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LSA Transfer Student Program

The Transfer Student Program’s mission is to help you connect to the university community and provide you with the tools and resources you need to achieve your goals at Michigan and beyond. Please click on one of the + signs below to see the full details of each menu item.

Academic Programs

Festifall with Transfer Students

Friday, September ?, 4-8pm on the Central Campus Diag
Festifall is a one day event held on the Diag where you can visit with all of the different student groups on campus. Due to its size, it can be a bit overwhelming and intimidating. Members of the Transfer Students Resources Commission will be on hand to help guide you to particular organizations or walk through the event to highlight groups that might be of particular interest. To get a sense of what organizations are on campus, you might wish to check out Maize Pages:

Orientation Revisited

Week of Sept 12th
Meet with other Transfer Students and LSA academic advisors to go over any questions you may have now that classes have started. Learn about resources on campus to ease your transition to UM and deal with any academic issues such as transfer credit or scheduling issues.

Library Tour and Overview of Resources for Transfer Students

Join us for a quick tour of the Hatcher and Shapiro Libraries. Learn about study spaces, where to get research help, how to find materials, and technology assistance. Gain insight into the resources and services available and strategies for efficiently finding information for your research projects.
Join a Learning Librarian as the questions below are explored.
What kind of technology help can I get at the library?
How can I find scholarly books and articles?
What are some of the research tools the library owns that may help me with my research?

What to Expect at the Career Center’s Fall Expo

Week of Sept. 19
Not sure if you should attend the Fall Career Expo, or how you should prepare if you do wish to attend? Talk with an advisor from the Career Center about making the most of your time at the Fall Career Expo and why you might wish to attend, even if you aren’t currently looking for a job or internship. This session will go over how to talk with employers, how to highlight the skills you bring as a transfer student, as well as what to put on your resume.

Fall Career Expo

Week of September 26th
Meet with different organizations to learn about career or internship opportunities. Learn more about this event by going to the career center’s site:

Study Abroad for Transfer Students

Week of October 10th
Meet with Kate Lily, Intercultural Programs Advisor from the Center for Global and Intercultural Study (CGIS), to discuss study abroad opportunities for transfer students. This session will highlight short-term study abroad programs that might be easier to fit into your time at Michigan, as well as to answer any questions or concerns you might have about how these credits can work toward your UM degree. This presentation can be a great way to determine which programs you might wish to learn more about at the Study Abroad Fair.

Study Abroad Fair

Week of October 12th, 11am-4pm in the Michigan Union
Come learn about the different study abroad programs that the Center for Global and Intercultural Study (CGIS) offers.

Are You Looking to Do a Honors Thesis?

An Honors thesis is one of many ways to enrich your undergraduate education. Come to this session to hear from a Honors advisor about:

the benefits of and challenges to completing a thesis
the application process and deadlines
the many values of completing a Honors thesis

This session is for all Transfer students, whether you have been thinking about doing a Honors thesis or this is the first time you have heard of such an opportunity.

Pre-Law 101 for Transfer Students

This session will provide you with the first steps in exploring a career in law. The pre-law advisors from the Newnan Advising Center will review the law school admission process and provide tips on how to submit a strong application. This session is designed to address the unique circumstances of transfer students and will allow for time at the end of the presentation for questions.

Scholarships and Financial Aid

Looking for money for tuition, off-campus research, community service or study abroad? Doug Fletcher from the LSA Scholarship Office, Darlene Nichols from UM Library, and Sarah Krueger from the Office of Financial Aid will introduce the resources available for searching for grants, fellowships and scholarships.
Please bring a laptop, if possible.

Academic Resources

Center for Global and Intercultural Study (CGIS) provides undergraduate students from diverse academic backgrounds with a wide variety of global engagement and learning opportunities around the world. CGIS currently offers more than 90 programs in 40 different countries that span the globe. CGIS programming features semester-long
study abroad options, 3–10 week long programs during spring and summer,
and academic- and calendar-year programs.

International Student English Language Resources for international students, scholars and family members are available – on and off campus – for assistance writing papers; tips on listening comprehension and note-taking; translation services; and
lessons in English as a Second Language (ESL).

The Math Lab located in B860 East Hall, offers free walk-in tutoring services to students taking math classes numbered through 217. Their current walk-in schedule is posted on their website. 

