Academic Flexibility

Location
Newton, NJ
Undergrads
1,906
Tuition
$8,820
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1 College Sophomore

Academic Flexibility: Classes are going to happen all at the same hour next semester due to renovations and budget cuts. Classmates that were supposed to graduate next semester cannot, most cannot even remain a full time student.

4 College Senior

Academic Flexibility: I have had no problems with scheduling since I started here.

3 College Freshman

Academic Flexibility: transferring my credits went very smoothly and they even let me skip Spanish 1 because i live in a Spanish speaking household.

4 College Sophomore

Academic Flexibility: It very easy to transfer credits at the school, they basically accommodate to my schedule.

3 College Senior

Academic Flexibility: My frustrations mostly lie with either the advising office not telling me things that are crucial for me to know, such as being placed on Academic Probation and what that meant, as well as some of the technology at Sussex. While Windows 8.1 is now out, I'm still learning about Windows 2007 in my current computer class. The online classes are completely flawed as well thanks to the online database, Webstudy, and its constant shutting down.

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  • 1423rd
    Most Flexible Class Schedules

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Rachel Brummell
Hometown
Wantage, NJ
Major
Creative Writing
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Ever been told you that can't have it all? Well, at Sussex County Community College you can. Most students here have jobs, families, or other responsibilities that limit their time to take classes. Students here are so busy with other aspects of their lives that many of them don't define themselves as college kids. Classes are available at multiple times to make attending this school a very convenient endeavor. Balancing school with other activities seems to hold the equivalent difficulty that it had for students when they were in high school (sometimes, it's easier). Since most students do not have class everyday, they are able to spend more time tending to their responsibilities, while still getting an education.

There is a wide variety of classes and times available for students to put together a schedule that best fits their lives. The only real difficulty comes after students have finished their general education requirements and need to start taking classes more specific to their major. Some of these classes are only available at certain times or they fill very quickly (and some only run in certain semesters as well, so it could be a lasting ordeal). To avoid any complication, it is imperative that students register for classes early to best fit their schedule—or even to slightly modify their home life to fit their educational needs.

Facts & Statistics

Credit Requirements - Full Time
12 credits
Credit Requirements - Part Time
3 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
4 hours/week
Time Investment/Workload - Part Time
2 hours/week
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: Yes
Tips for Earning Credits
Talk with advisers frequently to see which credits can count toward a degree.
Academic/Testing Requirements
To attend SCCC, students must be a high school graduate, hold a GED certificate, or be 18 years of age or older. Prior to class registration, many students are required to take placement tests in math/algebra, reading, and writing to better select their courses. Students are exempt from this if they can provide proof of SAT scores of 540 or higher on critical reading and 530 or higher in mathematics; provide an unofficial college transcript proving the successful completion of college-level English and mathematics; or can show that they have taken comparable placement tests at another college.
Transferring Credits In & Out
For assistance when transferring out of SCCC, counselors aid students in the nuances of the transferring process. If a student is transferring to a college in New Jersey, they are guaranteed that all their SCCC credits will transfer as a package (there is a list of these schools featured on SCCC's website). Students transferring into SCCC can meet with counselors and submit a request to review their transfer credits to determine which credits can count toward their degree.
Typical Session Length
Fall semester is about 14 weeks long (excluding Thanksgiving Break), Winterim is about 2 weeks long, spring semester is about 15 weeks long (excluding Spring Break), and summer semester is about 3 weeks long.
Class Style & Structure
Most classes at SCCC begin with an overview of the most recent assignment, a lecture on a new topic, and a class discussion. Homework is typically a writing or reading assignment and preparation for a class discussion, presentation/project, or test/quiz.
Course Registration Process
Students can register for classes at SCCC by going to the Counseling and Advising Center on campus (office hours are usually Monday-Thursday 8 a.m.-8 p.m., Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m., and Saturday 8 a.m.-12 p.m.) and meet with an adviser. Since classes fill quickly and it gets very busy in the office-especially near the end of the registration period-students should try to go well in advance. Online registration is available, but students still must have a counselor verify the courses they wish to take.
Did You Know?
There are classes available weekly from 7 a.m.-11:55 p.m., Saturday classes, classes located on other campuses, various continuing education classes offered throughout the year, concurrent enrollment, summer courses, and winter courses (called "Winterim").

Student Polls

Describe the ease of the following    Based on 59 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 28 responses

  • 0% They are not flexible at all.
  • 36% It really depends on the person I'm dealing with.
  • 14% The teachers are very flexible, but the administration is not.
  • 0% The administration is flexible, but the teachers are not.
  • 50% They make reasonable accommodations to work around my life/schedule.

How were your transfer credits awarded?    Based on 27 responses

  • 52% I'm a first-time student, so I had no credits to transfer.
  • 4% None of my credits transferred.
  • 0% They only replaced electives.
  • 15% They only replaced core classes/degree requirements.
  • 30% They replaced both electives and degree requirements.

Did your school follow through with granting you the credit they estimated before you started?    Based on 27 responses

  • 48% Non-applicable
  • 4% No
  • 48% Yes

Can you reasonably schedule classes around your work and family commitments?    Based on 28 responses

  • 7% No, I've had to completely reshuffle my personal schedule to get to classes.
  • 14% Some days I can, other days I can't.
  • 79% Yes, there is a wide range of evening and weekend classes available.

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