Transfer Student Information

The College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR) provides students an academically challenging environment where they put their knowledge into practice on campus, in Michigan and around the globe.

We are excited that you are considering joining us as a transfer student!


Before You Apply: Transfer Requirements

To apply and be admitted to an undergraduate academic program within the CANR as a transfer student, you must have completed or be in the process of completing the equivalent of MTH 103: College Algebra at your institution. 

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Applying to CANR Programs & Understanding Restricted Majors

All majors within the CANR are considered restricted majors due to our math requirement. When you select a restricted major on your application, you will be asked to provide up to two additional major choices. One of your choices must be a non-restricted major.

If you do not meet the requirements for your first-choice restricted major, you will be reviewed for the other major selections in the order you specify. The Office of Admissions will only render one decision to one major, which will be the highest priority major to which you are admissible. 

Please don’t worry if you are not initially admitted to a restricted major. Although there is no guarantee, many MSU students — especially those who have less than a year of transferable credits and a strong GPA at their current institution — eventually re-apply and are admitted to a restricted major once they have been on campus and fulfilled the necessary coursework. (Information adapted from the MSU Admissions website.)

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Connecting with Academic Advisors

As you explore your options and make your academic plan to transfer, feel free to connect with our CANR Undergraduate Academic Advisors based on your major or program of interest.

Our advisors are here to help you learn more about how your credits may transfer and what your path might look like through your major of interest.


Contacting Your Admissions Counselor

Once you have completed your MSU application and submitted all your transcripts and supporting documents, please allow 8 to 12 weeks for your Admissions Counselor to review your application. 

During this time, if you have questions about your application status, please contact your Admissions Counselor directly. Your Admissions Counselor is assigned based on your current institution.