by Joyce Chu
There are thousands of students who transfer schools every year. Some transfer because the school provides them with a better opportunity for their new major or because their college did not fit. Many others start off at a community college and finish all the general education requirements before transferring to a four year college to get their degree.
Dominican University of California has hundreds of students transferring into the school every semester. Ms. Garcia, the transfer evaluation/articulation officer who determines whether the credits are acceptable for the transfer applicants says that it is a long process. The process requires transfer students to go through the admission office where they would have to submit their transcript, letters of recommendation and applications. After that, the registrar office will determine whether the student’s previous credits would be accepted or not. Then it would go back to admissions to determine whether the student is admissible. Garcia also said, “It also depends on the major that the student is interested in because there is another process then that the department also has to take a look at the file. For instance, majors like nursing, OT and some of the science majors, the department takes a look at those files.”
As for the required courses for the university, it is different for transfer students. It depends on the amount of units that does transfer over for whether some courses are to be waived or fulfilled. Although most courses are accepted, transfer students would still have to take religion and colloquium courses. Garcia said that because they started at a different school, the number of units that is required will decrease. Julia Salem, a Dominican transfer student said, “It was pretty easy for me to transfer in and complete the courses that I needed to do. I had finished all my general education requirements at my previous school, College of Marin, so i didn’t have much to do.” For students who transfer out, a lot of courses such as Big History are not accepted at other schools. Garcia said it’s not that it’s not accepted or able to be transferred, but it is difficult because different schools have different requirements that they would accept.