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Cross-campus transfer

Current University of Michigan undergraduate students are strongly encouraged to attend an information session during their freshman or sophomore year. If you have questions, we invite you to email umsi.undergrad@umich.edu.

Interested in the BSI? Don't forget to sign up for our interest list!

Prerequisites

You can still be completing your prerequisites as you apply to the School of Information, but we recommend you finish them off before you submit an application, which typically happens in the winter term of your sophomore year. Unfortunately, we can’t accept AP credit toward prerequisite coursework.

Before joining us, you’ll want to take:

  • 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

Start your application here.

We want to learn more about you, so please have the following materials and information ready to go before starting your application:

  • Your resume

  • Your education (any college)

  • Special accomplishments, including your high school years

  • Work/internship experience(s)

  • Extracurricular activities (both relevant to the BSI or unique in nature)

  • Student leadership positions (including high school)

  • Volunteer work

  • Skills (please include proficiency level)

Need help composing your resume? 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 also happy to meet with you and review your resume.

Essays

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 10 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 umsi.undergrad@umich.edu with the subject line "BSI Supplemental Materials: [Your Name]", and we will attach the letter to your application.

Sign up for our interest list and receive:

  • Invitations to exclusive information sessions and events 
  • The opportunity to chat with current students 
  • More in-depth information about the BSI program 
  • Tips and advice for creating a successful application 
  • Reminders for important deadlines