October 27, 2003

Dear Colleague:

The College of Literature, Science, and the Arts is changing its procedure for students from other schools and colleges on campus who plan to transfer into LSA. Our new procedure for cross campus transfers will require students first to meet with an academic advisor in the Academic Advising Center, 1255 Angell Hall.

This new procedure replaces the old procedure in which the student began the transfer process at the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. We feel strongly our new process will ensure that students receive the benefits of an orientation to LSA policies and requirements, including the assignment of a general academic advisor in the Center. We have found that many students make the transfer to LSA without seeing an academic advisor. Invariably, these students learn later that there are important LSA requirements that they were not aware of, or that the LSA policies are different from policies in their previous unit.

Please note that there is no change in the criteria for cross college transfers to LSA. Students will still be expected to have a 2.0 cumulative GPA before they will be admitted to LSA. Students who are not qualified for admission, but feel that there are exceptional circumstances, can discuss their particular circumstances with an Academic Standards Board member in the Advising Center.

Procedurally, we will now ask students to see an academic advisor at any time they are thinking about possible transfer into LSA.  During an appointment with the advisor, the student will learn about LSA and, in general, where they stand on meeting LSA admission requirements.  If the student meets the admission standard and wants to transfer, the student completes a shortened transfer application form, which is then carried over to the Admissions Office for final processing.

Again, we feel that this change will provide a much more effective way of serving students who plan to transfer to LSA from other schools and colleges on campus.  Please share this information with any staff in your area who would benefit from knowing about this change in policy.  If you have any questions about this change, please contact Chuck Judge or me.


Esrold A. Nurse

Assistant Dean

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