As a transfer student, you will bring a number of unique college experiences to the hilltop. While those experiences were impactful, a whole new set of opportunities and experiences await you at Cornell. Residence Life offers a number of different housing options and programs to aid in your transition to Cornell and help foster connections with faculty, staff, and students.

Transfers who've earned fewer than 7 course credits

If you’ve earned fewer than 7 course credits you will join other first-year students at our New Student Orientation.

Transfers who've earned 7 or more course credits

If you’ve earned 7 or more course credits you will join other students at our Transfer Student Orientation.

Housing assignment process

Housing placements are determined by the date your housing preference form was originally submitted. This date is saved regardless of changes you make, so you’re welcome to update your form at any time. Preference forms lock the morning of the last Monday in June, so please be sure to submit or update your form by this time. Your housing assignment along with your roommate contact information will be emailed to you by mid-July at the earliest.

If you have fewer than 7 earned course credits, you will be placed in first-year housing along with your roommate. Students with fewer than 7 earned course credits who will be 20 years of age or older by September of that academic year may be placed in housing for sophomores, juniors, and seniors. 

If you have 7 or more earned course credits you will be placed in housing for sophomores, juniors, and seniors.  We make every attempt to house you with other transfer students on the first floor in Pfeiffer Hall, allowing you to live with other new students sharing similar experiences, depending on room availability. If we can’t place you (due to room availability) on Pfeiffer’s transfer students floor, we will still try to place you with other transfer students on other floor(s).

A Resident Assistant will be available to plan social events and other programs to encourage connections with your peers.   

Roommate requests

During the housing assignment process you will be paired with a roommate based on the information provided on the housing preference forms.

If you have fewer than 7 earned course credits you can request a specific roommate who is also part of the incoming first-year class. 

If you have 7 or more earned course credits you can request a specific roommate who is also a transfer student with 7 or more earned course credits. When selecting a specific roommate, you both must indicate the other's name on your housing preference form. If both names are not mutually listed, we will assume there is a reason for this, and will not honor the request.

If you’ve earned 7 or more course credits, you can also request a current Cornell student as your roommate. That student should be someone you have a prior relationship with, and they must be in a housing assignment with an available bed space. (Please note Residence Life will not authorize a split between current Cornell students who chose to live together during housing selection in order to accommodate your new roommate request). You will need to list the current student's name on your housing preference form. Your requested roommate will need to message the Residence Life Office from their Cornell email account confirming they would like to live with you. If any step in this process is not completed, we will assume there is a reason for this, and will not honor the request.

All-gender housing

Cornell offers several options for all-gender housing that are available to all students. Residence Life will do its best to accommodate any mutual all-gender housing roommate requests; however, we cannot guarantee that we will always be able to do so.