Applying for cross-campus transfer

Current University of Michigan undergraduate students can apply online below. All interested students are strongly encouraged to attend an information session during their freshman and sophomore year. Students interested in learning more about the program are invited to email

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Applicants can be completing prerequisites concurrently to applying to the School of Information, but is recommended that they are completed prior to applying (likely) in the winter term of your sophomore year. NOTE: AP credit is not accepted towards prerequisite coursework.

  • SI 110: Introduction to Information Studies
  • SI 106: Programs, Information, and People (EECS 183 or ENGR 101 are also accepted, but SI 106 is strongly preferred)
  • STATS 250: Introduction to Statistics and Data Analysis (or STATS 280)
  • ENGLISH 124 or 125 (or equivalent first year writing course)

Application materials

Please have the following materials ready before starting the application.

The application for Fall 2019 is closed. The application for Fall 2020 will open in Fall 2019. Check here for updates.


  • Education (any college)
  • Special accomplishments (only include high school, if appropriate)
  • Work/Internship experience(s)
  • Extracurricular activities (both relevant to the BSI or unique in nature)
  • Student leadership positions (only include high school, if appropriate)
  • Volunteer work
  • Skills (please include proficiency level, when appropriate)

Please visit the U-M Career Center website for tips on writing and/or improving your resume, as well as sample resumes.  The staff at the Career Center are happy to meet with you and review your resume.


There are two essays. The following topic is required of all prospective students:

Tell us something about your interests, goals, or experiences that has made you interested in the BSI. Provide specific examples that highlight your best, most exceptional qualities; this could be a class experience, a hobby, an accomplishment or an issue of personal interest (300-500 words).

Then, choose ONE topic from the list below:

  • Discuss in historical and contemporary context an issue at the intersection of information, technology and people that interests you (300-500 words).
  • Discuss a recent world event in which digital technology has played a significant role (300-500 words).
  • Given that we are continually adapting to new technologies and ways of sharing information, what do you think the field of information will look like in ten years (300-500 words)?

Supplemental materials (optional)

If you did not have the opportunity to adequately highlight a significant talent, skill and/or ability in other areas of your application, you may submit supplemental materials with your application. Supplemental materials may include:

  • Design project(s)
  • Portfolio
  • Video and audio recording(s)
  • Other information/pieces that you think may benefit your application

Note: If your supplemental material is a letter of recommendation, please have your recommender email the letter directly to with the subject line: "BSI Supplemental Materials: [Your Name]" and we will attach the letter to your application.