Application Process – Internal Transfer
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1. Start early!!!
2. If you are undecided about what major or college is the best fit for you, please schedule an appointment with the Advisor of the Office of Internal Transfer and Concurrent Degrees.
3. If you are a New York resident and are concerned about financial implications, please speak to Financial Aid.
4. Review the requirements for your target college.
- Prepare the specific application materials requested by your target college and major, and deliver them to that college before the deadline.
- If required, meet with an admission representative or advising coordinator in your target college. Make sure to request this appointment early in the semester, to ensure you are able to meet before the deadline.
- Follow the guidelines given by your target college regarding the content of your personal statement. 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. The personal statement should be 250-600 words long and we recommend you to prepare it in advance, writing it on a word file and then copying and pasting on the online application. If no guidelines are available for your target college, you could include in your essay:
- How your interest in a given major and college has developed, and how you have explored it.
- Explain clearly and in a well thought-out manner how your intended major and college could provide you with the tools and instruction you desire to achieve at Cornell, and why other options (double major, minors, etc.) are not useful.
- Describe professional goals/interests you are considering. How will your target college help you to attain your goals?
- If you do not satisfy all the requirements for transfer to your intended college, state the reasons for this, and how you intend to fulfill those requirements.
- You can also talk about the activities that you have been involved in at Cornell and the community (work/volunteer experiences, clubs, research) and how they have shaped you.
- Is there anything else your target college should know about you (e.g. personal /family situations, independent study…) that you consider could further clarify your interest?
- ONLY for applicants to Arts and Sciences, and AAP: If you find that you need further elaborate on your interest in a major in either of these colleges, 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: send as PDF per email to Robin Perry (email@example.com)
- AAP: Send as attachment per email to firstname.lastname@example.org
- If you’re applying to the Johnson College of Business (JCB), 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.
- Resume format: please see our instructions.
- If you are uncertain what to write about, you can browse samples in the Cornell Career Services website, request an appointment with one of their advisors, or attend our resume writing workshop. You can also reach out to the Cornell Consulting Club. The CCC members offer their expertise to internal transfer applicants.
NOTE: Links to resumes will NOT be accepted and will be erased from your application.
5. Fill out the Internal Transfer Application. The deadline is the last day of classes at 11:59 pm. Please verify all your information prior to submitting, because the application cannot be edited afterwards. 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.
Your target college or school will notify you of the final decision in mid January for Spring term, and mid June for Fall term.
6. If you are accepted:
If you need to enroll in specific courses, your new college/school will facilitate your enrollment in those courses. You can change non-mandatory courses during add/drop. For mandatory courses:
- CALS: contact you target major’s advising contact
- Engineering you must enroll yourself during add/drop period
- SHA will automatically enroll you in core courses.
- ILR registrar enrolls accepted students in their required courses.
- For any other colleges/schools, contact the registrar.
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.