Transfer students come to LSA through multiple pathways. Therefore, LSA does not have specific course prerequisites required to be admitted as a transfer student, but the following guidelines should point you in the right direction.
Design your own liberal arts curriculum at your current school by taking courses in a variety of subjects while exploring possible majors.
All majors are open to transfer students and all LSA departments welcome transfer students. Exploration is the best way to find a major that means something to you, and all LSA students are strongly encouraged to sample a wide array of courses before declaring their major by the beginning of their junior year. Any course transferable to LSA will count toward the completion of an LSA degree. Explore Majors and Minors.
You should come prepared to declare your major upon transfer if possible. All transfer students start undecided and have the opportunity to explore or change majors. There are a few majors that have additional requirements for declaration that might affect your ability to complete the majors.
Once you’ve tried a variety of courses and narrowed down your major, choose classes specifically to meet Distribution, Quantitative Reasoning, Second Language, or other general LSA requirements. We strongly encourage you to take a course (or combination of courses) that will satisfy the First-Year Writing Requirement when transferred. To learn about the LSA degrees and requirements, please go to LSA Degrees and Requirements.
To determine which courses at your school transfer for a specific major, go to Majors and Minors. After you find the requirements for your major, check the Transfer Credit Equivalency Guide for courses at your school that transfer as equivalent credit for each class. There is no guarantee that your school offers courses that transfer to count for each major.
Check out the Transfer Guides for the details on how courses can transfer into the LSA degree requirements. If you are at a Michigan community college, completing the courses in your school’s Michigan Transfer Agreement program is completing a piece of a liberal arts education. U-M does not accept the MTA as a block of credits, but all of the MTA courses have been evaluated and are listed in the transfer guides.
Explore campus, get advice, and learn more about transferring before you apply.
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 advisor.
Are you thinking about transferring to LSA and want more information about the majors and academic programs that interest you? Join us for the day on U-M’s campus to make connections with the academic departments that match your interests.
We hold three Transfer Focus days each year:
Each program includes:
March 25: LSA Transfer Focus: Major/Minor Expo
The March 25 event has been canceled.
Many Michigan community colleges bring groups of students for campus visits. Check with the advisors and counselors at your college to see if a visit is scheduled.
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. Check out our Transfer Event Calendar to see when we will be at your college.
The LSA Transfer Student Ambassadors can answer all your questions about the transfer student experience. Email your questions to LSA LSATransferAmbassadors@umich.edu.
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.
International students transferring into LSA should consult the Undergraduate Admissions instructions for international applications. Credits from colleges and universities outside the United States are evaluated on the same criteria as those from domestic institutions and are included in the Transfer Credit Equivalencies Guide.
For information on the experience for military veterans transferring to U-M and details on educational funding, including the G.I. Bill, contact Veteran and Military Services.
University of Michigan Admissions has additional advice on what they look for when evaluating transfer students’ transcripts and answers many broad questions about the campus and Ann Arbor, but remember that you apply specifically to the College of LSA. Our Apply page has detailed instructions and links to the application.
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 at LSATransferTeam@umich.edu.
For questions about the admissions process and application, you can speak directly to an admissions counselor by calling admissions at 764-764-7433 or by emailing your assigned counselor.
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