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Academic Experience


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2 College Junior

Academic Experience: Germanna does not offer my major, or any majors relating to my field of of study. I am stuck with general ed. until i transfer to a 4 year for Anthropology

5 College Junior

Academic Experience: My major has just been switched last semester from Children Development to General Studies. I like that major because it leaves me to choose when I get my bachelors. I have a small work load due to my disability, You are reading about a miracle . In June 2015 I had a stroke and in August 2015 I had open heart surgery. Because of the programs that Germanna has I am able to attend.

4 College Senior

Academic Experience: The teachers will try to work with the students as much as possible.

4 College Junior

Academic Experience: The work load is appropriate for a pre health major. There are internships, you just have to look for them.

4 College Junior

Academic Experience: It's pretty good so far.


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Most students agree that Germanna’s greatest asset is its teachers—the majority of instructors hold master’s degrees, and they are here to teach, not do research. Students often grumble that Germanna's classes are too easy, but most say that the teacher interaction with students compensates for the College’s lack of academic rigor. There are some tough classes here, but overall, the academics are light, and students are in for a rude awakening when they transfer to a four-year university. And many do go on to another institution because under the Virginia Community College System's Guaranteed Admissions Agreements, Germanna students can complete an associate’s degree here and then transfer to one of 32 universities in Virginia with guaranteed junior status. This is all well and good, but a junior-level course at the College of William and Mary is a bit more challenging than a sophomore-level course at Germanna Community College.

Students often wonder why Germanna does not offer an honors program, which they say would help adequately prepare them to handle the rigors of upper-level university work. But, unfortunately, the school cannot afford to introduce an honors program because more than half of the incoming student population has to take at least one developmental course. Even so, highly motivated students can elect to take some of Germanna’s more challenging courses and better prepare themselves for university work. Simply put, students get as much out of Germanna's academics as they put in.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
Full-Time Retention Rate
Part-Time Retention Rate
Transfer-Out Rate
Graduation Rate
Degrees Awarded
  • Associate degree
  • Certificate
Instructional Programs
Occupational: Yes
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: No
Recreational/Avocational: Yes
Adult Basic Remedial: Yes
Secondary (High School): No
Programs/Majors Offered
Most Popular Majors
  • Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other: Unknown
  • Intervention and Treatment Professions: Unknown
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences: Unknown
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other: Unknown
Special Study Options
Distance Learning Opportunities: Yes
Study Abroad: No
Weekend/Evening College: Yes
Teacher Certification: No
Class Sizes
Classes range from eight to more than 30 students, but the average is 30, which still allows students to have close interactions with their professors. However, classes in which fewer than 15 students have enrolled are frequently canceled due to budgetary restrictions. The most notable exception to this is the Advanced Composition class, a requirement for students who plan to transfer to William and Mary, which had only eight students during the spring 2010 semester. Usually, though, most classes are filled to max capacity.
Student/Professor Relationships
Germanna's teachers get to know their students as individuals, not as statistics, and they are more than willing to work with students during office hours. Germanna does not require its professors to perform research or to publish, so the sole focus of the teachers here is on teaching students. This allows students to work closely with their professors, get as much extra help they may need, and ultimately, form friendships with them.
Testing & Grading Procedures
Grading is usually subjective and varies among courses and professors. While many freshman-level courses include multiple choice tests that are graded electronically, English 111 and 112 (two required courses) include mostly written assignments. More specific examples are that literature classes have approximately four out-of-class essays and five in-class essays, whereas a U.S. history class will have multiple-choice exams with essay portions. The grading scale here is the standard 10-point scale, and students are only able to earn A, B, C, D, or F grades-there are no pluses or minuses (ex. A-, B+).
Typical Lecture - Single Day
Students can expect to walk into recently vacated classrooms, sit in already-warm seats, and listen to the teacher lecture. Sometimes class discussion is encouraged, sometimes it isn't. Each teacher has different expectations, and students quickly learn when they can speak and when they should simply sit and listen. Homework is usually easy, and it rarely counts toward final grades. Germanna's classrooms look remarkably similar to high school classrooms, but the chairs are more comfortable and lectures aren't interrupted by obnoxious bells.
Typical Course - Start to Finish
Most classes are 16 weeks and meet two times per week. Courses start as though students have no prior knowledge of the subject material and slowly pick up speed. Teachers' expectations and assignments are clearly defined in their syllabi, so students can can often do the bare minimum and still maintain good grades. And, unless a student decides to take 20 or more credits in a semester, the workload is rarely overwhelming.
Things I Wish I Knew Before Coming To School
  • Germanna is what you make of it. Yes, there is a stigma associated with attending a community college, but most students, whether they are slackers, straight-A students, or somewhere in between, realize that Germanna is the perfect place for them.
  • Germanna offers multiple sections of developmental English every semester, but is loath to offer Advanced Composition because only a handful of students will enroll in such a challenging course.
  • Slacking off at Germanna is easy, but because the classes are so small, teachers know immediately which students are falling behind. It's difficult to hide at Germanna.
  • Some courses are only offered every other fall or spring semester.
  • Though Germanna is a community college, it is nothing to laugh at. Professors are accessible and classes are affordable, and the faculty and staff take a personal interest in each student.
  • Unlike other colleges in the Virginia Community College System, Germanna does not offer an honors program.
Tips to Succeed
  • Always ask questions.
  • Know your professors. Know yourself. Know your limits.
  • Respect Germanna for what it is-a community college-and understand that it is an institution of higher learning. Yes, many of the courses are easy, but a select few are relatively challenging.
  • Take advantage of the tutoring center. In addition to the walk-in math, Spanish, and writing labs, each student is entitled to two hours of free one-on-one tutoring per week. The school also pays for Smarthinking, a 24/7 online tutoring service that edits papers, helps with chemistry or math problems, or answers general questions about any other subjects. Students are allotted five hours of Smarthinking tutoring per semester.
Full-Time Faculty
Female Faculty
Male Faculty
Faculty Diversity
African American: 9%
Asian American: 0%
Hispanic: 1%
International: 6%
Native American: 0%
White: 75%
Unknown: 9%
Average Faculty Salary
Academic/Career Counseling?
Remedial Services?
Did You Know?
  • Germanna's tutoring center offers students two hours of free tutoring every week. The tutoring center also offers writing labs, math labs, and workshops on a daily basis. In addition to the in-person tutoring, Germanna also provides every student with five hours of online tutoring from Smarthinking every semester. Most of the tutors are current or past Germanna students, and they are all well-versed in the subjects they tutor.
  • Germanna also offers Middle College Program for students ages 18-24 who didn't graduate from high school. The program allows students to obtain a GED, complete a student development course, and then enroll in a certificate or degree program.

Student Polls

Which statement(s) best describes the quality of education you're getting?    Based on 75 responses

  • 26% Will advance my career
  • 24% Applicable to the real world
  • 23% Learned a lot of new things
  • 17% Learned a few new things
  • 8% Will help me switch careers
  • 2% Haven't learned anything I didn't already know
  • 1% Waste of time


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