Transfer Students

The transition to college can be challenging but making the transition as a transfer student often comes with its own unique set of challenges.  Remember, it may feel difficult at first, but it will get easier! There are resources and people at U-M who are ready and willing to help. Here are a few of the challenges you may face and tips for easing the transition:

Look for your orientation packet in the mail

Once you’ve been accepted, you will receive a packet with important information about orientation. This will also include a helpful checklist to help guide you through the transition. 

Connect with other students

It can be challenging when you feel older than other incoming students, social circles have already been established, or you’re away from your support system at home. A few tips:

  • Resist the urge to go back to your hometown on the weekends. A great way to meet people and become familiar with the area is to just explore what Ann Arbor has to offer.
  • With such a large student population, U-M has a student organization to match almost any interest. To find a group with similar interests as your own, visit Maize Pages. Also, Festifall, Northfest, and Winterfest are large events held each year to showcase student groups on campus.
  • If you’re an LS&A student, check out Transfer Connections, a mentoring program that aims to ease your transition.
  • Read advice from former transfer students.

Tackle academic problems early

Many transfer students feel stress or anxiety around academics, whether it’s fitting all of your classes into 2-3 years instead of 4, or the increased workload and academic expectations.  Speaking with your academic advisor early and taking advantage of office hours are great ways to prevent academic trouble. Find other academic tips on this site or see what former transfer students had to say on this topic.

Take care of your mental health

Take advantage of other resources available to you




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