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Academic Flexibility


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3 College Sophomore

Academic Flexibility: My experience has been good for the most part so far. I haven't had very many issues so far, just little things here and there but nothing major for the most part.

5 College Junior

Academic Flexibility: Staff is very helpful. They will let you know everything you need to succeed.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Academic Flexibility: I love all my ESL classes because I am second language in this country.

4 College Senior

Academic Flexibility: I feel like classes offer great academic flexibility because if you cannot take a class during the day due to scheduling problems, you can take classes at night if your schedule allows it. The transferring credits were tricky in that not all my credits I thought would transfer ended up transferring.

4 College Senior

Academic Flexibility: all of my professors seem to be very flexible, but I've had no experience with transferring credits.


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Seeing as how there are typically only 25–30 stundents in every class, the registration should be uncomplicated for most students. The key to each student getting the classes that they desire is to register early, which all students can do on the appropriate dates. Still, students who attend NSCC are more often than not considered non-traditional students. In other words, many are above the age of 20, have part-time or full-time jobs and children, as well as other responsibilities. These factors can make any registration process seem dificult and troublesome. 

Early registration is key for students who want to have academic flexibility. For first-time students, this means talking with an adviser to make sure that they are taking the correct classes. For those who wait until the last day to register, the process will be a nightmare, and it is not uncommon for students to be lined up and down the hallway of the admissions or bursar's office. Nevertheless, several departments are very helpful in sometimes expanding the enrollment of a class from the maximum amount of 30 to let a few students in late.

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
2 course(s)
Time Investment/Workload - Full Time
40 hours/week
Time Investment/Workload - Part Time
20 hours/week
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: Yes
Academic/Testing Requirements
Incoming students will need to provide high school and/or college transcripts, as well as immunization records and ACT scores. Students who have been out of high school for more than two years may need to complete the compass exam, which will give advisers an idea of which classes they place into based on the results of the compass exam. Academic requirements aren't extensive for attending NSCC.
Transferring Credits In & Out
One of the many reasons students attend Nashville State is that the college offers what is called the TTP (or the Tennessee Transfer Pathway). Nashville State has collaborated with other state universities to make transferring to a four-year university as easy as possible. Transferring into a state university will be much easier than a private university, but it depends on the university. Likewise, for students transferring into NSCC, the admissions department will analyze the course description of a class from another college to see if it similar to the objectives offered by a similar course at Nashville State.
Work & Life Experience Credits
Nashville State does offer life and/or experience credits to students who can prove their work experience. These credits are offered individually by each department, and the student will have to talk with a specialist in that specific department in person.
Typical Session Length
The fall semester starts in late August and ends in mid-December. After about a month-long holiday, students return to begin the spring semester, which runs from mid-January to early May. Seven week courses are offered in both the fall and spring terms.
Class Style & Structure
Typical class structure varies at Nashville State, but most of the time the lecture style is dominant. Nashville State Community College does provide an interesting environment where students actually get to interact with and have very intellectual conversations and debates with other peers and faculty. However, it seems as if almost every class is moving toward a hybrid style, in which there is lecture and in-class testing, but some quizzes are online. Every class at Nashville State will differ with each unique instructor.
Course Registration Process
Due to NSCC's growing population, the registration process for a first-time student can be a little hectic, especially if the student is not familiar with the MyNSCC website. Nashville State also appeals to single parents and older students wishing to go back to school, so registering is always difficult for students who already have full-time jobs or a family to take care of. However, there are some very helpful student workers, advisers, and faculty that will assist first timers register for their classes. The most important piece of advice to keep in mind is to not wait until the last minute to register for classes. Students who do this will become very frustrated as classes fill up very quickly. Therefore, students who are thinking about attending Nashville State Community College need to meet with an adviser as soon as possible.
Did You Know?
Nashville State is one of the only colleges in Tennessee that offers English as a Second Language (ESL) classes, and it has been the base for some of Vanderbilt Universities research on immigrant and refugee students.

Student Polls

Describe the ease of the following    Based on 62 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 57 responses

  • 47% They make reasonable accommodations to work around my life/schedule.
  • 2% The administration is flexible, but the teachers are not.
  • 5% The teachers are very flexible, but the administration is not.
  • 42% It really depends on the person I'm dealing with.
  • 4% They are not flexible at all.

How were your transfer credits awarded?    Based on 57 responses

  • 23% They replaced both electives and degree requirements.
  • 14% They only replaced core classes/degree requirements.
  • 5% They only replaced electives.
  • 2% 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 57 responses

  • 65% Yes, there is a wide range of evening and weekend classes available.
  • 33% 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 57 responses

  • 42% Yes
  • 11% No
  • 47% Non-applicable


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