Community College Transfer Students

Ferris State UniversityThe Transfer Services Center provides many resources to university and community college students who wish to transfer to Ferris State University. Please click on the links to the left for more information or read below to learn more about our services.

Transfer Guides
Through collaborative partnerships with community colleges, Ferris State University has established program transfer guides to help students transfer smoothly from their community colleges to FSU. Students utilize a transfer guide when they plan on transferring from one institution to another. Students follow the transfer guide to take specific classes that will fulfill degree requirements at both of the postsecondary institutions.

Michigan Association of Collegiate Registrars & Admissions Officers (MACRAO) Transfer Agreement
Ferris State is a member of the MACRAO Michigan College Transfer Network and adheres to the MACRAO Transfer Agreement. The MACRAO Transfer Agreement is designed to facilitate transfer from community colleges to baccalaureate colleges and universities. It provides transferability of up to 30 semester credits to meet many (and in some cases all) of the General Education requirements at participating Michigan four-year colleges and universities. Students may complete the MACRAO Transfer Agreement as part of an associate degree or as a stand-alone package.

Michigan Transfer Agreement

Ferris State University participates in the Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA) and is both a sending and receiving institution. This agreement facilitates the transfer of general education requirements from one Michigan institution to another. Students may complete the MTA as part of a degree program or as a stand-alone package. The MTA consists of a minimum of 30 general education credit hours as identified by the college or university.

 Students transferring to Ferris with the Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA) and entering a degree program will have met a 30 hour block of lower-level general education courses. However, this does not exempt students from completing program specific prerequisites or higher-level general education course requirements. Students should contact their advisor regarding classes that meet the MTA.

Reverse Transfer
A reverse transfer agreement allows students to earn their associate degree from a two-year college while beginning their bachelor’s degree at Ferris State University. Reverse transfer is a degree-completion opportunity for students who have started their education at a community college and transfer to Ferris State University prior to the completion of their associate degree. A reverse transfer agreement may allow a student to reduce his/her time to degree and student debt.