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, you must provide verification of a grade of C or better.
  • 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. AP Credit cannot fulfill First-Year Writing or Economics 101 requirement.
    • Review the U-M Transfer Credit Equivalency website by selecting your institution’s state and name, then selecting the Search button. This will provide a complete list of all courses that have been evaluated from your institution. If a course is not listed, that does not mean it will not transfer. It indicates that the course has not been previously evaluated.
  • Complete at least 27 credits in the fall (Sept-Dec) and winter (Jan-May) of the academic year you are applying with a grade of C or better. Credits must be completed and graded 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, A-level, or credits completed in previous semesters 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 college level credits  at a college with 15-week semesters with a grade of C or better.

…if you have taken at least 27 academic credits at a college with 15-week semesters.

... if you have completed three or more terms as a full-time student at a college on the trimester system. ... if you have completed two terms as a full-time student at a college on the trimester system.

 

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 supplement 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 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
Complete the BBA transfer application. The application will become available beginning in late December.

  • Complete and submit BBA transfer application by March 31 at 11:59 p.m. EDT.​
    • You do not need to submit the Common or Coalition Application unless you are also applying to one of the other undergraduate programs at the University of Michigan.
  • Submit non-refundable $75 application fee
    • Ross Undergraduate Admissions provides a limited number of fee waivers. You can request a fee waiver if you meet certain criteria. To be eligible for a fee waiver, you must be:
      • Currently receiving Federal Pell Grant at your current college or university
      • A current or former member of the U.S. military
    • A Ross BBA Transfer Application fee waiver requires pre-approval. You will be required to provide a fee waiver code with the submission of the application if approved. Requests after submission of application will not be granted. To request a fee waiver:
      • Email rossundergrad@umich.edu to request a fee waiver
      • Include verification of eligibility
        • To verify Pell Grant eligibility, please submit a scanned copy of your financial aid package at your current institution
        • To verify veteran status, please submit a scanned copy of your LES or DD14
      • ​Apply at least 5 business days before you plan to submit your application to avoid delays in receiving a response to your request
  • 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

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

 

  • 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 and submit the transfer application by March 31.
      • The Transfer Supplement will ask for...
        • Scanned copies of all college level transcripts with final course grades and credits earned. These can usually be downloaded from your institution's student portal. Courses taken on an optional pass/fail basis must be accompanied by official documentation of a grade of C or better. Scanned documents submitted as a part of your Transfer Supplement are unofficial. If admitted, you will be required to provide official transcripts sent directly from your institution(s).

        • Course syllabi for the courses you believe are equivalent to our required courses in First-Year Writing, Economics 101 (Microeconomics), and Calculus I, II, or III. You are also encouraged to submit course syllabi for other courses that do not appear in the University of Michigan's Transfer Credit Equivalency Guide.

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.