Application Process – Concurrent Degrees
- Students must have studied at least one full semester at Cornell and be currently enrolled.
- Students can apply between the 2nd semester of their freshman year and the 1st semester of their junior year. The ideal time to apply is during the second year. Applications will not normally be accepted from students who have already completed 5 or more semesters.
- Students must have a cumulative Cornell GPA of 3.3, which includes the semester in which students apply. The minimum GPA requested might be higher for certain degrees or colleges.
- Additionally, students need to be in a good academic standing at their home college.
- Applicants must bear in mind that pursuing concurrent degrees requires two additional semesters.
Preparation for applying:
- Start early!!!
- Determine if is feasible to concurrently pursue the two majors you want. Please read the section on the colleges and degrees that are currently participating in Concurrent Degrees.
- You can begin planning a second degree at any time, but you can only apply if you are eligible based on both the semesters you have been at Cornell, and the requirements of the college where you want to pursue the second degree.
- Note that each application for Concurrent Degrees is evaluated on a case-by-case basis; therefore, your application is assessed according to a variety of aspects, including how sound your 10-semester plan is.
- Schedule an appointment with the Advisor of the Office of Internal Transfer and Concurrent Degrees, to discuss and start planning your 10-semester plan. She will provide you with the templates you need to use for your 10-semester plan, and will guide and support you as you prepare it.
- Meet with your home college advisor to determine the feasibility and wisdom of pursuing a concurrent degree. You also need to discuss your current academic standing and other specific requirements your home college might have for concurrent degree applicants.
- Meet with a representative of your intended second college.
- Once your 10-semester plan has been approved by the appropriate representatives in both colleges, you can continue to gather the rest of the application materials.
- Prepare a personal statement, 250-600 words long, which you will copy and paste on the online application. Please take in consideration 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. Please include in your essay:
- How your experiences and your academic or career goal have led you to pursue concurrent degrees.
- How your interest in these two majors and colleges has developed, and how you have explored them.
- Explain clearly and in a well thought-out manner how your concurrent degrees could provide you with the tools and instruction you desire to achieve at Cornell, and why other options (double major, minors, grad school, etc.) are not useful.
- If you do not satisfy all the requirements for admission to the second college, state the reasons for this, and how you intend to fulfill those requirements.
- You can also talk about the activities that you are or have been involved in and how they have shaped you, as well as any other information you consider will further clarify your interest.
- ONLY for applicants to AAP: If you find that you need further elaborate on your interest in a major in AAP, please write a note on 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 as attachment per email to firstname.lastname@example.org, copying our office as well (email@example.com):
- If your second college is 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.
- Submit your online Concurrent Degree Application and all other specific application material requested by your intended second college. The deadline is the last day of classes at 11:59 pm.