Choosing classes takes planning. Use ACC’s schedule planning worksheet (PDF) and follow these tips to create your schedule.
Review the online course schedule
Check course prerequisites
Some classes require assessment tests, specific skills, or lower-level courses that must be completed before you enroll. If a course has a prerequisite(s) or other requirements, they appear at the end of the course description. If you register for a class with prerequisites, you will need to bring proof you have taken the prerequisite course(s) on the first day of class.
Follow your university degree plan if you plan to transfer
If you plan to transfer to a four-year university, follow the degree plan for that university. Contact the university now for advice about courses that will transfer toward your degree. Both ACC and four-year universities have transfer guides to show you which ACC courses can be applied for university credit, and which university courses can allow you to earn an associate degree through reverse transfer.
Consider times and locations
Note where classes are held to make sure you can get to your classes on time, especially if they are scheduled back-to-back. See locations.
Use these guidelines to plan a class schedule that works for you. A courseload is based on a 16-week semester. Shorter sessions require more concentrated workloads.
|How Many Hours You Work at a Job||Suggested Credits||Approximate Hours of Study||Total Work & Study Hours|
|0–15||Up to 16 credits||32 hours||48–63 hours per week|
|16–20||Up to 12 credits||24 hours||52–56 hours per week|
|21–30||Up to 9 credits||18 hours||48–58 hours per week|
|31–40||Up to 6 credits||12 hours||49–58 hours per week|
|40 or more||Up to 3 credits||6 hours||49+ hours per week|
Identify alternate classes
Classes fill on a first-come, first-served basis. Identify a second and third choice class on your schedule planning worksheet (PDF) in case your first choice class is full.