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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.

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 transfers applicants (students currently enrolled in a University of Michigan Ann Arbor school/college that is not Taubman), and 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 46 credits, which should include all required prerequisite coursework
Application Questions University of Michigan Online Application The 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 and recommendation form from a non-architecture professor sent to transferdocs@umich.edu Two letters of recommendation and recommendation form submitted via the Common Application
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 and high school listed by applicant on the Common Application (see details below)

Portfolio  SlideRoom (see below for instructions) SlideRoom (see below for instructions)



Please submit official transcripts to:

Office of Undergraduate Admission
University of Michigan
300 Student Activities Building
515 E. Jefferson St. Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1316

Transcripts can also be submitted electronically by a school official to transferdocs@umich.edu or through the Common Application via Parchment.

Letters of Recommendation

Cross-campus applicants: One letter of recommendation is required from a non-architecture professor or GSI. Applicants should instruct their recommenders to send both the Letter of Recommendation Form and the letter to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at the address below or transferdocs@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 both the Letter of Recommendation Form and the letter to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at the address below or transferdocs@umich.edu.

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

Office of Undergraduate Admissions
University of Michigan
300 Student Activities Building
515 East Jefferson St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1316

Required Portfolio

The portfolio is required for transfer applicants and can be submitted via SlideRoom. There is a $6 fee associated with submitting the portfolio. If you have questions about the submission fee or are in need of a fee waiver*, please contact us at taubmancollegeadmissions@umich.edu.

*Fee waiver available for eligible students, please contact taubmancollegeadmissions@umich.edu.

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: 14-20 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. 


Eligible 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, portfolio, etc.

Students who have completed freshman/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.


Contact Admissions at TaubmanCollegeAdmissions@umich.edu or 734.764.1649