So talking from Experience here. My son was stuck between Actuary and engineering so he applied to LSA with the idea of transferring. Once he sent his application in he wanted to change to engineering but he would of had to reapply.
So he gets in LSA in EA. Takes the courses needed plus some over freshman summer. He applied for the transfer during his freshman year and got it Feb 1st of Freshman year (yes the deadline to transfer), but he still needed to finish the remaining classes so it basically started in engineering in the fall of his second year. You have until Sophomore second semester to get the classes but trust me. Take the extra classes and get it done. He took 18 credits both fall and winter semester. This is NOT easy as stated lots of weed out classes. He also worked 10 hours a week and started a major student org that was time consuming. He didn’t get all As that I can guarantee you and got his first C ever in his life. He said that was the “good” grade for the class. In Calc 2 before mid terms many many kids dropped the class and same with physics 2 muttering they were no longer going to be doctors or engineers. He had 25 kids ended up in his Calc 2 class.
He entered with a 3.9 or around unweighted and a 34 act with 35 in both math and science. His high school was the top one in Illinois that year. I say this only to emphasis, Michigan is not joke. It’s a very tough school and always has been so.
Yes, you can transfer to engineering from LSA. You have to write and essay. It worked better for his since he never took Matlab but took Python /C++ instead. Did I ever tell you about the 1 problem that took him and his partner 13 hours to solve and they were the first ones in the class with the correct answer… Lol…
But. Regardless its not easy. People used to want to do a this since there was a greater grade difference between the two. This is not true anymore. LSA is 3.9 unweighted with 32-35 Act. Engineering is 3.93 with 34 Act. Not really a difference anymore.
So. Yes they take more LSA VS engineering students but they will sniff you out on the application process so. Better have a damn good reason to do so. Good typical advise… Apply to where you want to go into.
Good Luck. Also no its not guareenteed but. Michigan also wants to support their students and will usually bend over backward to try to assist.