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Academic Flexibility


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5 College Junior

Academic Flexibility: The school is very flexible and allowed me to be able to work a full time job while also being a full time student.

4 College Junior

Academic Flexibility: As with scheduling my classes, the school has been offering a good amount of variety in their days and times that I never had any frustrations with scheduling my classes according to transportations, family commitments and work.

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3 College Senior

Academic Flexibility: Never transferred credits but im pretty sure they do an awesome jod

5 College Junior

Academic Flexibility: Choosing a class was easy with the vast amount of class offered at different times and online.

4 College Senior

Academic Flexibility: I love how Houston community college offers a course at different times of the day. It is really easy to find a time to take a class.


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Students usually have to wait in long lines during registration periods. Lines to talk with counselors are also long when applying for admission to the school in the fall, choosing a major (usually October of a student's first semester), filing for graduation, and during withdrawal period. Luckily, since there are so many campuses at HCC, there are lots of courses and course times available to students who have busy schedules. Childcare is often available to students with families. Students can choose to earn a certificate in a subject or complete an associate degree in preparation for entering the workforce or attending a four-year institution.

Facts & Statistics

Credit Requirements - Full Time
12 credits
Credit Requirements - Part Time
6 credits
Average Credits Per Course
Average Course Load - Full Time
4 course(s)
Average Course Load - Part Time
3 course(s)
Time Investment/Workload - Full Time
25 hours/week
Time Investment/Workload - Part Time
15 hours/week
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: Yes
Tips for Earning Credits
Bring a resume with your previous employment, volunteer experience, any previous school transcripts, and your skills when meeting up with your counselor.
Academic/Testing Requirements
Houston Community College is an open admissions school. Upon registration, most students are referred to the testing center where they take placement tests such as the TSI. These tests help determine your entry level in various subjects and help exempt you from courses you are qualified in.
Transferring Credits In & Out
Follow the transfer course equivalency guide from the university you desire to attend, and file a degree plan for financial aid and for your academic experience at Houston Community College. Students usually need between 60 and 66 credits to transfer out with an associate degree.
Work & Life Experience Credits
Bring in documentations that show your old test scores and performance at work; transcripts and resumes usually suffice. Previous time in the military may opt you out of some classes or an internship.
Typical Session Length
A regular term normally lasts 16 weeks; the "second start" semester is only 12 weeks long. Mini-sessions can be between three and four weeks long and usually occur between regular semesters. Summer sessions are six weeks each.
Class Style & Structure
The average class has between 25 and 35 students and meets at least twice per week. Classes with labs usually have three-hour lectures followed by one hour of lab time. Each class has up to four tests and papers, along with a final exam and occasionally an oral presentation or group project. Homework and study materials are always assigned throughout the semester.
Course Registration Process
You can register online or in person at any HCC campus. You do not have to register at the campus where you wish to take courses.

Student Polls

Describe the ease of the following    Based on 459 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 425 responses

  • 23% They replaced both electives and degree requirements.
  • 11% They only replaced core classes/degree requirements.
  • 2% They only replaced electives.
  • 8% None of my credits transferred.
  • 56% 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 426 responses

  • 73% Yes, there is a wide range of evening and weekend classes available.
  • 24% Some days I can, other days I can't.
  • 4% 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 426 responses

  • 45% Yes
  • 9% No
  • 46% Non-applicable


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