hey guys, i kinda shit the bed my first year and half of highschool which kinda screwed my chances of getting into UM out of HS despite two years of 3.5+. despite acceptance into CMU, WMU, EMU, ASU, OU AND UNC (Ed: Defferred) , i choose to go to Oakland Community College instead to save money and stock up on credits to transfer. so my question is this, has anybody done this (transfer from cc-to UM) and if so, what would you reccommend i do to better my chances of acceptance into UofM. i got a 3.4 on a bunch of big credit Pre-Recs and the councelors here are kinda booboo. any tips are appreciated, thanks guys, GO BLUE!!
OT: Transferring from CC to UofM
But there are a few important questions.
-To which school at Michigan are you applying?
-What classes have you taken so far? There's a place on the umich.edu website that contains the full list of transferrable credits from most local colleges, including OCC.
The first thing I would recommend at this point, sadly, is to work on your spelling in preparation for the essays you'll need to write.
"work on your spelling..."
I wouldn't use the word "booboo" either. Kidding aside, OCC worked well for me, but I wasn't transferring to Michigan (Walsh College). Best of luck to you.
Edit: Anyone know how to turn off the block quote so it doesn't use the full row and push the entire post below the pic? Thx in advance.
North Carolina - Chapel Hill? If you got into UNC Chapel Hill I would say DEFINITELY go there.
well, UNC will be a lot more expensive out of state than michigan in state, and the level of education is very comparable.
I can understand wanting to go the OPs route and save the $$.
UNC Chapel Hill is harder to get into out of state than U-M because it is the cheapest public college in the country. Out of state tuition for UNC is pretty comparable to in state tuition at lots of other schools - but it's a LOT harder to get into out of state.
If the 2+3 program still exists at UM that would be something to inquire about as it gaurentees that you will be accepted to Michigan after your two years of CC. Otherwise get the best grades possible in pre-rec courses for your intended major and have numerous other activities that you can list on your transfer aplication.
one tip.. save money and good luck!
You didn't get accepted to UNC out of state while getting rejected from Michigan in-state. Didn't happen.
Also, 3.4 at a community college is not getting you accepted to Michigan.
UNC is brutal to apply for out of state. I have applied twice there (undergrad and grad) and got shot down twice while 'better' schools said yes. They are very loyal to their instate kids, which is really commendable
and i realize a 3.4 isnt amazing but its through one semester of college, three As and a b-. Im busting my ass with school and workin at the same time, hence me goin to CC
You can do exactly what my friend did to get into Michigan. He goofed off in high school and graduated with a 2.5 GPA and went to OCC aswell. You need to work your butt off this semester and tranfer to UM- Dearborn or UM- Flint. If you finish your first two years above a 3.5, you have a great chance to get in. Most Michigan tranfers come from those two schools.
My friend is now enjoying his junior year in Ann Arbor and I was accepted to UM- Ann Arbor last week.
If i can do it, anyone can. You just gotta work hard. Good luck.
Why are you speaking demotivational lies? My high school GPA was like 1.8. My CC GPA was 3.2 and U-M accepted my transfer. Georgetown accepted my transfer. Above a 3.0 in any college makes it really damn easy to transfer anywhere. 3.4? My best friend and U-M Mechanical Engineering grad transferred from a CC with a 3.3 into the ME program.
What year did you transfer in? A HS GPA of 1.8 and a CC GPA of 3.2 will not get you in to UM in 2011.
Let's see, with your scores, your contribution would require a new international airport.
Michigan could use an international airport...
I'm guessing maybe he got into one of the satellite campuses, like UNC Greensboro or Charlotte or Pembroke. That, or maybe UNC stands for University of Northern Colorado.
I had a 2.7 at high school with a 26 on my ACT. I went to CC and got a 3.87 with extra curricular activities and a part time job. I applied to Michigan and got in about 8 years ago. I am still here earning my PhD. THe climate will be more difficult now due to the large amount of applicants, but you gotta show that your different and stand out. I tutored and was a group tutor for biology when I went to CC. Things like that show leadership and more importantly, desire. In total, there is no answer besides hard work and making yourself appealing as a candidate.
Long ago it was easier to transfer in starting in spring than fall. Maybe that's still true.
