Transfer Student Services

Students on tour.


Making the decision to transfer can be a difficult choice. Transfer Student Services (TSS) works with incoming transfer students to help ensure as smooth a transition as possible.


Transfer Student Services is one of six units within the Office of Student Transitions. TSS was originally established in June of 2007 as one half of the Advocacy Office for Transfer Students and Military Affairs under the vision of then Interim President, Dr. Diether Haenicke, with the purpose of identifying institutional practices, policies and procedures that impact transfer student success.


  • Coordinate the Transition Orientation Program (TOP) which is an orientation program for transfer, adult learner (age 22+ beginner), returning and second bachelor's  students starting in either summer session or the fall semester. Offered four times over the course of the summer.
  • Manages an eight module online orientation resource for incoming transfer students which is available until graduation from WMU.
  • Coordinates Spring Orientation (SO) which is an orientation session for transfer, adult learner (age 22+ beginner), new beginner, returning and second bachelor's  students starting in the spring semester. 
  • Offers workshops for current and prospective transfer students such as Career Services, Financial Aid, Applying to WMU, and Stress Reduction.
  • Oversees the Transition Ambassador Program for incoming transfer, adult learner (age 22+ beginner), returning and second bachelor's  students .
  • Coordinates special programming for transfer and adult learner (age 22+ beginner) students attending the Fall Welcome program.
  • Organizes programming opportunities for transfer, adult learner (age 22+ beginner), returning and second bachelor's  students including campus and library tours, a Brown Bag Series, and Donuts with the Deans.
  • Communicates with transfer, adult learner (age 22+ beginner), returning and second bachelor's students during their transition to WMU via email starting with a welcome message prior to the start of the semester and follow-up messages throughout the first semester.
  • Advocates for transfer students through participation on various campus committees and attending meetings related to curriculum.
  • Assists students seeking credit for CBDRO classes by working with campus departments to secure possible academic credit here at WMU.


  • WMU admits more than 2,700 transfer students annually.
  • WMU has reverse transfer agreements with all 28 Michigan community colleges and one in Illinois.
  • WMU has one residence hall and two living learning communities designated just for transfer students.
  • WMU offers more than $600,000 in annual scholarships to transfer students.
  • Transfer students have an average 3.10 transfer GPA.
  • The top five transfer institutions are Kalamazoo Valley Community College, Grand Rapids Community College, Lake Michigan College, Oakland Community College and Macomb Community College for the fall of 2015.
  • Qualifying transfer students are invited to become a part of the Lee Honors College.
  • Study Abroad is available to all transfer students.


A national honor society designed exclusively for transfer students. The mission is to “recognize and promote the academic excellence and involvement of transfers students.” Tau Sigma provides its members opportunities to earn scholarships, attend leadership conferences, take leadership positions in the university, serve others at the university and in the community, all while developing friendships and becoming a more
integral part of the university.


Western Michigan University was the only school in Michigan selected for the National Transfer Honor Roll by Phi Theta Kappa, the world’s oldest and largest honor society for community college students.

Phi Theta Kappa has a membership of more than 3 million members with 1,300 chapters in nine nations. In their 100–year history, their mission has remained the same—recognizing scholars and preparing them for successful futures. Student members have 92 percent graduation rate at the associate degree level and carry an average GPA of 3.8.

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