You may apply to the Ross BBA Program as an external transfer student if you are enrolled in a college or university in the United States and have not yet completed a bachelor’s degree.

Transfer admission is selective. We do our best to create a fair basis for comparison among applicants from widely differing schools. About five percent of last year’s entering class were admitted as external transfer students.

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Admission Criteria

Outstanding Academics
We look for good grades in challenging classes.

  • Keep mandatory credit/no credit courses to a minimum. In the case of optional pass/fail courses, we have access to the actual letter grade you earned and will consider that. 
  • We suggest a minimum of two rigorous quantitative courses. These may include the required courses in Calculus and Economics.

Quality extracurricular experience
We look at your level of engagement, initiative, and commitment.

  • Deep engagement — Put your unique passions into practice. We value all kinds of activities, not just those related to business.
  • Initiative — Look for ways to take initiative or assume responsibility, whether or not you have a formal leadership position.
  • Commitment over time — We look for quality of involvement, not just quantity of activities. We consider and give priority to activities you’ve participated in since high school (both within your university community or elsewhere, such as a part-time job). We expect significant university involvement for applicants beyond freshman standing.

Compelling application essays
Think about what makes the Ross BBA right for you, given your interests, goals, and experiences.

  • Provide specific examples that highlight your best, unique qualities.
  • Be age-appropriate. It’s OK if you don't have your adult career mapped out yet.

Admission Requirements

You must meet the following requirements to be considered for transfer admission:

  • Complete the equivalent of the University of Michigan’s courses in First-Year Writing, Economics 101, and Calculus I, II, or III, each with a grade of C or better, by June 1. AP credit for Calculus I or II (Math 120 or 121) will substitute for the required course in calculus. IB or A-level credit for Economics 101 and U-M Calculus I, II, or III will substitute for the required courses in economics and calculus. Review the Advance Standing Credit guidelines for AP, IB, and A-level to see what scores are needed to obtain course credit. Please note that if you have taken courses similar to Applied Calculus, Business Calculus, or General Principles of Calculus it will likely NOT fulfill the Calculus requirement. 
    • Review the U-M Transfer Credit Equivalency website  by plugging in current courses you are enrolled in at your home institution or previous course credit that you want to transfer to see if they meet the course requirements listed above.  
       
  • Earn at least 27 credits that will transfer to U-M Ann Arbor, each with a grade of C or better, by June 1.
    • At least the final 13.5 of these credits must be earned in the United States. The Ross BBA program does not accept transfer students directly from institutions located outside the U.S.
       
    • AP, IB, and A-level credits do not count toward the 27 required credits.

Application Process

Step One
Determine how likely you will be to meet the admission requirements.

Will my courses meet the requirements?

  Yes Probably Possibly Unlikely

Economics 101


 

... if you have taken a course approved as Economics 101 (not “DEPT” credit) at the UM transfer course equivalency website. ... if you have taken one or more rigorous 15-week courses in microeconomics at a four-year college. ... if you have taken one 15-week course in microeconomics at a two-year college. ... if you have taken courses similar to Applied Econ, Business Econ, or General Principles of Econ; OR, if you have taken one term of a two-term Econ sequence at a two-year college.
Calculus ...if you have taken a course approved as Math 115, 116, 215, or any honors Calculus course (not “DEPT” credit) at the UM transfer course equivalency website. ... if you have taken one or more rigorous 15-week courses covering differentiation and integration at a four-year college. ... if you have taken one 15-week course in Calculus at a two-year college. ... if you have taken courses similar to Applied Calc, Business Calc, or General Principles of Calc; OR, if you have taken one term of a two-term Calculus sequence at a two-year college.
First-Year Writing ... if you have taken a course approved as First-Year Writing on the UM Sweetland Writing Center website. ... if you have taken two rigorous 15-week courses in writing at a two- or four-year college. ... if you have taken one rigorous 15-week course in writing at a four-year college. ... if you have taken one 15-week course in writing at a two-year college; OR, if you have taken only general English lit courses.
27 transferable credits ... if you have taken at least 27 credits listed as transferable at the UM transfer course equivalency website (including “DEPT” credit), at a college with 15-week semesters, EXCEPT the exclusions noted below. ... if you have taken at least 27 academic credits at a college with 15-week semesters, EXCEPT the exclusions noted below. ... if you have completed three or more terms as a full-time student at a college on the trimester system, EXCEPT the exclusions noted below. ... if you have completed two terms as a full-time student at a college on the trimester system.