Though my experience was long ago as well, it was very easy to get accepted to start in the spring, coming from Adrian College.
I too went from Adrian College to Michigan... although I went straight into the Architecture program. I made sure to track the program's pre-rec classes as close as I could at Adrian and transfered in Fall of my Junior year
I am looking to transfer now, and that is actually my plan if I can't get in for the fall semester next year. Just keep applying, and hopefully they'll let me in eventually. I also heard it is easier to get in if you apply for the winter or summer semester. Another thing to consider is what county you are from; It may be easier to get in from a smaller county.
I'd buy the schools you got accepted to if UNC = Northern Colorado.
Go to College Confidential. You are likely to get better advice there about admissions.
I went there to ask what kind of defense Mattison runs and I got nothing useful out of them.
I took all my calc and physics classes at a CC and they were all accredited with Michigan, I ended up not going to Michigan but a small engineering school instead but they would have transferred. I had a strange path to college, I went to UofM right out of HS, did really awful, joined the Marines, then got out and went back to school. Going to a CC saves you a ton of money.
first semester was like 1100 bucks dude. it might take time but im focused on going there, itd be a dream come true honest to god. and also, thanks for serving the US man. go blue!
and I've met 4 or 5 people who have transferred from CC. What these people have in common is passion for their career track and for U of M, and if you can convey that that you really care, it truly goes a long way.
Back when i went there, the easiest way (if you are a dude) was to apply through the nursing school, then transfer out the following semester. Though, i've heard it's a lot tougher to get into mich nowadays so it might not hold true anymore. Worth looking into.
Probably not true anymore since nursing schools in general, and UM in particular, have waiting lists miles long. Unless your CC pre-rec classes are nursing pre-recs and you have hospital experience, you're better off applying to another school. The nursing school has plenty of applicants that are looking for nursing careers.
My girlfriend founded and heads a student group for transfer students. She had depression issues in high school that caused her to have to stay home until they got straightened out. She went to OCC in the meantime.
It's definitely doable, though you kind of have to absolutely kill the classes in CC. I don't know what kind of number you need re: GPA but I have to imagine your chances are much better if you push over 3.5. In her case she had a 3.95 or something and that was good enough for a scholarship so not everyone is getting 4.0s. Demonstrating a strong interest for a particular field is also a big plus. I think the test scores you have from HS are also included in an admission's decision.
My advice is to boost your gpa as much as possible more than what pre-req classes you take. Frankly UM is kind of prickish about transfer credits anyway so many of them probably won't count or at least won't count fully (count as elective credits but not actually help you other than that). Good luck, and if you do get in the Transfer Student Select Committee actually does some good stuff to help transfer students acclimate.
Hi Demar! Please come here!!
I applied to UNC, got defferred, and they never got back to me after that but i never chose to follow up, never really took that seriously. ive taken two Econ classes (micro/macro), Psych, Computer Sciences, standard college math, english and plan on taking year round courses possibly getting into business. i hope to do Journalism or something in the writing field, despite my online spelling im actually a very good writer. right now im in liberal arts trying to just get this college thing down. would a CC-UM Dearborn- UM give me better chance? once again i appreciate the help guys.
Some of those classes will transfer, but college math probably won't and Computer Sciences is a maybe.
UM does not have a Journalism program, just so you know. We do have an excellent newspaper called the Michigan Daily, however. There will no doubt be some grumbling about this paper, but it has a very professional style and layout.
I would talk to one of the people listed by the others. I have no transfer experience (besides taking a summer class at another school once), so all I can do is give you information on Michigan and classes.
math is actually the most likely to transfer as it's pretty much the same everywhere you go it just has to be checked out by UofM to ensure that the math wasn't ridiculously easy or something
precalculus is the lowest level class that qualifies for credit at Michigan, so even if the class transfers, it won't be counted for credit if it wasn't precalculus or higher.
There is also the Every Three Weekly, but only losers write for that publication.
It was a really funny paper. I got a kick reading some of those articles especially when I needed a study break during mid terms or finals. The Daily's sports section was a must read especially in my freshman and sophomore years.
I commend the OP for working hard to try to get into UM through OCC.
