Transfers

If 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 26 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:

  • You can fill out a paper version of the application by printing off a copy and snail mailing it or you can fill it out online. If you complete your application online, we’ll waive the $30 application fee. How’s that for a bonus?
  • 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.

MACRAO Agreement and Course Credit Transfers

MACRAO 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?

Spring Arbor University is a signatory member in the MACRAO Transfer Agreement (Michigan Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers), which is accepted by many Michigan colleges to ensure that the general education requirements you take at one institution will transfer to another.  The intent of the agreement is to insure that a student who completes the courses in this agreement at a signatory community college will have satisfied the basic two-year requirements of the signatory four-year college upon transfer to the four-year institution. “MACRAO Agreement Satisfied” must be stamped on the community college transcript. The two-year institution verifies that a student has met the terms of the agreement.

This 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 their criteria.

If you send official transcripts to Spring Arbor University, we will evaluate your courses to determine how much credit you may transfer toward your SAU degree. Each evaluation is conducted individually to help ensure you receive the maximum credit for the coursework you have completed. Credit may be awarded for classes numbered at the 100 level and higher with a GPA of 2.0 or above.

You can learn more about how some credits from some two-year colleges will transfer to SAU by looking at our course equivalencies section.

If you send official transcripts to Spring Arbor University, we will evaluate your courses to determine how much credit you may transfer toward your SAU degree. Each evaluation is conducted individually to help ensure you receive the maximum credit for the coursework you have completed. Credit may be awarded for classes numbered at the 100 level and higher with a GPA of 2.0 or above.

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.
  • Want to get a feel for the SAU student experience? We believe in offering an authentic college experience that couples fun and learning, while still compelling students to think beyond graduation to grasp their unique role as critical participants in the contemporary world.
  • 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.
  • Our academic programs will challenge you, strengthen you and prepare you for wherever life takes you next. Check out our list of more than 70 Majors and Programs and find the program that fits you best.
  • Plan on commuting to Spring Arbor? Great! We are ready and able to make your life as an SAU commuter a great experience.
  • 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.