Transfer of Academic Credit
The following guidelines are intended to help you understand the process for transferring academics credits earned at other schools to Cornell. Please refer to the academic catalogue for additional information and official college policies related to credit transfers.
Preliminary transfer credit evaluation
A preliminary evaluation of your transcript is the best way to determine how many of your course credits will transfer to Cornell. Send your transcript and your proposed major(s) to our Transfer Coordinator.
Transfer credit evaluation
Your transfer credits will be evaluated by the Registrar on a course-by-course basis after you apply for admission to Cornell. You will be given credit for an academic course if:
- It is relevant to the curricular program at Cornell. This means that it is equivalent to a course described in the academic catalog or offers a broad, non-specialized examination of a subject relevant to a major at Cornell.
- You received a grade of "C" (not C-) or higher in the course.
- You completed the course at a regionally accredited college or university.
No more than 64 semester or 96 quarter hours of credit (16 Cornell course credits) from a junior or community college may be transferred. No more than six semester or 10 quarter hours (1.5 course credits) from extension or correspondence courses may be applied toward graduation from Cornell.
All courses accepted by transfer will be posted on your Cornell transcript without grades, i.e. only as course credits. Grades earned at other institutions will not be included in calculating your Cornell grade point average.
Credit toward major
Courses accepted by transfer do not necessarily satisfy the requirements for a major unless they are approved by the relevant Cornell department. You should confer with the chair of your major department as soon after your admission to Cornell as possible to determine which of your transferred courses may be applied toward your major.
Credit for semester hours
One Cornell course credit is equivalent to four semester hours. Only transfer courses of three or more semester hours may be used to satisfy a Cornell major or a general education requirement.
For example, a four-semester-hour psychology course at a community college would be equivalent to one course credit at Cornell. A three-semester-hour English course would be equivalent to .75 of a Cornell course credit.
Credit for quarter hours
One Cornell course credit is equivalent to six quarter hours. Only transfer courses of four or more quarter hours may be used to satisfy a Cornell major or general education requirement.
When determining the value of quarter calendar hours, we first convert them to semester hours at a rate of two-thirds to one. For example, if you completed a four hour course on the quarter calendar, you will be eligible to transfer 2.66 semester hours for the course. Since each Cornell credit is worth four semester hours, your course would be eligible for 0.66 Cornell credits.
Here are some general guidelines to calculate how courses from a quarter calendar institution will transfer to Cornell:
1-3 quarter hours = not eligible for transfer credit
4 quarter hours = 2.66 semester hours
5 quarter hours = 3.33 semester hours
At a quarter calendar school you should complete sequential courses within a given year. This will ensure that you will satisfy the requirement for the year on the semester calendar and not lose any credit.