Miscellaneous FAQ


  • What should I do if I cannot get into a course?
    First, you need to exhaust all of the options available. Try all scheduling combinations you can – remember, for first-year engineering students, ENGR 100 or 101, Math, and Science courses are priorities. Build your schedule around these courses.If you still find that the classes you need to take are full, you can do the following:

    1. Add yourself to the waitlist if the option is available on Wolverine Access. Then, go to the first day of class and speak with the
      instructors about being added into the course.
    2. If there is no waitlist option, contact the department offering the course to find out if you can be added to the waitlist or given an override. Here are the contacts for some common departments:
      • Math Department: 734-764-0335, 2074 East Hall
      • Chemistry Department: 734-763-6722, 4028 Chem Building
      • Physics Department: 734-764-4437, 2477 Randall Lab
      • ENGR 100 and 101: come to the EAC
      • Engineering Departmental Courses: http://www.engin.umich.edu/departments/
  • Where do I go to find out about study abroad programs?
    Go to the International Programs in Engineering (IPE) office, 245 Chrysler Center, or visit the IPE website for more information.
  • I took the chemistry placement exam and placed into Chem 210. Does this give me credit for Chem 130?
    • Students are not awarded credit for Chemistry 130 if they place into Chemistry 210. A placement into 210 just means you have sufficient knowledge to start with that course instead of Chemistry 130, if you prefer.
    • We recommend students only take organic chemistry (Chemistry 210 and its lab, 211) if they are considering a major in Materials Science Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, or are planning on following a pre-health curriculum. The College of Engineering only requires one chemistry course and lab, so if you are not planning on one of these majors, you can just take Chem 130 and its lab, 125/126.
    • Talk with your EAC advisor if you’re not sure which Chemistry course is right for you.
  • I want to transfer to LSA. What should I do?
    • Talk with your EAC advisor about your plans.
    • Attend a Cross-Campus Transfer Information Session
    • Meet with an LSA advisor to discuss your new career path and officially apply. To make an appointment call: 734-764-0332.
    • Note: You must complete your first year in the College of Engineering with a 2.0 GPA to be eligible to transfer.
  • What is my class standing?
    • 0 to 24 credits – First-year
    • 25 to 54 credits – Sophomore
    • 55 to 84 credits – Junior
    • 85 or more credits – Senior
  • I am an undeclared undergraduate engineering student and want to speak with an advisor. How do I make an appointment?
    Go to the EAC Website. Click on the large button on the top right of the page titled, “Make An Advising Appointment.”
  • Where can I find the academic calendar?
    Academic Calendar Website 
  • If I take a course at a different university and transfer it for credit, will that grade be calculated in my GPA?
    No, as long as you pass the course with a C or better, you will receive the credit. No grades will be recorded on your U-M transcript.
  • I’ve decided I need to withdraw from classes for a term. What do I do?
    First, discuss the situation with your EAC advisor. Visit this website 
  • I am on the waitlist for a class. What are my chances of getting in?
    If you are among the first few on the waitlist, chances are good you will get a spot. Always be sure to attend the first day of class and speak with the instructor about getting in.You should always have a backup class in case you cannot get into your preferred course. Remember that you can add/drop classes in the first three weeks of the Fall or Winter Term without consequence.
  • How many hours should I plan for study time each week?
    As an engineering student, you will have a challenging course load. For each hour you spend in class, you should expect to study at least 2-4 hours outside of class. It is not unusual for students to study for 35+ hours a week. Study time includes homework, reading, going to office hours and academic resource labs, working with peers, etc.
  • How do I learn best?
    The VARK is a questionnaire that provides users with a profile of their learning preferences. Your results will show preferences for Visual, Aural, Reading/Writing, or Kinesthetic ways of learning new information.Follow the link to see which way you learn best! Then, talk with your advisor about which study strategies and U-M resources would work best for you.
  • I didn’t take the language placement exam during orientation, but I would still like to do so. What should I do?
    Contact the individual language department (i.e., Department of Asian Languages, Romance Languages, etc.) to find out when you can take the exam.