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Important Forms and Policies

Application for Credit Earned While in High School

If you completed college courses while in high school, documentation is required to confirm that the courses meet the transfer credit criteria set forth by both the college and the university. When applying for such credits, students should submit both a high school and college verification form. These forms can be located on Chatter. The high school form confirms that the course work was not applied toward high school graduation requirements. The college verification form confirms that the course/section completed by the student was open to everyone enrolled at the college (not just a specific section designated for high school students).

Please note Cornell’s Policy on Course work completed while in high school: "Cornell University does not accept credit for courses sponsored by colleges but taught in high schools to high school students, even if the college provides a transcript of such work."

CALS does not accept College Now, Bard early college, SUPA or University in the High School credits.

The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and Cornell University reserve the right to determine, in their sole discretion, whether course credit earned at other schools, either secondary or post-secondary, meet the College’s and the University’s academic standards and will therefore be eligible to be applied toward Cornell degree requirements. Applicants and matriculated students should not assume that, because a particular course taken at another school is listed as a recommended course or a foundational course, it will necessarily be eligible for Cornell credit.

Advanced Placement Credit

First-year CALS students are able to apply a maximum of 30 Advanced Placement Credits. Advanced Placement (AP, IB, French Baccalauréat and A-Level) examinations must have been taken and earned prior to high school graduation (or equivalent) but in all cases prior to matriculation to Cornell. The Credit and Placement page explains what (if any) credit students will be awarded, as well as what introductory courses they may choose to place out of. Certain departments will require or advise students to develop a firm grounding in the subject area and methodology by enrolling in the introductory course even if they have credit. Please note that if you take a course that your credit places you out of, you will forfeit that credit. If you have credit in math and are considering enrolling in courses in these areas, please be sure to visit the math pre-enrollment page for more information. Students should discuss with their faculty advisor and/or department on their specific course selection.

AP credit may be earned from Advanced Placement (AP), General Certification of Education Advanced Level (A Level), International Baccalaureate (IB), Cornell department (CASE) examinations and credit while in high school. Its primary purpose is to exempt students from introductory courses and to place them in advanced courses. Its value is that it allows students to include more advanced courses in their course of study. These credits are awarded by achieving a high score on a placement exam or completing college level coursework that meets the guidelines for non-Cornell credit while still in high school (or equivalent). The credits may be applied towards distribution requirements.

At the end of each semester a student’s record is reviewed by the CALS Student Services Office and AP Credit is removed if the student has successfully completed the corresponding Cornell course (example: a student earning a score of 5 in AP statistics who successfully completes the equivalent statistics course at Cornell or elsewhere will forfeit the 4 credits previously awarded for AP statistics).

AP Credits show on the student’s official Cornell transcript. More information can be found in the Cornell Courses of Study under the link for Advanced Placement.

Application to Graduate: Parts I and II

The Application to Graduate has two parts:

Part I: Reviews all college graduation requirements through Chatter. Once Part I has been submitted online, an email confirmation is sent to the student.

Part II: Once the student has completed, saved and submitted part I, the student will arrange a meeting with their major advisor(s) to complete part II (only major advisor(s) or department coordinators have the link to part II of the application).  Part II requires you and your major advisor(s) to review your current enrollment and if relevant, review courses for the following semester's enrollment, to ensure hat you will have competed all major requirements in time to graduate.

Application to exceed 22 academic credits in a semester (maximum of 25 academic credits)

During pre-enrollment a student is able to enroll electronically through their student center in up to 18 academic credits. During the add/drop period, a student is able to enroll electronically in up to 22 academic credits. If a student wishes to exceed 22 academic credits (to a maximum of 25 credits) in one semester they must submit a request through Chatter to add the additional course. To be eligible to exceed 22 academic credits a student must have:

  • Completed two terms of study at Cornell University
  • Have a GPA of 3.3 in their previous few semesters
  • Are in good standing with the university
  • Have no incompletes
  • Have approval from their academic advisor (this will be attained through the petitions process electronically)

Authority for Release of Academic Information

Students requesting a Dean's Certification form must first fill out a form permitting the Judicial Affairs Office and the Academic Integrity Board to release disciplinary information.

CALS Special Studies (also Supervised Teaching Experiences, Internship Experience, Undergraduate Research)

Independent Study, Supervised Teaching Experience, Internships, and Undergraduate Research is available online. This form can only be used for an individual study, supervised teaching, internship, or undergraduate research course in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences during the fall or spring semester. This means a CALS faculty member must be responsible for assigning a grade. This site cannot be used for NS, EAS, and INFO courses. Click here to enroll in Human Ecology Special Studies and click here for the form to apply to be an Undergraduate Teaching Assistant in Human Ecology. For enrollment in BIOG 2990 or 4990, please contact the Biology Department directly in 216 Stimson or visit the Biology website for more information. For enrollment in COMM 2990 please download the COMM 2990 Directed Research Form. Complete the form with the professor that will be supervising your research experience and return the form to Andrea Poag in Mann 451 or via email to alp232@cornell.edu.

Special Studies enrollment counts as non-structured credit for CALS students.

  • Do not submit this form for a course in another college. If you are completing an individual study, supervised teaching, internship, or undergraduate research course in another college, you must follow the enrollment procedures set forth by that college.
  • A maximum total of 15 credits from individual study, supervised teaching, internship (6 credits maximum), or undergraduate research courses can be applied toward your degree.
  • Credits received for individual study, supervised teaching, internship, or undergraduate research courses cannot be used to fulfill CALS distribution requirements
  • The 4960 course number refers to internships.
  • The 4970 course number refers to individual study courses.
  • The 4980 course number refers to supervised teaching experiences.
  • The 4990 course number refers to undergraduate research.

Prorated Tuition

All the following conditions must be met in order for a student to be considered for prorated tuition:

  1. The prorated semester is the 9th and final semester of study.
  2. The student is in good academic standing with the college and the major.
  3. Maximum of 9 credit hours of coursework are allowed under prorated tuition. Students cannot exceed the number of credits approved or full tuition will be charged, and no refund will be allowed if fewer credits than applied for are taken.
  4. Approval of the student's faculty advisor, the College Registrar, and the University Registrar is required for all requests. Note that approval is conditional until grades are finalized at the end of the semester immediately preceding the prorated semester. Should those grades indicate that more than the requested number of prorated tuition credits are required for graduation, prorated tuition will be adjusted appropriately.
  5. Students applying to be prorated in the Fall semester are encouraged to submit the application by May 1st. The final deadline is June 1st. Students applying to be prorated in the Spring semester are encouraged to submit the application by December 1st. The final deadline is January 1st. Please be advised that prorated tuition may impact the student’s financial aid, student loans, scholarships, non-Cornell health insurance programs, athletic eligibility, or other considerations. It is the responsibility of the student to resolve and rectify these situations prior to submitting this petition.