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Join the Victors Valiant by studying in the oldest and largest college at U-M. University of Michigan Admissions will help answer many broad questions about the campus and Ann Arbor. For more on specific opportunities for exploring transfer to LSA, check out the details below.

Remember that you’ll need to apply specifically to the College of LSA to unlock the world of possibilities that await you in the next four years.

Application Instructions for LSA Transfer Undergraduates

All transfer students are required to submit the following prior to the deadline date:

  1. A completed Common Application and the University of Michigan questions, with the $75 application fee or fee waiver request.
  2. Final official secondary school record, including 9-12th grades, test data, and graduation date or GED results, if applicable.
  3. Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions, including college transcripts from any dual enrolled courses.
  4. ACT with writing, or SAT, if taken as a high school student
    1. If you took the ACT or SAT while in high school, send your scores directly to the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor: 
  5. TOEFL, MELAB, or IELTS scores if English is not your first language
  6. Optional: Academic Evaluator/Instructor recommendation is not required of transfer applicants to LSA but may enhance the application during the review process.
School Report and Counselor Recommendation are not required for transfer applicants.

Financial Aid/Tuition and Costs

All financial aid for transfer students is based on demonstrated financial need. For eligible Michigan residents, the university has a long-standing commitment to meet the demonstrated financial need as determined by the difference between the cost of attendance and your expected family contribution. The University of Michigan Office of Financial Aid maintains a page dedicated to financial aid for transfer students.

A few things to keep in mind when considering financial aid:

  • Your financial aid award will most likely change. Sometimes students assume that they will receive the same dollar amount of financial aid at U-M as they did at their previous college, but this is most often not the case. Financial aid awards at U-M are based on the cost of attendance and your financial need.  
  • There is also financial aid available for out-of-state transfer students with demonstrated financial need. LSA Transfer Student Scholarships are available through the LSA Scholarship Office for both in-state and out-of-state students. Scholarship amounts depend upon financial need and can range between $2,500 and $10,000 for in-state students and $5,000 and $15,000 for out-of-state students. Scholarship candidates do not apply into this program. They will be selected based on a review of their undergraduate admissions applications and on the financial aid packages of all transfer students.

Exploring Transfer to LSA

There are a number of ways to explore the U-M campus and get advice on transferring even before you apply.

Transfer Tuesdays

Students interested in learning more about transferring to the University are invited to register for Transfer Tuesdays (held monthly). Transfer Tuesdays provide opportunities to learn about financial aid, credit transfers, and admissions requirements. Students are encouraged to bring a copy of their transcripts to discuss with admissions counselors and credit evaluators. Students will participate in a transfer information session, Central Campus Walking Tour, and meet one-on-one with an academic adviser. 

UROP Michigan Community College Summer Research Fellowship

The Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP) at the University of Michigan offers a 10-week paid Summer Research Fellowship for currently enrolled sophomore and junior community college students interested in transferring to UM-Ann Arbor. Research projects are available in all fields, including the social sciences; humanities; engineering; health sciences; and physical, natural, and environmental sciences.

Transfer Fairs at Community Colleges

Representatives from Undergraduate Admissions and LSA will be on hand at most of the transfer fairs at Michigan community colleges and some out-of-state fairs.

Scheduled Campus Visits

Many Michigan community colleges bring groups of students for campus visits. If you attend a Michigan community college, check with the advisers and counselors at your college to see if a visit is scheduled.

Have questions?

For questions about the admissions process and the application, contact the admissions counselor assigned to you by your last name.

If you have questions about credit transfer, how to choose the right classes for transfer, LSA majors and minors, and what programs might be right for you to explore, contact the LSA Transfer Team, Michael Hartman and Kristin Heinrich at

Want to get a student perspective on transferring? Contact the Committee Advocating for Transfer Students at