Credit Evaluation & Policy
Academic courses taken at other accredited institutions transfer quite easily, and are awarded in one of three categories of requirements: liberal arts distribution, credit towards the major, and free electives. Those who have followed the Required Preparatory Courses list, can expect that the majority of their credits to count in the Liberal Arts Foundation category. Other courses likely count at least as elective credit. Credit towards the major is awarded less frequently. Graduation from the College of Human Ecology requires 120 credits, and transfer students can transfer half of that, or 60 credits towards the total. There is a sixty credit / four semester residency requirement for transfers.
In this section
- Online credit evaluation
- Course descriptions
- Graduation requirements and curriculum sheets for each major
- AP, IB and Pre-College Credits
- Transfer Credit Policy
- Articulation agreements
- Human Ecology Credit Requirements and Policy
- Credits from the quarter system
- Transfer of grades
Accepted Transfers will receive an online official credit evaluation within 10 days of their acceptance. The credit evaluation will provide information both on credits awarded, and on courses still needed for graduation. In the mean time Prospective Transfers may use course descriptions in the Cornell Courses of Study to help determine how parallel their current courses are to those offered at Cornell.
Course descriptions can be found in Cornell’s course catalogue Courses of Study. Course descriptions may be used to assist with course selection at your current institution.
Requirements for the Major
Curriculum Sheets for each major detail the specific course requirements for the Human Ecology programs.
Previous Advanced Placement credit, or other placement out of requirements
Cornell adheres to our own policy in regard to placement out of requirements. Advanced standing at another institution does not guarantee that Cornell will accept that credit. The Advanced Placement Cheat Sheet outlines how AP credit can be used to complete college requirements. A maximum of 15 pre-college credits from APs or other sources may be applied.
Transfer Credit Policy
The Registrar’s office manages the transfer credit process in coordination with the Directors of Undergraduate Studies in the College. Transfer students are required to complete all degree requirements with at least 60 credits of coursework from Cornell University. Thus, a maximum of 60 hours in transfer credit, for courses with a grade of “C-” or above may be allowed from other accredited colleges or universities.
Cornell University does not accept credit for courses sponsored by colleges but taught in high school to high school students, even if the college provides a transcript of such work.
Students must submit an official transcript from all institutions in which transfer credit is being requested. Courses with a grade of “C-” or above will be considered for transfer.
- Human Ecology Graduation Requirements and Policies-Cheat Sheet
- Cornell Credit Requirements
- Pass/Fail (S/U) Grade Options
Human Ecology has transfer agreements with several community college partners that ensure the transfer of specific core courses. Although these agreements offer no guarantee of acceptance, following the articulation requirements places applicants in the best position for a successful transfer, but also strongly prepares students for success once at Cornell.
- Monroe Community College
- Raritan Valley Community College
- Holyoke Community College
Quarter System Credits
Human Ecology’s semester system awards quarter system credits 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.
Transfer of Grades
Although credits do transfer, your current college grades will not be calculated into your Cornell GPA. Transfer credits will not appear on your official Cornell transcript, however your advisors will have access to your previous academic performance for advising purposes.