  • Review placement test scores.
  • Discuss degrees and certificate programs.
  • Develop your academic plan.

Download the Navigate App

Meeting with your Advisor has gone mobile! Search "Navigate Student" in the Apple App Store or Google Play Store.

In the app, log in with your Owl Link account to explore resources, make appointments, view your schedule, and more.

Step 7 | Register for Classes

Register for Classes

PGCC offers several easy ways to register for your classes, including Navigate and Owl Link.  

Not sure how to register? Check out our How to Register for Credit Courses page for step-by-step instructions.

Looking for what we offer? Try our new Course Search.

Step 8 | Pay Tuition and Fees

Pay Tuition and Fees


Tuition payments can be made at the Cashier's Office, online (via Owl Link), or by mail.


PGCC also offers a convenient payment plan that allows you to spread your payments throughout the semester. Register early for more options!


Payment Plan Tutorial Video

Additional Information for Applicants

Amazon Employees

Prince George’s Community College (PGCC) is excited to partner with Amazon’s Career Choice program where students have the benefit of both organizations’ commitment to their success and academic journeys. This education benefit covers tuition and mandatory fees for credit-bearing undergraduate degrees and certificates for eligible Amazon employees.

How to Get Started:

For more information, please contact

Disability Support Services

Students with documented disabilities may request academic accommodations through the Disability Support Services (DSS) office. Students should first follow and complete the Admissions & Registration Enrollment Steps, then begin the application process for DSS services.

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Attend PGCC while still in High School (Dual / Concurrent Enrollment & TAG)

Get a head start on college while saving time and money! Programs for high school students include Dual Enrollment (Prince George's County Public Schools public high school juniors and seniors); Concurrent Enrollment (private and home school); and Underage Talented and Gifted (TAG).


International Students

Join our diverse student body and feel welcome, no matter where you are from. PGCC serves non-US citizens who wish to pursue their academic goals abroad or while in the United States. Visit the International Students web page for more information.


Nursing and Allied Health

Students interested in Nursing and Allied Heath careers, get additional application information.


Re-Admitted Students (Former PGCC Students)

Students who have not attended PGCC for more than two years (four semesters) must apply for readmission. 

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Veterans and Military

We support service members and veterans. Our experienced Veteran Services staff will work with you to maximize your benefits and experience to help you earn your degree and achieve your goals.


Visiting Students (Enrolled at Another College)

The steps for visiting students (enrolled at another college) to transfer credits to your home institution.


Workforce Development and Continuing Education

Learn new skills to advance your personal and professional goals. Classes for under 7 years of age to over 70—and everyone in between.

Workforce Development and Continuing Education

Basic Skills, GED Preparation and National External Diploma Program (NEDP)

English for Speakers of other Languages (ESL)

First-time Continuing Education students complete Step 1: Application (select Workforce and Continuing Education) to create your PGCC account. Please watch your email for registration information.