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Our mission is to increase access and advance student diversity by recruiting high achieving, motivated first-year and transfer students to one of the nation’s preeminent public liberal arts colleges.
Our team targets select prospective first-year and transfer students to encourage them to apply, and admitted students to provide them with the information they need to make their enrollment decision. We also support transfer students throughout their time in LSA and work to build a transfer-friendly culture that helps them succeed.
We work closely with academic departments, the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, Office of Financial Aid, LSA Advancement, LSA Academic Advising, the Honors Program, Residential College and the Michigan Learning Communities, Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program, Office of New Student Programs, Center for Educational Outreach, and select non-profit educational programs to leverage resources and meet our mutual recruitment goals.
We recruit at targeted high schools and community colleges, attend college and transfer fairs, and host prospective and admitted students on campus. Some of our programs are listed below:
We encourage high school students to participate in U-M summer programs to gain exposure to the university, Ann Arbor, and different fields of study. In particular, we partner with the Michigan Math & Science Scholars program, Earth Camp, D-RISE, Aspirnaut, Telluride Association Sophomore Seminars and Telluride Association Summer Program, and others.
Transfer Student Center
Located in 1180 LSA Building, the LSA Transfer Student Center provides a home on campus for transfer students. The goal of the LSA Transfer Student Center is to help current and new transfer students connect to the university community and provide students with the tools and resources they need to achieve their goals at Michigan and beyond. The center is a collaborative effort that involves Student Recruitment, the LSA Newnan Academic Advising Center, additional programs in undergraduate education, and partners from across campus.
Transfer Bridges to the Humanities (TB2H)
A collaborative partnership between LSA and Henry Ford College in Dearborn, Transfer Bridges aims to make LSA more accessible to community college transfer students planning to study the humanities. This program, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, includes tailored recruitment and advising, paid fellowship opportunities, and academic capacity-building for graduation and beyond. The most successful elements of the program will be expanded to other Michigan community colleges in the future.
Transfer Focus events introduce prospective students to all that LSA has to offer. Through a variety of programs, both online and on-campus, students can learn about the general transfer process, learn about specific majors and departments, learn about research opportunities, and connect with current LSA transfer students.
All U-M admitted first-year students are invited to attend this one-day program with their parents to learn more about the University and help them to decide if U-M is where they would like to attend college. The program is offered over 20 times, February through April. LSA admits attend a multimedia presentation to learn more about LSA, followed by opportunities to visit Honors, Residential College, the Michigan Learning Communities, LSA Opportunity Hub, Science Learning Center, Language Resource Center, Comprehensive Studies Program, UROP, or observe a class.
Transfer Student Days
All U-M admitted transfer students are invited to attend this one-day program with their parents to learn more about the University and help them decide if U-M is the right fit for them. The program is offered 8 times in March and April for students admitted for fall, spring, and summer terms and once in November for students admitted for winter semester. The program includes an informational session, tour of campus, a resource fair with campus organizations and offices, a transfer student panel, and a faculty panel.
We host webinars for admitted transfer students to provide additional information and answer questions prior to Transfer Orientation.
Transfer Transitions offers matriculated transfer students the opportunity to engage with campus resources during the summer in online weekly programs and on campus in a large resource fair at the beginning of the semester. The purpose of Transfer Transitions is to help incoming transfer students connect with resources and programs as early as possible so they can take advantage of all that LSA offers.
Admitted first-year students may call in on specific nights in April to speak with an LSA academic advisor prior to making their enrollment decision on May 1.
Undergraduate Laptop Program
To help bridge the digital divide and improve recruitment and retention, select LSA admitted first-year and transfer students with financial need are provided a new Mac Laptop. Note: this program will begin expanding next year to include students from other U-M Colleges/Schools.
Michael Hartman, Nick Turinsky, Justin Villanueva and Jesse Carr (transfer students), Darion Blalock (transfer and first-year students), Frances Acevedo-Mariani (first-year students), and Susan Perreault (director).