New Transfer Students for the BSI

University of Michigan School of Information New Transfer Admissions Requirements

The Bachelor of Science in Information (BSI) degree is a two-year residential undergraduate program. Students join our program for the final two years of their four‐year degree. Students must have a minimum of 54 transferable credit hours prior to term of enrollment in the School of Information.

Please note that the School of Information reviews all completed applications and makes all admissions decisions.

The School of Information does not accept transfer students directly from institutions located outside of the U.S. The application deadline for new transfer admissions is March 1

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


Before beginning the BSI program junior year, applicants must complete or be in the process of completing the following required prerequisite courses, and a minimum of 54 transferable credit hours. Please contact us at to receive a list of transferable prerequisites at your institution. These courses must have a grade of C or better to be considered. The School of Information does not accept transfer students directly from institutions located outside of the U.S.

  • Introduction to computer programming course (Python preferred) similar/equivalent to the University of Michigan’s courses: SI 106 (preferred), ENGR 101, or EECS 183
  • First-year writing course similar/equivalent to the University of Michigan’s courses that meet the first-year writing requirement:
  • Introduction to Statistics course similar/equivalent to the University of Michigan’s course, STATS 250

Note: While the School of Information does a secondary evaluation of your transfer credits, please reference the UM Transfer Credit Equivalencies database for more information about transferrable credits to U-M ( Important: The UM database does not currently list any SI transferrable credits. You will need to consult UMSI staff for a full credit evaluation by contacting

Writing and Supplemental Materials (Required)

- Three (3) required essays:

1. Please provide a statement that addresses your reasons for transferring to the University of Michigan School of Information and the objectives you hope to achieve. (250‐650 words)

2. Everyone belongs to many different communities and/or groups defined by (among other things) shared geography, religion, ethnicity, income, cuisine, interest, race, ideology, or intellectual heritage. Choose one of the communities to which you belong, and describe that community and your place within it. (Approximately 250 words)

3. Then, choose ONE 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)?

- Professional resume (including relevant internships, work experience and/or projects related to the field of Information)
- One letter of recommendation from instructor (preferably from one of the required prerequisites)

Additional 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

Transcripts and test scores

We require one scanned or electronic transcript uploaded to the online application or mailed directly to UMSI for all high school and undergraduate programs (2 and/or 4 year institutions). We will accept unofficial transcripts for the review of your application and will require official transcripts if offered admission. 
If you are currently enrolled at an institution, you may submit a current (in-progress) transcript now and a final, official transcript if offered admission. 

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Mail transcripts to:
BSI Admissions
School of Information 
333 Maynard, Suite 500
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
(If needed)
Phone: (734) 763-2285

Test scores, if applicable (more information at: