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As a transfer student your previous college level course work will be evaluated by the Registrar on a course-by-course basis after you apply for admission to Cornell. If you’re exploring the option of transferring to Cornell but not yet ready to apply, our transfer advisor, Sharon Grice, can speak with you and offer you a preliminary evaluation based on your current transcript and planned major(s).

Transfer credit evaluation

You will be given credit for an academic course if:

  1. It is relevant to the curricular program at Cornell. This means that the transfer course 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.
  2. You received a grade of "C" (not C-) or higher in the course.
  3. You completed the course at a regionally accredited college or university.

Credit hours conversions

Cornell course credits Quarter credit hours Semester credit hours
Credit hours conversion 1 6 4
Junior or community college maximum transferable credits 16 96 64
Correspondence or extension courses maximum transferable credits 1.5 10 6

Example transfer scenarios:

  • A four semester hour psychology course taken at a community college transfers over as one course credit at Cornell
  • A three semester hour English course taken at a community college transfers over as .75 of a Cornell course credit

Grades

All courses accepted by transfer will be posted on your Cornell transcript without grades, only as course credits. Grades earned at other institutions will not be included in calculating your Cornell grade point average.

Dual Enrollment Credit

PSEO/Dual Enrollment credit for High School students is limited to six Cornell credits (or 24 credit hours). AP exam and IB credit can be above this limit.

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 as possible after your admission to Cornell to determine which of your transferred courses will apply 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.