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Academic Flexibility


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3 College Senior

Academic Flexibility: Some classes were limited in offerings on times and days but generally OK.

4 Recent Alumnus

Academic Flexibility: It was easy to find classes for my degree that allowed for me to keep a part time job.

4 College Freshman

Academic Flexibility: was always schedule classes around my schedule

4 College Freshman

Academic Flexibility: My experience so far has been great!

4 College Senior

Academic Flexibility: The overall experience has been good for me, I had to take the Math 83 class 3 times the last teacher was able to teach the lessons better for me.


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 Frederick Community College strives to make things as easy as possible for students. Signing up for classes is fairly simple. FCC uses a program called PeopleSoft that allows students to look up their grades, payment accounts, and schedules, order an official or unofficial transcript for other colleges, and choose the classes for the upcoming semester. Students can use the online (or print) catalog to find out what classes are needed for the degree or certification they are pursuing. Those who are uncomfortable using the online system can always go to the Administration Building and get help from their academic advisor. Classes do tend to fill up quickly, like most colleges, but many of them are available at different times of the day, online, or as hybrid classes (both on campus and online).

Facts & Statistics

Credit Requirements - Full Time
12 credits
Credit Requirements - Part Time
6 credits
Average Credits Per Course
Average Course Load - Full Time
12 course(s)
Average Course Load - Part Time
6 course(s)
Time Investment/Workload - Full Time
24 hours/week
Time Investment/Workload - Part Time
12 hours/week
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: Yes
Tips for Earning Credits
Attend all classes and complete your work.
Academic/Testing Requirements
Students who attend FCC must have completed high school or have earned a GED. Applications must include a high school or GED transcript and SAT/ACT scores. The minimum required score on the math and verbal sections of the SAT is 550; those scoring below this minimum must take a placement test upon acceptance to FCC. Placement tests help determine what level of introductory courses a student needs.
Transferring Credits In & Out
Maryland colleges throughout the state will accept most community college credits. FCC has many Transfer Articulation Agreements with four-year colleges that maximize credit transfers, and some agreements allow a free class at the four-year college. Dual admission between FCC and specific four-year colleges are also available. For incoming transfer students, a transcript is required, and at least 15 credits must be taken at FCC for a degree. Working with the Counseling and Advising Center will help with the transfer process.
Work & Life Experience Credits
FCC has a degree program with FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) where a student can take the classes for a FEMA degree or certificate and have the credits transfered into a degree. Other degrees or certifications may not have this option.
Typical Session Length
A typical academic year for FCC is ten months long. Classes are normally 75 minutes long, although some are just an hour.
Class Style & Structure
Class style and structure depends on the teacher. Courses include anything from PowerPoint presentations to lectures to debates and movies.
Course Registration Process
First year students should go to the Administration Building and talk to the student advisers. They can help with class registration and ensure you take the courses you need for your major. For those who don't want to see an adviser, course registration can be completed online.
Did You Know?
FCC has a Children's Center that operates during classes for those who need a daycare. It is open Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-6 p.m.

Student Polls

Describe the ease of the following    Based on 54 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 53 responses

  • 25% They replaced both electives and degree requirements.
  • 11% They only replaced core classes/degree requirements.
  • 0% They only replaced electives.
  • 4% None of my credits transferred.
  • 60% 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

  • 83% Yes, there is a wide range of evening and weekend classes available.
  • 17% Some days I can, other days I can't.
  • 0% 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

  • 40% Yes
  • 4% No
  • 56% Non-applicable


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