Jul 14, 2024  
2024-2025 College Catalog 
2024-2025 College Catalog

Registering for Courses

While students apply for admission only once during a period of attendance at the college, they must register for classes every semester they wish to attend. Registration involves selecting courses each semester that meet the student’s academic needs, are within their educational plan, and are offered in a manner consistent with each student’s time and place requirements. 

Course Prerequisites/Corequisites and Placement

Many courses require a student to possess a certain level of prior knowledge or proficiency in order to be successful in mastering the subject content of the course. These prescribed levels of prior knowledge or readiness are known as course prerequisites. Most introductory level courses do not require other courses to precede them but do require certain levels of readiness in reading, writing and/or mathematics. Such basic skills prerequisites are indicated in the course description as “reading readiness,” “writing readiness,” and/or “mathematics readiness” prerequisites. Other courses may require that certain specific courses are taken prior to enrolling in them. In such cases, the course description will contain a reference to one or more prerequisite courses. 

Some courses require a student to take one course at the same time as another course because the course material is complementary. These are known as course corequisites. All course corequisites will be referenced in the applicable course descriptions.

Basic skills in reading, writing, and mathematics are assessed using placement tests, which are required of all new college students. Students who do not achieve satisfactory placement test scores will be required to complete prescribed developmental courses before enrolling in credit courses.

Students who meet the following conditions may receive exemptions from some or all placement tests:

  • Already hold a U.S. college degree (associate degree or higher)Meet SAT, ACT, or GED minimum test score requirements within the last 5 years
  • Have graduated within the last 5 years from a U.S. high school with a GPA of 3.00 or higher.
  • Have previously completed at least one transferrable and evaluated college-level course having substantially equivalent skills requirements.

All new students and those who transfer in fewer than 12 credits are required to complete PAS-1000  Planning for Academic Success: First Year Experience (1 credit). For more information about PAS-1000 see Course Descriptions .

Course Sequencing

Get started on the Right Path at PGCC!  In your first semester, we highly recommend that you take Math, English and Planning for Academic Success (PAS) within your first 12 credits.  Your success in these courses will put you on the path to success at Prince George’s Community College.

Registration Steps

Classes are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Students are encouraged to register early in order to take advantage of increased availability of their first-choice classes at their preferred time. The College is committed to using every available class meeting to further the learning experience. Students are therefore required to be registered for classes prior to their start and expected to be present on the first meeting day. Students may not register for courses once they have begun. Consult each semester’s schedule of classes for registration information and special instructions for enrollment in classes that begin later in the semester. Registration involves the following steps:

  • Consult with an advisor as needed or required by the college. All degree-seeking students must develop and periodically update an educational plan with the assistance of an academic advisor. Students may also determine courses they need to take by accessing  Owl Link or Navigate from the Student Portal, myPGCC.
  • Review the schedule of classes that lists all offerings for a particular semester prior to the opening of registration. The schedule is available online before registration begins. Note that accelerated classes with various start dates are available.
  • Select classes consistent with an academic program, prior coursework, the agreed-upon educational plan, and/or placement test scores.
  • Register for classes online in Owl Link or Navigate or in person, as described in the next section.
  • Pay the tuition bill. Students should refer to the PGCC website for tuition and payment plan information and payment deadlines. No registration is considered final until the bill has been paid.

Registration Policy

Students must register for courses prior to the start of the course. Students who fail to meet the registration deadline may still enroll in accelerated course sections that start later in the semester. Students may search for  accelerated courses using Owl Link or Navigate.

While the College reserves the right to release courses due to non-payment following payment deadlines, it is the student’s responsibility to withdraw from planned coursework prior to the start of courses to avoid financial responsibility. The College has discontinued the practice of daily course deletion due to non-payment to allow for additional processing time of expected payment sources. It is critical to follow-up on all expected payment sources and make sure the funds have applied to your account to secure your course selections. This includes student financial aid, outside scholarships, payment plans, and third-party payments.


Different Ways to Register for Courses

New and newly readmitted students must make an appointment with their advisor prior to registering for their first semester. Returning students may register each semester in any one of the following ways:

  • Online using Owl Link or Navigate, the college’s registration and planning systems 
  • In person at the main campus in Largo at the Office of Records and Registration, Bladen Hall, Room 126
  • In person at the Laurel College Center in Laurel, Prince George’s Community College at University Town Center in Hyattsville, and (for those who have a military ID) at Prince George’s Community College at Joint Base Andrews


Navigate is an online and mobile advisement tool that connects students to many PGCC resources and allows students to schedule appointments and correspond with their advisor. Students may also use Navigate to plan and register for classes. New students are assigned a Navigate account within 24 hours of their acceptance to the College. Students can download the Navigate App by searching “Navigate Student” in their app store.

Owl Link

Owl Link is the online student system at Prince George’s Community College (PGCC). It empowers  students to access important online services,  such as planning and registering for classes in the Student Planning tool and viewing grades and degree audit using the My Progress tool. Students can also pay for classes and view semester bills, view the status of their financial aid, print unofficial transcripts and class schedules, submit address, phone number, and personal email address changes, review their transfer credit evaluation, generate an enrollment verification, and request official transcripts to be sent to other colleges in Owl Link. To access Owl Link, students at PGCC must have a current, working email address on file. Current credit students who need assistance with their user ID and password can should contact the Technology Service Desk in Bladen Hall, Room 110 on the Largo campus or by emailing helpdesk@pgcc.edu.