The following instructions are specific to transfer students from the U.S. Please note that the process is somewhat different for first-year students and international students.

Application options

As a transfer applicant, you have two options for applying: you may submit a Cornell Application, or you may complete the Common Application. All applications are given equal consideration.

Cornell Application

Here’s what you need to do:

  • Complete our online application
  • Submit your official college transcript
  • Complete your personal essay

If you have fewer than 24 college credits:

  • Submit your official high school transcript
  • Submit your ACT/SAT test scores*

We also recommend (but don’t require) you submit:

Common Application

Here’s what you need to do:

  • Complete your common application and list Cornell College as a recipient
  • Submit your official college transcript
  • Complete your personal essay

If you  have fewer than 24 college credits:

  • Submit your official high school transcript
  • Submit your ACT/SAT test scores*

We also recommend (but don’t require) you submit:

*Your composite ACT or SAT score, which may be listed on your transcript. If not, you'll need to request an official copy from the testing agency.

Scholarship consideration starts now

When you submit your application for admission to Cornell, you will automatically be considered for academic merit scholarships. Upon receiving your acceptance letter, we will also inform you of your academic scholarship.

Unless otherwise notified, Cornell will wait to receive your Free Application for Federal Student Aid to prepare your financial assistance package in March.  Please file the FAFSA as soon after Jan. 1 as possible—our  FAFSA code is 001856. If your family does not plan to file the FAFSA, let us know and we’ll prepare your financial assistance package immediately.

Admission dates

This page outlines the important dates in the process. Please refer to the other pages in this section for information on scholarships, transfer of credit, and more. The options below illustrate three scenarios.

Fall Transfers - Priority Decision

If you submit all required application materials, postmarked by March 1, you will be given priority consideration for fall admission and transfer scholarships. If you are accepted for admittance to Cornell, you must submit a $300 deposit by May 1.

Fall Transfers - Regular Decision

We know that many transfer decisions occur near the end of the academic year, and we accept transfer applications until June 1. After June 1, your application will be considered only if space allows.

Spring Transfers

If you are interested in enrolling for the spring semester, we encourage you to apply by Nov. 1. Note: The Spring Term option is not available to international students transferring from schools outside the U.S.

Application
Deadline *
Deposit
Deadline**
Fall Transfers - Priority Decision March 1 May 1
Fall Transfers - Regular Decision June  1 Aug. 1
Spring Transfers Nov. 1 Dec. 15

* The Admission Office will continue to accept late applications on a space-available basis after the stated application deadlines. Please contact our Transfer Coordinator  for more information. 

** Enrollment is completed by sending a $300 deposit, post-marked by the deposit deadline. Deposits are non-refundable after May 1.