Transfer Student Admissions Application
We’re excited that you 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 Admissions Representatives are 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 12 transferable credits will be reviewed on the basis of courses completed as well as the trend of most recent grades and your high school record.
Transfer Student Admissions Application
Be aware of admission requirements and apply early!
Consult with your Academic or Faculty Advisor at both your current campus and LSSU as you plan your coursework each semester!
Knowing who to talk to and where to look
Guidance and Admissions counselors are valuable assets in speeding up the transfer process. At LSSU, we have a transfer student admissions advisor to assist you. The course catalog is another resource made readily available to prospective transfer students.
The catalog outlines academic programs and give course descriptions that will help you plan your transfer and decide which courses you need to take.
Credit evaluations and course equivalencies
An official evaluation of your transfer credit is made as quickly as possible after you are admitted. The admissions office will help you with an unofficial transcript review at your request.
If a course taken at another institution is not offered at LSSU, general 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.
Grades less than a C- will not transfer.
There is no limit to the number of transfer credits allowed from other institutions. Bachelor’s degree candidates must earn at least 32 credits and at least 50% of their department-required 300/400 level credits in LSSU courses.
Associate’s degree and certificate candidates must earn 16 of their final 20 credits in LSSU courses.
Know Your Program Requirements
Whether you’ve chosen a major or not, you’ll need to learn what pre-requisites are necessary to declare a major in a particular subject and then what classes are needed to complete that major. Even in your first semester, it’s never too early to start fulfilling major pre-requisites or requirements.
Each of the following programs has unique admission/application requirements, including a minimum GPA requirement. If you are considering any of these majors we strongly suggest that you learn about the admission requirements and process for gaining entry into these programs of study at the links provided below.
Be Aware of LSSU Policies and Procedures
All schools have different policies, procedures, and deadlines. Don’t assume LSSU has the same deadlines and policies as your previous school. The Registrar’s Office website has a list of important dates including: Add/Drop deadline, Drop deadline for all courses, Withdrawal deadline etc. All policies and procedures are outlined in the Undergraduate Catalog. Familiarize yourself with LSSU’s requirements. You are responsible for making sure you are on the right track.
All incoming students are required to attend an orientation session before attending LSSU. There is one date set specifically for transfer students, as well as other options in case you are unable to make the first session.
Know the Deadlines
LSSU does not have an application deadline, but we encourage you to apply early. You will automatically be considered for a scholarship if your application is received by March 1. You must file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) prior to March 1 for the fall semester.
Submit Financial Aid Application
Financial aid does not transfer, so you need to make sure that Lake Superior State University receives a copy of your financial aid application.
The LSSU school code is 002293.
If you are a mid-year transfer, make sure that your prior school cancels your second semester financial aid.
Submit your academic transcript as soon as possible so your financial aid is awarded using the correct number of credits.
For more information, contact the Financial Aid Office at LSSU.
If you have trouble with the transfer process, let those who can help you know! Contact your LSSU Academic Advisor or the Admissions Office for help!
Take responsibility and inquire about assignments, requirements, policies, and procedures. Learn for yourself, not through the grapevine!
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.
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 12 earned 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.
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 admitted to Lake Superior State University who have the MTA stamp on their transcript are recognized as having completed the general education requirements at Lake Superior State University.
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 candidates 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.
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.
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