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University of Michigan School of Information


New transfer students for the BSI

The Bachelor of Science in Information (BSI) degree is a two-year residential undergraduate program. You may join our program for the final two years of your four‐year degree after completing the first two at an accredited community college or four-year university.

We’ll review your application here at the School of Information, and we make all admissions decisions. Unfortunately, we cannot accept transfer students directly from institutions located outside of the U.S. 

Fall 2023 BSI Application is open! Click Here to begin or return to your application.

The deadline for new transfer students to apply is Feb. 1, 2023 at 11:59 p.m. EST.

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Before joining the BSI program in your junior year, you’ll complete or be in the process of completing our required prerequisite courses and have a minimum of 54 transferable credit hours.

We know it can be tough to figure out which courses at your community college or university satisfy our prerequisites. Email us at if you have questions about equivalent classes at your institution. You’ll need a C or better in these courses for them to count:

  • 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 we do a secondary evaluation of your transfer credits, you’ll want to check the U-M Transfer Credit Equivalencies database for more general information about transferable credits to U-M. Important: The U-M database does not currently list any UMSI transferable credits. For that, you may ask UMSI staff for a full credit evaluation by contacting


To apply, you’ll tell us more about yourself in three separate 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. (300‐500 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)?

Supplemental materials

  • Professional resume, including relevant internships, work experience and/or projects related to the field of information 
  • One letter of recommendation from an 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

To apply, you’ll need to send along one scanned or electronic transcript, either submitted as part of the online application or mailed directly to UMSI, for all high school and undergraduate programs (including two- or four-year institutions). Unofficial transcripts are fine for the application process; if you earn admission to the program, we’ll ask you for the official versions.

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. 

You may email your transcript to

We’ll want to see your ACT or SAT if you took them as a high school student and your GED if you have one. Foreign students should submit MELAB, TOEFL or IELTS exam scores. For more information, see the U-M Undergraduate Admissions website.

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