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Academic Flexibility


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3 College Junior

Academic Flexibility: The classes have many different times available for you to choose from which makes it easy for me and others to work with there work schedules.

3 College Sophomore

Academic Flexibility: I have not had to transfer credits yet, but when I transfer to a Florida University, I plan to transfer my credits. Hopefully it will actually go smoothly. My classes are not very flexible. I always have to rearange my personal schedule to fit in classes I need to take. It stinks when classes I want are cancelled but I need to maintain a specific amount of credits to graduate on time, so I have to take some random class I don't need because there are no classes available that I need at a decent time. Most of the credit transfer is done by you, not by the counselors. And they probably won't take most credits.

4 College Senior

Academic Flexibility: I've had no difficulty with the transfer of my credits.

3 Recent Alumnus

Academic Flexibility: Although they offer a variety of different courses, some classes are only offered by one professor which makes accessibility a bit difficult but regardless, they have a good variety.

4 College Sophomore

Academic Flexibility: The credits are easy to be transfer.

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The academic flexibility at Arizona Western College benefits students a lot through day and evening classes, online and traditional classes, and parallel bi-session classes to help them fit school into their daily lives. Class meetings twice a week (bi-sessions) provide students with choices between a Monday/Wednesday session schedule and a Tuesday/Thursday session routine. This also allows students to catch up on a session they have missed since the same professor teaches both Monday/Wednesday and Tuesday/Thursday sessions at the same pace. There are also evening sessions for those students that work during the daytime.

Students also have online class options. Online classes give students even more freedom, but they call for more responsibility from the student. Instructors still have office hours, besides email and phone communication, so students can walk in when they have problems and need help. There are also hybrid classes—part web-based, part traditional—which meet only a couple of times during the semester. Online classes, evening classes, and parallel bi-session classes make it easier for students to adjust their class schedule to their job and other extracurricular activities.

Facts & Statistics

Credit Requirements - Full Time
12 credits
Credit Requirements - Part Time
11 credits
Average Credits Per Course
Average Course Load - Full Time
3 course(s)
Average Course Load - Part Time
2 course(s)
Time Investment/Workload - Full Time
18 hours/week
Time Investment/Workload - Part Time
9 hours/week
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: No
Tips for Earning Credits
Never miss an extra-credit opportunity. Some professors give extra credit for going to the Student Success Center to get free tutoring or for attending a conference or event that is related to the course.
Academic/Testing Requirements
Regular admission requires students to be one of three things: a graduate of an accredited high school/have a high school certificate of equivalency, be at least 18 years old and demonstrate evidence of potential success, or be a transfer student in good standing from another college or university. Some prerequisites apply to certain classes. All four levels of ESL (English as a Second Language) classes are available at AWC, and new students are to take placement tests in reading, sentence skills, and math at the testing center, which will help place them in the appropriate class level.
Transferring Credits In & Out
Courses numbered 99 and lower do not transfer, and only credits with grades of A, B, C, CR (credit), or P (passing) are accepted.
Work & Life Experience Credits
The Career Development office helps students get credits from their work experience as long as the job is related to their field of study.
Typical Session Length
A session length depends on the type of course and the number of times the class meets weekly. A session usually lasts two hours and 15 minutes when meeting twice a week. Science class sessions last 25 minutes longer (two hours and 40 minutes). Classes meeting four times a week usually last 50 minutes per session.
Class Style & Structure
AWC provides a lot of options in terms of class styles, 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.
Course Registration Process
Registration may be done online or in person. Once a student is admitted, a student log-in account is assigned which allows him or her to easily register for classes online.

Student Polls

Describe the ease of the following    Based on 140 responses

Very hard
Very easy
  • Attending classes
  • Completing and submitting assignments
  • Enrollment process
  • Receiving financial aid
  • Scheduling classes
  • Transferring credits

How were your transfer credits awarded?    Based on 129 responses

  • 19% They replaced both electives and degree requirements.
  • 9% They only replaced core classes/degree requirements.
  • 1% They only replaced electives.
  • 10% None of my credits transferred.
  • 61% I'm a first-time student, so I had no credits to transfer.

Can you reasonably schedule classes around your work and family commitments?    Based on 130 responses

  • 62% Yes, there is a wide range of evening and weekend classes available.
  • 35% Some days I can, other days I can't.
  • 3% No, I've had to completely reshuffle my personal schedule to get to classes.

Did your school follow through with granting you the credit they estimated before you started?    Based on 129 responses

  • 42% Yes
  • 5% No
  • 53% Non-applicable
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