Admitted Transfer Students

You’re in! The hard part is over, but there are still some things to take care of before your first day. Like picking classes. And finding a place to live. You know, the basics. Here are some items to put on your radar.

MAKING YOUR DECISION

Get Your Questions Answered

We understand that deciding your next step toward fulfilling your educational goals can be difficult and sometimes confusing.  To help you make the right decision, we offer a variety of ways for you to learn more about LSA through direct interaction with students, programs, and faculty.  Join us for LSA Transfer Student Days, our programs just for admitted LSA transfer students and connect with current transfer students. Or, connect with the Transfer Ambassadors in a number of other ways.

Attend Transfer Student Day

Are you interested in learning more about LSA? Do you want to meet current transfer students and professionals from across campus who are here to help YOU? We invite you to attend our LSA Transfer Student Day in November!

Attending our Transfer Student Day will allow you to take a tour of campus, hear about new and great things going on in LSA, meet current students, faculty, and staff, and decide if the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts is the right fit for you!

We are offering Transfer Student Days on campus and online.

On campus Transfer Student Days will be held on November 18

Virtual Transfer Student Days will be held November 17 and 21

All admitted transfer students will receive an invitation to Transfer Student Days.

Attend a LSA Transfer Student Ambassador Panel

Are you wondering what the real transfer student experience at U-M is like?  Looking for advice on the best way to prepare for the academic rigor at U-M?  Wondering what the most difficult part is to transferring to LSA? Wondering about the best places to eat, drink, exercise, and relax in Ann Arbor?

Join the LSA Transfer Student Ambassadors for informal conversations to learn from their experiences, get your questions answered, and pick up some great advice.  

For the schedule and log in information see the Transfer Ambassador page.

LSA Transfer Student Facebook

The LSA Transfer Student Facebook page is a group moderated by current LSA transfer students. The group is a place for prospective, admitted, and recent transfer students to introduce themselves, ask questions, and share resources relevant to the transfer experience. The goal of the page is to allow students to see what their future could be like at the University of Michigan through connecting with others and learning about all that Michigan has to offer and to help current student connect with other transfer students.

Connect with the LSA Transfer Team

You can either email the LSA Transfer Team or make an appointment to get all your questions answered. 

Understand Your Transfer Credit

Wondering how your credits will transfer and how long it will take to complete your degree? Here are a few things to keep in mind that might affect the number of semesters it takes you to earn your LSA degree. 

Check Your Transfer Credit Student Summary Report

After you are admitted, Undergraduate Admissions will evaluate your credits and email you a Transfer Credit Student Summary Report that shows which of your credits will transfer and how transferable credits will be posted on your U-M transcript. For information on how transfer credits can count for your degree, go to our Transfer Credits page, or you can email the LSA Transfer Team with questions.

To learn more about how transfer credits can count for your LSA degree and how to interpret the Transfer Credit Student Summary Report check out this PDF. 

Submitting Courses for Evaluation

Submit Courses for Evaluation

For Your Major: Departments are responsible for determining how specific courses transfer and if transfer credit can be used for major and minor credit. If you have classes that transferred as Departmental credit that you plan to use for a major or a minor or as a prerequisite for higher level classes you can submit them to the department for evaluation. For more information and links to each departments' transfer page go here.

For General Degree Requirements

  • First Year Writing - Submit classes to the Sweetland Center for Writing
    • If you have a class that transfers as ENGLISH 125 it fulfills the First Year Writing Requirement.  You do not need to submit it for further evaluation. 
    • If you completed writing classes that transfer as ENGCMPTC 101X Departmental or ENGLISH 101X Departmental, you can submit these classes to have them evaluated.
  • Quantitative Reasoning (QR) - Students can petition for a class to count for QR.  We recommend that you wait to talk with your advisor at Orientation before submitting a petition.
  • Race and Ethnicity (RE) - Students can petition for a class to count for RE.  We recommend that you wait to talk with your advisor at Orientation before submitting a petition.
  • Area Distribution - You do not need to submit courses for evaluation to count for Area Distribution. Your general academic advisor will make these determinations.

