Transferring Credits

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Along with the classes you take at Cornell, you can transfer acceptable credits from studies at another university or count some AP and IB tests toward Cornell's requirements.

See the information below to find out how to apply for credit for these courses.

Credit for Exams Taken

To find out about earning credit for AP, IB, French Baccalaureat and GCE A-level exams, consult the Courses of Study or orientation page to see how credit and placement are determined.

Summer Session Credits

Summer sessions at Cornell or elsewhere do not count toward the eight-semester residence requirement, but students are permitted to earn up to 12 credits in one summer.

Summer session credits earned in Arts & Sciences courses can be used to fulfill college requirements.

Transfer Students

Credit transfer guidelines for transfer students are:

  • To be eligible for Cornell credit, a course must be substantially equivalent to a comparable Cornell course in terms of content and rigor. This will be determined using criteria such as content hours, assessments and textbooks.
  • Credit is awarded on the basis of full-time semesters spent elsewhere, up to a maximum of 30 credits per academic year.
  • A “C” or better is required for a course to transfer.
  • Courses transferred from your home institution may be applied toward the college’s requirements.
  • Academic departments will determine how transfer courses may be used toward the major.
  • Arts & Sciences does not accept CLEP credit.
  • Arts & Sciences sends credit evaluations with acceptance letters.

Current Cornell Students

Credit transfer guidelines for current Cornell Arts & Sciences students are:

  • The College will accept transfer credits from other regionally accredited institutions upon recommendation of the relevant academic department.
  • College courses taken during high school may be available for transfer credit if you attended the course on a college or university campus and the course was not used to fulfill high school requirements or Cornell admission requirements.
  • A “C” or better is required for a course to transfer, but some departments insist on a higher grade for some courses.
  • The Knight Writing Institute determines whether transfer course work can be applied toward the College’s writing requirement.
  • Credits and courses transferred from other institutions count as part of the 120 credits and 34 courses required for graduation; they do not count toward the 100 credits required in Arts & Sciences and do not factor into the Cornell grade point average.
  • Courses taken at other institutions during the summer may be applied to meeting the criteria for accelerated graduation.
  • Courses taken at other institutions while on leave of absence may not be used to reduce the terms of residence. In other words, students planning on accelerating their graduations to fewer than eight semesters must be able to complete all graduation requirements and meet the criteria for acceleration without credits earned while on leave of absence.
  • Students may not apply transfer credit to any distribution requirements.
  • Transferred courses, with the approval of the department, may count toward the major.

Requesting Credit Transfer

To request a credit transfer:

  • Download and print the "Application for Credit from Other Institutions" here.
  • Submit a written form (along with a syllabus) for each course to the appropriate department to approve.
  • Once the department approves the course, submit the completed form to Robin Perry at KG17 Klarman Hall for processing.
  • Have the institution offering the course send an official transcript directly to Robin Perry, Cornell University, Arts & Sciences Admissions, KG17 Klarman Hall, Ithaca, N.Y., 14853.