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Academic Flexibility


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4 College Senior

Academic Flexibility: The class schedules are very flexible.

5 College Freshman

Academic Flexibility: The school is close to home and will allow me to attend and work part time.

3 College Junior

Academic Flexibility: You can pick classes around your work shifts and your family you can go to school all day for one day or two times a week its really just up to you but they are very flex.

5 College Sophomore

Academic Flexibility: All of my classes fit my schedule perfectly. I really don't have to worry about my work schedule and school schedule intersecting.

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3 College Sophomore

Academic Flexibility: My schedule is very flexible. The only problem is how certain classes only have one professor teaching it so there isn't that much to choose from.


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Having academic flexibility is easy at Palm Beach State because most classes are only an hour and fifteen minutes long. Because many of its attendees are working adults and parents, classes are strategically created to offer subjects at all campuses during various times. A wide variety of classes are also offered one day a week during the night. This gives individuals with a standard day job the opportunity to still attend classes.

Students find it easy to fit classes into their daily schedules because most of the classes are short and are offered from early morning to late afternoon. Many students even take a class during their lunch break hour. Occasional struggles for students arise either from lack of effort or schedule overload. If a student is willing to put in the time, they will succeed. Many choose to downplay their first few semesters, thinking they can party and still get good grades. They also assume that just because it is a local college, the work won't be that hard, so they can take a lot of classes and breeze through them. All of these false precepts can lead a student down the wrong path at Palm Beach State College. Thankfully, there are individuals willing to help students when they have gone astray.

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
8 hours/week
Time Investment/Workload - Part Time
4 hours/week
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: Yes
Transferring Credits In & Out
Almost all credits at Palm Beach State transfer. All three-credit courses for AA degrees will transfer. Other courses, depending on the program, have the possibility of not being transferred.
Typical Session Length
In the Fall and Spring semesters, students can choose among four sessions: a full 16-week term, a shortened 12-week term, and two 8-week express terms. Summer classes are available in a full 12-week term and two shortened 6-week terms.
Class Style & Structure
Teachers open their classes differently. Some open with a quick note about the reading and homework from the previous class or some choose to open it with a joke or two. It really depends on the teacher. However, be prepared to do work. Unless specified, you will take a lot of notes. Expect to ask a lot of questions. If teachers are feeling like students aren't taking them very seriously, they have been known to give pop quizzes. Math and science courses give a lot of homework. English courses require a lot of writing. Generally, instructors only give homework where truly necessary for understanding and subject fortification.
Course Registration Process
1. Log on to Panther Web.
2. Select Add/Drop class on the quick links.
3. Select term.
4. Search for open classes.
5. Print schedule.
Did You Know?
Palm Beach State College has joined more than 114 other collges and universities worldwide in the Green Graduation Pledge. Graduates pledge to reduce their harmful environmental footprints to extend the life of the Earth and be more gentle on its resources.

Student Polls

Describe the ease of the following    Based on 443 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 402 responses

  • 22% They replaced both electives and degree requirements.
  • 6% They only replaced core classes/degree requirements.
  • 2% They only replaced electives.
  • 7% None of my credits transferred.
  • 62% 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 402 responses

  • 76% Yes, there is a wide range of evening and weekend classes available.
  • 22% 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 402 responses

  • 47% Yes
  • 7% No
  • 47% Non-applicable


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