(I’m a student at a college, but I’m thinking of transferring. The school that I currently attend has a rather unique history, and as a result, it is not yet accredited. It also has a very similar name to another school. The only difference between the two is that mine ends in “college” and the other one ends in “university.” However, many universities will accept credits from them as they are in the pre-accreditation stage. I’m visiting another school, and I ask their transfer student department about whether or not my credits can transfer.)
Me:Hi, I currently go to [College], and it is in the pre-accreditation stage, so I was wondering if you could accept my transfer credits?
Secretary:Well, let me see. (She begins to look through an older looking book. Meanwhile, one of the admission counselors walks in.) I can’t seem to find it.
Admission Counselor: What school is it?
Me: Its (First part of my school’s name).
AC: Yes, we accept their credits. We get them all the time. Are you these post-secondary credits? We get a lot of those from there.
Me: (Realizing my mistake.) Oh, I meant (college). You’re probably thinking of (university).
AC: Are they different?
Me: Yes, they have almost the same name and are in the same city, but they are independent of one another.
AC: The book says they’re the same. Are you sure?
Me: Yes, it is a really long story. (AC looks at me expectantly.) Well, (College) was the original school, but they started opening up many satellite campuses under the name (University). Eventually, (University) became in charge of both (College) and (University) and eventually (University) closed (College) in 2008. Then (College) reopened in 2012 using money from alumni and is now completely independent of (University).
AC: Really? Well, lets go into my office and look at their website to see their website.
(She proceeds to pull up the website for my college and read their “about” page.)
AC: (As she’s half way through.) I mean, this college has been around a while. I don’t know how they wouldn’t be accredited. (Continues reading.) Oh, it says that they are currently applying for accreditation. So, they don’t have it.
Me: I know that. Will you accept credits from them? Some schools will, but not all.
AC: No. We can’t because they aren’t accredited. I can’t understand how a school that old isn’t accredited though.
Me: Well, like I said, they were closed in 2008 and reopened under different ownership.
AC: (Not convinced) I guess that makes sense.