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Academic Flexibility


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5 College Junior

Academic Flexibility: When I became disabled the professors were wonderful. I have had a wonderful experience at Germanna.

4 College Senior

Academic Flexibility: There is a large range of classes.

4 College Junior

Academic Flexibility: There are many different class times for you to choose from. As long as you do not wait until last minute to schedule your classes, there is a good chance you will get what you what.

3 College Senior

Academic Flexibility: I took many classes online to get my degree on time (within 1 year)

3 College Sophomore

Academic Flexibility: The online course catalog for me is difficult to navigate through, but there are a wide variety of options.


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Like many other community colleges, Germanna has grown exponentially in recent years. This sounds good—and it is to a certain extent—but even though the student body has increased, budget cuts have forced Germanna to decrease the number of available course sections. This means that GCC has a lot of students but not a lot of classes, which inconveniences many working students. However, the instructors and administrators are sympathetic to working with students' demanding schedules. They tend to be very accommodating of work and family commitments, and the College offers multiple online and evening courses for students who cannot attend classes during workdays. But, while Germanna tries to accommodate every person and every schedule, quieter students who don’t advocate for themselves sometimes fall through the proverbial cracks and find themselves dropped out of classes that have been canceled on the first day of the course.

Germanna reserves the right to cancel course sections up to the first day of classes, and if a section has fewer than 15 students, it is likely to be canceled. Many complain about the strict course cancellation policy, saying it isn’t fair to students or faculty members. Students often have to hound the administration to make sure more specialized courses, such as Advanced Composition and University Physics, are still offered even if the class’s minimum enrollment requirement isn’t met. However, students quickly realize that taking advanced classes is exceedingly difficult because few students want to tackle such demanding courses that count simply as transfer electives. If students want to take these more challenging courses, they should enroll during the first month of registration to ensure courses are not canceled for lack of enrollment. Barring that, they should consider leading annual crusades, complete with fliers and strongly worded emails, to make sure the more specialized courses are offered at least once a year. Sound scary? It can be. But these tactics have worked in the past.

Facts & Statistics

Credit Requirements - Full Time
12 credits
Credit Requirements - Part Time
3 credits
Average Credits Per Course
Average Course Load - Full Time
5 course(s)
Average Course Load - Part Time
2 course(s)
Time Investment/Workload - Full Time
20 hours/week
Time Investment/Workload - Part Time
8 hours/week
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: Yes
Tips for Earning Credits
Save the syllabi from all the classes you took at other institutions.
Academic/Testing Requirements
Germanna has no admissions standards, so it welcomes all students. However, incoming students must take a placement test to determine whether they must complete developmental coursework before starting the college-level courses. Germanna will accept AP scores of 3 or higher.
Transferring Credits In & Out
Transferring credits into Germanna is difficult. Students must present a syllabus from every course they want to transfer into Germanna. Take the advice of current Germanna students, and save everything, no matter how much you think you won't need it!
Typical Session Length
Fall and spring classes are normally 16 weeks long, but some dynamic courses are eight weeks. Summer classes are five, eight, or 10 weeks long. This includes both in-class and online classes.
Class Style & Structure
Some teachers like to lecture, some teachers like to have discussions, and each course, like each professor, is different. Much to the students' dismay, there seems to be little, if any, standard of grading among teachers. Germanna's teaching faculty comprises mostly adjunct instructors, so enforcing regularity and consistency can be difficult. With so many adjunct instructors, quickly becomes a Germanna student's best friend.
Course Registration Process
All students enrolled in degree programs are assigned faculty advisers. Students can meet with their adviser to select and enroll in classes, or they can enroll themselves through the online Student Information System. To ensure that students get into the classes they want, the Counseling Center encourages students to enroll online during the first week of each registration period.
Did You Know?
Germanna has been named the fastest-growing community college in Virginia.

Student Polls

Describe the ease of the following    Based on 81 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 62 responses

  • 24% They replaced both electives and degree requirements.
  • 5% They only replaced core classes/degree requirements.
  • 5% They only replaced electives.
  • 3% None of my credits transferred.
  • 63% 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 62 responses

  • 69% Yes, there is a wide range of evening and weekend classes available.
  • 29% Some days I can, other days I can't.
  • 2% 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 62 responses

  • 42% Yes
  • 6% No
  • 52% Non-applicable
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