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Academic Flexibility


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2 College Senior

Academic Flexibility: Because I was an AP Spanish student and took the Spanish Regents in High School I shouldn't have been required to take a language course while in a community college but someone in the administration put it on my transcript as an elective instead of a language course, I asked an advisor to fix it and she just shrugged her shoulders and said, "Sooooorry, I can't." I was forced to take a new language course in order to graduate. I also was not allowed to retake the Math placement exam after I'd taken a break from school because I hadn't been gone long enough (I was out for a year and a half and apparently I had to have been gone for 3+ years).

5 College Junior

Academic Flexibility: There is flexibility in my classes that i have attended

4 College Student

Academic Flexibility: I had an amazing experiences of this college as well the flexibility of my classes

2 College Sophomore

Academic Flexibility: they lost my transcript and it was horrible.

4 College Junior

Academic Flexibility: One class was not accepted but may be accepted once transferred in the dual degree program


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As long as you register during the early period, you will probably be able to pick the classes you want and fit your academic schedule into your personal schedule. Queensborough offers morning, afternoon, and evening classes every day of the week. Class size at Queensborough is relatively small, so even if you register late, you could still talk a professor into letting you join the class; there's no worry of overcrowding the rooms. Overall, Queensborough's academic flexibility is great for meeting students's need.

Facts & Statistics

Credit Requirements - Full Time
12 credits
Average Credits Per Course
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: Yes
Tips for Earning Credits
  • See if your department will allow you to take a QCC Departmental Exam to test out of a class.
  • Take an AP test for possible credit or class exemptions.
  • Take an Excelsior College Exam, but check with your department first to make sure it will earn you credits toward your degree.
  • Take the CLEP (College Level Examination Program) Exam. See the registrar for appropriate forms.
Academic/Testing Requirements
New students are required to take assessment tests in writing, reading, and mathematics. Students who have scored 480 or higher on the SAT or 20 or higher on the ACT are exempt from the assessment test for that subject.

All freshmen are required to participate in one of six Freshman Academies: Business, Education, Health Related Sciences, Liberal Arts, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics), or Visual and Performing Arts. Academy programs include special advisers to help first-year students get the most out of their time at QCC.
Transferring Credits In & Out
QCC will only accept transfer credits for courses that received a grade of C or better. The maximum number of transfer credits accepted is 30 for students working toward an Associate degree and 15 for students working toward a certificate.

Students who plan to continue their education at another institution after graduation should follow the suggested transfer curriculum for their area of study. All QCC graduates are eligible to transfer to any senior college in the CUNY system. There are also transfer programs in place with SUNY and other area colleges.
Typical Session Length
Fall and Spring sessions are about 16 weeks each. Winter session lasts about 4 weeks during January.
Course Registration Process
Students can register online using a system called eSIMS through the CUNY portal. Students having trouble with registration can visit the Registration Center for assistance. Registration requires an appointment date, which is assigned after a student has met with his adviser.

Student Polls

Describe the ease of the following    Based on 58 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 53 responses

  • 42% They make reasonable accommodations to work around my life/schedule.
  • 2% The administration is flexible, but the teachers are not.
  • 17% The teachers are very flexible, but the administration is not.
  • 40% It really depends on the person I'm dealing with.
  • 0% They are not flexible at all.

How were your transfer credits awarded?    Based on 53 responses

  • 9% They replaced both electives and degree requirements.
  • 15% They only replaced core classes/degree requirements.
  • 8% They only replaced electives.
  • 11% None of my credits transferred.
  • 57% 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 52 responses

  • 62% Yes, there is a wide range of evening and weekend classes available.
  • 35% Some days I can, other days I can't.
  • 4% 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 52 responses

  • 58% Yes
  • 12% No
  • 31% Non-applicable
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