University of Michigan Bachelor of Science in Information Transfer Application

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Do you want to join one of the fastest growing, most in-demand fields and create a better world through the power of information, data, and analytics?

The Umich BSI transfer application is open to internal and external student transfers each winter, offering a limited number of spots. Below we’ll share everything you need to know about this application.


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Quick Stats for Internal Transfers

Consider this: only 39% of Michigan transfer applicants from other institutions get admitted, and the figure is even lower for the BSI program.

  • That is an exceptionally low transfer acceptance rate. If you are interested in applying to the BSI program as an external candidate through the BSI transfer process, we highly encourage consulting with an admissions consultant at The Application Authority to ensure you are submitting your strongest possible application.

Qualifications and Prerequisites:

Keep in mind that you must have at least sophomore standing to apply to the program.

Qualifications and Prerequisites

To be eligible for admission to the UM BSI program, you must:

  • Complete SI 110 with a grade of C- or better.
  • Complete SI 106 with a grade of C- or better.
  • Complete STATS 250 with a grade of C- or better.
  • Complete LSA First-Year Writing Requirement with a grade of C- or better.
  • (1) Any transfer or test credits you wish to have considered must appear on your U-M transcript by the end of the winter term.
  • (2) Excludes AP, IB, or A-level credits, and credits completed in semesters preceding or following the fall and winter of the year you apply.

Ideal Candidate Profile

Foremost, the ideal candidate has completed all prerequisites and performed at an exceptional level both quantitively and qualitatively, and through continued or enhanced significant extracurricular involvement.

  • Grades – For the ideal candidate, great grades are essentially non-negotiable. The Umich BSI program expects admitted candidates to be performing at an exceptionally high level, so the average admitted candidate will have almost all As and perhaps a B or two. The ideal candidate will show consistent high performance and positive upward trajectory. If you have a grade below a B on your transcript, a supplemental explanation may help your case.
  • Extracurricular involvement and information-related interests – the ideal candidate should demonstrate significant involvement in 3+ activities at a level greater than passive member. At least 2+ of these activities should have some degree of data-related involvement.


BSI admissions want to see that you can perform at the curricular level required by BSI, but also that you have explored, pursued, clarified, and confirmed your interests and future information-related goals. BSI will help you grow, but they expect students to have demonstrated their interest in information science and have clearly defined career goals they are working toward. They also expect applicants to be significantly involved community members.

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Essays, Resume, and Other Application Requirements

We want to get to know you and let your best qualities shine through — this is our chance to learn more about the person behind the numbers.


Tell us something about your interests, goals or experiences that has made you interested in the BSI. Provide specific examples that highlight your best, most exceptional qualities; this could be a class experience, a hobby, an accomplishment or an issue of personal interest. (300-500 words)

AND Choose one of the following three essays:

  • Discuss in historical and contemporary context an issue at the intersection of information, technology and people that interests you. (300-500 words)
  • Discuss a recent world event in which digital technology has played a significant role. (300-500 words)
  • Given that we are continually adapting to new technologies and ways of sharing information, what do you think the field of information will look like in 10 years. (300-500 words)


  • Resume
  • Activities and honors descriptions – not in a resume format.
  • Supplemental materials (optional) – can set applicants apart if utilized strategically. Options include design projects, portfolios, research projects, and letters of recommendation.
  • Optional essay to explain special circumstances (such as a bad grade).

Important Dates

November: Application Opens

February 1: Applications are due

Mid to Late March: Decisions are released

Takeaway: Begin working on your application by late 2024 and submit by February 1.

Key Considerations

A commonly asked question we receive is:

“Should I apply direct admit from high school or wait and apply as a transfer?”

If you are interested in applying to the BSI program directly from high school but are concerned you do not have enough information, data, and analytics background and demonstrated interest to gain admission, it may be most beneficial for you to consider applying to UM LSA to gain admission to the University, then applying to the Umich BSI program through the internal cross-campus transfer application later.

Weighing the factors impacting your candidate profile and making a strategic decision about which application period offers you the greatest potential chance of admission is a nuanced process and craft, and we highly encourage connecting with an admissions consultant to discuss.

Takeaway – determining whether to apply to the Umich BSI program directly from high school or via the transfer process should be an extremely well thought through, strategic decision.


UM BSI offers multiple pathways to admission (including the minor) but choosing when and how to apply can be tricky. Consider connecting with an expert admissions consultant from our team for a free consultation. In our consultations, we share specific feedback on overall potential chance for admission so our clients can feel they are making an informed decision when choosing to work with us. Click here to schedule your consultation or call now.

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  • Following the Strategy & Discovery Session, we will provide detailed outlines for all application materials, detailed instructions, and work with you through 4-5 rounds of revisions before completing final review and submitting
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