How to Apply: Transfer Applicants

You're at a college or university, but your goals have changed. You know you want to make a difference. You want to do great things in business. And you definitely want to be a Wolverine. That's great! Getting into Michigan Ross is your first step and we reserve a select number of seats each year for students like you! 

Transfer Application

Details, Details

1. Learn the academic requirements.

Transfer admission is open to students enrolled in a U.S. institution of higher education who have not previously completed a bachelor's degree or advanced past the sophomore year.

All courses at your current college must be completed by June 1. Courses completed after that date will not be considered.

Complete the equivalent of the University of Michigan’s courses in First-Year Writing, ECON 101, and Calculus I, II, or III, each with a grade of C or better, by June 1.

Enroll in at least 27 credits in the fall (September-December) and winter (January-May) of the academic year you are applying. Credits must be completed and graded by June 1.

  • At least the final 13.5 of these credits must be taken in a U.S. institution of higher education. The Ross BBA Program does not accept transfer students directly from institutions located outside the U.S.

  • AP, IB, A-level, or credits completed in previous semesters do not count toward the 27 required credits.


2. See how your credits will transfer.

We can review courses for transfer credit only after you have submitted your application. However, the grid below will give you a good idea of whether and how your credits will transfer.

A maximum of 45 credits may be transferred to the Ross BBA Program. The program requires three years of continuous, full-time enrollment (fall-winter).

Will My Courses Meet the Requirements?

  Yes Probably Possibly Unlikely
Economics 101 ... if you have taken a course approved as ECON 101 (not “DEPT” credit) at the U-M Transfer Course Equivalency website. ... if you have taken one or more rigorous 15-week courses in microeconomics at a four-year college. ... if you have taken one 15-week course in microeconomics at a two-year college. ... if you have taken courses similar to Applied Econ, Business Econ, or General Principles of Econ; OR, if you have taken one term of a two-term economics sequence at a two-year college.
Calculus ...if you have taken a course approved as MATH 115, 116, 215, or any honors calculus course (not “DEPT” credit) at the U-M Transfer Course Equivalency website. ... if you have taken one or more rigorous 15-week courses covering differentiation and integration at a four-year college. ... if you have taken one 15-week course in Calculus at a two-year college. ... if you have taken courses similar to Applied Calc, Business Calc, or General Principles of Calc; OR, if you have taken one term of a two-term calculus sequence at a two-year college.
First-Year Writing ... if you have taken a course approved as First-Year Writing on the U-M LSA Sweetland Center for Writing website. ... if you have taken two rigorous 15-week courses in writing at a two- or four-year college. ... if you have taken one rigorous 15-week course in writing at a four-year college. ... if you have taken one 15-week course in writing at a two-year college; OR, if you have taken only general English literature courses.
27 transferable credits … if you have taken at least 27 college-level credits at a college with 15-week semesters with a grade of C or better. … if you have taken at least 27 academic credits at a college with 15-week semesters. ... if you have completed three or more terms as a full-time student at a college on the trimester system. ... if you have completed two terms as a full-time student at a college on the trimester system.

AP credit for Calculus I or II (MATH 120 or 121) will substitute for the required course in calculus. IB or A-level credit for ECON 101 and U-M Calculus I, II, or III will substitute for the required courses in economics and calculus. Review the Advanced Standing Credit guidelines for AP, IB, and A-level to see what scores are needed to obtain course credit. Please note that if you have taken courses similar to Applied Calculus, Business Calculus, or General Principles of Calculus, it will likely NOT fulfill the calculus requirement. AP credit cannot fulfill the ECON 101 requirement. No test or exam credit can fulfill the First-Year Writing requirement. A college-level writing course must be completed to fulfill the First-Year Writing requirement.

Review the U-M Transfer Credit Equivalency website by selecting your institution’s state and name, then selecting the Search button. This will provide a complete list of all courses that have been evaluated from your institution. If a course is not listed, that does not necessarily mean it will not transfer; it indicates that the course has not been evaluated.

 


3. Check the deadline.

The BBA application will be available in late December.

Once it is available, you can save your work and return to it as often as you like. Make sure you have uploaded the correct essays, and submit only your completed application. Once you submit your application, you may not alter or add to it in any way.

Online Application Deadline: 11:59 p.m. EDT, March 31

You may submit your application as early as Feb. 15. The application deadline is 11:59 p.m. on March 31. There are no exceptions.

We strongly recommend you submit the application several days before the deadline to avoid last-minute problems. You will receive a confirmation email when we receive your application.

