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‘So Much Anger': Mount Ida Students Speak Out as They Struggle to Figure Out Academic Future

Former Mount Ida College sophomore John Driscoll says it has been difficult to navigate the transfer process

Mount Ida students who are worried their education could be at risk are speaking out. With their school being sold to the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, Mt. Ida students are being forced to figure out what comes next academically.

For former Mt. Ida College Sophomore John Driscoll, it’s been difficult to figure out his academic future.

“It’s been very stressful,” said, Driscoll, “I have kind of been scrambling.”

Driscoll joined other students, parents and faculty at a State House hearing on Wednesday about the sale of Mt. Ida.

“I have so much anger for the people in charge,” said Driscoll.

The criminal justice major says he has plenty of options but navigating the transfer process has been difficult.

“Who will take my credit?” said Driscoll, “Who is offering the best tuition, financial aid package, who is the closest?”

Many students feel there aren’t that many good options.

Regis College held an open house for more than 50 students who were Mt. Ida Veterinary Tech and Dental Hygiene majors.

Regis says it is close to finalizing a deal that would allow students in those specialized programs to transfer without losing any credit.

Mt. Ida students in good standing can automatically transfer to UMass-Dartmouth.

But Driscoll and other students say that campus is too far and just not a right fit.

“I picked my college," Driscoll said. "It was Mount Ida!”

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