The Office of Student Life (OSL) is committed to providing transfer students with a rich and transformational college experience. Through various programs, resources, and on-campus partnerships, OSL provides the support needed to transition transfer students to the University with a great sense of connection, engagement, and involvement

As a transfer student, you are a valued part of our community as you join many other students like you who are committed to pursuing their educational goals. We recognize that transfers have different needs than first-year students, and we are here to make your adjustment and transition into our community as smooth as possible.

MODEL (T)ransitions - Transfer Success Seminar

Making Opportunities for Developmental Experiences and Learning Together or MODEL T is an opportunity for incoming transfer students to learn more about University life at UM-Dearborn. It is a virtual experience that aims to connect, support, and empower transfer students. 

In an engaging online learning environment, participants will have the opportunity to expand on concepts from orientation to ensure academic, personal, and professional success! Participants will reflect upon their individual collegiate and work experiences while connecting to present and future plans. Successful completion will be based on a point system that stems from in session reflections and out of session experiences. Participants who successfully complete the Program will be recognized for their Commitment to Success during the annual Success Celebration!

Registration for MODEL (T)ransitions for the 2020-2021 academic year is now closed. Contact Aryka Rice at for any questions regarding MODEL T.  Find out more information on the MODEL T page!

DUCC Mentoring Program

The DUCC Mentoring Program is designed to support you during your first year at the university! This collaborative effort between the Office of Student Life and the Talent Gateway aspires to have a positive impact on first year student success while encouraging campus engagement, connectivity, and community. 

Participating students will join a group led by an upperclassman mentor who will serve as a resource for you as you navigate the first-year experience.

Having experienced the transfer experience firsthand, Transfer Student Ambassadors serve as mentors for incoming transfer students via DUCC. Drawing from their own experiences and available campus resources, TSA's create memorable experiences for transfer students.

Participate in study seminars, luncheons with faculty/staff, and panel discussions with upperclassmen mentors.

The Success Press

The Success Press is an electronic newsletter shared each semester that shines the spotlight on academic and student success accomplishments on campus.

Fall 2019
Spring 2019

Tau Sigma Honor Society

The Tau Sigma Honor Society is an academic honor society designed specifically to "recognize and promote the academic excellence and involvement of transfer students."  The Beta Sigma Chapter at UM-Dearborn, founded in 2009, was the first chapter to be organized in the state of Michigan.

By establishing chapters at four year institutions across the country, we are able to recognize the academic achievement of the most outstanding transfers nationwide and, in the process, help universities better serve their transfer populations.  Tau Sigma members (among the most accomplished transfer students on campus) are perhaps the greatest resource available to serve the current and future transfers at your institution.

Transfer Student Scholarships

UM-Dearborn proudly offers thousands of scholarships each year to deserving students. Scholarships are awarded based on academic achievement, leadership, community service, financial need, special talents, or other criteria. Students are encouraged to actively research all scholarship opportunities which are applicable.  

Check out the many transfer student scholarships!

Success at Dearborn

The Office of the Provost has compiled resources offered across the university to support student success both in and out of the classroom. Check them out here!

Transfer Student Spotlight: Meet Kelly Keys

Major: Sociology

Transferred from: Western Michigan University  

Best moment(s) at UM-Dearborn:  "I have been immensely welcomed and supported by faculty, staff and many of my classmates...Everyone I meet is super helpful, especially in the Talent Gateway Program...(Additionally), my professors recognize that I am a transfer student and that the semester (Winter 2021) is an unusual one. They continue to offer me resources and continually find ways to provide my classmates and I with a sense of community which has really helped."

Most valuable takeaway(s): "I have learned to ask for help. I’m realizing more and more every day that I now attend a school where the faculty and staff are EXCITED to help students succeed...I came in with doubts that I would feel connected to the school, never having actually attended one class on campus or anything, but I now feel very connected and like a true Wolverine! I learned that having a positive outlook makes for a positive outcome!"

Campus Accomplishments:  Fall 2020 Dean’s List, Women in Learning and Leadership Program Nomination, and Talent Ambassador with the Most Challenges Award. Kelly also owns her own organic skincare business (@etherealskinorganics). 

Tips for transfer students: "Do not hesitate to ask for help, no matter what undergrad level you are! Do not be afraid to try new things! Embrace new experiences and being out of your comfort zone, that’s where growth happens. Be open to new challenges. Everything new is difficult until you just try."

Transfer Student Excellence!

All-Around All-Star
“I love UM-Dearborn because I’ve always been a Michigan fan and getting that Michigan degree is very exciting for me. Being able to come here and wear the Block M to play baseball is just a dream come true for me.”
Danny Kerr

Office of Student Life

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