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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

Growth, Grit and Stick! Research-based Learning Strategies

Wednesday, September 18, 5:30-7:00 | Make it Stick - Register here

Every student knows how to study, right? Wrong! This session will cover learning strategies every student should know. This session will help you learn which of your study strategies you should abandon and expose you to some the top strategies backed by years of empirical research.  The session will also help you understand how your mindset can affect your performance before you even step foot in a classroom and the importance of grit in your academic and life success. This is the most popular workshop ever offered by the SLC. Registration is required, and that is how you find the room location!

Amplify Nights

Every Monday starting September 16 from 6-8pm in 755 Weiser
aMplify Nights are all about enriching your transfer experience at U-M. Through community, good food, and awareness of what the university has to offer, feel that you know you belong. Eat with us, speak with us, learn about optiMize while you’re at it.

Transfer Student Dinner aka Transfer Turf

All dinners held in 2038 Student Activities Building from 6:00pm-8:00pm

If you are looking for a way to meet other Transfer students here and wouldn't mind a free dinner at the same time, then you might want to attend one of these dinners.

To ensure there is enough food, please RSVP on the Transfer Turf event page:

Wednesday, September 18, 6-8pm
Wednesday, October 9, 6-8pm
Wednesday, October 16, 6-8pm
Wednesday, October 30, 6-8pm
Wednesday, November 13, 6-8pm
Wednesday, December 11, 6-8pm

Transfer Student Talks: Go-To Goal Setting and Getting on Board with the Hub

Wednesday, September 18 from 12 - 12:45pm in LSA 2001
Join this interactive session to learn how the Hub can set you up for professional success! Enjoy lunch and leverage your time to set fall goals and find out ways to engage with the Hub.

What to Expect at the University Career Center’s Fall Expo and Other Career Events

Thursday, September 26 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.

Fall 2019 Career Expos and Events

Law Day - September 26
Job and Internship Fair - October 2nd and 3rd
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

Study Abroad for Transfer Students

Wednesday, October 2 from 3:30-4:30 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.

Transfer Student Talks: Liberal Arts Beyond the Classroom

Thursday, October 3 from 5-6pm in LSA 2001
Discover the possibilities you can pursue through your liberal arts education! Together we will explore how the liberal arts translate to a variety of career possibilities by reflecting on the important work you have already accomplished and begin goal setting for your next steps.

Pre-Law 101 for Transfer Students

Tuesday, October 8 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.

Bonderman Fellowship Presentation

Tuesday, October 8 from 5-6pm in Great Lakes South, Palmer Commons
Friday, October 25 from 12-1pm in Room 4, Michigan League (1st floor)

The Bonderman Fellowship offers 4 graduating University of Michigan LSA (Literature, Science and the Arts) seniors $20,000 to travel the world. They must travel to at least 6 countries in 2 regions over the course of 8 months and are expected to immerse themselves in independent and enriching explorations.
Come to a Bonderman information session to learn more about the fellowship and how to apply! Pizza will be provided!

Please register to attend one of these sessions at,

Study Abroad Fair

Thursday, October 10 from 12-4pm in the Michigan League Ballroom
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
  • Enjoy performances from global student orgs, maize-n-blue giveaways, and free candy from around the world.
  • Learn about important deadlines.
  • GIEU application deadline November 3
  • GCC application deadline December 15

Searching for Scholarships for Transfer Students

Wednesday, October 16 from 4-5pm in G243 AH
Are you looking for a scholarship to use for the 2019-2020 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 12 from 4-5pm 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.

UM Biological Station Information Session

Tuesday, November 12 from 5-6pm in 1040 Dana
Come learn about spring/summer courses and research opportunities at the U-M Biological Station! Featuring a student panel and scholarship/financial aid information.

Drop-in Backpacking, Registration, and Degree Audit Checks

Tuesday, November 26 from 11am - 1pm in G243 AH
Wednesday, November 27 from 11am - 1pm in G243 AH
Monday, December 2 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.

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).

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.

Office of National Scholarships and Fellowships. This page lists the top national scholarships and fellowships that are avilable to our students.

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 visit their webpage for Transfer students

Non-Academic Resources

Basic Needs has a document that is is a first step in accessing support for students at U-M experiencing food, housing, or financial insecurity. It lists resources, contact information, and how to access the resource for those who could use assistance in these or other areas.

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
    GIEU (Global Intercultural Experience for Undergraduates) - Applications are due November 1
    GCC (Global Course Connections) - Applications are due December 1
    Intensive Spanish/French/Italian 230, Mandarin 203 due January 15
    Spring/Summer Terms - Applications due February
    For questions/concerns, contact
  • Camp Davis
    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.

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:

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 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.

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 which offer housing by the semester.

Internet Resources to Search for Housing

Washtenaw Area Apartment Association listings

MI Live listings

Other listing services

Study Spaces on Campus

Campus Libraries:

  • Shapiro Undergraduate Library & Shapiro Science Library (aka the UGLI)
    • 15 study rooms on 2nd and 3rd floors, which you can request
    • For reservations and other questions, you can also call the circulation desk at: (734)764-7491
  • 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 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.