Students sitting on the Hilltop outside of King Chapel while another student bikes down the path.

Ready to start the next stage of your education journey?

Cornell College frequently accepts transfer students who already have their AA or will soon complete their AA at their community college. We’ve accepted students from College of Lake County, Southwestern Community College, North Iowa Area Community College, Rock Valley Community College, Sauk Valley Community College, and Southwest Texas Junior College, just to name a handful.

Do you want to see if you can transfer from your college? Send an email to Sharon Grice, Director of Admission Operations and Transfer Coordinator, and we will evaluate whether your AA degree falls under the guidelines for our pilot project.

Partnering with Kirkwood Community College and Harper College

In fact, we’ve made agreements with both Kirkwood Community College in Iowa and Harper College in Palatine, Illinois that make the transition from their institutions to Cornell simple.

Moving from your community college to Cornell

If you are graduating with your AA from Kirkwood, Harper, or another individually reviewed and approved school that means that you will enter Cornell with all of your general education requirements completed. Your solid understanding of fundamentals means that you can dive deep into your major coursework from your first Block at Cornell. The pace on the Block plan and our 18-day schedule will be new, but we know you’ve got the right background to succeed.

2 + 2

The 2 + 2 program means that we anticipate (depending on your major) you’ll graduate in two years from Cornell. Although some majors may require courses to be taken in a particular sequence, which may extend your graduation date beyond two years, we do everything we can to help you succeed and transition by providing a number of resources to you as soon as you commit to transferring into Cornell.


A Cornell advisor experienced with transfer students will be assigned to you right away—you can start working with your Cornell advisor while you are still a student at Kirkwood or Harper to assess whether your current courses are the best choice for your Cornell major and start thinking about how you’ll transition your course of study from Kirkwood or Harper into Cornell as soon as you arrive.

Library & Center for Teaching and Learning

You will have immediate access to the Cole Library for research and resources from the four studios of the center, Academic Technology, Quantitative Reasoning, Research, and Writing. Get to know campus and one of the students’ favorite study spots, meet with our staff to improve writing skills, learn software specific to a course you’re studying, get help with a research topic from a consulting librarian, or hone your quantitative reasoning skills.

Berry Career Institute

The counselors in our Berry Career Institute can help you find resume-building internships and volunteer opportunities locally or with partners around the country. They can get you started with career exploration, mock interviews, networking, and grad school prep.

How do I transfer my credits?

Kirkwood and Harper students who complete their AA will be credited for all of the general education requirements for their BA degree. Any courses that may apply to your declared major in which you earned a “C” or higher will be evaluated for transfer credit. You will be expected to take a minimum of 16 credits at Cornell to complete your bachelor’s degree. Find out specifics by emailing your transcript to Sharon Grice.

Print or save a copy of the information you need:

What materials are required for applying?

  1. Application with essay
  2. College transcript (high school transcript also required if you have less than 24 college credits)
  3. Teacher recommendations (optional, though encouraged)

What role does an advisor have with transfer students?

You are immediately assigned an advisor who can walk through your current course plan with you and help you prepare to enter Cornell College. You and your advisor will look at the work you’ve completed and the major or majors you plan to pursue at Cornell and make a plan for a transition that makes the most of the work you’ve completed to date. Your advisor will be your mentor through your time at Cornell.

How easy is it to access Cornell faculty?

Your professor will be teaching one class—the one you’re enrolled in—and he or she will be accessible both in class and after class.