I'll have you know that Brian used to write for the Every Three - oh wait, I see your point.
These are actual numbers from UM admissions for 2009:
Approx. 800 (I think the number was 804) applicants from Michigan Community Colleges applied to UM for transfer status, junior year. Of those, 395 were admitted, with the range of average college GPA being 3.5-3.8 for those admitted. Your ACT/SAT scores play a lesser role in the decision when presenting 2-3 completed semester of college work. HS GPA is still a factor, but admissions are far more interested in seeing how you have done at the college level. This GPA must be calculated from classes that transfer to the UM school you are applying to--there are transfer guides available on the UM website. If you HS grades were so-so but your college GPA is much better, offer an explanation in one of the essays.
Just go to the transfer student information page: http://lsa.umich.edu/transfer/. It has all the information you need.
Yes, the satellite campuses Dearborn and Flint increase your chances significantly. When my friend went to his transfer orientation, 15 of the 18 students came from Dearborn. As I said before, 3.5 gpa is a magic number. Also make sure all of the classes transfer over and take your time writing the application essays.
Used to work at Undergrad Admissions while I was a student. Call them up, because they have literature specifically geared at potential CC transfers. Good luck!
good luck man...GO BLUE!!!!!
My wife transferred to Michigan from Michigan State, of all places (which is just a big community college when you get right down to it). Persistence was the key to her success.
I know people that did it, quite a few after their first year in fact. I can't say what their stats were (it was four years ago anyway), but standard stuff applies. Bust your ass, get involved with student activities, and prove you are a leader. Colleges love leaders.
I'm in the process of trying to go from cc to UofM w/ a transfer. Looking at how the MACRO works, my cc which is washtenaw does not have Michigan in it's MACRO agreement to transfer credits. Can someone please help me out w/ how this works.
Depending on the course, credits from WCC do transfer to UM. First look at the UM Community College Transfer Portal. Then read about Transfer Credits. Then check out the WCC-specific transfer guide, which lists all the courses for which you may receive credit (some are at the discretion of the dept, others are explicit).
My daughter is doing something similar at WCC here locally. They have a counselor at Washtenaw specializing in transfers to U-M. Maybe OCC has the same? I'd look into it. Also, I'd definitely find someone at the U-M admissions office to get advice from. For example, Michigan may not extend credit for certain classes. You need to be dang sure which classes they'll accept before taking them at OCC. I'd also say if you can zero in on a specialty at U-M it will improve your chances. Rather than just wanting to pursue Liberal Arts (nothing wrong with that by itself), U-M likes to see people with a specific career interest (like pediatric nursing or accounting). Then, see if you can talk to someone at U-M in that area. Finally, work like hell to get even higher grades to improve your chances. Good luck!
Greatly appreciated, I'll look into it.
But I can't remember my HS gpa, but I did graduate from Michigan. And I can remember my Medicare number.
Going to OU would give you much better chances at transferring while staying what I assume is close to home and still being pretty cheap.
Who else has been conditioned to see CC as Coaching Change? I need some Pavlovian negative reinforcement to reverse this.
I'm in a similar situation as the OP. I proverbially "shit the bed" in high school. Went to the local community college where I have been stellar (not to brag). I applied a couple weeks back for the LSA college but am just curious as to my chances of getting in are.
I did it. I didn't have the money and I was the first person in my family to attend a University. I went to Henry Ford CC and took 19 credit hours per term and four-pointed (all A's). I got an Associates degree in no time and applied to University of Michigan (Ann Arbor). Sadly, many of the credits I took did not transfer so I ended up losing a year of credit.
The bottom line is that if you are going to a CC, you had better be doing really well in your classes because although some of them are fun and challenging, the general cailbur of student is not the same that will be in your classes at Uof M.
Except I went to Macomb, got my associates in business and promptly noticed that Ross wouldn't accept my credits for business so instead I went to Tulane....which worked out splendidly in many ways.
... 3.8+ GPA from good HS and decent board scores won't necessarily get you in.
But go for it, and have someone read over your essay.
And the "Lamborghini Livin" signature may turn out to be "Dustbuster Drivin."
One of my friends went to EMU for two years then transferred to UM
He had a 4.0 at EMU
Good luck! GO Blue!