Transfer students come to LSA through multiple pathways. Therefore, LSA does not have specific course prerequisites required to be admitted as a transfer student. We understand that the lack of a defined set of courses may make the transfer process confusing so we recommend you follow the guidelines listed here and we offer the opportunity to work individually with members of the LSA Transfer Team to make your transfer plan.
The LSA Transfer Team will meet with you individually to help you make your plans for transfering. During these meetings you can ask your questions about transfer credit, choosing the best courses, how courses at your current college will fulfill LSA degree requirements, and anything else that you are wondering about.
We offer a number of ways that you can connect with us. If you have quick questions feel free to email us at LSATransferTeam@umich.edu. If you would like to have a longer conversation you can make an appointment to meet with us or drop in on one of our scheduled open chats.
Don't feel like beginning at another college or university will put you behind. In fact, with a little bit of planning it's easy to begin making progress toward the completion of your LSA before you transfer You can 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.
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