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Academic Experience


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3 Recent Alumnus

Academic Experience: More of a personal issue. I wish I could retain information better.

4 College Freshman

Academic Experience: Being a soon to be nursing student is an amazing experience. The CNA program was my best schooling experience and has helped me to realize that I did choose the right career! I can't wait until I am in the nursing program.

5 College Junior

Academic Experience: Go in knowing what you want is best.

3 College Sophomore

Academic Experience: As part of the Honor's club, my professors and advisors put effort into helping me succeed, but Arizona Western College is no place for someone with a Marine Biology Degree. Biology is the closest thing I can get to what I want to study at this college and basically throughout all of Arizona, so I'll have to transfer to another state to study what I want to. Nothing I really need or want for a marine biology degree is something I can achieve here. Even in Honor's, the workload is pretty easy. As long as you don't take more than you can handle, it's easy to go on with your schedule. I take advantage of the facilities presented to me in the Honor's club (free printing, a computer lab, couches, a quiet study space) and there are many internship opportunities available, as long as you are studying something that can actually be used in Arizona.

3 Recent Alumnus

Academic Experience: Personally I was not really sure what I wanted to study so at the beggining it was a bit complicated but once I chose my career everything began taking its place.


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Arizona Western College has an open admission policy, but some prerequisites apply to certain classes. New students are to take placement tests in reading, sentence skills, and math at the testing center, which help place them in the appropriate class level. Upon student request, transcripts are evaluated, and students are notified of which courses are equivalent or can substitute. Courses numbered 99 and lower do not transfer, and only credits with grades of A, B, C, CR (credit), or P (passing) are accepted. The College Level Examination Program (CLEP) allows students to earn college credit by examination in diverse subjects including English, Math, French, and Spanish.

AWC has a lot of options in terms of class style, 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. Students can get credit from their work experience when the job or internship is related to their major or field of study. Students can also better their scores through extra-credit opportunities that some professors give for going to the Student Success Center to get free tutoring or for attending a conference or event that is related to the course. Full-time students take a minimum of 12 credits per semester; anyone taking fewer than 12 credits is considered a part-time student. A student taking 12 credits will spend around 18 hours in class weekly, a weekly investment of an hour and a half per credit. Registration can be done online or in person. Once a student is admitted, a student log-in account is assigned to allow him or her to easily register for classes online.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
Full-Time Retention Rate
Part-Time Retention Rate
Transfer-Out Rate
Graduation Rate
  • Business and Liberal Arts
  • Career and Technical Education
  • Humanities
  • Science, Math, and Agriculture
Degrees Awarded
  • Associate degree
  • Certificate
Instructional Programs
Occupational: Yes
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: No
Recreational/Avocational: Yes
Adult Basic Remedial: Yes
Secondary (High School): No
Programs/Majors Offered
Most Popular Majors
  • General Construction Trades: Unknown
  • General Studies: Unknown
  • Nursing Assistant: Unknown
  • Pre-Nursing Studies: Unknown
Special Study Options
Distance Learning Opportunities: Yes
Study Abroad: No
Weekend/Evening College: Yes
Teacher Certification: No
Class Sizes
Classes can have at least 12 students and at most 35 students. Such small classes allow instructors to give sufficient attention to each student.
Student/Professor Relationships
Given the small size of the classes, students usually have good relationships with their professors, even beyond the classrooms. Some professors will even schedule a retreat out of their work schedule to get with the students.
Testing & Grading Procedures
AWC's grading policy is as follows: A is exceptional (four points per credit), B is good (three points per credit), C is satisfactory (two points per credit), D is unsatisfactory (one point per credit), and F is unsatisfactory (zero points per credit). Depending on the instructors, students may have homework, quizzes, tests, and exams throughout the semester, and each type of assessment will contribute to a certain percentage of the final grade. For example, homework can be 5 percent, quizzes 10 percent, tests 35 percent, and midterms and final exams 50 percent.
Typical Lecture - Single Day
A typical lecture usually starts with a quick review of materials viewed during previous lectures, then the professor will go through new material. Discussion usually takes place for students to undertand the new material, with a learning check session at the end. Finally, depending on the professor, students may have a quiz before the end of the lecture.
Typical Course - Start to Finish
On the first day of class, students are given the course syllabus which contains all of the information about the course, including the course description and policies, the assessment methods and tentative schedule, and the instructor contact information and office hours. For the subsequent sessions, students will be exposed to new material. Assessments will take place according to the schedule given on the syllabus. Usually students have a midterm exam and final exam.
Things I Wish I Knew Before Coming To School
  • Registration for classes sometimes takes a long time for new students who are not familiar with the online registration process.
  • The minimum number of students for a class to start is 12. Sometimes a class will get canceled for not having enough students.
  • There are a lot of scholarship opportunities at AWC, but most students do not take advantage of them because they are not aware of them.
Tips to Succeed
  • Take advantage of extra-credit opportunities that some professors offer for participating in events related to the course or for going to the tutoring center.
  • Take advantage of the free tutoring offered by the Student Success Center; subjects include math, writing, chemistry, and physics, just to name a few.
  • Talk with professors during their office hours. Instructors have office hours on campus so that students can walk in to get the help they may need on material they don't understand in class.
Full-Time Faculty
Female Faculty
Male Faculty
Faculty Diversity
African American: 4%
Asian American: 2%
Hispanic: 12%
International: 3%
Native American: 1%
White: 78%
Unknown: 0%
Average Faculty Salary
Academic/Career Counseling?
Remedial Services?
Did You Know?
Priority registration is a system that allows students who have already accumulated a certain number of credits toward their major to register for classes before other students.

Student Polls

Which statement(s) best describes the quality of education you're getting?    Based on 135 responses

  • 27% Learned a lot of new things
  • 26% Applicable to the real world
  • 26% Will advance my career
  • 12% Learned a few new things
  • 7% Will help me switch careers
  • 1% Haven't learned anything I didn't already know
  • 1% Waste of time



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