Academic Flexibility

Location
Portland, OR
Undergrads
14,282
Tuition (in-state)
$7,696 ($3,232)
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4 College Sophomore

Academic Flexibility: It's very easy to schedule and sign up for things, as community colleges are built for people who have other jobs or go part time or have families and things like that.

4 College Senior

Academic Flexibility: Very versatile scheduled class times.

5 College Junior

Academic Flexibility: With taking online classes, it has allowed me the flexiablity to go to the virtual classroom anytime my life allows.

4 College Junior

Academic Flexibility: I really enjoy the instructors and seem to be doing well in my classes. My advisor , Paul Halloran, is very helpful. He's my go to guy

3 College Sophomore

Academic Flexibility: The downside of transferring here is that foreign-earned credits are not given equal value. In my case, I went to a university with an American curriculum and American/British instructors but since the campus was overseas, my classes were viewed as foreign or ESL even by the foreign credit evaluators. So the college had to follow their evaluation and just give me general studies credits and I had to retake basic classes or take placement exams. Seriously, in a global environment, there should be better understanding and communication about the value of foreign education. American institutions should evaluate the course content not just use some standard chart to determine credit value. I felt I had to waste valuable time and money retaking core classes.

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  • 1006th
    Most Flexible Class Schedules

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Trung Hoang
Hometown
nghe an, vietnam
Major
accounting
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Portland Community College provides flexibility so that any student can fit school into his or her busy schedule. With rampant economic turmoil in recent years, many students have to work while they attend school. PCC doesn’t do anything to stand in the way and instead tries to help, offering classes at many different locations and times.

PCC also offers classes online to fit everyone's schedule. Most students find these very helpful, as they can work on a class on their own time instead of the school's. Some students wish there were more weekend class options; the only options for full-time working students are night classes or online classes.

Facts & Statistics

Credit Requirements - Full Time
12 credits
Credit Requirements - Part Time
6 credits
Average Credits Per Course
3
Average Course Load - Full Time
4 course(s)
Average Course Load - Part Time
2 course(s)
Time Investment/Workload - Full Time
20 hours/week
Time Investment/Workload - Part Time
10 hours/week
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: No
Tips for Earning Credits
  • Receive help from an academic adviser to plan out your term.
  • There are opportunities to receive credits by attending lecture series, volunteering, and other related activities.
Academic/Testing Requirements
Students can take placement tests that are free upon admission to the College.
Typical Session Length
A semester typically lasts about three months or 12 weeks.
Class Style & Structure
Since classes are small, class style is often conducive for discussion.
Course Registration Process
Students can sign up online for classes or they can go to the Registration/Admission offices to register.

Student Polls

Describe the ease of the following    Based on 169 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 137 responses

  • 1% They are not flexible at all.
  • 40% It really depends on the person I'm dealing with.
  • 12% The teachers are very flexible, but the administration is not.
  • 2% The administration is flexible, but the teachers are not.
  • 44% They make reasonable accommodations to work around my life/schedule.

How were your transfer credits awarded?    Based on 136 responses

  • 54% I'm a first-time student, so I had no credits to transfer.
  • 4% None of my credits transferred.
  • 6% They only replaced electives.
  • 9% They only replaced core classes/degree requirements.
  • 26% They replaced both electives and degree requirements.

Did your school follow through with granting you the credit they estimated before you started?    Based on 136 responses

  • 50% Non-applicable
  • 4% No
  • 46% Yes

Can you reasonably schedule classes around your work and family commitments?    Based on 136 responses

  • 4% No, I've had to completely reshuffle my personal schedule to get to classes.
  • 29% 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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