Applications for Internal Transfer or Concurrent Degrees
Before you apply:
- Prepare your personal statement beforehand, and have it ready to copy and paste–our online application allows for basic formatting. Make sure your statement follows the guidelines given by your target college. If your college doesn’t provide any, follow those described in our “Application Process” page (click here for internal transfer or here for concurrent degrees). Please be aware that colleges expect personal statements to be between 250-600 words long (except AAP and Arts and Sciences, see below) and that this personal statement should be written with as much care and effort as your essay to apply to Cornell. A good personal statement is a crucial component of your application! If you are uncertain how to write it, please attend our personal statement writing workshop.
Students applying to transfer AAP or Arts and Sciences, or for a concurrent degree with AAP being the second college, can prepare longer personal statements. In this case, please write a note in the personal statement text box (must be longer than 10 words) stating that your personal statement is longer than 600 words, and submit your statement directly to your target college, copying our office as well (firstname.lastname@example.org):
- Arts and Sciences, internal transfer: send as PDF per email to Monica McFall (email@example.com)
- AAP, internal transfer or concurrent degree: Send as attachment per email to firstname.lastname@example.org
- If you’re applying to the School of Hotel Administration (SHA), the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS), or The College of Human Ecology (CHE), prepare your resume, too. Have it ready to copy and paste. Our online application allows for basic formatting, but please note that your resume will look better if all text is aligned left. If you are uncertain how to write it, you can browse samples in the Cornell Career Services website, request an appointment with one of their advisors, or attend our resume writing workshop.
- Your application cannot be edited afterwards and can be seen by your target or second college upon submission. Make sure to verify all your information prior to submitting.
- The deadline to submit your application is the last day of classes at 11:59 pm.
- If, for some reason, you decide to change your target college or major, you should not try to apply again. Contact our office (email@example.com) and we’ll help you make changes to your application.
Applicants are notified of the final decision in mid January and mid June for the subsequent semester.
If you are accepted:
In exceptional and/or extenuating circumstances, students can decline an offer to transfer. To initiate this process, students must contact the Office of Internal Transfer and Concurrent Degrees, and both their new and home college or school must approve their request. The deadline to decline an offer of internal transfer is the day before classes begin. If students do not contact their new college or school, it will be assumed that they accepted the internal transfer offer.
After classes begin, students must spend the semester in their new college or school, remaining in good academic standing in that college or school. If they wish to return to their previous college or school, it is up to that college or school to determine if students must re-apply for internal transfer, submit other application materials, or fulfill certain requirements. For more information or questions, please email the Office of Internal Transfer and Concurrent Degrees at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Students wanting to return to the College of Arts and Sciences should contact Dean Ray Kim (email@example.com, 607-255-4833) to discuss their options to return to that college.