Transfer Student Information

Transfer Student Requirements

An LSSU transfer student is defined as a student who attends a post-secondary institution after high school graduation, and then applies to Lake Superior State University. A transfer student must possess a minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA and be eligible to return to their previous institution(s).

Transfer Credit Options

There are multiple ways to earn credit prior to attendance at Lake Superior State University.  Links below can assist in determining how this credit will be evaluated.

Transfer Credit Information

How to Apply

  1. Fill out the online application and indicate that you are a transfer student.
  2. If you have 19 or more earned college credits, submit all official college transcripts.
  3. If you have less than 19 earned college credits, submit all official college transcripts AND an official copy of your final high school transcript.
  4. If you have less than 19 earned college credits and have been out of high school for less than 26 months, submit all official college transcripts, an official copy of your final high school transcript AND official ACT or SAT scores

Mail all application materials to:

Office of Admissions
650 W. Easterday Ave.
Sault Ste. Marie, MI 49783

Resources

We have a variety of resources available to help you through the transfer process. Make sure to utilize them by doing the following:

  • Meet with your academic or faculty advisors
    Talk to an academic advisor at your current campus and at Lake State. Your advisors will help keep you on track and make sure you are taking courses that will transfer in the future.
  • Use our Transfer Equivalency Tool 
    If you have attended a Michigan or Ontario college, our Transfer Equivalency Tool will allow you to see how courses transfer in at Lake Superior State University.  Although this is not an official evaluation, it will help you plan ahead. Check on courses you’ve already taken, or courses you are planning to take, to see what credit you may earn.
  • Visit our College Catalog
    Our college catalog provides you with information about Lake State, our policies, and our program requirements.
  • Contact our Transfer Specialist
    We have a staff member dedicated specifically to you as a transfer student. Don’t hesitate to reach out if you have questions about how to get started, where you are in the process, or what steps you still need to take.

Program Requirements

Different programs have different criteria. Make sure you take the time to familiarize yourself with the program you are interested in.

The following programs have unique admission/application requirements. If you are considering any of these majors, use the links below to learn more about their requirements and standards.

Lake State Deadlines

LSSU does not have an application deadline, but keep the following dates in mind as you consider applying:

  • May 1: The deadline to automatically be consider for scholarships for Fall admission.
  • December 1: The deadline to atutomitically be considered for scholarships for Spring
  • March 1 :You must file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) prior to March 1 for the fall semester.

Credit Evaluations

When do you get a Transfer evaluation?

Once you are accepted to LSSU, you will receive an official transfer evaluation in the mail outlining the credits you have received. You can also find updated evaluations on your my.lssu account. If you would like an unofficial evaluation prior to your acceptance, contact our transfer specialist. They will be happy to provide one for you.

What courses transfer in?

At Lake State credits are evaluated from each institution individually. You must earn a C- (1.7 honor points) or better to receive transfer credit at LSSU. You may be asked to provide course descriptions or syllabi to assist in the evaluation process.

If a course taken at another institution is not offered at LSSU, general transfer credit may be granted for the course. These credits may be applied toward your overall degree requirements but cannot be used to satisfy any specific course requirements.

How many credits can you transfer?

There is no limit to the number of transfer credits you can transfer in but remember:

  •  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 candidates must earn at least 15 credits and 50% of their department required courses at LSSU
  • Certificate candidates must earn 16 of their final 20 credits in LSSU courses.

Who handles credit appeals?

If you disagree with an evaluation, transfer credit appeals can be taken to the academic dean. If an agreement is not met, appeals can then be brought to the Provost.

Transfer Agreements

MACRAO Agreement

The MACRAO agreement allows students to transfer 30 credit hours of general education requirements from a community college to a four year university. Michigan community college students that have the MACRAO stamp on their transcripts are recognized as having completed their general education requirements at LSSU.

Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA)

Students admitted to Lake Superior State with the MTA stamp on their transcript are recognized as having completed the general education requirements at LSSU. In order to satisfy the MTA, students must successfully complete 30 credits from an approved list of courses from the sending institution with a minimum grade of 2.00 in each course. These credits should be completed according to the following distributions:

  • One course in English Composition
  • A second course in English Composition or one course in Communication
  • Two courses in Social Sciences (from two different disciplines)
  • One course in Mathematics
  • Two courses in Humanities and Fine Arts (from two disciplines excluding studio and performance classes)
  • Two courses in Natural Sciences including at least one laboratory experience (from two different disciplines)

*The MTA may not be the best fit for all programs. Students should work with their LSSU advisor to determine the best path for them*

Sault College Agreement

Sault College of Applied Arts and Technology students admitted to LSSU with the GECERT stam (liberal studies degree) on their transcript are recognized as having completed the general education requirements at LSSU.

Financial Aid (FAFSA) Application

Things to remember about financial aid:
  • Financial aid does not transfer from your previous school automatically. You are responsible for making 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.
  • If you have earned less than 60 credits at a college or university, you must send a copy of your official final high school transcript to receive Financial Aid.

For more information, contact the Financial Aid Office at LSSU.

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