Academic Flexibility

Location
Locust Grove, VA
Undergrads
2,396
Tuition (in-state)
$9,773 ($3,998)
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3 College Senior

Academic Flexibility: My job has somewhat of a set back for me and has been a real hassle. Germmana has made it somewhat easier but something's they make so hard. Also trying to handle having no internet where I live and trying so hard to make it Work and then when you try to call to get help no one answers. T

That's what's frustrating!

5 Recent Alumnus

Academic Flexibility: I have never encountered a problem that was not easily solved with enrolling in classes. The student advisors were very knowledgeable if I ever encountered any snags in the enrollment process.

Blackboard is also very easy to navigate.

4 College Junior

Academic Flexibility: The school is pretty good about dealing with problems of flexability.

3 College Sophomore

Academic Flexibility: With working part time, it can be a hassle to find classes that fit my schedule. I have relied heavily on online courses and for the most part it has worked out okay for me.

3 College Senior

Academic Flexibility: Some classes have not been available at times to work with my schedule. Communication on a lot of levels has not been the best. I had a hard time with the counseling office at one of the campuses. One of the advisors was pushy. I came there for help with planning and scheduling and she just basically told me what to do and didn't really work with me on what I wanted to do. Other times I've spoken to someone very helpful. I am currently trying to sign up for one last class I need to stay on track which is not offered. They are working to resolve the situation but it is continuing to be a long wait with no results. Otherwise, most other aspects are decent and manageable.

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  • 1021st
    Most Flexible Class Schedules

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Like many other community colleges, Germanna has grown exponentially in recent years. This sounds good—and it is to a certain extent—but even though the student body has increased, budget cuts have forced Germanna to decrease the number of available course sections. This means that GCC has a lot of students but not a lot of classes, which inconveniences many working students. However, the instructors and administrators are sympathetic to working with students' demanding schedules. They tend to be very accommodating of work and family commitments, and the College offers multiple online and evening courses for students who cannot attend classes during workdays. But, while Germanna tries to accommodate every person and every schedule, quieter students who don’t advocate for themselves sometimes fall through the proverbial cracks and find themselves dropped out of classes that have been canceled on the first day of the course.

Germanna reserves the right to cancel course sections up to the first day of classes, and if a section has fewer than 15 students, it is likely to be canceled. Many complain about the strict course cancellation policy, saying it isn’t fair to students or faculty members. Students often have to hound the administration to make sure more specialized courses, such as Advanced Composition and University Physics, are still offered even if the class’s minimum enrollment requirement isn’t met. However, students quickly realize that taking advanced classes is exceedingly difficult because few students want to tackle such demanding courses that count simply as transfer electives. If students want to take these more challenging courses, they should enroll during the first month of registration to ensure courses are not canceled for lack of enrollment. Barring that, they should consider leading annual crusades, complete with fliers and strongly worded emails, to make sure the more specialized courses are offered at least once a year. Sound scary? It can be. But these tactics have worked in the past.

Facts & Statistics

Credit Requirements - Full Time
12 credits
Credit Requirements - Part Time
3 credits
Average Credits Per Course
3
Average Course Load - Full Time
5 course(s)
Average Course Load - Part Time
2 course(s)
Time Investment/Workload - Full Time
20 hours/week
Time Investment/Workload - Part Time
8 hours/week
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: Yes
Tips for Earning Credits
Save the syllabi from all the classes you took at other institutions.
Academic/Testing Requirements
Germanna has no admissions standards, so it welcomes all students. However, incoming students must take a placement test to determine whether they must complete developmental coursework before starting the college-level courses. Germanna will accept AP scores of 3 or higher.
Transferring Credits In & Out
Transferring credits into Germanna is difficult. Students must present a syllabus from every course they want to transfer into Germanna. Take the advice of current Germanna students, and save everything, no matter how much you think you won't need it!
Typical Session Length
Fall and spring classes are normally 16 weeks long, but some dynamic courses are eight weeks. Summer classes are five, eight, or 10 weeks long. This includes both in-class and online classes.
Class Style & Structure
Some teachers like to lecture, some teachers like to have discussions, and each course, like each professor, is different. Much to the students' dismay, there seems to be little, if any, standard of grading among teachers. Germanna's teaching faculty comprises mostly adjunct instructors, so enforcing regularity and consistency can be difficult. With so many adjunct instructors, ratemyprofessor.com quickly becomes a Germanna student's best friend.
Course Registration Process
All students enrolled in degree programs are assigned faculty advisers. Students can meet with their adviser to select and enroll in classes, or they can enroll themselves through the online Student Information System. To ensure that students get into the classes they want, the Counseling Center encourages students to enroll online during the first week of each registration period.
Did You Know?
Germanna has been named the fastest-growing community college in Virginia.

Student Polls

Describe the ease of the following    Based on 58 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 37 responses

  • 3% They are not flexible at all.
  • 41% It really depends on the person I'm dealing with.
  • 5% The teachers are very flexible, but the administration is not.
  • 3% The administration is flexible, but the teachers are not.
  • 49% They make reasonable accommodations to work around my life/schedule.

How were your transfer credits awarded?    Based on 38 responses

  • 68% I'm a first-time student, so I had no credits to transfer.
  • 3% None of my credits transferred.
  • 5% They only replaced electives.
  • 5% They only replaced core classes/degree requirements.
  • 18% They replaced both electives and degree requirements.

Did your school follow through with granting you the credit they estimated before you started?    Based on 37 responses

  • 43% Non-applicable
  • 8% No
  • 49% Yes

Can you reasonably schedule classes around your work and family commitments?    Based on 36 responses

  • 3% No, I've had to completely reshuffle my personal schedule to get to classes.
  • 31% Some days I can, other days I can't.
  • 67% Yes, there is a wide range of evening and weekend classes available.
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