Transfer Student Application Information
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We're excited that you wish to grab hold of your future and are considering transferring to Lake Superior State University! We believe that LSSU has so much to offer you, and we hope to work closely with you throughout your admission process. Our Transfer Specialist is always available to answer any questions you may have and to help you with unofficial transfer credit evaluations. Come up! Work in! Move ahead!
A transfer student is defined as a student who enrolls and attends in a post-secondary institution anytime after the summer following high school graduation, and then applies to Lake Superior State University.
Former full-time LSSU students who miss one or more semesters (not including summer) and attend another college/ university must apply for re-admission before the semester of re-entry. There is no application fee, but to meet our admissions policy, you must submit an official transcript from any other institution you attended since leaving LSSU.
Transfer students must possess a minimum 2.0 cumulative college GPA and be eligible to return to your former college(s). Transfer students with fewer than 19 transferable credits/29 quarter hours will be reviewed on the basis of courses completed as well as the trend of most recent grades, your high school record, and ACT/SAT scores.
Applying to LSSU
Apply using our online application.
Although there is no application deadline, applying early will allow us more time to work with you and your transfer credits. Official transcripts from each institution attended are required.
List of scholarships
The eligible transfer student must be entering LSSU for the first time directly from another college (students sitting out more than one semester are not eligible for scholarship consideration) with a minimum of 24 earned and maximum of 90 college credits. Merit based awards are based on the cumulative GPA earned at all schools prior to start of the first LSSU semester - official transcripts are required before awards are finalized.
Eligibility is determined by the Financial Aid Office for all students admitted by April 15 for the following fall semester, or December 01 for spring semester.
Transfer scholarships are normally renewable for a second year, providing the recipient meets LSSU scholarship renewal criteria.
Evaluation of Transfer Credit
Official evaluation of transfer credit is made as quickly as possible after you are admitted. Credits are evaluated from each institution individually. An official transfer credit evaluation will be completed and mailed to you once we’ve received your completed application and official transcripts, may be sent to you electronically with directions to Anchor Access.
The MACRAO agreement was designed to facilitate transfer credit from community colleges to four-year colleges and universities. It allows for as many as 30 credit hours of general education requirements to be transferred.
Michigan community college students admitted to LSSU who have the MACRAO stamp on their transcripts are recognized as having completed the general education requirements at LSSU - - without provisos.
Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA)
In order to satisfy the MTA, students must successfully complete at least 30 credits from an approved list of courses at a sending institution with at least a grade of 2.00 in each course. These credits, which will be certified by a sending institution, should be completed according to the following distributions:
- One course in English Composition
- A second course in English Composition or one course in Communication
- One course in Mathematics
- Two courses in Social Sciences (from two disciplines)
- Two courses in Humanities and Fine Arts (from two disciplines excluding studio and performance classes)
- Two courses in Natural Sciences including at least one with laboratory experience (from two disciplines)
Students who complete the MTA and transfer to Lake Superior State University will have met 30 credits of the General Education Core Requirement. Students will still be expected to complete a Cultural Diversity Course (minimum of 3 credits) as well as an additional course in ENGL or COMM to total at least one year of composition and one semester of communication.
Students who do not complete the entire block of courses required by the MTA will receive credit for the courses they do complete on the basis of individual course evaluation and established transfer equivalencies.
It is important to note that the MTA is not the best fit for all programs. There are many programs in Michigan for which the MTA is not a good fit. Students are encouraged to work with their advisors at their destination institution (LSSU) in order to select a path that is best for them.
Sault College Agreement
Sault College of Applied Arts and Technology students admitted to LSSU who have the GECERT stamp (liberal studies degree) on their transcript are recognized as having completed the general education requirements at LSSU.
Earned Credit Limitations
There is no limit to the number of transfer credits allowed from other institutions.
Bachelor’s degree candidates must earn at least 30 credits and at least 50% of their department-required 300/400 level credits in LSSU courses.
Associate’s degree candidates must earn at least 15 credits and at least 50% of their departmentally required credits in LSSU courses.
Certificate candiates must complete at least 16 of their departmentally require credits in LSSU courses.
If a course that was taken at another institution is not offered at LSSU, general transfer credit may be granted for that course.* Elective credits may be applied toward degree requirements, but may not be used to satisfy any specific course requirements.
If a course that was taken at another institution is not offered at LSSU, elective credit may be granted for that course.* Elective credits may be applied toward degree requirements but may not be used to satisfy any specific course requirement.
Grades less than C- will not transfer and typically a C or higher for math courses is required.
* Course descriptions and syllabi may be submitted for faculty evaluation and equivalency determination.
Credit earned at an institution not listed in the American Council of Education’s publication, Accredited Institutions of Post-Secondary Education, is granted provisionally. You must complete at least 15 semester hours of credit with a cumulative GPA of 2.00 at LSSU before provisional credits will become part of your permanent record.
The Admissions Office completes transfer credit evaluations. The decision on courses and transfer credit granted may be appealed first to the academic dean and then to the provost.
Transfer of Grades
Grades from other accredited colleges and universities are used only to determine eligibility to enter LSSU. GPA’s earned at other institutions are not calculated as part of your LSSU GPA.
Note: Please keep in mind that, while the Course Equivalencies website is a valuable resource, this information is unofficial and is intended to be used as a guide only.
Course Transfer Equivalency Tool
At LSSU, you can also transfer directly into a degree program . We work closely with area community colleges to develop specific program transfer guides to assist you in earning your degree.
Our guides list courses students could take at their local community college, and which apply toward specific LSSU degree requirements.
The LSSU Transfer Navigator is a printable (pdf) guide to assist you through the steps in the transfer process at LSSU. Inside the guide, you will find basic information on how to begin the transfer process as well as an FAQ section to assist you with all of your needs.