Newnan's Stay on Track page. This page provides many tools for helping you achieve your academic goals from basic time management skills to specific studying tools.

Physics Help Room and Tutoring is located in 1416 Randall and provides help to students taking the introductory physics classes. To see the schedule, and to see the other tutoring help available, check out their website.

The Science Learning Center (SLC), located in off of the atrium in the Chemistry Building,offers resources to students taking natural science classes. Note that their Satellite Location in 2165 Undergraduate Science Building houses a study lounge,
team rooms, and computers.  

Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) provides provide services for note taking, document delivery services, testing accommodations and guides on how to approach University faculty and staff regarding student disability paperwork. You can stop by their office in G-664 Haven Hall, call them at (734) 763-3000, or go to their website to register with them online.

The Sweetland Center for Writing offers a wide range of resources to help students with  writing. Note, their resources are there to support you in any class, not just your
writing classes. When you are ready to take your ULWR, be sure to check
out the Writing 350 class: that comes highly recommended by other transfer students as not only a way to help you in your ULWR, but to also help you transition to UM.

Are you an International Student? Check out the many writing courses Sweetland offers to help you.


Non-Academic Resources

The Career Center offers both online and in-person resources to help you explore, decide, and prepare for your career following your time as a student at the University of Michigan. With career guides, assessment tools, alumni profiles, and more, you can check out the Career Center website for online guidance and information on possible events and presentations that can increase your knowledge about your options. Furthermore, there are online resources available to help you find jobs, internships, enhance your networking skills and practice interviewing.

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) provides a wide array of resources including, individual, couple, and group counseling services for enrolled University of Michigan students. CAPS recognizes that stress management among the student body is extremely important. Their wellness zone includes three massage chairs, yoga and meditation tools, seasonal affective disorder light therapy and much more. Crisis Services are also offered through CAPS and information on them can be found on their website.

Health Services  Call 734.764.8320 to schedule or talk about a health concern.

The International Center  helps international students to navigate immigration regulations and provides workshops on U.S. academic and cultural issues.

LSA Opportunity Hub helps LSA students find ways to enhance their liberal arts education, both inside and outside of the classroom, through courses and opportunites. The Hub helps students connect with alumni and find internships as a few examples of what they offer.

Mindfulness Sessions on campus.

Transfer Tips information for new Transfer Students from the Office of New Student Programs. You can also access past newsletters which contain a variety of information.

Veteran & Military Services help veterans, military members and their dependents navigate the university and to provide resources they may need. On their website, youcan find resources on how to use your veteran benefits to pay for education, links to scholarships, veteran-friendly contacts within the university and other valuable resources.


Academic Opportunities and their Application Deadlines

  • UM Study Abroad
    Intensive Language Classes - Applications due January 15th
    Spring/Summer Terms - Applications due February 2017
    For questions/concerns, contact Kate Lilly,

  • Camp Davis
    Applications due by April 1, 2017, in order to be considered for financial aid


For additional academic opportunities, please see our On-Campus and Off-Campus Academic Programs page.


Groups and Opportunities for Transfer Students

The Transfer Student Resources Commission (TSRC) works through the University of Michigan's Central Student Government. Their goal is to advocate for current transfer students and improve the transition process for future transfer students. The TSRC hopes to build a transfer student community on campus and use their experience to help others.

Here are the links to their Facebook page and Facebook group that you can join! Also, the general email where you can contact them is:

International Student Affairs CSG Commision  works through the University of Michigan’s Central Student Government. Their goal is to work toward the improvement of campus life for international students. The commission will work with the International Center and International Student Organizations to create a comprehensive report of issues facing the international student community, the resources available to international students, and recommendations for improvement of campus life for international students.

Transfer Connections (TC) is a mentorship program for LSA transfer students’ that connects you with peer mentors (former transfer students) and faculty/staff mentors in order to ease your transition to Michigan. TC designs programs around YOUR interests! Every month you can count on us to provide a wide array of activities, from recreation-based to visual and performing arts activities. The program is voluntary and selective. All new LSA transfer students admitted for fall or winter term are eligible to apply.

