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
Transfer Applicant Eligibility
Important Dates and Deadlines
Choose a Major
Which courses are required to transfer to CALS
Transfer Agreement with CALS
CALS’ Transfer Credit Policies
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Students who have earned 12 or more credits at another accredited college or university since graduating from high school are eligible to apply as transfer applicants.
- 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.
- SAT and ACT are not required for transfer applicants.
- International Students: TOEFL (score of 100 or better) or IELTS (score of 7) recommended.
- Applied Economics and Management: Admission to the Applied Economics and Management major is highly competitive. 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.
Spring Transfer Application Deadline: October 15
Fall Transfer Application Deadline: March 14
Admissions Decisions (Rolling)
Spring Transfer Application Decisions: November
Fall Application Decisions: April and May
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.
CALS has Required Coursework for each major that should be completed or in-progress with a “B” or better before applying. Competitive transfer candidates have the required coursework for their intended major either complete or in progress at the time of their application.
Your current institution may have a transfer agreement with CALS
CALS has transfer agreements with over 30 institutions that offer programs similar to CALS.
Determine if your college has a transfer agreement with CALS
No transfer agreement? Search Cornell’s Course Equivalency Library
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.
Up to 60 credits may be transferred from other accredited colleges or universities toward your CALS degree. Admitted transfer students will receive an official transfer credit evaluation 2-4 weeks after admission.
Prospective transfer students are encouraged to contact the CALS Admissions office to schedule a meeting with a counselor to discuss transfer credit.
- Quarter System credits are awarded in the CALS semester system by calculating .67 credits per each credit of study at an institution on the quarter system. A 3-credit quarter system course therefore will be awarded 2 credits.
- Non-Cornell Credit
- AP/IB Credit may be used to fulfill transfer requirements when applicable.
- College Credit earned in High School
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.
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email a Current CALS Transfer Student
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 prior to the appointment.
PHONEWe're happy to give you a call. Simply email our office with your phone number and several times that are best for us to reach you, keeping in mind our offices are open when the University is open, M-Th 8-4:30 and Friday 8-3:30 (ET), and we'll get back to you.
CALS Undergraduate Admissions
177 Roberts Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853
Hours of Operation
Monday through Thursday 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Friday 8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday - closed
Our office is closed during Cornell University breaks and University observed national holidays.
Application Processing Center
East Hill Plaza
349 Pine Tree Road
Ithaca, NY 14850-2899