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Academic Flexibility


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5 College Junior

Academic Flexibility: It really all depends on you. We all have lives to live and if you're serious about your education/career you would have to fix your flexibility around your classes just like you would do with your job.

1 College Junior

Academic Flexibility: Not good at transferring students into Crafton, I had a whole year of schooling that they would not transfer in

4 College Sophomore

Academic Flexibility: I think it's great that there are so many different options for classes on different days and times. I can choose which subject I want to go to before another one, I can choose how many days of the week I want to be at school, etc. I understand that it gets harder after you've passed all of your general education classes to find the more specialized classes, but I do still think that Crafton Hills gives you enough options to work with.

4 College Junior

Academic Flexibility: The counseling office has great staff who truly want to help students succeed. They are willing help and enjoy doing so.

4 College Sophomore

Academic Flexibility: Sometimes semesters are good and a variety and others are horrible and only have one professor teaching a class instead of having five. Mostly all my credits transferred when I went to Arizona State.


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At Crafton, classes start any time from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., with some not getting out until almost 10 p.m. This wide range of day and night classes makes it possible for students to work college into their schedules. An added concern for students that are parents is child care. However, Crafton runs its own Child Development Center for children ranging from about age three to six. This adds low cost and even free child care services to the students, making getting an education as a parent an easier task to perform. No matter what the individual situation, exactly what classes any student needs to take depends on his or her goals. The counselors are supposed to help with this, but it is good to keep in mind that they work for the College and are under pressure from the school administration. The information in the college catalog can help clarify what they state and is a great reference for a student to use when asking questions. By talking to the professors in the department, a student can usually get an even better idea of what classes are advisable for continuing a college career.

Once the list of classes is fleshed out, it is time to get them. New students usually have the hardest time getting registered. The College uses a priority system, and until a student has been going for at least one full term, he or she has no priority. This makes it a fight for classes, but it can be made far easier by contacting the professors directly and getting on their wait list. "Wait-listed adds" are generally done before students just show up on the first day of class. The initial choices are not set in stone, as changing majors or picking a few different classes is very easy to do. This keeps things flexible the whole time one is at Crafton.

Facts & Statistics

Credit Requirements - Full Time
12 credits
Credit Requirements - Part Time
6 credits
Average Credits Per Course
Average Course Load - Full Time
5 course(s)
Average Course Load - Part Time
2 course(s)
Time Investment/Workload - Full Time
40 hours/week
Time Investment/Workload - Part Time
16 hours/week
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: Yes
Tips for Earning Credits
  • Get involved in class. There are participation points.
  • High school advanced placement (AP) classes can get college credit.
  • High school students do not pay for units, so take a couple of classes while still in high school!
  • Show up for class on time and every day. Some teachers mark off for poor attendance.
Academic/Testing Requirements
There is a placement exam, and if you have no special background or issues, it is about a three- to four-hour process to sign up and go through it. However, if you were an AP student in high school or have other reasons why the school may not see you as the average person coming in, you may make a few trips to get together and bring in the right information and forms. The tests themselves are math and English questions that determine where you can start and if you have to take remedial classes before going into standard college coursework.
Transferring Credits In & Out
If you are transferring in credits from Valley College, which is in the same district, it is reasonably easy because there is some intentional compatibility between the schools. Other transfers in will go through an evaluation process that will depend on the specific classes and school from which they are coming. Transfers out to several four-year state colleges are covered under articulation agreements, which makes it easy. Certain local, private schools are also familiar with Crafton and have well-laid-out lists of what they will take for what. Any other school will require a review procedure from a destination school, and it is sometimes not a good result.
Work & Life Experience Credits
There are two types of work experience credits at Crafton Hills. One is a generic work or volunteer experience that is evaluated and supervised as a method of getting up to six units of nontransferable college credit. The other is credit by examination, where you can take a test if you feel you have a mastery of a certain subject.
Typical Session Length
Standard fall and spring semester classes are 18 weeks. Late-start classes for these semesters are 12 weeks. The summer semester is six to eight weeks, depending on the class. Note: the summer classes are the same content, so just one class can be a heavy load.
Class Style & Structure
Classes are usually a form of lecture and/or lab. Many teachers encourage class participation during the lecture, which means discussing the topic at hand. Lab time is hands-on work in the topic. Tests usually take up one full session.
Course Registration Process
Class registration is done through the Internet. If you do not have a computer, you may use one at the school to do this. There is also assistance for people with special needs and counselors to help plan the classes needed. Once you know what classes you want, you wait for your priority date, which is based on the type of student you are and how many units you have had in the past, and then you use the computer to register. After registering, you have 24 hours to pay for the classes or you will be dropped, which is a mistake many have made.
Did You Know?
  • Classes for degrees and transfers do not always line up. Make sure to do some careful planning to get the classes you need for your particular goals. If you have a specific degree in mind, the professors in that field may be able to get you better contacts to assure a transfer than the regular counselors can! This can help you in crafting a class schedule that is assured to transfer and meet the needs to let you keep going!
  • With articulation agreements and transfer grantees, all credits at Crafton can transfer to a reserved spot at a four-year state school and cover all general education requirements!
  • Student can dual enroll at Crafton and a local university, getting their general education credits for less money at Crafton and the required degree-specific classes from the University.

Student Polls

Describe the ease of the following    Based on 85 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 68 responses

  • 24% They replaced both electives and degree requirements.
  • 12% They only replaced core classes/degree requirements.
  • 1% They only replaced electives.
  • 10% None of my credits transferred.
  • 53% 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 68 responses

  • 37% Yes, there is a wide range of evening and weekend classes available.
  • 50% Some days I can, other days I can't.
  • 13% 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 67 responses

  • 33% Yes
  • 10% No
  • 57% Non-applicable


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