Transfer Connections Groups are made up of 8-12 Mentees (new transfer students) that share a peer mentor and faculty/staff mentor -- you'll get to know other students and faculty/staff members with similar and different interests. Being in the program will allow you to take advantage of great opportunities that most transfer students don’t notice until at least a year or more on campus. Transfer Connections helps build networks with other students, faculty and staff who can help you make the most of your remaining undergraduate career.

The deadline to apply is July 31st, 2016. Early applications are encouraged because of limited space. Extensions available by request.

To find out more visit or Please contact Ayeza Siddiqi ( if you have any questions.

UROP Changing Gears (CG) is a program designed for community college transfer students who will be attending the University of Michigan in the Fall of 2016 or Winter 2017. Become a part of an ongoing research project in your field of interest and work alongside UM Faculty and Scholars on groundbreaking research. You learn valuable academic skills, applying these skills to your research project, academics, and future career and opportunities, while receiving academic credit or compensation for your efforts in research work.

Emerging Wolverines is an exciting and interactive 5 week-long group experience for first year and transfer students to:

  • Learn about yourself in a small group environment with other students

  • Explore career and campus opportunities, using the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) personality assessment tool

  • Gain clarity about present and future goals

Students will meet approximately once a week, and will engage in thought provoking activities. The application deadline is January 19th at noon. Click here to submit a short application. The program starts in February.

First Generation Students is a website devoted to first generation students attending UM. U-M faculty, students and staff who are first-generation students and graduates proudly share their stories here, but you can also find resources specifically for first generation students.

Housing Information

The University’s Housing website is the perfect place to start your housing search and they have a section for transfer students

If you’re interested in off-campus housing, check out Beyond the Diag (BTD). BTD is a program based in the Dean of Students Office that helps you in your off-campus housing search, while keeping you connected with campus life with their twelve neighborhoods on both the North and Central campuses.

You can also check out the Inter-Cooperative Council (ICC) Co-Ops.

Study Spaces on Campus

This list was compiled by the Transfer Student Resources Commission (TSRC)

Campus Libraries:

The University Unions:

The Willis Ward Lounge, Patio, Reading and Quiet Study Lounge, and the MUG and Tap Room are all available for your use. Check them out.

Study Spaces in the Schools:

Each building and specific school on campus have designated study spaces. As you adjust to the new campus and get a feel for you class schedule, don’t be afraid to explore the buildings and find your favorite spot. But to start you off, we’ve shared some of our favorites:

  • School of Education
  • The School of Social Work
    • The basement of the SSW offers students a computing site. Although it may be restricted to social work students at specific times, there are plenty of tables and comfortable individual seating for a quiet study session.
  • Ross School of Business
    • The Davidson Winter Garden is a wide and open place to study with a Starbucks for study snacks and a way to keep that steady flow of caffeine pumping for those late night study sessions.
  • Atriums in East Hall
    Both atriums are located on the East side of the Building. The northern one is the Psychology atrium, and the southern one is the Math atrium. Both can be used by students of any major.

Places to Heat up Food

Dana Building (School of Natural Resources) has a small kitchen with two microwaves and a small sink that anyone can use. The kitchen is just off of their atrium space on the first floor of the building. If you come into the building from the Diag side, go up the front steps and turn left after you enter, and then make an immediate right into the Atrium. The kitchen is on the left.

The Ginsberg Center is located at the corner of Hill and East University, just behind the Ross School of Business. It has a microwave anyone can use, as well as lots of study space. Additionally, if you are part of a student group and looking for a space to meet, they do have rooms available to use.

Connect with Nature

Nichols Arboretum (the Arb) is a great park-like area located by the hospitals. There are lots of trails for walking and jogging and many places to just sit and relax. You can walk to the Washington Heights entrance in about 15 minutes from the center of the Diag.

Outdoor Adventures provides outdoor educational and recreational opportunities for all students, regardless of prior experience. Outdoor equipment from camping gear to snowshoes to tug-of-war ropes can be borrowed from their Rental Center. They offer classes in wilderness medicine and outdoor skills such as backcountry cooking and building outdoor shelters. If you just want to get outside, they offer a variety of trips during weekends and breaks. Past destinations have included dogsledding in the Upper Peninsula, canoeing and kayaking the Huron River, and backpacking the Grand Canyon.