The continued effects of COVID-19 on the teaching and learning environment at U-M and other universities require continued adjustments in our LSA transfer credit policy for courses taken during the 2020-2021 academic year. As we acknowledge the flexibility that is needed during this unusual time, the following transfer credit policies will be altered for all courses taken in the 2020-2021 academic year that are transferred in:
You can check to see if a course has already been approved to transfer by consulting the Transfer Credit Equivalencies Guide. Courses that have been evaluated will be listed one of four ways:
If the course is not listed on the Transfer Credit Equivalencies Guide, that means no student has ever applied to have it transferred. These courses will be evaluated upon your acceptance to LSA.
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. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Courses that transfer as equivalent credit will fulfill the same major requirements as the equivalent class taught at U-M. Courses that transfer as departmental or interdepartmental credit must be approved by an advisor in the department of your major. You should meet with a department advisor at the beginning of your first semester to discuss such courses and overall requirements. If you plan a major or minor that requires equivalent credit for specific classes, you can have courses pre-evaluated by the department for equivalent credit. Each LSA department has a web page for submitting courses for evaluation. You will find the link for these pages on each department's website by hovering over the Undergraduates tab at the top of each department's web page.
If you have taken courses at an institution outside the United States, the credits will be converted to U-M semester credits. The conversion differs based on the credit system of the country in which you took the courses. International students should be aware that the number of credits approved for transfer might differ significantly from what appears on your transcript from your previous institution.
The University of Michigan-Ann Arbor is conservative in awarding credit for learning experiences at military schools. In order for credit to be granted, the material covered in the school must be similar to material taught in a course at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor. The amount and level of credit given is determined by the faculty in the appropriate university department. No credit is awarded for schools that are specific to military activities or for Military Occupational Specialty (MOS). The Defense Language Institute (DLI) in Presidio of Monterey, California, is regionally accredited at the higher education level. Courses completed at this institution are evaluated in the same way as courses from other colleges or universities. You must have an official DLI transcript sent to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions when you apply.
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