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Academic Flexibility


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3 College Sophomore

Academic Flexibility: The school is actually great but some issues were going on in my life during my time at the school

5 College Junior

Academic Flexibility: The faculty is very helpful, they go above and beyond to see that your goals are meet.

3 College Junior

Academic Flexibility: Its great with my personal time.

3 College Senior

Academic Flexibility: The classes are scheduled to appear flexible. However the workload for healthcare majors make part time schedules feel like full time schedules.

5 Recent Alumnus

Academic Flexibility: I spoke with UCC administration explaining the courses I had already taken at my previous college and they allowed me to use my unofficial transcript from that college to show me which courses I should take while at UCC. I did not intend to receive a degree from them,this is because I fully intended, and just got accepted to, Rutger's Business School. The faculty and the administration care about their students overall, it is inevitable that one might be having a bad day or personal issues that may affect the experience that day, but from what I have seen and dealt with, there is a strong concern for the student s and their needs at Union County College, in Cranford, NJ.

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Union County College offers students a wide range of classes, ranging from early in the morning to late at night. This flexibility allows students to make a schedule according to their needs. However, everything has its set of flaws and issues.

The most common complaint is not being able to get the classes needed or having room changes and class cancellations. In some cases, classes are canceled close to the start of the semester, leaving students no choice but to drop the class or take it at an inconvenient time. A simple way to avoid a problem like this would be to register as early as possible. The saying "the early bird gets the worm" is certainly proven to be true in this instance. Most students who encounter scheduling issues are often registering their classes weeks after registration officially opens. Long inconvenient breaks are another common complaint. Though UCC has its problems with registration, the overall experience is positive. Registering as early as possible is the best piece of advice available.

Facts & Statistics

Credit Requirements - Full Time
12 credits
Credit Requirements - Part Time
11 credits
Average Credits Per Course
Average Course Load - Full Time
4 course(s)
Average Course Load - Part Time
3 course(s)
Time Investment/Workload - Full Time
5 hours/week
Time Investment/Workload - Part Time
3 hours/week
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: No
Academic/Testing Requirements
The only real requirement for admission is that you graduated from high school in good standing. There are placement tests for math and English if you did not score high enough on the SATs. Failure of these tests forces you to take remedial classes with your normal schedule.
Transferring Credits In & Out
Generally, transferring credits to UCC is easy. Most credits transfer in; however, transferring credits out to a four-year school is the difficult part. Unless an equivalent class is offered at that school, the credits will not transfer. It varies, so basically the school you transfer to will determine the amount of credits that will transfer. In most cases, if you attain your degree at UCC, the degree will transfer, even if all of your credits do not.
Work & Life Experience Credits
Union County College offers a Disney program in which students work at Disney World for credits. They gain 12 credits after completing the semester of work, and these credits go toward several majors.
Typical Session Length
Courses vary from an hour and 15 minutes to three hours. The more times per week you are in the classroom, the less time each individual class is. Monday/Wednesday/Friday classes are shorter than Tuesday/Thursday classes.
Class Style & Structure
The average class starts with attendance, then it goes into lecture and note taking, ending with discussion and homework assignments. Usually, if there is a test given, the students are allowed to leave after the test is completed. Assignments and projects are collected at the start of the class. Student interaction varies heavily from class to class, depending on the strictness of the professor.
Course Registration Process
Class registration can be completed online or in person at the College. Class registration is generally a difficult experience. Students have to fill out their own schedules and ensure that the classes they are taking are relevant to their major. Counselors are there to assist students, but sometimes they are too busy to help. The most common problem is not knowing what classes to take or which classes to select.
Did You Know?
UCC has an 18 credit limit per semester. However, students can go over this credit limit if they are able to attain approval by the College's vice president.

Student Polls

Describe the ease of the following    Based on 63 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 63 responses

  • 49% They make reasonable accommodations to work around my life/schedule.
  • 6% The administration is flexible, but the teachers are not.
  • 8% The teachers are very flexible, but the administration is not.
  • 37% It really depends on the person I'm dealing with.
  • 0% They are not flexible at all.

How were your transfer credits awarded?    Based on 61 responses

  • 21% They replaced both electives and degree requirements.
  • 10% They only replaced core classes/degree requirements.
  • 3% They only replaced electives.
  • 7% None of my credits transferred.
  • 59% 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 62 responses

  • 73% Yes, there is a wide range of evening and weekend classes available.
  • 26% 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 61 responses

  • 46% Yes
  • 13% No
  • 41% Non-applicable
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