In addition to all of the events, info, and knowledge available through the Transfer Student Center, LSA offers unparalleled resources to help you make a strong transition, build your educational foundation, and join the active transfer student community. The transfer student resources below are offered in addition to college resources available to all students.

Transfer Transitions, Community, and Success

These programs offer unparalleled support and opportunities for transfer students through their initiatives designed to help you build on the skills and strengths that you bring with you as a transfer student. You literally will not find similar programs at other universities. In addition to engaging in research, mentorship, social innovation, or building your professional identity, they all offer you the chance to engage with your fellow transfer students.  

Undergraduate Research Opportunity Changing Gears Program

UROP's Changing Gears is designed for community college transfer students. Students in the program become a part of an ongoing research project in their field of interest and work alongside U-M faculty and scholars on groundbreaking research. Students learn valuable academic skills, applying these skills to their research projects, academics, and future career opportunities while receiving academic credit or compensation for their efforts.

Transfer Connections Mentorship

Transfer Connections is a mentorship program for LSA transfer students that connects you with peer mentors (former transfer students) and faculty/staff mentors in order to ease your transition. Every month you can participate in a wide array of activities, from recreation to the visual and performing arts. The program is voluntary and selective. All new LSA transfer students admitted for fall or winter term are eligible to apply.

Transfer Connections Groups are made up of 8-12 mentees (new transfer students) that share a peer mentor and faculty/staff mentor. The program allows you to take advantage of opportunities and helps build networks that can help you make the most of your undergraduate career.

To find out more visit visit their website or check out their Facebook

LSA Opportunity Hub

The Opportunity Hub's mission is to provide you with the tools and resources you need to achieve your career goals and aspirations at LSA and beyond. The skills, experiences, and perspectives you bring with you are part of what make you unique, both personally and professionally. 

For current LSA transfer students the Hub offers a variety of ways to engage with professional development.

For prospective students, the Hub offers learning tools to guide you as you explore careers in the Liberal Arts, encourage you to seek outside-of-the-classroom learning experiences, and be a support as you shape your professional identity and explore transferring to LSA.

Whether you are a current LSA student or are still exploring transferring, visit the LSA Opportunity Hub to learn more. 


moMentum Fellowship

In collaboration with community colleges across the state, optiMize runs year-round social innovation training programs for students at community colleges to work on their own self-directed social impact projects. The programs culminate in a multi-day Fellowship experience on campus at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.

Transfer Bridge Leadership Fellows & Transfer Student Support Group

otiMize runs a Fellowship for community college transfer students who want to cultivate a supportive community for their fellow transfer student peers. Our Mellon Fellows travel back to their community college campuses to recruit prospective transfer students, host weekly dinners for transfer students already on U-M’s Ann Arbor campus, and help transfer students integrate into the optiMize community.

The aMplify Podcast

Available now on Spotify and YouTube

The aMplify Podcast discusses the experience of being a student at the University of  Michigan with various topics including mental health, student orgs, housing, and more. Created and hosted by June Rayburn and Elyas Perry, both transfer students currently attending UM, and supported by optiMize. This project explores issues many feel unsure about as they come into the UM community by mixing storytelling, guest interviews, and resources for support on campus. Episodes are currently available for streaming and new episodes will be released throughout the year.

Academic Support for Transfer Students

These programs help you enjoy a strong transition into LSA and progress toward your degree and a chance to connect with your fellow transfer students. 

Sweetland Center for Writing

The Sweetland Center for Writing offers a variety of writing support for transfer students from including workshops, inidivudal writing consultations, and WRITING 350, a course just for transfer students. WRITING 350 serves transfer and upper-division students who seek support to meet the expectations for writing, and especially in courses that meet LSA’s Upper-Level Writing Requirement. Operating on a workshop and discussion format, this course provides an opportunity to identify writing strengths and issues, set personal goals, and practice writing in a collaborative environment. Students work with writing they produce in other classes.

Science Learning Center Study Groups and Appointment-Based Tutoring

The SLC offers study groups for all students and appointment-based, small group tutoring for transfer students enrolled in the following science courses.

  • Biology 171, 172, 222, 225, 305, and MCDB 310
  • Chemistry 130, 210, 215, 230, 260/261, and 351
  • Physics 135, 140, 235, and 240

To learn more visit the Science Learning Center.

ALA 171: Making the Most of Michigan

Take advantage of your U-M experience with ALA 171: Making the Most of Michigan.

This one-credit, seven-week course connects you to community, campus, and an array of resources.

Facilitated by upper-level students, ALA 171 helps you navigate your new environment, connect with other transfer students, and build skills for career and leadership opportunities.

