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Future Undergrads

Join us and get a career-relevant liberal arts education at a Big10 university in a major city!

Come seize your Liberal Arts Advantage.
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The Liberal Arts Advantage

A liberal arts education never stops being relevant to today — or to tomorrow!

The 10 Core Competencies students develop in CLA are learning outcomes that prepare them to thrive in their career and in life, even during uncertain and dynamic times. CLA specializes in making sure every student knows exactly why their core competencies are so attractive to employers.

It's what makes CLA a national leader in career readiness for liberal arts students.

Why You Should Choose CLA

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Want to know what student life is like in CLA? Email us and request a conversation with a current CLA student!

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Transferring Into CLA

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About 1 out of 3 undergraduates in the College of Liberal Arts transferred in — because we welcome transfer students!

Whatever your situation, it is never too early to begin the degree planning process. Understanding how courses taken at your current institution might apply towards major requirements in CLA is an important step in your planning.

CLA's Transfer Advising team is here to assist you as you think about transferring to the U of M. 

Admitted? Congrats!

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Welcome to the CLA family! You will need to do a few things to get started as a new student at CLA — and we are here to help! Confirm that you accept our offer of admission, then you can start to prepare for Orientation.

Meanwhile, our CLA recruitment team can connect you with CLA faculty and current students, provide additional information about our different majors and academic experiences, and share how a CLA degree gives you an advantage after you graduate.


Email CLA's Admissions Counselor at