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Academic Flexibility


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3 College Junior

Academic Flexibility: The problem with having such a small major is that I don't have freedom to pick the days or times of my classes. This is very frustrating because if I wanted a consistent schedule or to pick certain days, I can't really do that. I prefer morning classes and this quarter I have two late night ones. I've adjusted to the times, but it's not what I want.

3 College Senior

Academic Flexibility: The school and the classes are rigid, though this is a good thing, they treat classes like a job.

College Senior

Academic Flexibility: i already have my degree, which meant that i don't have to take gen-ed, only major classes.

4 College Freshman

Academic Flexibility: My experience at school is great, everyone is so helpful when I was lost the first couple days. Instructors are awesome as well i learn something new everyday

4 Recent Alumnus

Academic Flexibility: Moving from Oregon to California it was a huge adjustment but through guidance from my teachers and my advisors as well as having hundred of other classmates in the same shoes as me it was an easy adjustment.


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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 74 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 62 responses

  • 55% They make reasonable accommodations to work around my life/schedule.
  • 6% The administration is flexible, but the teachers are not.
  • 5% The teachers are very flexible, but the administration is not.
  • 31% It really depends on the person I'm dealing with.
  • 3% They are not flexible at all.

How were your transfer credits awarded?    Based on 61 responses

  • 16% They replaced both electives and degree requirements.
  • 18% They only replaced core classes/degree requirements.
  • 2% They only replaced electives.
  • 15% 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 61 responses

  • 56% Yes, there is a wide range of evening and weekend classes available.
  • 38% Some days I can, other days I can't.
  • 7% 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 60 responses

  • 50% Yes
  • 0% No
  • 50% Non-applicable
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