Ingenuity in Action
Your education at Cornell consists of a unique blend of experiences, though these experiences can be difficult to articulate to employers, admissions committees, and others. The Ingenuity in Action program encourages you to participate in experiential learning both in and out of the classroom and reflect on the knowledge and skills you’ve gained.
All students will participate in at least two Ingenuity in Action experiences as part of meeting their curriculum requirements at Cornell. Some students may do many more. To count your Ingenuity in Action experience toward the curriculum requirements, you will need to register your experience for transcript notation. You can also apply for funding to help you participate in formative experiential learning activities. Learn how to:
Students are required to participate in at least two Ingenuity in Action experiences in order to meet graduation requirements at Cornell. If a student enters Cornell College with over 14 academic credit hours, they will need to complete one Ingenuity in Action experience during their time at Cornell College. Both curricular and co-curricular experiences can be counted as Ingenuity in Action experiences and, while the minimum requirement must be satisfied, many students will choose to do more.
Students may select Ingenuity in Action experiences that are pre-approved or can propose their own. Many, but not all, pre-approved Ingenuity in Action experiences also qualify for academic credit. These experiences will be listed with a course number or labeled with “approved for credit.” Ingenuity in Action experiences that are eligible for academic credit will be counted for credit and notated as an Ingenuity in Action experience on the Cornell transcript.
A complete list of pre-approved experiences can be found under each Ingenuity in Action category.
- Creative Expression
- Civic Engagement
- Global Connections
- Professional Exploration
The Ingenuity in Action Committee will consider and review one transferable experiential learning activity beyond the high school level to satisfy one of the two required experiences, provided the experience meets the specifications and learning outcomes and the student completes the associated reflection questions. In these instances, the Committee will sponsor the transferred activity. Examples of relevant experiential learning the Committee may consider include service learning or study abroad during a gap year, pre-professional experiences, or civic leadership positions, among activities.
For a pre-Cornell experience to be considered for transcript notation, please submit a written petition that includes a description of the experience to firstname.lastname@example.org. An experience done elsewhere may only count for one of the two Ingenuity in Action required experiences; at least one experience must be completed while studying at Cornell.
- Contact the Berry Career Institute