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Transfer Students

Stampers who transfer from other colleges and universities bring fresh perspectives and incredible ideas to the classroom and studio.

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We’re so glad you’re inter­ested in join­ing our com­mu­nity, and we can’t wait to see what you cre­ate. Sign up below and we’ll be in touch with addi­tional infor­ma­tion on the admis­sions process and upcom­ing events.

Vir­tual Events

Join us for a vir­tual event! These are the best way to get to know the trans­fer expe­ri­ence at Stamps.

  • Trans­fer Infor­ma­tion Ses­sions: monthly hour-long info ses­sions on under­grad­u­ate pro­grams at the Uni­ver­sity of Michi­gan Stamps School of Art & Design.

  • Indi­vid­ual Meet­ings: chat with a mem­ber of the Uni­ver­sity of Michi­gan Stamps School of Art & Design admis­sions team for an extended, 15-minute session.

  • Stamps Trans­fer Insti­tute: Bian­nual vir­tual event avail­able to all prospec­tive trans­fer stu­dents. Next ses­sion is Sat­ur­day, Novem­ber 13 from 10am-1pm EST.

  • M‑Connect: guid­ance, men­tor­ship, and resources for stu­dents attend­ing Henry Ford Col­lege, Jack­son Col­lege, Macomb Com­mu­nity Col­lege, Oak­land Com­mu­nity Col­lege, School­craft Col­lege, and the Wayne County Com­mu­nity Col­lege District

The Trans­fer How-To

  • Credit transfers

    We know that many schools and colleges at the University of Michigan promote a minimum transfer credit recommendation. Things are different at Stamps. A year of community college—or even a semester—is enough for you to start the process of your transfer application.

    Bottom line: don’t worry about not having “enough” credits to transfer. We’re more interested in your portfolio and your college grades than anything else.

    We know it can be tough to figure out which courses at your community college or university satisfy our prerequisites. Hang in there! You’ve got this, and we’re here to help.

    • The U-M Transfer Credit Equivalency Search database is a useful tool for searching for most classes.
    • Does your studio class say “Not Transferable”? This most likely means we just haven’t reviewed it yet! Get in touch with the Stamps Admissions Team to learn more about transferring studio credits:

    • Admitted transfer students will work with our Advising Team to plan coursework. Learn more about the credit transfer process for admitted students in our Student Handbook.
  • Program Length and Highlights

    On average, it takes transfer students three years to complete the Stamps program. To get the most out of the Stamps experience and to get full access to all the professional and creative development you'll need, we don't want you to miss out on Sophomore Review, our International Experience requirement, or meaningful senior thesis work: learn more about these items here.

    Keep in mind: at Stamps, there are no media-specific majors. Instead, students work with their academic advisors to create a customized educational path specific to their unique creative vision. The Stamps Curriculum Designer is a great place to start your course explorations.

  • Cost and Scholarships

    Your future is an investment, and we are here to help. 2 out of 3 first year students receive financial aid, and all Stamps students—including transfers—are considered for Stamps merit and need-based scholarships at the time of application.

    Learn more about financial aid information for transfer students, including:

  • Start Your Application

    Make sure you submit your application and portfolio by the deadline: October 1 for Winter 2022 admission, or February 1 for Fall 2022 admission. See full details on the application process here.

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What’s Your Trans­fer Story?

Stu­dents make the choice to trans­fer to Stamps for a wide vari­ety of rea­sons, including: 

  • Mul­ti­dis­ci­pli­nary work and cre­ative col­lab­o­ra­tions across campus. 

  • Access to a range of equip­ment and experts.

  • Inter­na­tional Expe­ri­ence requirement.

  • Join­ing a com­mu­nity of artists and designers. 

  • I was­n’t ready in high school, but I’m ready now.

  • Finan­cial planning. 

I have had some really exceptional professors who have gone out of the way to make sure we succeed. This was especially important during the early days of the pandemic when there was so much uncertainty.

Abigail Seguin, BFA Transfer Student

Stamps feels very tight-knit, even in the context of a larger university. The opportunity to take several higher-level courses with the same instructors has facilitated my growth as an artist: as I move through my time here at Stamps, my instructors become familiar with my work, so they know how to challenge me.

Jude Boudon, BFA Transfer Student