Academic Flexibility

Houston, TX
Tuition (in-state)
$3,751 ($3,355)
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4 College Sophomore

Academic Flexibility: The flexibility of the classes and locations has been fairly easy. I have been able to work around my work schedules for the past two years. I also did not have to drive too far, so that was nice. I wish that there was more foreign languages that were available. It is hard to find one that works for me. I am still waiting to see if all of my credits will transfer.

5 College Senior

Academic Flexibility: I can attend classes at my convenient due to flexibility

3 College Student

Academic Flexibility: most of the time when i have questions, I go to the academic advisor however it takes almost an hour to finally talk to one of them. Some classes and professors make me get a little frustrated it because sometimes they are not helpful at all.

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4 College Junior

Academic Flexibility: I would transfer my college credits to four-year university. The advisors are working with my transfer degree for 4 yrs university.

4 College Senior

Academic Flexibility: Everything has been very easy to do signing up for the classes i wanted and times


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  • 1370th
    Most Flexible Class Schedules

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Daisy Le
Stafford, Texas
Art Education/Business Finance
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Students usually have to wait in long lines during registration periods. Lines to talk with counselors are also long when applying for admission to the school in the fall, choosing a major (usually October of a student's first semester), filing for graduation, and during withdrawal period. Luckily, since there are so many campuses at HCC, there are lots of courses and course times available to students who have busy schedules. Childcare is often available to students with families. Students can choose to earn a certificate in a subject or complete an associate degree in preparation for entering the workforce or attending a four-year institution.

Facts & Statistics

Credit Requirements - Full Time
12 credits
Credit Requirements - Part Time
6 credits
Average Credits Per Course
Average Course Load - Full Time
4 course(s)
Average Course Load - Part Time
3 course(s)
Time Investment/Workload - Full Time
25 hours/week
Time Investment/Workload - Part Time
15 hours/week
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: Yes
Tips for Earning Credits
Bring a resume with your previous employment, volunteer experience, any previous school transcripts, and your skills when meeting up with your counselor.
Academic/Testing Requirements
Houston Community College is an open admissions school. Upon registration, most students are referred to the testing center where they take placement tests such as the TSI. These tests help determine your entry level in various subjects and help exempt you from courses you are qualified in.
Transferring Credits In & Out
Follow the transfer course equivalency guide from the university you desire to attend, and file a degree plan for financial aid and for your academic experience at Houston Community College. Students usually need between 60 and 66 credits to transfer out with an associate degree.
Work & Life Experience Credits
Bring in documentations that show your old test scores and performance at work; transcripts and resumes usually suffice. Previous time in the military may opt you out of some classes or an internship.
Typical Session Length
A regular term normally lasts 16 weeks; the "second start" semester is only 12 weeks long. Mini-sessions can be between three and four weeks long and usually occur between regular semesters. Summer sessions are six weeks each.
Class Style & Structure
The average class has between 25 and 35 students and meets at least twice per week. Classes with labs usually have three-hour lectures followed by one hour of lab time. Each class has up to four tests and papers, along with a final exam and occasionally an oral presentation or group project. Homework and study materials are always assigned throughout the semester.
Course Registration Process
You can register online or in person at any HCC campus. You do not have to register at the campus where you wish to take courses.

Student Polls

Describe the ease of the following    Based on 307 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 259 responses

  • 2% They are not flexible at all.
  • 36% It really depends on the person I'm dealing with.
  • 11% 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 259 responses

  • 58% I'm a first-time student, so I had no credits to transfer.
  • 7% None of my credits transferred.
  • 2% They only replaced electives.
  • 10% They only replaced core classes/degree requirements.
  • 23% They replaced both electives and degree requirements.

Can you reasonably schedule classes around your work and family commitments?    Based on 259 responses

  • 3% No, I've had to completely reshuffle my personal schedule to get to classes.
  • 23% Some days I can, other days I can't.
  • 74% Yes, there is a wide range of evening and weekend classes available.

Did your school follow through with granting you the credit they estimated before you started?    Based on 258 responses

  • 45% Non-applicable
  • 10% No
  • 45% Yes


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