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Admissions

Internal Transfer

Before You Apply

Thank you for your interest in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. The following information will prepare you for the internal transfer process. You can also learn more at Cornell’s Office of Internal Transfer website.

1. Make sure you are eligible to apply

  • Eligible applicants should be full time, NON-CALS students who have taken a minimum of 12 credits and are in good standing in their current college.
  • Juniors are rarely considered for transfer because they are unlikely to complete the requirements in time to graduate.
  • Current CALS students wishing to change majors should contact their advisor or CALS Student Services to discuss the steps necessary for a change in major.
  • A student may not internally transfer to the Interdisciplinary Studies major when entering the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. The change to the major evolves after a student finds his or her interests diverging from the current major, and when an idea of a new educational objective is emerging.

2. Review Major Guidelines for intended program

Applied Economics and Management (AEM)

  • Minimum cumulative Cornell GPA of 2.75 (recommended 3.3)
  • See website for specific course requirements
  • AEM Information Sessions
    Students interested in the AEM major must attend one AEM Internal Transfer Information Session during the semester in which they are completing the internal transfer process. All sessions will be held in Mann 102.

NOTE: Admission to the AEM major is EXTREMELY competitive, and only students who meet the course and GPA requirements should apply. External transfer students who have already transferred to other Cornell colleges will not be considered for internal transfer. Applications are accepted from qualified Cornell students at the end of spring semester of freshman year only. Sophomores, juniors, and seniors are not eligible for transfer to the Dyson School. Dyson School representatives are only available to meet individually with students who are actively completing the requirements to transfer and are eligible to submit an application.
Questions about applying can be sent to cals_admissions@cornell.edu

Biological Sciences

  • Minimum cumulative Cornell GPA of 2.75
  • At least one course in Biology completed before transfer with a B or better

Communication

  • Minimum cumulative Cornell GPA of 2.5
  • COMM 1101, COMM 2820 and one of the Focus Area Introductory Courses completed prior to transfer with an average of a B+ or better across the three courses
  • Focus Area Introductory Courses: COMM 2200, COMM 2450, COMM 2760 and COMM 2850

Development Sociology

  • Minimum cumulative Cornell GPA of 3.0
  • Introduction to Sociology (DSOC 1101) and Statistics required
  • At least one course in your new interest area completed before transfer with a B or better

Landscape Architecture

  • Minimum cumulative Cornell GPA of 2.5
  • At least one course in your new interest area completed before transfer with a B or better
  • Portfolio

Nutritional Sciences

All other majors

  • Minimum cumulative Cornell GPA of 2.5
  • At least one course in your new interest area completed before transfer with a B or better

3. Review Important Application Deadlines

Internal Transfer applications are accepted for the Fall and Spring semesters.

Semester

Application Deadline

Notification

Fall

Last day of classes in December

Mid-January

Spring

Last day of classes in May

Mid-June

4. Start early!

Get in contact with an Advising Coordinator in your prospective course of study within CALS as soon as possible.

Questions? Contact Us

CALS Undergraduate Admissions
177 Roberts Hall
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853
Tel: 607-255-2036
cals_admissions@cornell.edu