Transfer students have become an integral part of the CALS student body; each year, we welcome transfer students from across the country and around the world. Transfer students bring a diversity of work and life experiences to the community; whether you have recently graduated from high school, or are continuing your education after taking some time away from academics.
No matter what path you have traveled to get here, we are excited to share the opportunities that CALS has to offer as you continue your journey.
While CALS will not be accepting external transfer applications for Spring 2024, we encourage you to consider applying for Fall 2024. Please reach out to cals_admissions [at] cornell.edu with any questions, and we look forward to reviewing your application for fall!
Transfer Applicant Eligibility
Students who have earned 12 or more credits at another accredited college or university since graduating from high school are eligible to apply as transfer applicants.
Choose a Major
At CALS you are able to dive into your major as soon as you set foot on campus. As a result, all students apply to a specific CALS major and are chosen based upon their academic and personal fit for that course of study. Demonstrating a good fit with your intended major through your academic and life experiences is a vital part of your application. Take time to explore the over 20 majors that CALS offers, and select the one that best suits your interests and future career goals.
- Fall Transfer Application Deadline: March 15
(We are not accepting applications for Spring 2024)
Your current institution may have a transfer agreement with CALS
CALS has transfer agreements with over 30 institutions that offer programs similar to CALS. Determine if your college has a transfer agreement with CALS.
No transfer agreement? Search Cornell’s Course Equivalency Library
If the course or your college is not listed, please use Cornell University’s Courses of Study to search and compare course descriptions. For example, search "Calculus I" to compare a calculus course from your institution with one from Cornell.
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.
Up to 60 credits may be transferred from other accredited colleges or universities toward your CALS degree. Admitted transfer students will receive an official transfer credit evaluation 2-4 weeks after admission.
- Quarter System credits are awarded in the CALS semester system by calculating .67 credits per each credit of study at an institution on the quarter system. A 3-credit quarter system course therefore will be awarded 2 credits.
- CALS Transfer Course Database
- Non-Cornell Credit
- Credit by Examination may be used to fulfill transfer requirements when applicable. (Follow this link to view credit placement for AP and IB exams)
- College Credit earned in high school
- Transfer Credit Evaluation Example
- Strong academic record at the college level. Competitive applicants have at least a 3.0 (B) average. Note: Applied Economics and Management and Biological Sciences require a minimum GPA of 3.5.
- CALS has Required Coursework for each major that should be completed or in-progress with a “B” or better before applying.
- The most competitive applicants are full-time students who have met the GPA and course requirements.
- SAT and ACT are not required for transfer applicants.
- International Students: TOEFL (score of 100 or better) or IELTS (score of 7) recommended.
- Applied Economics and Management: Please visit the SC Johnson College of Business for more information about transferring to Applied Economics and Management.
- Global and Public Health Sciences does NOT accept transfer applicants.
- Landscape Architecture: Portfolio required.
- Pre-Vet and Pre-Med students who are transferring as juniors are required to complete Organic Chemistry I and II or Physics I and II.
- Global Development: No Junior transfers.
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