In the School of Hotel Administration .
Transfer Credit Policy
- Transfer students are required to complete all degree requirements with at least 60 credits from Cornell University. Thus, a maximum of 60 hours in transfer credit, for courses with a grade of ‘C’ or above, may be allowed from other accredited colleges or universities:
• Transfer credit is not awarded toward SHA electives.
• Up to 18 credits may transfer toward SHA core required courses.
• Up to 18 credits may transfer toward Cornell distributive electives.
• Up to 24 credits may transfer toward Cornell free electives.
- Cornell University does not accept credit for courses sponsored by colleges but taught in high school to high school students, even if the college provides a transcript of such work.
- The school does not accept online course credit for courses taken outside of Cornell University.
- Students who are currently accepted and enrolled may transfer in credit, but only from four-year accredited colleges or universities.
- AP Credit is generally accepted as free elective credit only.
Transfer Credit Process
The registrar of the school manages the transfer credit process in coordination with the faculty.
- For 1000- and 2000-level SHA core courses and distributive or free elective courses:
- Syllabus must cover, at minimum, 80 percent of the material covered in the Cornell/SHA course.
- Syllabus uses a standard textbook equivalent to that used in the Cornell/SHA course.
- Syllabus includes examinations, writing, projects, or other submitted work, produced individually or collectively, that is roughly as extensive as that required in the equivalent Cornell/SHA course.
- Syllabus indicates roughly equivalent meeting hours as are required in the equivalent Cornell/SHA course.
- The Freshmen Writing Seminar (FWS) is waived for transfer students with two or more prior semesters at another school or university. For those transfer students with one prior semester, previous writing coursework must be reviewed by the Knight Institute.
- 3000 and 4000 (upper) level SHA courses are not typically accepted.
Mastery of a foreign language is particularly desirable for students who are planning careers in the hospitality industry and, hence, there is a second-language requirement for graduation. Further information on foreign language courses at Cornell, and placement in language courses, may be found under “Language Study at Cornell ” and under “Advanced Placement .”
Independent Study and Research
Students may conduct independent studies or research projects in any academic area of the school under the direction of a resident faculty member. Credit is arranged on an individual basis. To enroll in an independent study or research project, students must obtain written permission from the school before the add deadline. See HADM 4980 , HADM 4990 , HADM 6980 , or HADM 6990 for more details.
Practice Credit Requirement
As part of the degree requirements, undergraduates enrolled in the School of Hotel Administration must fulfill the practice credit requirement and submit verification thereof. Further details are set forth in the Student Handbook for Undergraduates in the School of Hotel Administration.
Generally, part-time study is not allowed. Exceptions may be made for employee degree candidates, students who have medical reasons for a reduced schedule, or in other very extenuating circumstances. In no event shall a student be allowed to enroll on a part-time basis during the last semester of study. Further details on part-time study may be found in the school’s student handbook.
Letter grades ranging from A+ to F are given to indicate academic performance in each course. These letter grades are assigned a numerical value for each semester average as follows: A is equivalent to 4.0; B to 3.0; C to 2.0; D to 1.0; and F to 0. For good standing, a student must maintain a minimum average of 2.0. A maximum of 4 credits each semester may be taken on a “satisfactory–unsatisfactory” (S–U) basis. Students should be aware that a satisfactory grade is equivalent to a C– or above and an unsatisfactory grade is equivalent to a D+ or lower.
Those students in the top 25 percent of all students whose semester averages are at least 3.3 and who have taken at least 12 credits of letter grades with no unsatisfactory or incomplete grades are honored by being placed on the Dean’s List.