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Internal Transfer

Thank you for your interest in internally transferring to the College of Human Ecology. Carefully review the following as you consider and prepare for the internal transfer process.

Current College of Human Ecology students who want to change to a different College of Human Ecology major should meet with an advisor in the Human Ecology Office of Student and Career Development to discuss the process to change a major. 

Internal transfer eligibility for the College of Human Ecology

Currently enrolled/matriculated Cornell University freshmen and sophomores who are interested in transferring to the College of Human Ecology can apply for an internal transfer. Juniors are rarely considered for internal transfer. It is unlikely that juniors will be able to complete degree requirements in time to graduate. 

Qualified premed/prehealth candidates should apply at the end of their freshmen year only. High performing premed/prehealth sophomores might be considered.

The Global and Public Health Sciences major is not accepting internal transfers.

Internal transfer selection criteria for the College of Human Ecology

The internal transfer process is selective and competitive. Admission to the Human Biology, Health, and Society (HBHS) major is extremely competitive, and only students who meet the coursework and GPA requirements should apply.

Internal transfer applicants should have: 

1) a minimum Cornell University cumulative GPA of 3.0;
2) taken/in progress at least one Human Ecology course in your intended major plus appropriate liberal arts foundation courses (Freshman Writing Seminars, math, and core lab science; carefully review our coursework requirements document for more information); and
3) provided evidence of a strong, well-considered connection between your interests and your target major in the application.

Internal transfer application process

Prospective Internal Transfers are required to meet with a Human Ecology Admissions Counselor well in advance of applying. A candidate's year/term, transcript, and interests will dictate specific coursework and application advising. Meeting with a College of Human Ecology Admissions Counselor is the best place for coursework advising. Contact 607-255-5471 or visit the CHE Office of Admissions in 170 Martha Van Rensselaer Hall to schedule an appointment.

An online application is required for all applicants to the College of Human Ecology. 

A design supplement is required for those applying to the Design and Environmental Analysis major or the Fashion Design Management program. Follow the instructions for your target program as linked.

In addition to meeting with an Admissions Counselor in the College of Human Ecology Office of Admissions, you can make an appointment with the Office of Internal Transfer and Concurrent Degrees in 222 Computing & Communications Center (CCC) for more information about the application process.

Application deadlines (online application and design supplements as indicated above): the last day of classes of the semester prior to your target enrollment semester.

Admissions decisions

Internal transfer application decisions are made after final grades for the current semester have been received. Decision letters will be mailed to the address noted on your application. There is no appeal process.