When you transfer to LSA the following general rules apply to your transfer credit:
First-Year Writing Requirement: The Sweetland Center for Writing maintains lists of approved and not-approved transfer courses. A course that has been approved to fulfill the FYWR will be listed as ENGLISH 125 on the Transfer Credit Equivalency search. If the course you completed is not listed on either the approved or not-approved list, you may complete an online Petition for Transfer Course Credit. Please submit any questions about transfer credit for First-Year Writing Requirements to email@example.com.
Upper-Level Writing Requirement: Transfer credit cannot be used to satisfy this requirement.
Race & Ethnicity: Transfer credit cannot be used to satisfy this requirement except by successfully petitioning the LSA Academic Standards Board after the completion of the course.
Quantitative Reasoning: Courses transferred from another college or university, even those transferred as “equivalent credit” of LSA courses that meet the QR requirement (e.g., MATH 115), do not automatically count for QR credit except in the following circumstances:
Language Requirement: May be met through a placement exam and/or coursework transferred in. Refer to the Transfer Credit Equivalency site to check how your language courses transfer. If you have not completed a course that transfers as equivalent to the U-M forth term course you will need to take a placement exam. Once you enroll in LSA, however, you may not take and transfer in language courses from another school unless the appropriate LSA language department has given you its approval.
Distribution Requirement: Courses that transfer as equivalent credit to existing LSA courses will typically count toward the Distribution Requirement, just as the U-M version would. Courses that transfer as departmental credit into certain departments will automatically be counted toward specific distribution areas. Other courses that transfer as departmental credit require evaluation by an LSA advisor. For details on how departmental courses can count for distribution, see Transfer Information and Residency Policy. Interdepartmental credit will count for the corresponding distribution area. You will begin this approval process when you meet with your advisor during orientation.
Transfers from Michigan Community Colleges: As part of the Michigan Transfer Agreement, many courses from Michigan community colleges have been pre-approved for transfer and distribution credit. Check out the Transfer Guides for more information.
For Elective Credit: All courses that transfer can count for elective credit toward the 120 credits you need to complete your degree. Some courses might transfer in as non-LSA department credit, making them non-LSA credit. You may use 20 non-LSA credits toward the 120 total credits required for your degree.
Using the Transfer Credit Equivalencies Guide to Check How Your Credits Will Transfer
You can check to see if a course has already been approved to transfer by consulting the Transfer Credit Equivalencies Guide. (International credit Guide) Watch this video for a step-by-step on how to use the Transfer Credit Equivalency guide. Courses that have been evaluated will be listed one of four ways:
Update: LSA Transfer Credit Policy for Online Coursework
Beginning with courses taken at other institutions from January 1, 2020, all courses previously evaluated and currently approved for transfer credit in the Transfer Credit Equivalency (TCE) will continue to be accepted even if the course was delivered online.
These detailed guides will help you plan your course work to make sure that you are taking classes that will transfer and count for LSA degree requirements. There is a general degree requirement guide for each Michigan community college and guides for some majors.
Although we do not have specific transfer guides for colleges and universities outside of the Michigan community colleges, these general transfer guides will help you understand how your credits will count for LSA degree requirements so that you can plan your course work. The guides cover both general degree requirements and information for some majors.
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