Cornell students playing violin in the orchestra in King Chapel.

All students pursuing a bachelor degree from Cornell must fulfill the following general education requirements, in addition to the coursework required in a major field of study. Cornell's general education requirements do not need to be fulfilled prior to enrolling as a transfer student. Please refer to the academic catalogue for more information about general education requirements and degree requirements.

First-year Seminar

First-year seminar course typically only applies to transfer students who bring in fewer than seven Cornell course credits.

First-year Writing Course

Fine Arts Activities

1 course

Foreign Language (103 level)

  • 1-3 courses
  • Placement exam required to determine level


2 courses (from different departments)

Math Or Statistics

1 course


1 course

Social Science

1 course