External Transfer Students for the BSI

University of Michigan School of Information External Transfer Admissions Requirements

The Bachelor of Science in Information (BSI) is an upper‐level academic unit at the University of Michigan. Students join our program for their 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. Most students transfer from within the University of Michigan, while others will transfer from external institutions. 

External transfer admissions applicants will submit the Common Application through the Office of Undergraduate Admissions website: https://admissions.umich.edu/

Applications for Fall 2018 will open on August 1, 2017. The application deadline external transfer admissions is February 1, 2018

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Application Requirements

Writing and Supplemental Materials

Four (4) required U‐M essays:

  1. Please provide a statement that addresses your reasons for transferring and the objectives you hope to achieve. (250‐650 words)
  2. If you could only do one of the activities you have listed in the Activities section of your Common Application, which one would you keep doing? Why? (Approximately 100 words)
  3. 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)
  4. Describe the unique qualities that attract you to the specific undergraduate College or School to which you are applying at the University of Michigan. How would that curriculum support your interests? (500 words maximum)

Professional resume (including relevant internships, work experience and/or projects related to the field of Information)

List all of the applicable prerequisite courses required for admission, with course descriptions 

One letter of recommendation from instructor (preferably from one of the required prerequisites)

Transcripts and test scores

Official transcript from your high school or GED

Official transcripts from all post‐secondary institutions

Test scores, if applicable (more information at: https://admissions.umich.edu/apply/transfer-students/requirements-deadlines-0 )


Before beginning the BSI program junior year, applicants must complete the following required prerequisite courses (preferably before submitting the application), and a minimum of 54 transferable credit hours. 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.

Note: Please reference the UM Transfer Credit Equivalencies database for more information about transferrable credits to U-M (http://www.ugadmiss.umich.edu/TCE/Public/CT_TCESearch.aspx).