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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

Transfer Student Appreciation Week Events

Office of New Student Programs Transfer Appreciation Days
Monday, February 12 – Friday, February 16
9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Office of New Student Programs, 2011 Student Activities Bldg.

Stop by the Office of New Student Programs any day this week to pick up your free “I Love Transfers” buttons and laptop stickers! Wear them with pride around campus! Fill out our 5-minute survey and enter a drawing to win a Starbucks gift card!

Transfer Turf
Tuesday, February 13
6:00-8:00 p.m.

Office of New Student Programs, 2011 Student Activities Building

Office of New Student Programs, 2011 Student Activities Building

All transfer students are invited to stop by for a free dinner and comradarie with fellow transfer students. Event is casual; no RSVP required.

Sweetland Center for Writing Transfer Student Open House
Thursday, February 15
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Peer Writing Center, Angell Hall Room G219

Have no fear, the Sweetland Center for Writing is here! Learn about all of the free writing services available to you as a U-M student. We'll help you sign up and schedule your first appointment, walk you through a typical writing consultation, and answer any other writing questions you have to prepare you for your first visit with us. (Coffee and bagels, of course!)

International Center Transfer Student Open House
Thursday, February 15
1:00 p.m.

International Center Conference Room, 1500 Student Activities Bldg.

International Center Transfer Student Open House: Come check out the International Center to learn about the services we offer, such as cultural events, education abroad advising, Peace Corps Prep, and international student services! Light refreshments will be served.

Office of Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs Open House
Thursday, February 15
2:00 p.m.

2202 Michigan Union

Come visit the Office of Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs (MESA) to learn about our space, programs and more!

Transfer Student Internship Lab
Thursday, February 15
4:00 p.m.

University Career Center Program Room, 3rd Floor, Student Activities Bldg.

Thinking about what you want to do this summer? Do you have some ideas about your dream internship experience? Do you have no idea what you're doing? That's all OK! Come check out the Transfer Student Internship Lab. It's designed as a drop-in, so, come when you can between 4:00-5:30! It's a place for you to dream of, search for, and find a great summer experience! Chat with folks from the University Career Center to explore Handshake, the University Career Alumni Network and to learn about other tools you can use to build a great job/internship search strategy.

Paint No Pour
Thursday, February 15
6:00-8:00 p.m.

Trotter Multicultural Center

Trotter's Third Thursdays also known as Paint No Pour are inspired by national heritage months, student interests, and social concerns. Each month allows for participants to widen their cultural lens, expand their worldview, tap into their creative selves and participate in multicultural celebration, education, and recognition. We encourage all members of the U of M Campus Community to come and share in these amazing experiences. Paint No Pour is free of charge, and Trotter provides all paint supplies.

The Center for Global and Intercultural Studies (CGIS), Community-Engaged Academic Learning (CEAL) and Optimize Open House for Transfer Students
Friday, February 16
11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

2nd Floor, Weiser Hall
Enjoy popcorn and candy while you pick up some swag and learn more about what these three departments have to offer. Explore the study spaces and learn more about the ways that CGIS, CEAL, and Optimize can enrich your Michigan education.  


Major/Minor Expo

March 21 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Michigan Union (Rogel Ballroom).

Trying to find a major, or maybe a minor, but unsure where to look? Come to the Major/Minor Expo, held every March, that allows students to explore the 70+ majors and 100+ minors LSA has to offer by talking with advisors and faculty from LSA departments. Additionally, there are advisors from other colleges at UM, such as Art, Business, and Public Health. In 2017, nearly 900 students attended this event!

Drop-in Backpacking, Registration, and Degree Audit Checks

Wednesday, April 4, 11:00am - 2:00pm in G243 AH
Thursday, April 5, 11:00am - 2:00pm in G243 AH
Friday, April 6, 11:00am - 2:00pm in G243 AH

LSA advisors will help you select courses and backpack for the spring, summer, and/or fall semesters. 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.

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, 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 or Alex Deeke for help. You can also us their Guide to the Library for Transfer Students.

Non-Academic Resources

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.

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

  • UM Study Abroad
    Intensive Spanish/French/Italian 230, Mandarin 203 due January 15, 2018
    Spring/Summer Terms - Applications due February 2018
    For questions/concerns, contact
  • Michigan in Washington
    Applications due Friday, September 22, 2017 for the Winter 2018 and Fall 2018 semesters
  • Camp Davis
    Applications due by April 1, 2018, 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. 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 September 29th 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.

Housing Information

University Resources

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

Inter-Cooperative Council

Washtenaw Area Apartment Association listings

MI Live listings

Other listing services

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 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.