Transfer credit exclusions

  • Courses taught in a business school, department, program, or subject — regardless of the course title or topic
  • Courses completed with a grade of C- or lower
  • Courses in technical fields, trades, vocational education, or military training
  • Composition courses in English as a Second Language (ESL) or English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)
  • Math below college Algebra

Important Information for Transfer Applicants

  • All courses at your current college must be completed by June 1. Courses completed after that date cannot be included in your electronic transfer application packet and will not be considered for fall admission.
  • We can review your courses for transfer credit only after you have submitted your application. However, the grid on this page will give you a very good idea of whether and how your credits will transfer.
  • You must complete at least the final 13.5 of the required 27 transferrable credits in the United States. We do not accept college transfer students directly from institutions located outside the United States.
  • A maximum of 45 credits may be transferred to the Ross BBA Program. The program requires three years of continuous, full-time enrollment (fall-winter).
  • Admission is highly selective but 25 seats are reserved for external transfer students each year. 

Step Two
Fill out the regular online BBA application, available beginning in late December.

Do not fill out the Common Application unless you are also applying to one of the other undergraduate programs at the University of Michigan.

Step Three
Submit the Transfer Supplement that includes the academic records detailed below.

Two Deadlines

  • Online Application Deadline: March 31 at 11:59 p.m. EDT.
    • External Transfer Applicants must submit an official high school transcript directly from their high school to Ross Undergraduate Admissions. High School transcripts should be postmarked by March 31. Our address is...

Ross Undergraduate Admissions

700 E. University Ave., Kresge Hall - K3521

Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1234

  • External Transfer Applicants must submit their official score report for the ACT or SAT directly from the testing agency to the University of Michigan by March 31. Please contact the testing institution to request your scores be sent. The University of Michigan code for the ACT is 2062 and for the SAT is 1839. Please plan ahead - rush paper scores are not accepted. 
  • International students currently attending a U.S. institution must submit an English Proficiency Test Score if English is your second language. The English Proficiency Test Score accepted by the University of Michigan is the MELAB, TOEFL, IELTS, ECPE, CPE, or CAE.  For acceptable score ranges, please visit the Office of Undergraduate Admissions Exams and Visas website
  • If an External Transfer Applicant believes they may receive AP, IB, or A-Level credit, then they must submit their official test score directly from the testing agency to the University of Michigan. For information on submitted AP, IB, or A-Level credit, please refer to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions advanced credit transfer guide
  • Complete the electronic Transfer Supplement by June 1.
    • This is the second component of the application and the link to complete the form will only be sent to students who complete the Regular Admission/Transfer application by March 31. 
    • The Transfer Supplement will ask for...
      • Scanned official college transcripts showing final course grades and credits earned. Courses taken on an optional pass/fail basis must be accompanied by official documentation of a C grade or better. (If official transcripts are unavailable, unofficial transcripts may be substituted. Admitted applicants will be required to provide official transcripts in order to complete enrollment.)
      • Text or screenshot of official descriptions (likely from your school’s online course catalog) of the courses you believe are equivalent to our required courses in First-Year Writing, Economics 101, and Calculus I, II, or III.

Do not send any additional items. Additional items such as recommendation letters, resumes, and certificates will not be considered.

Dates & Deadlines

The BBA application will be available in late December. Once available, you can save your work, and return to it as often as you like. You may submit your application as early as Feb. 15. 

Online Application Deadline: 11:59 p.m. EDT, March 31 

There are no exceptions to the deadline. We strongly recommend you submit the application several days before the deadline to avoid last-minute problems. You will receive a confirmation email when we receive your application. The application must be submitted electronically. Make sure you have uploaded the correct essays, and be sure to submit only your completed application. Once you submit your application, you may not alter or add to it in any way.

Notification Date: late June

We will communicate your admission decision online by late June. If admitted, you will then have one week to accept your offer of admission. Be sure to check your email (including spam filters and inboxes) throughout the month of June.
 


BBA Orientation

All entering students must attend the mandatory BBA Orientation program, which will take place the Thursday or Friday before fall classes begin. You will receive more information about Orientation after you accept admission.