Student Success

Columbia Gorge Community College (CGCC) offers a vibrant environment where you can learn for a lifetime. Whether you are on a 4-year college track, training for a new career, earning college credits while in high school or taking classes to power your interests, you are at the center of CGCC. Your success matters!

Start to finish

Commit to your success in college to stay on a lifelong path to success.


College students who come prepared and actively participate in every class have the best chance of graduating.

  1. Show up 5 minutes early
  2. Read the syllabus
  3. Do all course readings and assignments
  4. Engage in class discussions


We offer resources to power your success: career counseling, financial aid, disability services and many more.

Get organized

Planning and organization are the keys to developing homework efficiency. Start each term with a clean slate.

  1. Create class folders and notebooks
  2. Prioritize your work
  3. Use a planner for time management
  4. Keep notes and records

Study smart

Take a study skills class (CG 111A) to improve note- and test-taking skills while discovering your learning style.

  1. Focus on one task at a time
  2. Take frequent breaks
  3. Study the tough stuff first
  4. Don't overload—learn to say "no"

Meet with
an advisor

Research shows that students with clear academic and career goals are more likely to succeed in college.


Students who create study groups and other supportive, social relationships are geared for long-term success.


Knowing your rights, responsibilities and key academic dates helps you better navigate the college experience.

Register now

Students who register on time are more likely to get into their preferred classes and stay on academic track.


Instructors are mentors, who can help build your network. Engage with your instructors to seek new opportunities.

  1. Visit instructors during office hours
  2. Send an email
  3. Ask questions
  4. Start a conversation

Finish strong

Final exam grades matter. During finals, prioritize tasks, stay focused and be positive. Afterward? Celebrate!


Activities enhance opportunity: join a club (such as film, gaming, student government), volunteer and attend events.