Community College Students
Given the potential challenges of transferring to a new institution, the University of Michigan remains committed to ensuring your success and making your transition as seamless as possible. We are happy to assist you throughout the process and invite you to contact your admissions counselor if you have any questions or concerns.
Additional campus resources can be explored here.
Myths & Misconceptions
FACT: We look to see how much a student has grown in their academic preparation when reviewing applications for admission. The fact that your college grades are so much improved will actually work in your favor, because it shows us that you are moving in the right direction. We expect to see that as you begin taking upper-level courses (200/300 level), your grades will continue to improve.
Talking about your struggles in high school and how you overcame them can also be an important part of your essay. In addition, your essay should also discuss any interruptions, withdrawals, or discrepancies. Each application receives multiple holistic reviews. We consider college work, grades, course distribution, and your high school record. Typically, transfer applications with junior standing (55 transferable credit hours) are given priority and high school work will have less of an emphasis during the evaluation.
FACT: There are many U-M students who are parents, and the university offers a range of child care services and resources to assist them. The Students with Children website is a good source of information about everything from child care options to community support. The university also provides a child care subsidy to assist eligible students in meeting the cost of licensed child care. For more information about the U-M Child Care Subsidy, including how to apply, visit the Office of Financial Aid website.
FACT: All students, including those who transfer to the U-M from other schools, may apply for and receive federal, state, and institutional financial aid. Like all incoming students, transfer students must apply for aid by completing a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and a CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE application. Click here for more information about how to apply for financial aid.
FACT: For Fall 2017, we received 1,532 transfer applications from community college students. Of those, about 551 were admitted.