Some students who earn admission to Cornell University and subsequently enroll in one of its seven undergraduate colleges realize in time that while Cornell is for them, the undergraduate college within Cornell is not for them. And while Cornell’s administration likes to make a big fuss about how difficult it is to transfer within colleges at Cornell, if a student approaches the process correctly, it can absolutely be done. In fact, we’ve helped many students over the years transfer undergraduate colleges within Cornell. So what exactly does the process of internally transferring entail?
Internal Transfer Process Varies by College at Cornell
As Winny Sun reports for The Cornell Daily Sun in a piece entitled “Internal Transfers: Finding A New Home Within Cornell,” “The process for transferring to each college can vary considerably. While all students looking to transfer must fill out the same internal transfer application, which asks applicants for a 600-word essay on why their ‘academic or career goals have led’ them to ‘pursue an internal transfer,’ some colleges have more requirements than others. For instance, while the College of Arts and Sciences requires that potential transfers have at least a 2.7 G.P.A., AEM notes that most of its successful applicants have ‘at least a 3.3,’ in addition to also asking for a resume and supplemental transfer application. Acceptance rates for internal transfer vary by college and program and depend on the unique applicant pool each semester, explained Florencia Ardon, program manager and advisor at the Office of Internal Transfer and Concurrent Degrees.”
With Correct Approach, Internal Transfer Process Will Lead to Acceptance
As Sun correctly points out, students should focus their internal transfer applications not on why their current undergraduate college isn’t right for them but rather on why their academic and career ambitions inspire them to wish to attend the undergraduate college to which they hope to earn admission as internal transfers. And while the internal transfer process isn’t easy, do keep in mind that Cornell University would much prefer students transfer internally within the school than transfer to another university entirely. So as difficult as the administration may make it seem to internally transfer, know that if one approaches the process correctly by meeting with the right advisors, detailing extensively and powerfully in that essay why one hopes to study, gets strong grades, and participates in the right activities, it is indeed possible.
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