- Can I apply to two (or more) colleges or majors at the same time?
- What should I do if I’m not sure if I want to transfer, or which college is right for me?
- Is it hard to transfer within Cornell?
- What if I want to return to my previous college?
- Is there a deadline for applying for internal transfer?
- I’ve just been admitted to Cornell, can I transfer colleges before my first semester begins?
- Do I go through Internal Transfer if I want to change my major?
- I only have a couple of quick questions. Do I need to make an appointment?
- Is the appointment with the advisor for internal transfer obligatory?
- What does the “direct” or “conditional” transfer mean?
- I transferred to Cornell from another university. Can I apply for internal transfer once I’m at Cornell?
- The major I want seems to be offered by several colleges. How can I decide which one is the best fit for me?
- What are my possibilities of being admitted into the major I want?
- When is the deadline to apply?
Can I apply to two (or more) colleges or majors at the same time?
You can only apply to one college & major in a given semester, but you can apply more than once (e.g., you could apply to a given major in one semester and, if you didn’t transfer, you can apply to the same or another major in the following semester). NOTE: If you are a CALS student, you cannot apply to AEM and to another college in the same semester.
What should I do if I’m not sure if I want to transfer, or which college is right for me?
We are happy to provide you with information and advice about all of Cornell’s undergraduate majors and minors, as well as the internal transfer application procedures and requirements. You can schedule an appointment with us whether you eventually decide to transfer or not.
Is it hard to transfer within Cornell?
No, in most cases it is not difficult, as long as you fulfill all of the requirements for internal transfer given by your target college.
What if I want to return to my previous college?
In most cases, if you left your previous college in good academic standing (e.g. no academic warnings, required leaves of absence, or withdrawals) you can return upon written request. Written request may require the submission of an internal transfer application or petition form. Please contact us to request information (email firstname.lastname@example.org or request an appointment).
Is there a deadline for applying for internal transfer?
Yes. The deadline is the last day of classes in the semester prior to your intended transfer. Please note that you might have to meet with an advisor in your target college, or might have other requirements that take time to complete, so we recommend you to start preparing early. Please review the application requirements for your target college.
I’ve just been admitted to Cornell, can I transfer colleges before my first semester begins?
No, you must matriculate to the school or college you were admitted to, then apply for internal transfer for a subsequent semester. Some colleges do not accept transfers applications during your first semester at Cornell. Please review the application requirements for your target college.
Do I go through Internal Transfer if I want to change my major?
If your current and target majors are both in the same college, no. Our office only handles requests to transfer from one college to another within Cornell. You will need to speak with an advisor in your college.
I only have a couple of quick questions. Do I need to make an appointment?
No. If you have a simple question, please call (607) 255-4386 or email email@example.com.
Is the appointment with the advisor for internal transfer (OITCD) obligatory?
No. If you are sure of what you want, know the requirements and what supplements are needed, and how to fill out the application, you can apply online, without coming to see us. It is possible, that you will need to meet with an admissions representative in your target college. Please review their requirements.
What does the “direct” or “conditional” transfer mean?
If you fulfill all the requirements for transfer into your target major and college, which can include having taken courses in your target major and/or college, a certain cumulative GPA, experience in your intended field, etc., then you could be granted a “direct” transfer, which means you immediately become a student of your target college.
However, if you do not meet all the criteria, your target college may consider you for a “conditional” transfer. This is a possibility for students whose curriculum differs substantially from their target college, or have a GPA below the one desired. During this conditional semester, you pay the tuition and fees of your target college. You will have to follow certain guidelines given by your target college, including completing certain course(s) with a given GPA, etc. If you follow those guidelines and requirements, then you become a student of your target college on the following semester.
Please note that the direct or conditional status is granted by the target college, not by the Office of Internal Transfer and Concurrent Degrees. During the “conditional” transfer term the Internal Transfer and Concurrent Degrees advisor acts as your official academic advisor.
I transferred to Cornell from another university. Can I apply for internal transfer once I’m at Cornell?
External transfers face certain restrictions regarding their internal transfer eligibility. Please schedule an appointment with the internal transfer advisor to review your case, as the restrictions vary by college.
The major I want seems to be offered by several colleges. How can I decide which one is the best fit for me?
We will be happy to help you explore the different possibilities Cornell offers you to acquire the instruction you desire. Please schedule an appointment with the internal transfer advisor.
What are my possibilities of being admitted into the major I want?
Your possibilities are as unique as you! Since all students have different academic backgrounds and future plans, it is not really fair to compare yourself to others. However, if you fulfill all the requirements set by your target major and college and are able to explain clearly and convincingly why your target major and college are a better fit for you than your current ones, you most likely will have a good chance of being admitted. If you have any doubts, please don’t hesitate to make an appointment with us.
When is the deadline to apply?
The last day of classes, to transfer in the following term.