Transfers

Smiling Faces at Spring ArborIf you’re thinking about transferring to Spring Arbor University’s main campus and have an assortment of credits from another institution(s) that you want to transfer – don’t worry! Chances are you can come to SAU with much more than your good name.

Admissions requirements

Once you know your credits are good, let’s see how you stack up in other areas.

  • As a transfer student, you must have a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher for regular admission.
  • If you are transferring with less than 12 semester hours, you must have official high school transcripts or GED scores and official ACT or SAT scores sent directly to SAU.
  • Have all the colleges and universities you attended send your official transcripts to SAU’s Office of Admissions.
  • Sign and submit a Release of Information form from the last college you attended if you lived on campus and attended within the last four years.

Send your information to:

Spring Arbor University
Office of Admissions
106 E. Main St.
Spring Arbor, MI 49283-9799

Next, complete and submit the SAU Application for Admission. Here are your choices:

  • If you are coming in as a traditional undergraduate student, apply online.
  • If you are coming back to SAU as a returning student, you’ll need to submit an application for readmission.
  • If you are a student who has applied in the past five years but didn’t enroll, please fill out the application to re-apply.

Scholarship opportunities

Scholarship opportunities are not limited to first-time freshmen students—a number of scholarships are also available to students who wish to transfer to Spring Arbor University. Learn more about transfer scholarship opportunities.

The MACRAO, Michigan Transfer Agreement and Course Credit Transfers

The MACRAO, Michigan Transfer Agreement and Course Credit Transfers

At Spring Arbor, we recognize the MACRAO Agreement among Michigan two-year and four-year colleges. That means you might have already completed many of our liberal arts requirements if the college you previously attended grants the MACRAO agreement and you fulfill the criteria. Click on the links below to learn more.

What is the MACRAO Agreement?

SAU has been a participant in the MACRAO Agreement since it originated back in the 1970’s.  The MACRAO Agreement was designed to facilitate the transfer of general education requirements from one institution to another. If you have met the MACRAO Agreement and it is stamped on your official transcript, it will be applied to meet the following General Education requirements at SAU:

University Liberal Arts and Competency Requirements (36 hours)

    • Communication Skills (freshman composition and speech)
    • Physical Fitness
    • Fine Arts
      • Art History or Appreciation
      • Music History or Appreciation (or two semesters of large music ensemble)
    • Humanities Literature or One year of Foreign Language
    • Mathematics or Computer Science
    • Natural Science (requires a lab experience)
    • Philosophy and Theology
      • One Philosophy
      • Two Bible
    • Social Science
      • History
      • Psychology, Sociology, or Economics

In addition, each course will be individually evaluated and could also be used to meet competency, major/minor, or other degree requirements.

The MACRAO Agreement requires you to complete a minimum 30 semester hours of college-level credit in the following areas as specified by your community college:

  • English Composition (6 semester hours)
  • Natural Science (8 semester hours in more than one discipline, At least one science course must include a laboratory)
  • Social Science (8 semester hours in more than one discipline)
  • Humanities (8 semester hours in more than one discipline)

Please note that this agreement is being replaced by the Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA) for students starting at a community college fall 2014 or later.   SAU will continue to accept the MACRAO Transfer Agreement through the summer of 2019. A student currently pursuing the MACRAO agreement may choose to instead complete the MTA. Please see the details for this agreement above.

To view additional information for transfer students, including a link to Transfer Equivalencies please click here.

What is the Michigan Transfer Agreement?

Spring Arbor University (SAU) is a participant in the Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA).  The MTA is the most recent agreement and was designed to facilitate the transfer of general education requirements from one institution to another. The MTA is effective for students starting at a community college fall 2014 or later. If you have met the MTA and it is stamped on your official transcript, it will be applied to meet the following General Education requirements at SAU:

  • University Liberal Arts and Competency Requirements (36 hours)
    • Communication Skills (freshman composition and speech)
    • Physical Fitness
    • Fine Arts
      • Art History or Appreciation
      • Music History or Appreciation (or two semesters of large ensemble)
    • Humanities Literature or One year of Foreign Language
    • Mathematics or Computer Science
    • Natural Science (requires a lab experience)
    • Philosophy and Theology
      • One Philosophy
      • Two Bible
    • Social Science
      • History
      • Psychology, Sociology, or Economics

In addition, each course will be individually evaluated and could also be used to meet major/minor or other degree requirements.

The Michigan Transfer Agreement requires you to complete courses from the following areas as specified by your sending college.

  • 1 course in English Composition – SAU recommends that you take the equivalent of our ENG 104 – College Writing.
  • A second course in English Composition or 1 course in Communications.
  • 1 course in Mathematics
  • 2 courses in Social Sciences (from two disciplines)
  • 2 courses in Humanities and Fine Arts (from two disciplines and excluding studio and performance classes)
  • 2 courses in Natural Sciences including one with laboratory experience (from two disciplines)

If the total hours for these courses do not equal at least 30 semester credit hours, you must take an additional course from one of the areas until 30 credits are earned. Note: SAU will continue to accept the previous MACRAO Transfer Agreement through summer 2019.

To view additional information for transfer students, including a link to Transfer Equivalencies please click here

Adult Learners

Adult Learners

If you are an adult student wishing to complete your degree and study at one of our 15 off-site campuses located around Michigan and in the Ohio area, visit our Graduate and Professional Studies site to learn more about our adult and professional study programs.

Want to learn more about SAU?

Want to learn more about SAU?

  • Dig a bit further and check out our great financial aid packages and discover why attending Spring Arbor University is the high-quality choice that won’t cost you an arm and a leg.
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  • Spring Arbor University offers an authentic college experience in a close-knit community of learners where Christ is our perspective in whatever we do. At SAU, it’s okay to push the limits of who you thought you were to discover the person you were always meant to be. SAU provides the tools and atmosphere to grow in the Lord.
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  • Have some academic credits you’d like to apply that you earned from taking an AP, CLEP or DSST test? Find out which credits SAU accepts.