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Academic Flexibility


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4 College Junior

Academic Flexibility: i have time for work, school, clubs, and still have time to go to family events on the weekend's.

5 College Freshman

Academic Flexibility: I have classes that fit around my busy schedule.

3 College Junior

Academic Flexibility: The flexibility of choosing my courses was pretty good. My work schedule coincides with my classes fine.

4 College Junior

Academic Flexibility: My experience at school has been really convenient for me. Because of the online program I have kept my job and worked full time while going to school.

5 College Junior

Academic Flexibility: Have a lot of classes to choose from to work around schedule.


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The administration has made it somewhat hard for students to fit school into their daily lives—mainly because some classes you take at OCC expect so much more from you, even though you have work or other priorities that you have to take care of first. The administration at OCC wants you to succeed so much that they think that school should come first before anything else in life. While school should be your main priority, it should not be to the extent that you do not have any time to work or chill with your friends.

In terms of the workload, students at OCC generally encounter two eight-page essays that are due in the same week. In addition, some students typically encounter the stress of trying to get the class they need to take in order to graduate, since often the school only offers a particular course during a certain semester. Many face the pressure of whether they are going to graduate on time or if they are even going to graduate at all.

Facts & Statistics

Credit Requirements - Full Time
12 credits
Credit Requirements - Part Time
2 credits
Average Credits Per Course
Average Course Load - Full Time
5 course(s)
Average Course Load - Part Time
3 course(s)
Time Investment/Workload - Full Time
8 hours/week
Time Investment/Workload - Part Time
6 hours/week
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: No
Tips for Earning Credits
Do an internship for credit.
Academic/Testing Requirements
New Jersey's community colleges are "open door" institutions. Students must be at least 18 years of age and have either a transcript or high school diploma/GED to be eligible for acceptance to OCC. In addition, after being accepted to the College, students must take the College Placement Test prior to enrollment; the exam tests incoming freshmen in reading, writing, and mathematics.
Transferring Credits In & Out
Transferring credits can be easy or difficult because it all depends on the school you are trying to transfer to. OCC provides transfer workshops to students, with information on the transferring process. In addition, if students are transferring to schools in New Jersey, they can go to to see if other colleges will accept their course credits.
Work & Life Experience Credits
In order to obtain work or life experience credits, students must either talk to one of the many deans at the school or an adviser.
Typical Session Length
OCC fall semester usually runs between the months of September through December. Winter sessions are usually about three weeks long in the beginning of the month of January. Spring semester usually runs between the months of January through the middle of May. Summer sessions usually consist of five- to 10-week sessions.
Class Style & Structure
The class style and structure all depend on the teacher and the type of course you are taking. Some professors may have group projects or open forums to discuss things among everyone. In addition, some professors like to give out homework and tests, whereas others think that tests shouldn't be a part of the classroom environment.
Course Registration Process
Students can register online on OCC WebAdvisor, which is only available to current students; incoming students have to register at the Administration Building #15. Registration can be a tad difficult and frustrating if you don't understand something. Students generally have a hard time getting the classes they want because they tend to fill up so quickly.
Did You Know?
When a new semester starts, students should try to register really early for classes because they tend to fill up quickly.

Student Polls

Describe the ease of the following    Based on 87 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 87 responses

  • 24% They replaced both electives and degree requirements.
  • 9% They only replaced core classes/degree requirements.
  • 2% They only replaced electives.
  • 0% None of my credits transferred.
  • 64% 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 87 responses

  • 78% Yes, there is a wide range of evening and weekend classes available.
  • 22% Some days I can, other days I can't.
  • 0% 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 87 responses

  • 41% Yes
  • 7% No
  • 52% Non-applicable
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