Delta College Michigan Admissions Essay

Michigan Transfer Agreement History

In 2012, the Michigan legislature included  language in the community college appropriations bill that focused on improving the transferability of core college courses by revising the current Michigan Association of Collegiate Registrars & Admissions Officers (MACRAO) agreement, and renaming it the Michigan Transfer Agreement.

U-M Policy on Implementing the Michigan Transfer Agreement

  • The University of Michigan supports the principles that underlie the Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA) as published in February 2014.  We value the transparency and student focus that underlie the Agreement.
  • The University of Michigan does not have a general education requirement.  Courses in the MTA block will be individually evaluated for their role in meeting degree requirements as outlined in the MTA implementation handbook.
  • The University of Michigan will evaluate individual courses in the MTA block for transfer, and if transferable will place these courses on a student’s transcript as transfer credit.

The Michigan Transfer Agreement

To fulfill the Michigan Transfer Agreement, which is being implemented this year, students must successfully complete at least 30 credits, with at least a 2.0 in each course.

These credits, which will be certified by a Michigan community college, should be met according to the following distributions:

  • 1 course in English Composition
  • A second course in English Composition or 1 course in Communications
  • 1 course in Mathematics from one of three pathways: College Algebra, Statistics or Quantitative Reasoning
  • 2 courses in Social Sciences (from two disciplines)
  • 2 courses in Humanities and Fine Arts (from two disciplines excluding studio and performance classes)
  • 2 courses in Natural Sciences including one with laboratory experience (from two disciplines)

MTA Course Information

Below we describe MTA courses by sending institution. These courses have been evaluated to align with the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts (LSA) distribution requirements. Other schools and colleges have different requirements relative to the transfer of MTA course credits, and different requirements relative to courses required for admission. Please review the information available here.

Completion of admission requirements does not constitute registration. Students applying to San Joaquin Delta College, regardless of location, are required to:

  1. File a complete online application for admission which may be completed in the eServices Lab, DeRicco Student Services Building, Room 149, or via the internet at
  2. Submit official transcripts from any college or university previously attended. Transcripts should be forwarded directly by that institution to the Office of Admissions and Records.
  3. Complete mandatory skills assessment. All new Delta College students enrolling for the first time will be required to participate in skills assessment prior to registration. Assessment will include English composition, reading, and mathematics skills. Students will be provided with their assessment results.
    Exemptions from the Assessment Requirement:
    1. Students with earned college degrees from a U.S. accredited college or university are waived from the assessment requirement as verified by official transcript.
    2. Some courses are specifically exempt from assessment and are identified in the College Catalog and Schedule of Classes.
    3. Students intending to register in only Level I basic skills courses in reading, writing, or mathematics do not need to complete the assessment test. These courses are identified in the College Catalog and Schedule of Classes.
    4. A waiver from the assessment requirement may be granted to a student who wishes to enroll in a single course with no prerequisite. A student may extend this waiver for another course provided that the previous course to which a waiver had been applied was passed with a grade of "C'' or higher. The continuance of this waiver shall not exempt the student from other skill or course requisites.
    5. Completed intermediate algebra and college-level English composition at an accredited college or university in the U.S. with a grade of "C" or better as verified by official transcript.
  4. Placement Requirements: All students are subject to the following placement requirements in reading and English as a Second Language (ESL):
    1. Reading: Students who score Level I in reading may enroll in any course designated as exempt from assessment. Students who score Level I in reading and wish to enroll in a course with a prerequisite of reading Level II must reach Level II before they will be allowed to enroll.
    2. ESL: Students who possess a U.S. high school diploma may either use the ESL assessment or the reading section of the academic assessment and the reading requirements described above.
  5. Admitted Student: An admitted student is defined as one who has:
    1. filed a complete application for admission and has been admitted to the College; and,
    2. has been assessed, submitted equivalent scores, or qualified for an assessment waiver.
  6. Matriculated Student: A matriculated student is defined as one who has:
    1. filed a complete application for admission and has been admitted to the College;
    2. declared a goal of A.A./A.S., transfer, or certificate;
    3. been assessed, submitted equivalent scores, or qualified for an assessment waiver;
    4. been admitted to a specific program, (i.e., nursing, police academy); or
    5. met or is meeting the Level II reading standard; and, continually remained under the declared A.A./A.S., transfer, or certificate goa

Responsibility for satisfying requirements: Each student must assume complete responsibility for:compliance with the instructions and regulations set forth in the College Catalog;

  1. selecting all the courses which will permit achievement of individual educational objectives; and
  2. satisfying prerequisites for any course which the student plans to take.

The College, likewise, assumes no responsibility for misinterpretation by students of policies and procedures as presented in the College Catalog. Counselors and advisors are available and willing to assist students in planning their programs. Any questions concerning information contained in this section of the College Catalog should be referred to the Office of the Vice President of Student Services.

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