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Transfer Applicants

Transfer students are 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.

While CALS will not be accepting external transfer applications for Spring 2025, we encourage you to consider applying for Fall 2025. Please reach out to cals_admissions [at] (cals_admissions[at]cornell[dot]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.

Application Deadlines

  • Fall Transfer Application Deadline: March 15
    (We are not accepting applications for Spring 2024)

Transfer Resources

  • Up to 60 credits may be transferred from other accredited colleges or universities toward your CALS degree. 15 of these credits can be from Credit By Examination or qualifying college credits earned in High School.
  • 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.
  • Credit by Examination may be used to fulfill transfer requirements when applicable, unless otherwise noted by major. 
  • College Credit earned in high school

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