How to Apply: U-M Transfer Applicants

You're loving Wolverine life and rocking the college scene. But, you've realized your heart lies in business. Luckily, there is an amazing business school right here at U-M. Check out the details below to put together a killer app that shows you're ready for Ross. Please note that this information is only for students who have not applied to Ross before and are on the Ann Arbor campus.

 BBA U-M Transfer Applicant Brochure

Transfer Application

Details, Details

1. Learn the academic requirements.

You must complete the following courses with a C or better by the end of the winter term in the year you apply.
We evaluate your U-M transcript after winter-term grades are posted. Spring/summer courses are not considered.

During this time, we acknowledge that flexibility is needed. Therefore, we will allow the passing grade of “P” to count for the three admission prerequisites taken during the Winter 2020, Spring/Summer 2020, Fall 2020, and Winter 2021 terms, regardless of the grade obtained including the passing grade of C-.

Any course in Calculus I, II, or III. This includes AP credit for MATH 120 or 121, as well as IB, A-level, or transfer credit for an exact U-M course equivalent (not departmental credit, e.g., MATH 101X).

ECON 101. This includes IB, A-level, or transfer credit for the exact U-M course equivalent (not departmental credit, e.g., ECON 101X).

Any course approved as First-Year Writing in LSA, as approved through the U-M LSA Sweetland Center for Writing. This includes transfer credit for any course approved as First-Year Writing at U-M (not departmental credit, e.g., ENG 101X or ENGCMPTC 101X). ENGR 100 does not count as LSA First-Year Writing credit.

You must enroll full-time in your most recent year of college enrollment, fall and winter terms, regardless of previous credits earned.

2. Check the deadline.

Your application is due by March 31 at 11:59 p.m. EDT.

The U-M Transfer Application will be available at the end of December.

Transfer Application

3. Complete the essays.

We want to get to know you and let your best qualities shine through — this is our chance to learn more about the person behind the numbers.

1. Describe why you want to pursue a BBA degree at the Stephen M. Ross School of Business, and how the Ross experience will support your personal and professional goals. (500-word maximum)

2. Reflect on your current or ongoing involvement in a specific organization outside of the classroom. Why did you join this organization? How did you make this organization or the community better? What did you learn? (500-word maximum)

If you have a unique personal circumstance, such as a major illness or personal tragedy (whether related to COVID-19 or not), that has had a significant effect on your application credentials, please utilize the optional essay in the BBA admission application to describe your situation. If a similar situation arises after the submission of your BBA application, we will allow you to submit this optional essay to our email account. All optional essays that are submitted after the March 31st application deadline to our email account, must be submitted by Friday, May 7, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. EDT.

Optional Essay Prompt

Briefly describe any unique personal circumstances, such as a major illness or personal tragedy, that have had a significant effect on your application credentials. Additionally, please describe any gaps in your academic record (e.g., lower course grade, taking a gap year between high school and college). If these circumstances are on-going, how will you manage them if admitted to the Stephen M. Ross School of Business?

4. Submit your application by March 31 at 11:59 p.m. EDT.

Once the application is available, you can save your work and return to it as often as you like. Make sure you have uploaded the correct essays, and submit only your completed application. Once you submit your application, you may not alter or add to it in any way.

Application Deadline: 11:59 P.M. EDT March 31

You may submit your application as early as February 15. The application deadline is 11:59 p.m. EDT on March 31. There are no exceptions. 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.

Transfer Application

We’ll Let You Know

You will receive our admission decision via email by late June.

If admitted, you will have one week to accept your offer via Wolverine Access. Be sure to check your email (including spam filters and inboxes) throughout the month of June.

Important Dates

Late December: Application opens
February 15: Application submissions accepted
March 31: Application due
Late June: Decisions released

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  • You'll take BA 102 Business Foundations one week prior to the start of classes. 
  • Attend the Gear Up welcome event, which will take place one week before fall classes begin. You will receive more information about Gear Up after you accept admission. 

Admitted Transfer Class Profile

Our BBA program attracts the leaders and best from all over campus. As a U-M transfer student, you will join fellow high-achievers for three years of full-time fall-winter enrollment at Ross. 

Figures are for transfer students admitted in fall 2021.


482 Applicants
101 Admitted
3.79 Average U-M GPA
51% In-State
51% Women
7% International


17% Asian
14% Black/African American
0% Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander
8% Hispanic/Latinx
0% Native American/Alaska Native
5% Two or More Races
53% White
2% Not Indicated

*Race and ethnicity data based on United States Department of Education federal reporting guidelines

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