Understanding the stress of transferring

September 19, 2017


There are two kinds of people, the ones who go directly to university and the ones who dip their feet in the water and attend community college, such as myself. 

We took the cheaper and perhaps less academically challenging route or maybe, you were undecided with your major.


Nevertheless, you’ve ended up in this sticky situation where you have to deal with fighting to the death to transfer as many credits as possible. 

They say that community college is only beneficial if you plan to transfer to a university down the street or at the very least, in the same state.


I haven’t heard of many EPCC students transferring to a different state but I’m sure that some must.

I was recently looking at the transfer equivalency website posted by the university I plan to go to and although EPCC was listed, only two classes had a matching course.


In an attempt to find out more, I emailed the head registrar at Boston University and was told they do not evaluate transcripts for prospective students, only already accepted students.


This protocol isn’t unfair, they shouldn’t go through extra trouble if the student isn’t promised a spot but I believe that out-of-state universities shouldn’t be so picky when auditing courses. 

If I were to be accepted, they would then have to review every syllabus from any class I have taken in my college career thus far. 

As if it wasn’t already tedious enough getting back into contact with every teacher I’ve taken a class with.


The positive side is that the school administration does make a comparison for each student and college at least after the fact. 

On account of this, students are strongly encouraged to start the process as soon as possible by gathering all syllabi as it can take as long as the student’s first semester.

After letting this news sink in, I accepted that not many of my credits will transfer and if I have to start from rock bottom or close to it, then that’s what I’m willing to do to get to my dream school.


The agitating part is that it makes me feel like community college has been a waste of time if the work, effort and money I’ve put in will not count for much. 

If I feel this way, and I am just one transfer student out of many, other students might get discouraged by the stress it takes to make sure their accomplishments do not go unacknowledged. 

Some might resort to staying in the same county or state even if greater opportunities lie elsewhere.


I don’t know if it’s states’ way of showing prejudice toward one another but education shouldn’t be so unattainable.

Another thing to consider is that, by requiring that students take “university-specific” classes, more money is made as well as lost.


While the college is making a profit off of those who need to re-take courses or extra courses, students are also losing money by taking out loans. 

When I first approached an EPCC counselor with my issue, she reminded me that if I plan to transfer out of state, “Texas State and Local Government” will not suffice and that other schools have varying criteria.


For example, EPCC does not require consecutive science courses or a high-level math class for liberal arts majors.


So, a vital thing to consider when transferring is to plan your associate’s degree carefully.


Try to match the courses found on your desired university website, ones that are at the 100-200 level.


Professional degree-specific courses from community colleges are harder to match.

Trying to play the college system’s game may be exhausting but if your academic goals include transferring to an out-of-state university, play your cards right and don’t beat yourself up if not all your credits transfer.


Starting fresh is never a bad thing. 

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