Completing Your LSA Degree: Your Major

Explore your Major

Go to Majors and Minors to learn about the requirements for all of the majors and minors you might be interested in. Keep in mind that students must apply and be accepted into the Organizational Studies and Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE) majors. If you are interested in completing a Bachelor of General Studies, please be aware that you will have to complete 60 credits at the 300 level or above. As a transfer student, that would likely mean that nearly every course you take after transferring would need to be at the 300 level or above.    

Completing Your LSA Degree: General Degree Requirements

LSA Language Requirement

LSA's language requirement helps you develop a valuable set of skills that prepares you for a world that has been profoundly transformed by the forces of globalization.  All Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees require fourth-semester proficiency in a language other than English. 

There are several paths to completion of the language requirement after you transfer.

  • If you do not have any previous experience in a language you most likely will have to take four semesters of language coursework after transferring.  
  • If you have taken language coursework prior to transfer either in high school or your previous college and plan to continue in the same language, you will take a placement exam as part of your orientation. 
  • If you are fluent in a language other than English but did not complete schooling in the language you will need to take a placement exam to demonstrate your fluency. 
  • A student whose first language is not English and who attended a high school or college where English was not the language of instruction is considered to have met the requirement.

Did you know?  Fluency in a second language and the skills that you acquire in learning a second language can be an important part of your toolbox in the fields of medicine, law, business, and technology?  To learn how, make an appointment to talk with an advisor in the language department of your choice.  Not sure which language you want to study? Check out the list of languages offered at the Language Resource Center and while you are there explore all the resources they offer. 

Apply for Financial Aid and Scholarships

How to Apply for Financial Aid

To be eligible for all financial aid and scholarships that come from the University you must submit the CSS Profile and FAFSA.  For details on the CSS Profile and FAFSA visit the Office of Financial Aid. If you have questions about financial aid you can contact the Transfer Financial Aid Counselor Ashley Popp (poppa@umich.edu).

Apply for an LSA Transfer Student Scholarship

Did you know that LSA has its own scholarship opportunities in addition to those already provided by the Office of Financial Aid? The LSA Scholarships Office offers unique scholarship support to incoming undergraduate transfer students admitted for fall term called Two-Year Renewable Scholarships. 

These Two-Year Renewable Scholarships provide up to $5,000 of support for in-state students or up to $10,000 of support for out-of-state students each year. They are renewable for two years of undergraduate study within the College of LSA, and the funds can be applied to your tuition, room and board, books, and other educational expenses.

Award selections are made based on a review of your Two-Year Renewable Scholarship Application, your undergraduate admissions application, and an evaluation of your financial need, as demonstrated by your FAFSA and CSS profile on file with the Office of Financial Aid. Decisions are made on a rolling basis, so the sooner you apply, the better your chances!

Ready to get started?

Click over to the Two-Year Renewable Scholarship page for complete instructions and a link to begin your application. Remember that these scholarships do require a FAFSA and a CSS profile, so be sure to submit these documents to the Office of Financial Aid if you haven’t done so already.

Whether you’re selected to receive a Two-Year Renewable Scholarship or not, the LSA Scholarships Office has many additional scholarship programs available to current students. From supporting your coursework to helping you study abroad or complete an internship, there are scholarships to help you make the most of your education in LSA.

 

Additional Sources for Financing Your Degree

The University of Michigan Library has compiled a list of funding sources both internal and external to U-M. This resource can give you a good sense of the types of funding opportunities available to Michigan students and can point you toward external foundations and organizations with available scholarship opportunities.

Pay Enrollment Deposit

Secure your spot in LSA by paying the $300 enrollment deposit or request request it to be waived by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.  You can do this from your Enrollment Connect portal.

Next Steps to Take After You Pay Your Deposit

Set Up Your Uniqname

Once you decide to enroll at U-M and pay your deposit, you will receive an email invitation to set up your uniqname. Your uniqname is your U-M user name. It is used for logging in to U-M websites, online services, systems, and more. 

