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Academic Flexibility


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4 College Junior

Academic Flexibility: I usually get the classes that I need and the dates that i need. they usually offer a wide range of classes

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4 College Freshman

Academic Flexibility: The flexibility is great and the counsellors are so willing to work with you and your personal schedule.

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4 College Senior

Academic Flexibility: I was able to transfer a few credits, but because it had been so long since I was in school, I decided to retake the classes so that I could get more out of them and refresh my memory.

3 College Junior

Academic Flexibility: It can be difficult to get the classes and the teachers you want and keep your schedule down to three days.

4 College Junior

Academic Flexibility: Again, because of the difference in size between majors, class availability differs. In a bigger major, there is more of a variety of class times but it's also much more competitive to get the ones you want while in the smaller majors there's a smaller variety of times as well as less of a craze when registering.


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The academic flexibility is great at FIDM, with classes on a block schedule within the 10-week quarters. Classes are offered Monday through Friday at 8:30 a.m., 12 p.m., 3 p.m., and 6 p.m. Each class is three hours long and meets once a week. There are also some accelerated classes that a student could meet for; these classes are six hours for five Saturdays. This makes a student's schedule very flexible if one wants to work part-time, carry an internship, or even do both while going to school part- or full-time.

With the programs, a student can choose to draw out academic timelines with a lighter load of classes each quarter or shorten academic timelines by taking a heavier load each quarter. It is up to the student and what he or she wants. Usually students are really eager to get out into their careers, so they'll take the recommended number of courses each quarter—sometimes even more to finish sooner. The main thing is to talk with your advisor about what your options are.

Facts & Statistics

Credit Requirements - Full Time
12 credits
Average Credits Per Course
Average Course Load - Full Time
5 course(s)
Time Investment/Workload - Full Time
12 hours/week
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: Yes
Transferring Credits In & Out
If you're thinking of transferring to FIDM, ask for a Transfer Evaluation to be done. General studies classes transfer easily, and specialized classes will have to be evaluated on an individual basis. Various colleges have agreements to accept credits from FIDM for students who are transferring out. If there's a college you have in mind, check with an advisor at FIDM. Transferring a completed degree does not present a difficulty because of FIDM's accreditation.
Work & Life Experience Credits
Students can earn credit for internships as long as they do it in one of the later quarters of their program. A student should talk to their student advisor on the requirements and restrictions.
Typical Session Length
The courses last 10 weeks, making up one quarter. You meet with each class once a week for a three-hour class. Some are six-hour classes because they require a lab.
Course Registration Process
For their first quarter, students schedule their classes through their advisor. After the first quarter, students register online through the FIDM Portal.

Student Polls

Describe the ease of the following    Based on 90 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 78 responses

  • 15% They replaced both electives and degree requirements.
  • 19% They only replaced core classes/degree requirements.
  • 4% They only replaced electives.
  • 13% None of my credits transferred.
  • 49% 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 77 responses

  • 53% Yes, there is a wide range of evening and weekend classes available.
  • 40% Some days I can, other days I can't.
  • 6% 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 77 responses

  • 48% Yes
  • 0% No
  • 52% Non-applicable
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