What is the difference between credit and noncredit classes and programs?

Credit courses are designed for students who are interested in earning college credits towards a degree or certificate. Students who take credit courses receive a letter grade (A, B, C, D or F) at the end of the semester. Noncredit courses classes are intended for students who want to gain general knowledge, learn a new skill, upgrade existing skills, enrich their understanding about a wide range of topics, or develop personal interests. Upon completion of a course, students may receive a grade of pass or no pass. Noncredit classes are NOT applicable toward a degree. Upon completion of a series of required classes, students can earn a noncredit certificate of completion or competency.

Who may attend noncredit classes and programs?

  • Anyone who is 18 years of age or older
  • A minor who may benefit from instruction and has permission from both the local high school district and a parent/guardian.
  • Students who hold F1 visas will need to connect with the Ohlone College International Program to learn the process/eligibility for enrolling into a noncredit course or program. Contact: https://www.ohlone.edu/international/contact

Why would I take noncredit classes or a noncredit certificate program?

Noncredit classes assist students seeking to improve math or English proficiency, increase literacy and job skills, support access to higher education and advance employability.

Can I take noncredit and credit classes at the same time?

Yes. As long as a student is in good standing with Ohlone College they may enroll in noncredit & credit classes.

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