Transfer Admission FAQ
Q. What are the essay questions for the transfer admission application?
Describe why you want to pursue a BBA degree at the Ross School of Business, and how the Ross experience will support your personal and professional goals. (500 word maximum) 2. Reflecting upon your high school and collegiate experiences, which activities outside of the classroom (either in a group or individual setting) best reflect your most meaningful personal values and strengths? (500 word maximum)
Q. How difficult is it for transfer students to be admitted?
About 1 percent of last year's entering class were admitted as transfer students. View the BBA Class Profiles for additional admission statistics.
We evaluate all applicants according to the same criteria, and we do our best to create a fair basis for comparison among applicants from widely differing schools. We urge prospective transfer applicants to consider how likely they will be to meet the admission requirements before submitting an application. The majority of students first transfer to a different college at U-M Ann Arbor, then apply for regular admission to the Ross BBA Program. Admission is still competitive for on-campus applicants, and the three-year program cannot be accelerated.
Q. Should international transfer applicants submit TOEFL scores in the electronic transfer application packet due June 1?
No. Because half of the 27 credits required for admission must be earned at an accredited college or university in the U.S., we expect that international transfer applicants already possess the language skills necessary to succeed in the program. (However, the TOEFL may be required for admission to other programs at U-M.)
Q. My current college gave me credit in Calculus or Economics based on my AP, IB, or A-level test scores. Will these credits fulfill the Ross BBA admission requirements?
Not necessarily. It's likely that our policies on AP, IB, and A-level credits differ from the policies of your current college or university. Review the requirements for transfer admission thoroughly.
Q. May I apply for transfer admission to the Ross School and another U-M college at the same time?
Yes. For example, a few students apply for transfer admission to the Ross School of Business and the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts at the same time; read more on applying to other programs at U-M.
Q. May I start the BBA Program in the winter, spring, or summer semesters?
No. There is only one admission cycle each year, and all admitted students start classes in the fall.
Q. What courses look good to the Admissions Committee?
We want to see how well you perform academically while in college, especially in quantitative courses. We recommend you:
- Take a full load each term (usually 14-16 credits at U.S. colleges on the semester system).
- Take courses that are both interesting and challenging to you. We appreciate all fields of study, as long as you challenge yourself.
- Take at least two rigorous quantitative courses, including the equivalents of U-M Ann Arbor's Econ 101 and Calculus I, II, or III.
- Generally speaking, don't forfeit AP or other advanced credit in Calculus by repeating the same course in college. Instead, follow it with appropriately challenging quantitative work in college. You could do this by taking either a higher Calculus course or a course in some other challenging quantitative or analytical field.
Q. Do pass/fail courses count against me?
Possibly. We are looking for evidence of academic ability reflected in letter grades, so we suggest you keep mandatory credit/no-credit courses to a minimum. In the case of optional pass/fail courses, transfer applicants must submit evidence of the actual course grades earned in their electronic transfer application packet.
Q. Should I study a language besides English?
Language study broadens your horizons, and many of our students find a direct benefit to language study because business operations have become highly globalized. However, language study is not a requirement for admission or graduation. (Language study may be required in other programs at U-M.)