Transfer Applicants

Many pathways can lead to a degree from Cornell’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Transfer students have become an integral part of the CALS student body; each year, approximately 300 transfer students from across the country and around the world are welcomed at CALS. These students bring a diversity of work and life experiences to the community; some have recently graduated from high school, while others are continuing their education after taking some time away from academics.

No matter what path you have traveled to get here, take time to explore the opportunities that CALS has to offer!

Before You Apply

1. Transfer Criteria

Academic Record

  • Strong academic record at the college level. In general, competitive applicants have at least a 3.0 (B) average. Note: Applied Economics and Management and Biological Sciences require a minimum GPA of 3.5.
  • CALS has Required Coursework for each major that should be completed or in-progress with a “B” or better before applying.
  • The most competitive applicants are full-time students who have met the GPA and course requirements.

Standardized Testing

  • SAT and ACT are not required for transfer applicants.
  • International Students: TOEFL (score of 100 or better) or IELTS (score of 7) recommended.

Special Information

  • Applied Economics and Management: Admission to the Applied Economics and Management major is highly competitive. Strong preference will be given to candidates who will be transferring in the fall of their sophomore year. Space is extremely limited for junior transfers. Those who complete the strongly encouraged courses in addition to the required courses and who have at least a 3.5 GPA will be the most competitive applicants. Students who have already transferred to Cornell will not be considered for transfer to the Dyson School. Fall Transfer Only.
  • Global and Public Health Sciences does NOT accept transfer applicants.
  • Landscape Architecture: Portfolio required. Fall Transfer Only.
  • Pre-Vet and Pre-Med students who are transferring as juniors are required to complete Organic Chemistry I and II or Physics I and II.

2. Review Important Dates and Deadlines

Review the CALS Transfer Checklist to ensure that all application requirements are completed by the appropriate deadline.

3. Choose a Major

CALS selects students who are ready to dive into their major as soon as they arrive on campus. As a result, all students must apply to a specific CALS major and are chosen based upon their academic and personal fit for that course of study. There is no “undeclared” major at CALS. Demonstrating a good fit with your intended major through your academic and life experiences is a vital part of your application. Take time to explore the over 20 majors that CALS offers, and select the one that best suits your interests and future career goals.

4. Learn which courses are required to transfer to CALS

Competitive transfer candidates have the required coursework for their intended major either complete or in progress at the time of their application.

5. Your current institution may have a Transfer Agreement with CALS

CALS has transfer agreements with over 30 institutions that offer programs similar to CALS. Find out if your college has a transfer agreement with CALS.

6. No transfer agreement? Search Cornell’s Course Equivalency Library

Determine if a course at your college is equivalent to a Cornell course. If the course or your college is not listed, please use Cornell University’s Courses of Study to search and compare course descriptions. For example, search "Calculus I" to compare a calculus course from your institution with one from Cornell.

The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and Cornell University reserve the right to determine, in their sole discretion, whether course credit earned at other schools, either secondary or post-secondary, meet the College’s and the University’s academic standards and will therefore be eligible to be applied toward Cornell degree requirements.  Applicants and matriculated students should not assume that, because a particular course taken at another school is listed as a recommended course or a foundational course, it will necessarily be eligible for Cornell credit.  

7. Read CALS’ Transfer Credit Policies for:


After looking over the CALS Transfer Application information, you may find that you still have questions for our Admissions Team.  We're happy to help.  Transfer advising is available on a case by case basis. CALS offers both phone and office appointments by contacting CALS Admissions. Same day appointments are not available. An unofficial college transcript(s) with your name and intended CALS major must be sent via email or fax (607-255-8370) prior to the appointment.


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