Academic Flexibility

Yuma, AZ
Tuition (in-state)
$7,687 ($2,360)
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3 College Junior

Academic Flexibility: i played sports while attending school and it was hard for me because we would have to be out of town but most teachers here love the sports and accomidate with us. some frustrations is the website were they post grades are down and sometimes you cant post assignments.

3 Recent Alumnus

Academic Flexibility: Had good experiences with most of my classes. Professors varied on their flexibility, as typical. Some would do anything to assist you while others displayed no interest in accommodating in any way. AWC accepted nearly all my transfer credit, except for classes completed 10 or more years prior.

3 College Senior

Academic Flexibility: Classes were at a set time so there is no time flexibility with some programs but with individual classes there is.

3 College Senior

Academic Flexibility: I had more trouble with transferring my credits to the university that I plan to attend this fall to complete my bachelors degree. Northern Arizona University takes forever to process transcripts and loses them frequently. AWC though got things done quickly and was helpful at sending my transcripts.

5 College Senior

Academic Flexibility: Arizona Western College really helped with transferring my military experience credits. My classes and curriculum were very flexible some were in classroom classes and others were online classes so my class schedule was very convenient in regard to my family schedule.


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  • 744th
    Most Flexible Class Schedules

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Zama Ouedraogo
Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso
Biology and Computer Information System
Grad Year
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The academic flexibility at Arizona Western College benefits students a lot through day and evening classes, online and traditional classes, and parallel bi-session classes to help them fit school into their daily lives. Class meetings twice a week (bi-sessions) provide students with choices between a Monday/Wednesday session schedule and a Tuesday/Thursday session routine. This also allows students to catch up on a session they have missed since the same professor teaches both Monday/Wednesday and Tuesday/Thursday sessions at the same pace. There are also evening sessions for those students that work during the daytime.

Students also have online class options. Online classes give students even more freedom, but they call for more responsibility from the student. Instructors still have office hours, besides email and phone communication, so students can walk in when they have problems and need help. There are also hybrid classes—part web-based, part traditional—which meet only a couple of times during the semester. Online classes, evening classes, and parallel bi-session classes make it easier for students to adjust their class schedule to their job and other extracurricular activities.

Facts & Statistics

Credit Requirements - Full Time
12 credits
Credit Requirements - Part Time
11 credits
Average Credits Per Course
Average Course Load - Full Time
3 course(s)
Average Course Load - Part Time
2 course(s)
Time Investment/Workload - Full Time
18 hours/week
Time Investment/Workload - Part Time
9 hours/week
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: No
Tips for Earning Credits
Never miss an extra-credit opportunity. Some professors give extra credit for going to the Student Success Center to get free tutoring or for attending a conference or event that is related to the course.
Academic/Testing Requirements
Regular admission requires students to be one of three things: a graduate of an accredited high school/have a high school certificate of equivalency, be at least 18 years old and demonstrate evidence of potential success, or be a transfer student in good standing from another college or university. Some prerequisites apply to certain classes. All four levels of ESL (English as a Second Language) classes are available at AWC, and new students are to take placement tests in reading, sentence skills, and math at the testing center, which will help place them in the appropriate class level.
Transferring Credits In & Out
Courses numbered 99 and lower do not transfer, and only credits with grades of A, B, C, CR (credit), or P (passing) are accepted.
Work & Life Experience Credits
The Career Development office helps students get credits from their work experience as long as the job is related to their field of study.
Typical Session Length
A session length depends on the type of course and the number of times the class meets weekly. A session usually lasts two hours and 15 minutes when meeting twice a week. Science class sessions last 25 minutes longer (two hours and 40 minutes). Classes meeting four times a week usually last 50 minutes per session.
Class Style & Structure
AWC provides a lot of options in terms of class styles, including traditional, web-based, hybrid (part face-to-face, part web-based), and ITN (Interactive Television Network) classes. Night classes are also available for those working during the daytime.
Course Registration Process
Registration may be done online or in person. Once a student is admitted, a student log-in account is assigned which allows him or her to easily register for classes online.

Student Polls

Describe the ease of the following    Based on 98 responses

Very hard
Very easy
  • Attending classes
  • Completing and submitting assignments
  • Enrollment process
  • Receiving financial aid
  • Scheduling classes
  • Transferring credits

How flexible are the school's administrators and faculty?    Based on 83 responses

  • 1% They are not flexible at all.
  • 37% It really depends on the person I'm dealing with.
  • 10% The teachers are very flexible, but the administration is not.
  • 1% The administration is flexible, but the teachers are not.
  • 51% They make reasonable accommodations to work around my life/schedule.

How were your transfer credits awarded?    Based on 83 responses

  • 66% I'm a first-time student, so I had no credits to transfer.
  • 10% None of my credits transferred.
  • 1% They only replaced electives.
  • 7% They only replaced core classes/degree requirements.
  • 16% They replaced both electives and degree requirements.

Did your school follow through with granting you the credit they estimated before you started?    Based on 84 responses

  • 43% Non-applicable
  • 7% No
  • 50% Yes

Can you reasonably schedule classes around your work and family commitments?    Based on 84 responses

  • 2% No, I've had to completely reshuffle my personal schedule to get to classes.
  • 42% Some days I can, other days I can't.
  • 56% Yes, there is a wide range of evening and weekend classes available.
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