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.
Friday, September 7th from 2:00pm-6:00pm 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. To get a sense of what organizations are on campus, you might wish to check out Maize Pages: https://maizepages.umich.edu/organizations
Growth, Grit and Stick! Research-based Learning Strategies - A 2 Part Presentation Series
Growth and Grit Presentation - Wednesday, September 5th from 6-7pm
What if your ability to succeed in your classes was determined in part before you even stepped into the classroom? What is the one quality you need to overcome adversity academically and in life? This workshop will detail the research of Dr. Carol Dweck and her groundbreaking work on the concept of mindset. Students will learn how to abandon a debilitating fixed mindset in favor of a growth mindset, leading to success in areas they once considered too difficult. The workshop will also introduce students to the research of Dr. Angela Duckworth, and how a growth mindset can lead to the development of grit, an essential characteristic to overcoming our fear of failure.
Growth and Grit Registration
Stick Presentation - Wednesday, September 12th from 6-7pm
The study and learning strategies students often bring to college are often insufficient to help them succeed at the university level. Particularly in challenging STEM courses, students can't simply memorize or cram their way to a good grade. This workshop will focus on the popular learning strategies to avoid, as well as the top three strategies you don't know but are shown by research to be the most effective for long-term learning.
Make it Stick Registration
Thursday, September 13th from 1 - 2:30pm in G243 AH
Friday, September 14th from 11am - 1pm in G243 AH
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.
UM Library at a Glance for Transfer Students
Thursday, September 6th from 3-4pm
Friday, September 7th from 1-2pm
Monday, September 10th from 11am -12pm
Wednesday, September 12th from 3-4pm
Friday, September 14th from 3-4pm
Monday, September 17th from 1-2pm
Friday, September 21st from 2-3pm
To register for these sessions please go to https://ttc.iss.lsa.umich.edu/ttc/sessions/tag/transfer/
All of the tours/workshops will take place in Shapiro 4059, or 4041, both of which are located on the fourth floor of the Shapiro Library. Please click on a link above to register for a particular session.
Join us for a quick tour of the Hatcher and Shapiro Libraries. Learn about study spaces, where to get research help, how to find resources, 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 can I use at the library?
How can I find scholarly sources for class assignments, papers, and projects?
What are some of the research tools the library owns that may help me with my research?
What to Expect at the University Career Center’s Fall Job and Internship Fair and Other Career Events
Wednesday, September 19 from 4-5pm in G243 AH
Wondering whether or not you should attend any of the Fall Career Events, and if so, which ones? Not sure how to prepare for each of these events? The Fall Career Expo and other fall career events start early in the school year, but they are important opportunities to connect with professionals- both to explore different career fields and to engage with prospective organizations. Talk with a coach from the University Career Center about making the most of your time at any of the Fall Career Events and why you should 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, and what to put on your resume.
Study Abroad for Transfer Students
Tuesday, September 25 from 4-5pm in G243 AH
Meet with an 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.
Fall 2018 Career Expos and Events
This fall, employers and graduate schools will join us in the Michigan Union to meet YOU! This is an excellent way to explore opportunities, meet with prospective companies, and practice interacting with professionals. No matter where you are in your career process--exploring options or ready to land that job/internship--every student should attend at least one of these events! Learn more about all of these events at umich.joinhandshake.com/career_fairs
September 7 from 11am - 3pm - Consulting and Finance Fair
September 25 from 3-7pm - Fall Job & Internship Fair
September 28 from 10am - 2pm -Policy, Social Change, and Government Fair
October 10 from 12-3pm - Law Day
Pre-Law 101 for Transfer Students
Tuesday, October 2 from 4-5pm in G243 AH
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.
Study Abroad Fair
Wednesday, October 3 from 12-4pm in the Michigan League
Center for Global and Intercultural Study (CGIS) advisors and program representatives from around the world will be on hand to answer your questions about UM study abroad opportunities.
Learn about UM faculty-led programs.
Meet with staff from the Office of Financial Aid and the LSA Scholarships Office.
Enjoy performances from global student orgs, maize-n-blue giveaways, and free candy from around the world.
Learn about important deadlines:
Winter Semester Programs application deadline: September 15
GIEU application deadline November 5
GCC application deadline December 15
International Studies Transfer Student Information Session
Thursday, October 4 from 4-6pm in 555 Weiser Hall (high-rise building)
The Program in International and Comparative Studies (PICS) invites transfer students to join us for an overview of the interdisciplinary International Studies major and minor! Advisors will discuss prerequisites, major and minor requirements, sub-plans, how to declare, the transfer credit evaluation process, funding opportunities for abroad experiences, PICS student organizations, and website resources. You will have a chance to speak with International Studies advisors, Newnan/LSA General Advising, the LSA Opportunity Hub, and the U-M Career Center.
