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Academic Flexibility


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4 College Senior

Academic Flexibility: Class flexibility is awesome! many people have the chance to arrange their classes to fit their needs. Teachers as well are very understanding in case something happens and you can't make it to class (work or family emergency), as long as you are responsible enough to contact them or a fellow classmate and get the work you need or missed.

4 College Senior

Academic Flexibility: As long as you plan ahead, everything will go smoothly.

4 Recent Alumnus

Academic Flexibility: The flexibility of the classes and curriculum was not bad.

5 College Senior

Academic Flexibility: The college is very flexible.

3 College Senior

Academic Flexibility: Personally I have no experience on the academic flexibility, but telling from priority registration, it really is something.


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Class schedules at Pasadena City College are very flexible. Pasadena City College has a great academic team working through the whole semester to ensure that the available classes fit in students’ schedules. The earliest class on campus begins at 7 a.m., and the latest class on campus ends at 10:15 p.m. There are also weekend classes available, which can be helpful toward completing your program of study.

Registering for classes early is highly recommended. Some of the more popular introductory classes fill up fast. Generally, students tend to have difficulty enrolling in certain classes if they register too late and rarely get a chance to get in a class by simply "walking in." So get there early! Other than that, registration is easy to process online; students can finish scheduling their classes from home. Pasadena City College also provides a solution center that assists students with any type of technical problem they might encounter with online registration.

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
30 hours/week
Time Investment/Workload - Part Time
15 hours/week
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: No
Tips for Earning Credits
Take the easy and unpopular classes first because the popular classes will fill up quickly.
Academic/Testing Requirements
Once students register, they have to take placement tests.
Transferring Credits In & Out
To be able to transfer credits from another college to PCC, student have to earn up to 15 credits.
Typical Session Length
PCC has two sessions for each school year: fall session and spring session, with each session length lasting about three months.
Class Style & Structure
Different subjects and professors have different class styles, but most likely the class consists of discussion and lecture.
Course Registration Process
Students can register online through the College's website (; you just log in and register for the classes you want.
Did You Know?
  • After enrolling, it is important to register early because the classes fill up quickly. Oversized classes are often a nuisance, but the class depends on how many students register for it. Overall, Pasadena City College is a high quality education.
  • In recent years, 551 PCC students transferred to the campuses of the University of California and 1,274 transferred to the campuses of California State University.

Student Polls

Describe the ease of the following    Based on 234 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 198 responses

  • 31% They replaced both electives and degree requirements.
  • 7% They only replaced core classes/degree requirements.
  • 2% They only replaced electives.
  • 7% None of my credits transferred.
  • 54% 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 198 responses

  • 53% Yes, there is a wide range of evening and weekend classes available.
  • 38% Some days I can, other days I can't.
  • 9% 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 198 responses

  • 40% Yes
  • 5% No
  • 55% Non-applicable



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