Application Process – Concurrent Degrees
- Students must have completed at least one semester at Cornell, with a minimum of 12 academic credits.
- Students must be in good academic standing and enrolled in at least 12 academic credits in the semester in which they apply.
- While students can apply at any point between the 2nd semester of their freshman year and the 1st semester of their junior year, the ideal time to apply is during sophomore year.
- Applications will normally not be accepted from students who have already completed five or more semesters.
- Students must have a cumulative Cornell GPA of 3.3, including that of the semester in which they apply. Certain degrees or colleges may request a higher GPA.
- 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 it is feasible to concurrently pursue the two majors that you want. Please read the section on the colleges and degrees that participate in the Concurrent Degrees Option.
- You can begin planning a second degree at any time, but you can only apply if you are eligible based on the semesters you have been at Cornell, and the requirements of the college where you want to pursue the second degree.
- 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 concurrent degrees plan is.
- Schedule an appointment with the advisor of the Office of Internal Transfer and Concurrent Degrees, to discuss your interests and learn more about the Concurrent Degrees Option.
- At that meeting, you will be given instructions for completing a statement of intent.
- Submit your statement of intent to the appropriate contact in your home and desired second college.
- Meet with a representative of your home and desired second college. These meetings have the goal of determining the feasibility and wisdom of pursuing concurrent degrees, fully understand the major requirements and discuss how to complete all the required courses within the 5-year timeframe. You also need to discuss your current academic standing and other specific requirements each college might have for concurrent degrees applicants. (See the requirements page for more information about who to meet in each college and other college-specific requirements).
- Under the guidance of the advisor of the Office of Internal Transfer and Concurrent Degrees, start crafting your 10-semester plan. The advisor will provide you with the templates you need to use for your concurrent degrees plan, and will guide and support you as you prepare it.
- The Office of Internal Transfer and Concurrent Degrees advisor, and appropriate representatives from your home and intended second college should approve and sign your concurrent degrees plan.
- 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 to 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 email@example.com, copying our office as well (firstname.lastname@example.org).
- Prepare your Resume if you are applying to the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS), or the College of Human Ecology (CHE). Have it ready to copy and paste.
- Resume format: please see our instructions.
- If you are uncertain what to include, you can browse samples in the Cornell Career Services website, request an appointment with one of their advisors, or attend our resume writing workshop. NOTE: Links to resumes will NOT be accepted and will be erased from your application.
- Submit your online Concurrent Degrees Application and all other specific application material requested by your intended second college. The deadline is the last day of classes before midnight.