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Whether you've tried college in the past or plan to transfer in to Century or have no previous college experience, we can help you. Century College is the "home" of many adult students, so you will not be alone. We have experience helping new and returning adult learners, as well as dislocated workers. In fact, 40% of Century's students are 25–59 years old.

Flexible Schedules for Busy Students

We know you're busy— that's why Century offers flexible learning options, including online, evening and weekend courses. On–site day care is also available.

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Begin Any Semester

Contact us and you can begin college in the fall, spring or summer semester. Apply now and start on the path to achieving your goals!

College CAN be Affordable

You may be eligible for more federal funding than you realize. Scholarships, federal loan programs, and grants are available to help finance your education, as well as military benefits and employer tuition reimbursement. We can answer many of your questions about financial aid.

The Difference Between Credit and Non-Credit

In general, here's the definitions of credit and non-credit classes:

Credit classes — are designed for students earning college credits towards a degree or certificate. These courses are usually a full semester, involve in-depth instruction in a subject area and comprehensive study. Students who take credit courses receive a letter grade (A, B, C, D or F) at the end of the semester.

Non-Credit classes — are short-term classes offered through Continuing Education and Customized Training. They are intended for students who want to gain general knowledge, learn a new skill, upgrade existing skills or develop personal interests.

Hybrid classes — are taught partly online and partly in the classroom.

Online Learning

In addition, you'll want to check out our Online Learning Guide.

Definition of Degrees

Associate in Arts (AA) – The AA degree is awarded for successful completion of 60 semester credits in liberal arts and sciences and completes the first 2 years of a bachelor's degree.

Associate in Science (AS) – The AS degree is awarded for successful completion of 60 semester credits in a designated field.

Associate in Applied Science – The AAS degree is awarded for successful completion of a program of 60-72 semester credits and is intended for students who desire immediate employment upon graduation.

Certificate – The certificate program in intended to provide entry-level employment skills or advanced-level technical skills for employment. Certificate programs are usually between 9-30 college-level credits.

Diploma – Diploma programs are usually between 30-72 semester college-level credits, some of which include General Education courses.