Residency Requirements - Engineering students must complete at least 50 credit hours of coursework on the U-M Ann Arbor campus, and complete a minimum of 30 credit hours of advanced (300-level or higher) technical courses as required by the degree program, while enrolled in the College of Engineering. The College of Engineering Bulletin describes this requirement.
Degree Requirements - A course can be transferable, but your advisor determines how it fulfills degree requirements. Any questions related to your degree/program requirements must be taken to your program advisor.
Grade requirements - Courses must be taken on a graded basis. A letter grade of C or better must be recorded on an official transcript for credit to be considered. Keep in mind that with external transfer credit, grades do not transfer, only credit hours.
Tuition - Credit is applied to the term the course is taken (or the first active term of enrollment). Take note of how your credits will affect your class standing. Upper division tuition is charged to students who have a CTP of 55 or greater. Once credit has been posted to your record, it cannot be removed to adjust tuition.
Removing credits - New students are responsible for reviewing their transcript when credits are posted and asking for removal of any transferred credits within their first term at the University of Michigan.
External Course Credit (completed coursework from another institution)
Dual Enrollment - Effective January 3, 2013, high school students who dually enroll for courses at accredited institutions of higher education may receive credit for work taken at these institutions for courses that have been recognized for transfer to the University of Michigan in accordance with the University’s transfer credit policy.Acceptance of courses and credits deemed suitable for transfer to the University of Michigan is determined by faculty in the department, school, or college responsible for instruction in the subject area. Among factors influencing the determination of acceptability are accreditation status, comparable academic quality, and the relationship of the course to other course offerings in the primary administrative unit and other academic units at the University of Michigan, and the basis for student performance evaluation in the course.
Credit is not awarded when a course enrollment consists only of high school students.
To receive transfer credit for Dual Enrollment, students must have an official college/university transcript sent to the College of Engineering Recruitment and Admission office. The address is:
College of Engineering Recruitment and Admissions
153 Chrysler Center
2121 Bonisteel Boulevard
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2092
Home schooled students completing coursework at a college or university may be awarded transfer credit. To be considered for transfer credit, home schooled students should follow the same procedure as dual enrollment credit.
Online / Distance Learning Coursework - Online course credit is limited to a maximum of 12 credit hours per student. A College of Engineering student seeking to take an online course must submit a Transfer Credit Approval Form prior to enrolling in the course. Please note that online MATH courses do not transfer.
In general these are courses that do not transfer - Any online MATH course, physical education / wellness, welding, CAD, drafting, graphics, robotics, pre-engineering courses, computer operation (ie using Microsoft applications), SWC, ELI, Independent Study and any course receiving a grade of C- or below.
Processing time - All students should note that it can take 4-6 weeks for transfer credit to be processed and posted. Check your transcripts in Wolverine after about 2 weeks since you submitted your official transcript. Email email@example.com with your UM ID number if you don't see the credits posted after 6 weeks.
Test Credit Guidelines
Advanced Placement (AP) - AP Credit is awarded according to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions AP Guidelines.
If you took an AP exam and did not have scores sent to U-M Ann Arbor, you must contact College Board to send your scores. AP scores must be received directly from the testing agency. Copies of scores are not accepted.
International Baccalaureate (IB) - IB Credit is awarded according to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions IB Guidelines. To receive credit for IB examinations, an official transcript must be sent from the IB office (New York, Geneva, or London). Student copies of IB scores are not accepted.
International Advanced Standing Credit (A-level) - Advanced standing credit for A-level exams will be granted only for subjects with a grade of C or better. A maximum of 8 credits per subject will be awarded.
Credit is not awarded for O-level exams.
Placement Examinations - No credit is granted for Math and Chemistry placement exams given during orientation. No credit is granted for placement exams administered at other institutions.
Guest Credit / Out-of-Residence Credit
The Transfer Credit Approval Form (TCAF) is designed for current College of Engineering students to have courses pre-approved before their enrollment as a guest student at another college/university.
You will need to submit a TCAF if one (or more) of the following statements is true:
- You intend to take a course online (even if it is listed on the Course Equivalency Database)
- You have checked the Course Equivalency Database and the course(s) you wish to enroll in are not listed
- You are planning a study abroad experience, but not through the University of Michigan
- You are planning a semester study abroad experience through International Programs in Engineering (IPE).
Note: If you are participating in a study abroad program, please contact your study abroad advisor for assistance in locating and or obtaining course information.
Michigan Uniform Guest Application will serve as your application for admission as a guest student at a Michigan college or university. All prospective students should check with the Guest Institution to determine if additional requirements are required for admission or enrollment.
Procedure for Transfer Credit Approval
Step 1 - Course Selection
- Meet with your academic advisor to determine best course options.
- Select the institution you plan to attend as a guest student.
Step 2 - Review listed course equivalencies to determine if the course has been evaluated.
- College of Engineering Course Equivalency Database http://www.engin.umich.edu/transferdatabase/
- OUA Transfer Credit Equivalency Tables http://www.ugadmiss.umich.edu/TCE/Public/CT_TCESearch.aspx
Note: A course that is approved for LS&A, is approved for College of Engineering students.
Please list all courses you intend to take at the guest institution on your TCAF. For those listed in the equivalency database, list the guest course (title, number and credit hours) and its UM equivalent on the TCAF.
If the course IS NOT LISTED (on either database) - please submit the following materials in English to firstname.lastname@example.org:
- The UM course you are seeking credit for (what should the course be evaluated as)
- Course Description (from external institution's course catalog)
- Syllabus (an outline of the course, specify what topics were covered in the course, and list of the supplemental materials / textbooks used).
Items 1-3 must be submitted as supporting documents in order to process the TCAF. If you are participating on a study abroad program, please contact your study abroad advisor for assistance in locating and/or obtaining course descriptions and syllabi.
In order to receive transfer credit for BIOLOGY courses taken at other institutions, please work directly with the Biology Department to get coursework reviewed. Additional information and a link to their system can be found at http://www.lsa.umich.edu/biology/transfercredit
Step 3 - Review Process
- Upon receipt of your supporting course materials (course description and syllabus), your TCAF will be sent to the appropriate department(s) for evaluation. Please allow 2-4 week for processing time.
- Once all courses have been evaluated, you will receive an email with an attachment (TCAF-Results). Please review the attachment carefully for course equivalency decisions as they may differ from what you had originally requested.
- If the TCAF-Results do not match your requested UM course equivalent, please work with your advisor to identify another course(s) at the guest institution and submit a new TCAF.
Step 4 - Registration at Guest Institution
- Register for the approved course(s) (on a graded option).
Step 5 - Complete the course and request an official transcript. Transcripts should be issued from the institution and sent directly to one of the following address:
GENERAL TRANSFER CREDIT OR IPE-SPONSORED STUDY ABROADCollege of Engineering - Recruitment & Admission International Programs in Engineering153 Chrysler Center 245 Chrysler Center2121 Bonisteel Boulevard 2121 Bonisteel BoulevardAnn Arbor, MI 48109-2092 Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2092
Step 6 - Verify Your UM Transcript
- Please allow 4-6 weeks for your transfer credit to be processed once UM has received your transcript.
- You must earn a grade equivalent to a C or better to earn transfer credit.
- After 6 weeks, view your unofficial transcript on Wolverine Access to verify that your transfer credit has posted.