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An information session for students interested in transferring to the College of Engineering will be offered Thursday, August 24, 2017, at 4:45pm, Olin Hall Room 165.

New students who have been admitted to other colleges at Cornell may view the course selection advice that incoming engineering students will follow by reading these instructions for accessing it in Blackboard. The following website also has information for newly admitted engineering students.

Note: The undergraduate Biomedical engineering major for the College of Engineering was approved by the State of New York during summer 2015. During the start-up phase of the major, which is likely to be a few years, only incoming first-year students and rising sophomores in the College of Engineering will be eligible to apply for affiliation (i.e., Internal transfer students and external transfer students will not be eligible to apply for affiliation with BME).

Students who hope to transfer into the College of Engineering from another undergraduate college at Cornell should take courses in mathematics, chemistry, computer science, physics, and engineering that conform to the requirements of the engineering Common Curriculum.

For complete curriculum and major affiliation requirements, as well as contact information for individual department offices, students should see the Engineering Undergraduate Handbook for the year that they matriculated to Cornell.

To be considered for internal transfer, there must be an indication that affiliating with a major is feasible. The College of Engineering does not accept internal transfer students who are "undeclared" in their major intentions. Students should meet with an advisor in Engineering Advising and the Office of Internal Transfer early in their college career and review the affiliation criteria for their intended major in the Engineering Undergraduate Handbook. Prior to their appointment, students should review the Frequently Asked Questions. Students should communicate with their current college about requirements for good academic standing.

All candidates for an undergraduate degree in engineering must spend at least four semesters or an equivalent period of instruction as full-time students at Cornell. They must also spend at least three semesters of this time affiliated with an engineering major.


Admission to the College of Engineering is based on curricular compatibility, cumulative grade point average, and acceptance to a major. The more courses a student has taken in the engineering curriculum, and the better the performance in these classes, the greater the chances are for admission. Due to prerequisites for affiliation courses, it typically takes 1-3 semesters to complete the affiliation criteria, depending on advanced placement credit and the intended major. Students are highly encouraged to apply during the semester in which they will complete the courses required for affiliation by their intended major. Students must meet the published affiliation criteria for their intended major.

The major department may accept students directly into the major or offer conditional transfer through the Office of Internal Transfer.  Students are considered for both direct and conditional transfer. Typically, students from ARTS and CALS can complete the affiliation courses while staying in good standing within their home college. However, they should always communicate their academic plans with their home college.  Students from other colleges should speak with both Engineering Advising and their home college to verify good academic standing and whether an offer of conditional transfer is possible.


The following materials must be completed:

  1. Complete the online Office of Internal Transfer application form.

Applications must be received by the deadline to be considered for the following term. An admissions decision will not be made until grades are reviewed from the current semester.  For example, if a student submits an application during the spring term and is applying for fall admission, the application will not be reviewed until spring semester grades are available.

Deadlines for submission of application:
Fall Admission:
Last day of Spring semester classes

Spring Admission:
Last day of Fall semester classes