Please register to attend by October 1, 2018 here: http://myumi.ch/Lzq7d
Questions? Please email email@example.com or visit the PICS website at ii.umich.edu/pics
Psychology Department Transfer Student Orientation
Monday, October 8 from 4 - 6pm in 4448 East Hall
Join us for an overview of Psych & BCN majors, how to declare, transfer credit evaluation process, how to find research, and website resources. Brief overview of related majors, Neuroscience & Cognitive Science. Speak with advisors from each major, general advising, student organizations, the Opportunity Hub, and the Career Center.
Registration is required and must be done by October 7. To register, go here, http://myumi.ch/JYvPX
Searching for Scholarships for Transfer Students
Tuesday, October 30th from 4-5pm in G243 AH
Friday, November 2nd from 12-1pm in G243 AH
Are you looking for a scholarship to use for the 2018-2019 Academic year? Come
hear Paul Barrow from the UM Library present the different tools
available to you to aid in your search. Paul will demonstrate ways to do
a search on one of the databases the UM supports, but also show you
other resources to use.
Please bring a laptop, if possible.
Are You Looking to Do an Honors Thesis?
Tuesday, November 6th from 3:30-4:30pm in G243 AH
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.
Drop-in Backpacking, Registration, and Degree Audit Checks
Monday, December 3rd from 11am -1pm in G243 AH
Tuesday, December 4th from 11am - 1pm in G243 AH
Wednesday, December 5th from 11am - 1pm in G243 AH
LSA advisors will help you select courses and backpack for the fall semester. The advisors can also show you how to run an unofficial audit check to see what you might still be missing towards your degree requirements.
Please bring a laptop, if possible.
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).
Language Resource Center offers language tutors and conversation partners along with many ither resources to help you.
LSA Academic Calendar shows you the dates for registration, when classes start, drop deadlines, and many other dates and deadlines.
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.
Mindfulness sessions on campus
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, such as study groups, to students taking science classes. Note that their Satellite Location, in 2165 Undergraduate Science Building (USB), houses a study lounge, team rooms, and computers. The SLC also offers appointment-based peer tutoring for Transfer students.
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.
University Libraries provide many services for students including one-on-one appointments with a librarian to help you with your research, understanding what is needed for a writing assignment for a class, study spaces, free non-credit workshops about using technology, such as Excel, and of course access to books, journals and databases. Not sure where to get started, call or email: Gabriel Duque firstname.lastname@example.org or Alex Deeke email@example.com for help. You can also us their Guide to the Library for Transfer Students or visit their webpage for Transfer students
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 (IC) helps international students to navigate immigration regulations and provides workshops on U.S. academic and cultural issues. The IC also is where students would go for an I-20 extension, reduced course load requests, and OPT and CPT requests.
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.
The University 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.
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
New England Literature Program (NELP)
Applications due 1st week in January
- UM Study Abroad - CGIS
Intensive Spanish/French/Italian 230, Mandarin 203 due January 15
Spring/Summer Terms - Applications due February
For questions/concerns, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
- Michigan in Washington
Applications due Friday, September 28, 2018 for the Winter 2019 and Fall 2019 semesters
UM Biological Station
Applications due March
Applications due by April 1, 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.
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. Early applications are encouraged because of limited space. Extensions available by request.
UROP Changing Gears (CG) is a program designed for community college transfer students who will be attending the University of Michigan in the Fall or Winter semesters. 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 October 1 at noon. Click here to submit a short application. The program starts in October.
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.
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.
Internet Resources to Search for Housing
Off-Campus Housing Program listings
Washtenaw Area Apartment Association listings
MI Live listings
Other listing services
Study Spaces on Campus
- Shapiro Undergraduate Library & Shapiro Science Library (aka the UGLI)
- Hatcher Graduate Library
Study carrels are available for reservation either weekly or by semester. You can reserve them at: or you can call the circulation desk at: (734)764-0401
- Art, Architecture & Engineering Library (North Campus)
18 study rooms on the second floor, which you can request
- The Law Library
Not only is Michigan’s Law Library one of the coolest buildings on campus, but it’s a great, quiet place to get your work done. However, if you prefer to chat with friends or eat during your study sessions, steer clear as students here require a noiseless environment.
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 Brandon Center and Study Lounge
- 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 for Environment and Sustainability) 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.