I enrolled in 8/2006 to attend Westwood College and graduated with honors in May/2008 with an Associate Degree in Architectural Drafting. All the admissions, financial aid and student advisors asked me why I wanted to attend Westwood. I basically said that I wanted to get the technical skills first to land a job and later transfer to a traditional accredited architecture program working my way through school pursuing my dreams of being an architect. They all agreed it was a sound plan so I enrolled in the school. A year before graduation I started the search of finding a suitable architecture program and I ran into all sort of oppositions of accepting any credit from Westwood College. Regional accredited schools would not even accept my math and science credits which suppose to be universal. I talk to several staff members about my concerns and they all said that they can not understand my situation because they are accredited and they said in fact, they have many students that came from regional accredited schools and many students from this school went on to traditional universities with no problems whatsoever. Through my extensive search across the country it came to my unexpected realization that they are 6 regional accredited school bodies across this country and almost none of them across the board accepts national accredited college credits. In fact, many schools didn't even want to see my college transcripts because of it. They is asking for my high school transcripts and to start all over from scratch as a freshman. They even want me to take again the same math and science classes. Many of these schools also informed me that all these national accredited schools knows this but tricks the students anyway into enrolling for profit. If Westwood College officials would of explicitly explained this to me before I attended then I would of went to a traditional university instead of wasting two years of my life. I hold a worthless degree with a huge debt attached to it. It is a sad day in America for such a thing to happen to many unexpected students across this country. So to continue on with my education I will have to take everything over and go further into debt to realize my dreams. Every national accredited school need to fully explain accreditations and what that means to students explicitly in an orientational format instead of shoveling a stack of papers for the student to sign if they plan in the future to transfer to a regional accredited institution. But of course, they wouldn't do such a thing because they will be left with empty classrooms all across the nation. SHAME ON THEM!!!!!
san bernardino, California
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