Transfer Supplement Deadline: 11:59 p.m. EDT, June 1

Transfer Application


4. Complete the essays.

We want to get to know you and let your best qualities shine through — this is our chance to learn more about the person behind the numbers.

  1. Describe why you want to pursue a BBA degree at the Stephen M. Ross School of Business, and how the Ross experience will support your personal and professional goals. (500-word maximum)
     
  2. Reflect on your current or ongoing involvement in a specific organization outside of the classroom. Why did you join this organization? How did you make this organization or the community better? What did you learn? (500-word maximum)

5. Submit your application, transcripts, and scores by March 31 at 11:59 p.m. EDT. The application will become available beginning in late December.

  • Complete and submit BBA transfer application by March 31 at 11:59 p.m. EDT.
     
  • You do not need to submit the Common Application or Coalition Application unless you are also applying to one of the other undergraduate programs at U-M. The Common Application and Coalition Application are different from the Transfer Application for Ross, and have different deadlines.
     
  • Submit an official high school transcript directly from your high school to Ross Undergraduate Admissions. High school transcripts should be postmarked by March 31. Our address is Ross Undergraduate Admissions, 700 E. University Ave., Kresge Hall Room K3521, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1234.
     
  • Submit your official score report for the ACT or SAT directly from the testing agency to the University of Michigan by March 31. Contact the testing institution to have your scores sent to U-M. The University of Michigan code for the ACT is 2062 and for the SAT is 1839. Plan ahead — rush paper scores are not accepted.
     
  • Submit the nonrefundable $75 application fee. 
     
  • Ross Undergraduate Admissions provides a limited number of fee waivers. You will be required to provide a fee waiver code with the submission of the application if approved. Requests after submission of application will not be granted. To request a fee waiver, email rossundergrad@umich.edu
    • To verify Pell Grant eligibility, please submit a scanned copy of your financial aid package at your current institution.
    • To verify veteran status, please submit a scanned copy of your LES or DD14.
       
  • Apply at least five business days before you plan to submit your application to avoid delays in receiving a response to your request.
     
  • If you are an international student attending a U.S. institution, you must submit an English Proficiency Test Score if English is your second language. The University of Michigan accepts the English Proficiency Test Score from the MELAB, TOEFL, IELTS, ECPE, CPE, or CAE. For acceptable score ranges, please visit the Office of Undergraduate Admissions Exams and Visas website.
     
  • If you think you may receive AP, IB, or A-level credit, then you must submit your official test score directly from the testing agency to the University of Michigan. For information on submitted AP, IB, or A-level credit, please refer to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions advanced standing credit guidelines.
     
  • College transcripts are not due at this step. They are due when you submit the Transfer Supplement.
     

Transfer Application


6. Complete the electronic Transfer Supplement by June 1.

This is the second component of the application. Only applicants who submit a complete application with all required documents will receive an invitation to complete the Transfer Supplement.

The Transfer Supplement requires:

Scanned copies of all college-level transcripts with final course grades and credits earned. These are usually downloaded from your institution's student portal. Courses taken on an optional pass/fail basis must be accompanied by official documentation of a grade of C or better. Scanned documents submitted as part of your Transfer Supplement are unofficial. If admitted, you will be required to provide official transcripts sent directly from your institution(s).

If admitted, you may also be asked for course syllabi that are not listed in the U-M Transfer Equivalency Guide, which you will have the opportunity to submit in the supplement.

We’ll Let You Know

You will receive our admission decision via email by late June.

If admitted, you will have one week to accept your offer via Wolverine Access. Be sure to check your email (including spam filters and inboxes) throughout the month of June.

Important Dates

Late December: Application opens
February 15: Application submissions accepted
March 31: Application due
Late June: Decisions released

Students sitting outside

Must-Attend Events

University of Michigan:

You must attend the Transfer Orientation event through U-M. 


Michigan Ross:

  • You’ll also take BA 102: Business Foundations one week prior to the start of classes. 
  • Attend the Gear Up welcome event, which will take place the week before fall classes begin. You will receive more information about Gear Up after you accept admission.

Transfer Admitted Student Profile

Should you earn a spot in our BBA program as a transfer student, you’ll be in good company. Our process is selective, and our transfer students are top-notch.  

3.87 College GPA
174 Applicants
23 Admitted
10 Community College Admits
53% In-State Attending

Reflects incoming transfer students in fall 2019. 

Student Profile
BBA ’19

Taylor Aquan

Advancing Career Goals as a Transfer Student

Taylor came to Michigan Ross as a transfer student from another university, the least common path. She knew Ross was where she wanted to study, and one major reason was the philosophy of learning by...
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