UW makes the transferring process less stressful

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The stressful transferring process has begun, and many BC students fear they have not fulfilled all required credits for graduation. In addition to completing all required credits for an AA or an AS here at BC, students have to make sure they have completed all required transfer credits before they can even begin applying to four-year long universities.

The University of Washington alone is very strict when it comes to transferring credits, and something that is highly irritating for students is that if during the course of studying here at BC, you were forced to take classes below the college level, they have no impact on your transcript whatsoever.  In other words, you just wasted money and time trying to get through the bellow college level courses, in order to actually take higher level classes. 

Once the higher level classes are completed, students need to be extra careful and make sure these courses, match up with the required transferring credits universities are look for. For example, English 101 here at BC is not the same as English&101 at UW. English 101 at BC covers the basic written communication credits, and according to UW’s Equivalency Guide offered for transfer students, English&101 at UW only covers the basic composition credits.

Since understanding which BC courses match up with UW’s courses, is very stressful and time consuming, UW offers the Equivalency Guide to transfer students, in order to make the transferring process a bit less stressful. The Equivalency Guide can be found at: http://admit.washington.edu/Requirements/Transfer/Plan/EquivalencyGuide

When it comes to credit levels, UW uses strict guidelines on transferring students. First of all, students must fill out a review form, indicating all the credits they have earned at BC, and how these credits will transfer onto UW’s credits. According to UW’s Transfer homepage, “If the two-year school’s course earns more credits than the UW equivalent, please assign the excess credit.”

On the other hand, “if the two-year school’s course earns fewer credits than the UW course credit awarded will be limited to credit actually earned.”  Meaning, students might have to finish the rest of the credits either at UW, or complete them at BC before moving onto the four-year university.

If the Equivalency Guide is not helping students with their review forms, UW also offers Academic Planning Worksheets, to help students finish their review forms at a less stressful pace. The Academic Planning Worksheets cover the following degrees: Arts and Sciences, Built Environments, Business, Dentistry, Education, Engineering, Medicine, Nursing, Public Health, and Social Work. The Academic Worksheets can be found at: http://admit.washington.edu/Requirements/Transfer/Plan/Worksheets

The transferring process is a very stressful part of a college student’s life, but luckily there is a lot of aid offered to students in order for them to be successful. Every Thursday afternoon, UW holds transfer information sessions, drop-in advising for any students who have questions, students also get the chance to visit a UW class to get a feeling of what classes will be like, and in addition campus tours are also offered to transfer students. For more information visit: http://admit.washington.edu/Visit/TransferThursdays

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My name is Ana Palma-Gutierrez, and I am from Mexico City. I first moved to the U.S. when I was seven years old, and the transition into my new life was a very challenging experience for me. I had to learn English in order for me to survive in my new home, and in addition, I had to leave all my friends and family behind in order for me to find a better life. Almost thirteen years have passed by since I first moved to the U.S. and I am very proud of being a Staff Writer and Copy Editor for The Jibsheet. Currently, I am the only Mexican/Hispanic Staff Writer and Copy Editor on staff, and I am very proud of myself for this accomplishment. I want to thank my Editor in Chief (Riley Hartwell,) as well as the rest of my editors for giving me the opportunity of writing and editing for The Jibsheet. I look forward to completing my Arts and Science Degree here at Bellevue College, and transferring onto a four-year college, where I hope to Major in Political Science and Minor in Journalism.