Welcome to the Aerospace Engineering, University of Michigan.
We’re glad you’re here!
For students who are transferring into the University of Michigan, there’s a lot to get used to. Just like it took some time to get used to and learn your former institution, it will take some time to adjust to Michigan. The following information will help you to get settled in!
For New Transfer Students
How to Register for Classes
Helpful step by step instructions for registration.
For Declaring and New Transfer Students
Undergraduate Degree Requirements
Helpful for learning about the Aerospace Engineering required courses for graduation.
LSA Course Equivalency database | CoE Course Equivalency database
Helpful to cross-reference both databases. The LSA version is larger as most transferable credits are housed in this college, and there could be differences for Engineering. If your course does not appear in the database, it doesn’t automatically mean that it won’t transfer. Courses are added to the database whenever they’re evaluated, so it may mean that you’re the first to try to transfer over a course.
Where to send your final transcripts:
College of Engineering – Recruitment, and Admissions
153 Chrysler Center
2121 Bonisteel Boulevard
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2092
Where to access your Degree Audit
Log in to Wolverine Access
- Click Students
- Click Student Business
- Click Student Center
- Click My Academics
- Click View my advisement report
- Click Checklist report pdf
Transfer Student FAQ
I’m so excited to be at the University of Michigan!!
That’s wonderful! We’re excited that you’re excited and that you’re here!
Are there any peer mentors?
Yes! You may have heard about them at Orientation. Take a look here.
What are common issues transfer students encounter?
Every student is different, so it must be pointed out that these are generalizations and are very broadly speaking. That being said, we do find that transfer students do commonly find themselves surprised by the challenge level of the courses. Many times, transfer students are accustomed to doing very well in courses, because it comes easily to them. They then discover that they need to relearn how to study, how to apply concepts and alter the way they learn.
Another culture shift is discovering that departments and resources at Michigan are very decentralized. In a prior institution, you might be used to an academic advisor who was able to enroll them in courses, change or enter their grades, provide insight on their financial aid, etc. At Michigan, an academic advisor cannot because only the student and select administrators can register a student into a course, only professors can enter or change grades, and all Financial Aid questions should be sent to the Office of Financial Aid.
Don’t worry, we’re here to help you navigate everything!
How much time should I be spending per class?
To get an A in a class, you’ll likely expect to spend at least 16 hours a week for a 4 cr class. I know, you’ve probably heard that before. It’s absolutely true here. One of the biggest transition issues that transfer students have, is re-learning study habits.
How can I do well my first term?
Start with 12-13 credit hours and focus on making a solid GPA for your first term. Your prior GPA doesn’t follow you. It’s currently at 0.0. It’s a lot harder to bring your GPA up when it begins with a low number.
We understand that you might be very concerned with graduating at a certain time. We will work with you keeping that in mind, as well as how to set you up for success.
Check out the College of Engineering Resources page. There are a lot here!
I’m going to join every student organization!
That’s very ambitious of you; it’s also potentially a bad idea to join too many. One of the best things about Michigan is the plethora of student organizations that you can get involved in. They run the gamut of service-based orgs, to professional- and random-based organizations. Did you know we have a Napping Club?
For your first term, maybe join an organization or two. Having a group of people you identify with really helps the transition to a new place. We suggest allowing yourself to transition slowly to the University, concentrating on your academics, while taking the time to explore what groups are out there without over-committing yourself. Click here to learn about our Aerospace Engineering Student Organizations.
Campus is so big. How do I get around?
Download the Michigan app. It has maps of the campuses, as well as bus maps to see when the next one will arrive. It’s pretty accurate! The Michigan buses are blue and there are many routes that go between Central and North Campus. Buses labeled as Bursley-Baits, Northwood, and the Commuter South/North lines, are my favorite ways to get around. The rides can take about 20 minutes to get from Central to North.
The white buses that you see around campus are City of Ann Arbor buses, called The Ride. They’re also free for Michigan students, but you do need to swipe your MCard.
What is “Michigan Time?”
You may have heard this phrase. Michigan Time is when instructors will begin their courses 10 minutes after their posted start time. Have a class at 2pm? An instructor on Michigan Time will begin at 2:10pm.
Caution: not all instructors abide by this. Best get to class by the posted start time until you know what is or isn’t allowed.
How do I get involved with research?
Michigan is a top research institution. Did you know that we spent $1.3 billion last year on research alone? There are many ways to get involved with research; you could start by:
- Asking your instructor directly if there are any openings in their lab or another way for you to get involved with the research they’re doing.
- Getting involved with a program like SURE, SROP, UROP, or MDP. Click here.
- For MDP, ask your advisor how you can earn credit!
How do I know if I’m a Sophomore, Junior, or Senior?
This is known as your Class Standing. If you have any questions regarding your designation, please direct them to the Engineering’s Registrar’s Office in 145A Chrysler Center.
0-24 credit hours = Freshman
25-54 credit hours = Sophomore
55-84 credit hours = Junior
85-credit hours = Senior
Freshman and Sophomores are considered Lower Division, for tuition purposes.
Juniors and Seniors are considered Upper Division, for tuition purposes.
When are classes offered?
There are technically 3 academic terms at the University of Michigan: Fall, Winter, and Spring/Summer. There are also 7 week long half terms in Spring/Summer, that are referred to as Spring Half Term and Summer Half Term. Mechanical Engineering classes are offered Fall, Winter, and Spring Half term only. Classes during the Spring Half are very limited and never include the ME x50 and x95 courses. The Spring Half term course catalog is released at the same time as the Fall term, usually at the end of February – early March.