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Academic Flexibility


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4 College Freshman

Academic Flexibility: My classes are quite flexible. I was able to schedule around my work schedule and that was really nice and helpful.

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3 College Freshman

Academic Flexibility: A lot of improvement can be done in this field the school needs major improvements.

4 College Junior

Academic Flexibility: Administators work around your class schedules to help you with whatever you need help with!

3 Recent Alumnus

Academic Flexibility: I had a tough time with sciences.but I had the best math teacher in high school I never could understand math but at the npc I got an A. Each teacher gives u a syllabus so there isnt a surprise test or anything they give u the tools to be prepared.

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5 College Junior

Academic Flexibility: I had the opportunity to work with some great instructors this semester. They were always willing to work with me


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NPC has a lot of academic flexibility. A lot of students hold jobs while attending. The once-a-week classes help students fit their education in with the rest of their life. The administration and faculty are pretty easy to deal with. While the advisers are sometimes difficult to get a hold of by phone or email, they are generally very helpful in person. The front desk staff is perhaps the most helpful on campus when it comes to questions about registration. Some students encounter trouble with transfer credits when transferring to an out-of-state university. The advisers at NPC are not always helpful when it comes to these issues, mostly because the school on the receiving end of the transcript has more say in what will transfer. Don't expect to get a good idea of what will transfer just by talking to NPC advisers.

If you are staying in Arizona, the course catalog specifies what courses are guaranteed to transfer to the in-state universities. This makes it easy to know what will transfer before you even sign up for classes. There are some associate degree programs that are guaranteed to transfer to Arizona state universities, and you can find more information about them at the "Transfer Options" section of the College website.

Facts & Statistics

Credit Requirements - Full Time
12 credits
Credit Requirements - Part Time
3 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
6 hours/week
Time Investment/Workload - Part Time
3 hours/week
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: Yes
Tips for Earning Credits
  • Know from the start if your credits are likely to transfer. Talk to an adviser at the school you hope to transfer to before you sign up.
  • Stick to general education classes if you are hoping to transfer after only one year or if you aren't sure what bachelor's degree you're after. These core classes are much easier to transfer.
Academic/Testing Requirements
There is no minimum GPA requirement. Placement tests are administered to first-time students for math, English, and other general education courses. Other courses, like certain technical courses or others that have prerequisites, may also require placement testing.
Transferring Credits In & Out
Transferring in is fairly easy. NPC accepts most credits from other community colleges and universities, granted there is a comparable class, and it also accepts CLEP credits.
When it comes to transferring out, NPC's catalog specifies which credits are guaranteed to transfer to Arizona universities. For out-of-state universities, a dialogue with an adviser at the out-of-state school is essential. Advisers at NPC are not always the most helpful when it comes to estimating transfer credits.
Work & Life Experience Credits
NPC does not offer credit for previous work or life experiences.
Typical Session Length
NPC is on a semester schedule. A typical course runs for about 17 weeks. Some short-term courses are available in a workshop-type format. These short-term courses vary by center.
Class Style & Structure
Most classes consist of a lecture and a discussion. Professors usually engage their students in class and emphasize participation. There is no standard for tests and homework; they vary widely among departments and professors.
Course Registration Process
First-time students must register for classes in person or over the phone. Returning students can register online. The registration process at NPC is generally painless, though some students run into trouble with the online system since it can be difficult to navigate.

Student Polls

Describe the ease of the following    Based on 24 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 22 responses

  • 32% They replaced both electives and degree requirements.
  • 9% They only replaced core classes/degree requirements.
  • 0% They only replaced electives.
  • 9% None of my credits transferred.
  • 50% 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 22 responses

  • 45% Yes, there is a wide range of evening and weekend classes available.
  • 36% Some days I can, other days I can't.
  • 18% 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 21 responses

  • 71% Yes
  • 10% No
  • 19% Non-applicable
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