Occasionally, students’ academic interest grows beyond their original Cornell school or college and they may decide to transfer from one to another within the university. This process is called internal transfer and the criteria for internal transfer vary by program.
It may be possible to be admitted directly into a new program. To be eligible for direct transfer, students usually have to be taking, or have successfully completed, courses in the proposed major. Students who are uncertain if they immediately qualify for direct transfer, however, should contact the Office of Internal Transfer.
Students who do not meet the criteria for direct transfer may be considered for conditional transfer to the target school/college. Generally students whose current curriculum differs substantially from their target school/college, or students with a below-average academic record, are considered for conditional transfer. Conditional transfer guarantees admission to the target school/college if students successfully complete the conditional transfer requirements set by the target school/college (taking an approved schedule and earning a specified GPA). During the conditional semester, students pay the tuition and fees of the target school/college. Students who are not in good academic standing within their home college may be withdrawn from the university if they do not meet the conditional transfer requirements during the conditional semester.
Students who wish to transfer and have a clear idea of what they want to pursue should speak to admissions or advising staff members in the target school/college. Students who are unsure of their interests can consult with the director of internal transfer. For more information about internal transfer requirements, contact the Office of Internal Transfer (607) 255-4386, or visit: internaltransfer.cornell.edu