Bachelor of Science in Architecture (External Transfers)
Enrollment Deposit and Intent to Enroll Deadline:
Summer Intensive Transfer Studio begins (Arch 302):
Taubman College welcomes students currently enrolled at another college or university who wish to pursue the B.S. in Architecture. We accept external transfer students every summer semester only (late June start).
/ Begin Your Application
All external transfer applicants submit their applications using the Transfer Common Application. All transfer applicants apply to Taubman College during the winter term of their sophomore year.
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 external transfer 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.
The Office of Undergraduate Admissions processes all undergraduate applications and can answer all inquiries about application requirements and submission. You can use the “Ask Blue” Admissions Chatbot for questions you have.
The following courses are required for transfer admission into the Bachelor of Science program and should be completed before external transfer students begin at Taubman junior year. Please use the college transfer guides below and/or the U-M Transfer Equivalency Search to determine whether the course(s) you are taking are transferrable. Use this worksheet to keep track of prerequisite courses.
College Transfer Guides
If you are considering a transfer to Taubman College, we highly encourage you to contact a Taubman College Admissions Officer to have an estimate of transfer credit completed.
Please see the transfer guides below. If the school that you are attending is not listed, please contact a Taubman College Admissions Officer and a guide can be created. Please note that it may take some time for a guide to be created, depending on the time of year the request is made.
- Adrian College
- Albion College
- Alma College
- Alpena Community College
- Andrews University
- Aquinas College
- Ball State University
- Bay College
- Beloit College
- Bowling Green State University
- Calvin College
- Central Michigan University
- City Colleges Chicago
- Davenport University
- Delta College
- Eastern Michigan University
- Ferris State University
- Glen Oaks Community College
- Gogebic Community College
- Grand Rapids Community College
- Grand Valley State University
- Harold Washington Community College
- Henry Ford College
- Hope College
- Jackson College
- Johnson County Community College, Kansas
- Kalamazoo Valley Community College
- Kellogg Community College
- Kirtland Community College
- Lake Michigan Community College
- Lansing Community College
- Lawrence Technological University
- Macomb Community College
- Madison Area Technical College
- Miami-Dade Community College
- Michigan State University
- Michigan Tech University
- Mid-Michigan College
- Minneapolis Community College
- Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College
- Monroe County Community College
- Montcalm Community College
- Montgomery College, MD
- Mott Community College
- Muskegon Community College
- North Central Community College
- Northern Michigan University
- Northwestern Michigan College
- Oakland Community College
- Oakland University
- Ohio State University
- Owens Community College
- Schoolcraft College
- Southwestern Community College
- Spartanburg Community College
- Spring Arbor College
- St. Clair County Community College
- University of Michigan – Dearborn
- University of Michigan – Flint
- University of Wisconsin – Green Bay
- University of Wisconsin – Madison
- University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee
- Washtenaw Community College
- Wayne County Community College
- Wayne State University
- West Shore Community College
- Western Michigan University
- Whitman College
|1 First Year Writing Requirement equivalent||3-4|
|1 Calculus course||4|
|2 Physics courses with labs||8|
|2 introductory studio drawing/art courses||6-8|
|2 Humanities Courses||6|
|1 Natural Science Course||3|
|2 Social Science Courses||6|
|Total Transferable Credits||49-70|
Technical Credits: A maximum of seven technical credits are transferable (e.g., digital media, drafting, CAD, construction, HVAC, architecture technology, welding, technical writing, architectonics, building technology, codes, cost estimation, automotive repair, etc.).
/ Required Application Materials
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.
Transcripts can also be submitted electronically by a school official to email@example.com 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
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.
Recommendation from an Instructor
One recommendation from a college instructor (professor, lecturer, or a graduate student instructor) is required. Preference is from an art or design instructor.
Use the Transfer Common Application “Recommendations” section (select “ Add Academic Recommendations”) to enter your instructor’s information, and then they will complete the recommendation section within the Transfer Common App.
Your recommender will have the option to upload a separate letter, which is optional.
/ Submit Your Portfolio
There is a $6 fee to submit your portfolio. Students who receive an application fee waiver will also receive a SlideRoom fee waiver. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to notify us of your application fee waiver.
Required Cover Page
- Your last name, first name
- Street address, city, state, postal code, country
- Email address
- Telephone number
Document and File Information
- One Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) file
- 20 MB maximum
- Not to exceed 8 ½”x 11” (portrait or landscape)
- 8-10 pages, in addition to one cover page
Each project or piece of work should be labeled neatly with the following information:
- Title of the work
- The year it was produced
- Whether the work was undertaken independently or as part of a group effort (for group projects, the label should indicate the type and extent of the applicant’s personal involvement)
- The context in which it was produced (a class, in an office, independent work, etc.)
Generative AI is emerging as a tool in the design process. Work produced using generative AI is permitted to be included in the portfolio only if images are clearly labeled and identified.
Any work not fully authored by the applicant that is not clearly identified will not be eligible for review consideration by the admissions committee.
Suitable Work for Portfolio Inclusion
Portfolio content may include, but is not limited to:
- Architectural design or building
- Costume design
- Digital media
- Fashion design
- Freehand Drawing
- Graphic design
- Industrial design
- Interior design
- Mechanical Drawing
- Other crafts
- Stage design
- Two- and three-dimensional pieces
/ 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
- Application Status
- Mid Year Report
- Recommendation Letters for Transfer Applicants
- Method to Submit Transcripts
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.
Paying the Enrollment Deposit (EDR)
- Paying the Enrollment Deposit (EDR)
- Late Submissions of Enrollment Deposit
- Enrollment Deposit (EDR) Extension or Waiver Request
Checking Financial Aid and Residency Appeals
Visit the Undergraduate Admissions website to learn more about the application process.