In the course, you will:

  • Visit and learn about resources across the university campus
  • Create online portfolios that detail your goals, aspirations, and key experiences and connect you to career networking tools such as LinkedIn, Handshake, and UCAN
  • Explore social identities and build important communication skills across differences
  • Grow as leaders in the diverse Michigan community


Transfer Student Librarian

Did you know that the University of Michigan library has a librarian assigned specifically to help transfer students?  You can learn more about what they offer and all the resources that the library offers at

Transfer Student Housing 

University Housing

University housing is not guranteed for transfer students but a significant number of transfers live in university housing each year.  And, housing offers a number of living learning communities that transfers can join and a theme community just for transfer students! The University Housing website is the perfect place to start your housing search.  You can also see details on the living learning communities and theme community below.

Global Scholars Program

The Global Scholars Program is an academic living-learning community located in North Quad that prepares sophomore, junior, and senior students to be interculturally competent global citizens, champions for meaningful change, and innovative leaders of tomorrow. Students learn about global issues from multiple cultural perspectives. Also, coursework and collaborative projects assist students as they develop and hone their intercultural communication skills. Students must apply to Global Scholars as part of their housing application.

Transfer Year Experience

The Transfer Year Experience (TYE) is an on-campus, residential community designed to support the transition of transfer students from their previous institution to the University of Michigan. TYE allows transfer students access to a community where they feel immediately at home, learn to navigate campus resources and build intentional and lasting connections. 

  • MHousing was unable to offer TYE during 2020-2021.
  • For 2021-2022, program components/availability have not been confirmed as MHousing is awaiting further decisions regarding Fall 2021 plans. 

Residential College

The Residential College (RC) is a four-year interdisciplinary liberal arts program within LSA. RC students live and learn in the same physical space: East Quadrangle Residence Hall. The RC community encourages and welcomes participation by everyone associated with it – staff, students, faculty, friends, and alumni.The RC curriculum is interdisciplinary and engages students in creative exploration of the humanities, the social and natural sciences, intensive foreign language study, and the visual and performing arts. We seek to foster a genuine appreciation and lifelong passion for learning; not merely individual quests for knowledge, but preparation and encouragement that lead to effective and responsible engagement in the real world.

By combining typical residence hall facilities (dorm rooms, lounges, dining halls, etc.) with the academic and artistic resources required for a liberal arts education (classrooms, creative arts studios, faculty offices, performance and exhibit spaces, and student support services) the RC makes a unique contribution to higher education – a small college fully integrated with a major and highly respected public university.

The Residential College enrolls transfer students who have earned 40 or less credits from within U-M or external colleges and universities. Transfer RC students are obligated to complete RC requirements. It is possible that some of these requirements will be fulfilled through transfer credits. 

Lloyd Scholars for Writing and the Arts

Lloyd Scholars for Writing and the Arts is a  Learning Community for students interested in writing and the arts, whatever their skill level or field of study. Students live together, take classes together, and extend their learning outside of the classroom via clubs, visiting writers and artists, workshops, and events. Small classes and a strong student leader program help each student to feel like part of a community. Llloyd Scholars is currently available for transfer students who transfer at the beginning of their second year. 

Off-Campus Housing

Off-campus refers to housing not owned by the University.  Living in off-campus housing does not mean that you are living far away from campus. In fact, there are a lot of options that are within minutes of the center of campus.  There are also options that are further away from campus that are accessbile with the UM and City of Ann Arbor bus systems that are free for all students.  The Univeristy runs an office that helps students with off campus housing called Beyond the Diag which helps students living off campus connect with other students.  There are aslo cooperative living options.  Learn more about both below.  

Off-Campus Housing and Beyond the Diag Videos

To help you navigate the off campus housing options, the LSA Transfer Student Ambassadors created the videos below based on their own experiences in searching for off campus housing.  Check them out before heading to the Beyond the Diag website.

Introduction to Off-campus Housing

Navigating the Off Campus Housing Website

Using the Housing Listing Service

Beyond the Diag and Resources for Living Off-campus 

Beyond the Diag

If you’re interested in off-campus housing, check out Beyond the Diag, a program based in the Dean of Students Office that helps you in your off-campus housing search while keeping you connected with campus life. The Beyond the Diag website includes listings for apartments, rooms in houses, roommates, and sublets. 


Inter-Cooperative Council (ICC) Co-ops

The Inter-Cooperative Council (ICC) Co-ops offer cooperative living in 18 houses and 1 apartment on north and central campus. Because of their cooperative governance and cost-sharing, ICC Co-ops offer less expensive living than most other arrangements.   

Commuter Students

Commuting to campus for your classes and all other activities can present challenges.  Fortunately, the Transfer Student Ambassadors created a series of videos with all the advice you need as a commuter student.




Finding Your Place as a Commuter


Student Government

Committee Advocating for Transfer, Nontraditional, and International Students

The Committee Advocating for Transfer, Nontraditional, and International Students (CATNIS) is a commisson of LSA Student Government that seeks to support the diverse needs of transfer, nontraditional, and international students by addressing academic, social, and situational concerns


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