Your U-M email address will be the uniqname you create followed by @umich.edu. Once you create your uniqname all official correspondence from the University will be sent to your umich.edu email. The Univerity will no longer email you at the email address you used during th admission process.  

Find Housing

You will also receive an email from University Housing explaining your on-campus housing and dining options. There are also numerous off-campus housing opportunities near campus and in the wider Ann Arbor vicinity.  See the Resources page for details on different on-campus housing options and for help finding off-campus housing.

Submit Courses for Evaluation if Necessary

For Your Major: Departments are responsible for determining how specific courses transfer and if transfer credit can be used for major and minor credit. If you have classes that transferred as Departmental credit that you plan to use for a major or a minor or as a prerequisite for higher level classes you can submit them to the department for evaluation. For more information and links to each departments' transfer page go here.

For General Degree Requirements

  • First Year Writing - Submit classes to the Sweetland Center for Writing
    • If you have a class that transfers as ENGLISH 125 it fulfills the First Year Writing Requirement.  You do not need to submit it for further evaluation. 
    • If you completed writing classes that transfer as ENGCMPTC 101X Departmental or ENGLISH 101X Departmental, you can submit these classes to have them evaluated.
  • Quantitative Reasoning (QR) - Students can petition for a class to count for QR.  We recommend that you wait to talk with your advisor at Orientation before submitting a petition.
  • Race and Ethnicity (RE) - Students can petition for a class to count for RE.  We recommend that you wait to talk with your advisor at Orientation before submitting a petition.
  • Area Distribution - You do not need to submit courses for evaluation to count for Area Distribution. Your general academic advisor will make these determinations.

Explore Your Major

Whether you are set on your major or still exploring, you can use this time to learn more about your options and make connections with advisors and faculty in the departments in which you are interested. The Majors and Minors page includes the details on requirements for every major and minor and links to the department's websites.  If you have questions about specific majors, you can make an appointment to talk with an advisor in the department. Note: if you have not paid the enrollment deposit and created a uniqname you will not be able use the advising scheduling system.  To make an appointment contact the department through their email, phone number, or some will have a specific email for their advisors.

Register for Orientation

You will receive an email from the Office of New Student Programs inviting you to register for Orientation, required of all new students. You will register for classes during orientation. Learn more about Orientation on the Office of New Student Programs website.

Check Out All the Cool Things to Get Involved In!

As an LSA student you have the opportunity to engage with your fellow students, the university community, and the world in an almost countless number of ways. Check out the over 1,000 student organizations on Maize Pages.  Explore all of the programs housed within LSA on the Departments and Units page.  There are a number of these programs that focus specifically on serving transfer students so check out our Resources page or the Transfer Student Days website

Have Your Final Transcript Submitted

The credit for the classes you are taking in your final semester at your previous school can't be posted to your U-M transcript until U-M receives an official transcript that includes your grades for the classes.  Your transcript must sent directly from the insitituion and can be emailed to transcripts@umich.edu.

Alternatively, official transcripts can be mailed to:

University of Michigan
Office of Undergraduate Admissions
1220 Student Activities Building
515 E. Jefferson Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1316

Transcripts sent from applicants are not accepted as official.

Meet With Your Advisor and Register for Classes

You will meet your advisor from the Newnan LSA Academic Advising Center, the Residential College, or the Comprehensive Studies Program at orientation, when you select courses for your first term. Together, you will review a preliminary degree audit checklist that shows how your transfer credit applies to LSA degree requirements. Your academic advisor will be an important partner as you develop and pursue your goals at LSA.

You might receive communications from an advisor prior to your orientation alerting you to courses that you may want to submit to an academic department for further evaluation in order to receive equivalent credit for classes that will count toward you planned majors.

TRANSFER STUDENT CENTER

Office Hours

Monday - Friday: 8:00 am - 7:00 pm