I’ll be starting my final semester at community college next week, and should be at a four-year university by the spring semester. Last week, my advisor told me that if I CLEP my English courses, then the university will acknowledge that I completed the English requirement, but give me zero credits for it. This would cause me to enter with 57 credits instead of 60, giving me sophomore standing instead of junior.
Now I’m being extremely careful with what goes on my transcript, so I called the university and confirmed that this is true about the English CLEP. They told me that it is true, but I can take another three-credit course to make up for the hole where English is (which the community college advisor did not tell me). She also said that if I want to transfer into the honors program, I should speak to my community college advisor and get an invite to the honors transfer luncheon where I get to meet my future department chairs. Finally, she gave me some scholarship information that I did not know about.
So I call the advisor back and tell her that the university did confirm what she told me and that I could take a different three-credit course to bring me up to 60 transferable credits. She got extremely huffy with me.
*Advisor: I’ve been doing this a long time. I don’t give out incorrect information.
Me: I just wanted to confirm with them since I wasn’t 100% sure about things. I didn’t think you give out incorrect information.
Advisor: Yes you did. Yes you did. Or else you wouldn’t have called them to confirm.*
At that point, I asked her about the transfer luncheon, but she quickly said she didn’t know anything about that and she needed to get back to work.
So, long story short, was I wrong to confirm my advisor’s advice with the university? If I hadn’t called, I wouldn’t have gotten some very necessary advice about getting into the honors program. However, the university told me that my advisor was probably the best one in the state, so maybe I did the wrong thing.
What do you think?