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Bachelor of Science (Transfers)

Transfer students must complete two years of college before enrolling in Taubman College.

Important Dates:

Application Deadline: February 1
Portfolio Deadline: March 1
Enrollment Deposit and Intent to Enroll Deadline: May 1
Note: Cross-campus transfer students do not pay an enrollment deposit.
Summer Intensive Transfer Studio begins (Arch 302): Late June 2023
Note: New Transfer Students Only

All transfer applicants must complete the required prerequisite coursework before transferring. Please see the relevant prerequisite course guides on the Cross Campus and External Transfer pages.



Taubman College accepts two types of transfer students:

  • Cross-campus transfer applicants (students currently enrolled in a University of Michigan Ann Arbor school/college that is not Taubman)
  • External transfer applicants (students currently attending an accredited community college, college, or university other than the University of Michigan).

All transfer applicants apply to Taubman College during the winter term of their sophomore year. The required application materials are outlined below. Please note:

*External transfer applicants are required to select “Summer” as their Preferred Start Term on the Common Application in order to apply to Taubman College. All Non-UM students admitted to Taubman College will begin architecture study in an intensive summer half-term (July-August) in order to facilitate a smooth transition to the Taubman College studio culture.


Requirement Cross Campus Transfers External Transfers
Start Term Fall Summer*
Prerequisite Courses** At least 55 credits, which should include all required prerequisite coursework At least 49 credits, which should include all required prerequisite coursework
Application Questions University of Michigan Online Application Common Application
Supplemental Questions Statement of purpose/Essay (500 words): Describe the unique qualities that attract you to Taubman College. How would the curriculum support your interests? Submit via the University of Michigan Online Application University of Michigan supplemental questions on the Common Application 
Letters of Recommendation One letter of recommendation from a non-architecture professor sent to ecredentials@umich.edu

Two letters of recommendation forms sent to ecredentials@umich.edu 

use the "Recommendations" section on the Common Application for admission.    

Transcripts U-M transcripts and transcripts from other institutions where you have earned college credit (if applicable) will be supplied by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.

Transcripts from all universities/colleges are required.

A high school transcript is also required:  Proof of high school completion--final official high school/secondary school record (including 9th-12th grades and graduation date) or GED exam results.

Portfolio SlideRoom (see below for instructions)  Not required for Preferred Admits. SlideRoom (see below for instructions)
English Proficiency No requirements MELAB, TOEFL, IELTS, Duolingo test scores are required if English is not your first language. Please see the exams and visas page for required score ranges.



Transcripts can also be submitted electronically by a school official to transcripts@umich.edu or via parchment to the following address:

University of Michigan
Office of Undergraduate Admissions
515 East Jefferson Street
1220 Student Activities Building
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1316

Letters of Recommendation

Cross-campus applicants: One letter of recommendation is required from a non-architecture professor or Graduate Student Instructor. Applicants should instruct their recommenders to send the Letter of Recommendation Form to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at ecredentials@umich.edu.

External transfer applicants: Two letters of recommendation are required. Please request at least one from a college professor or Graduate Student Instructor. It would be preferable if both letters were from college instructors; one from a design instructor and one from a general academic course. Applicants should instruct their recommenders to send the Letter of Recommendation Form to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at ecredentials@umich.edu.

All hard copy application materials should be mailed in one package to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions:

University of Michigan
Office of Undergraduate Admissions
515 East Jefferson Street
1220 Student Activities Building
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1316

Submitting Your Portfolio

The portfolio is required for transfer applicants and can be submitted via SlideRoom.

There is a $6 fee to submit your portfolio and design assignment. Students who receive a Common Application fee waiver will also receive a SlideRoom fee waiver. Please email taubmancollegeadmissions@umich.edu to notify us of your application fee waiver.

Use this one-page checklist to stay on track with your portfolio submission.

For technical assistance with SlideRoom, visit support.slideroom.com.

The portfolio is the applicant’s way to showcase their creative process and unique story to the admissions committee. Portfolio content may include, but is not limited to:

  • architectural design or building
  • drawing-freehand and/or mechanical
  • photography
  • interior, industrial, and graphic design
  • painting, printmaking, sculpture, and ceramics
  • woodworking, sewing, or other crafts
  • digital media
  • stage design
  • two- and three-dimensional pieces
  • fashion or costume design

The layout of the portfolio should emphasize the work illustrated, but each page should contain textual information including the title of the work, its media, the year it was produced, if it is group or individual work, and the context in which it was produced (a class, in an office, independent work, etc.).

Submission Requirements:

  • Page size: 8-10 pages, not to exceed 8 ½”x 11” (portrait or landscape), including one cover page with the following information:
    • Your last name, first name
    • street address, city, state, postal code, country
    • email address
    • telephone number
  • Format: The portfolio must be formatted together in one Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) file. Uploaded files should be no larger than 20mb. 

Application Status and Evaluation

Enrollment Connect is a U-M website for all application needs: track your checklist and application status, receive important messages from the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, view application decision, and more. To log in, use the login credentials from the email sent from Michigan.Admissions@umich.edu verifying your application submission has been successful. If you have not received your login credentials, please visit Verification Email Not Received.

Checking Application Status

Decision Notification

Selection Process and Decision FAQs

Eligible transfer applicants are considered for admission on the basis of the following criteria:

  • Quality and content of all previous academic education
  • Other data, which indicates professional growth and motivation toward architecture-written statement of career goals, employment, academic record, letters of recommendation, and portfolio, etc.

Students who have completed first-year/sophomore studies at other universities or community colleges are evaluated on the same basis as those who have completed years 1 and 2 at the University of Michigan.

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