Academic Flexibility

Yuma, AZ
Tuition (in-state)
$7,687 ($2,360)
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4 College Freshman

Academic Flexibility: The academic system is great, but I think that the facility takes too long in evaluating credits when a new transfer student transfers in. For example, if a student had already settled in picking classes as paid for their books and the facility told that student that they didn't need the courses they would waste their time and money. I was enrolled in two English course in California and when I transferred here AWC didn't accept them but as electives because they feel it wasn't up to the English Requirements. Then when I took the English course here it was the same subject-matter as I learned in the English courses in California.

3 College Sophomore

Academic Flexibility: It is not great. There are some classes that are very difficult to get into, and some advisers are not knowledgeable on what classes are required as pre reqs.

3 College Senior

Academic Flexibility: I like my college academic flexibility. They have a variety of classes to choose from.

5 Recent Alumnus

Academic Flexibility: Flexibility among students and professors is just amazing. Our professors help us out a lot, they try to give us extra credit and other opportunities to improve our grades. They don't just make our work easier but they show us how things really need to get done. The professors that I have had in the past months have taught me a lot of new things that I hadn't stopped to wonder about. The way they do things is the best because that way we are always kept busy with work. We have enough work for the whole week, and honestly, it isn't even that overwhelming if we set apart time for everything.

4 College Sophomore

Academic Flexibility: I think the classes aren't too bad, the workload is manageable, and the four professors I have currently are very helpful and are there if you have a question.


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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 92 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 76 responses

  • 1% They are not flexible at all.
  • 34% It really depends on the person I'm dealing with.
  • 11% The teachers are very flexible, but the administration is not.
  • 1% The administration is flexible, but the teachers are not.
  • 53% They make reasonable accommodations to work around my life/schedule.

How were your transfer credits awarded?    Based on 76 responses

  • 68% I'm a first-time student, so I had no credits to transfer.
  • 11% None of my credits transferred.
  • 0% They only replaced electives.
  • 5% 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 77 responses

  • 43% Non-applicable
  • 5% No
  • 52% Yes

Can you reasonably schedule classes around your work and family commitments?    Based on 78 responses

  • 1% No, I've had to completely reshuffle my personal schedule to get to classes.
  • 41% Some days I can, other days I can't.
  • 58% Yes, there is a wide range of evening and weekend classes available.
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