Henry Ford College signs transfer agreement with the U of M


Henry Ford College (HFC) recently signed a transfer agreement with the University of Michigan-Dearborn (UM-Dearborn) where students can transfer their credits toward an undergraduate degree in engineering at UM-Dearborn.

“We’re very excited about this agreement between HFC and UM-Dearborn. It’s a logical progression that students who wish to study engineering at UM-Dearborn can transfer their credits seamlessly. This is a great opportunity for our students, especially since UM-Dearborn is right next door. Students who transfer to the University don’t have to travel far to earn an exceptional degree in a field with tremendous career opportunity,” said HFC President Dr. Stan Jensen.

This engineering transfer agreement is a jointly-developed program operated by both HFC and UM-Dearborn. It enables students to begin their education at HFC, earn an associate degree and then transfer to UM-Dearborn to complete their studies toward a designated undergraduate degree in Engineering – including Bioengineering, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Robotics Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Industrial & Systems Engineering and Manufacturing Engineering.

A maximum of 72 credits will transfer to UM-Dearborn. Admission to UM-Dearborn’s College of Engineering & Computer Science is guaranteed to students who complete the following:

Earn the aforementioned associate degree in Science in Pre-Engineering or an associate degree in Applied Science in Pre-Engineering;

Have an overall grade-point average (GPA) of 2.75; and

Have a minimum grade of 2.75 in all math, science and engineering/pre-engineering classes at HFC (students with criteria less than this will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Courses with less than a grade of 2.0 will not transfer for credit or placement to UM-Dearborn).

HFC students will receive equal consideration with UM-Dearborn students when applying for acceptance into UM-Dearborn’s various engineering programs and for financial aid. In addition, upon admission to UM-Dearborn, all students must take the Composition Placement Exam within their first semester of enrollment at UM-Dearborn.

This transfer agreement also encourages students to consider taking a limited number of sophomore-level engineering classes – which are NOT available at HFC – at UM-Dearborn while completing their associate degree.

“UM-Dearborn and HFC have a long-term shared commitment to the success of our students, which this agreement further demonstrates. We look forward to welcoming HFC students to our nationally ranked engineering programs, which provide no shortage of hands-on learning opportunities to best prepare UM-Dearborn graduates for success,” said Tony England, dean, College of Engineering & Computer Science, UM-Dearborn.

UM-Dearborn engineering students are eligible to participate in its cooperative education program (co-op). HFC students who transfer to UM-Dearborn will be indiscriminately considered for this opportunity as well. The UM-Dearborn Co-Op Office will provide all necessary information to transfer students after they receive admission. Additionally, students who plan to transfer to UM-Dearborn to study engineering should contact the UM-Dearborn Co-Op Office during the beginning of the first term of their second year at HFC, if not earlier.

“Our goal at HFC is to make a seamless pathway for transfer of our students to four-year schools. I am very pleased about our collaboration with Dr. Ghassan Kridli at UM-Dearborn, which ended up with a great transfer articulation agreement. The new agreement not only guarantees transfer of our eligible Pre-engineering students to UM-Dearborn, but also increases the maximum transferable credits from 62 to 72. The agreement reflects the trust of UM-Dearborn in the quality of education at HFC. This is an exceptional opportunity to provide students with an affordable education and seamless transfer to four-year schools. With this agreement, HFC and UM-Dearborn are closer than they ever been over the past 20 years. Personally, I am very happy and excited about this partnership,” said Hassan Nameghi, HFC Pre-engineering coordinator and instructor.