The College of Human Ecology (CHE) Undergraduate Admissions Staff offers the following Transfer Application Tips to help you thoughtfully approach the application process and present an application that reflects you as a person, an academic, and a community citizen. Be sure to also review our Transfer Admission Information and Special Requirements.

Transfer Application Tips

Understanding your interests, considering your academic strengths, and being well-informed about your options are critical as you make decisions regarding your transfer.

DO: Make this your own exploration of Cornell University, even if you have family, friends, or others in your community who attended or are familiar with Cornell University.

DO: Carefully review the College of Human Ecology's viewbook, major fact sheets, curriculum sheets (note that prospective transfers should refer to the required preparatory coursework for transfers when preparing to apply as a transfer) and our website.

Your undergraduate transcript(s) reflects your academic rigor, preparation, persistence, and growth. Our most competitive candidates earn very strong grades in a parallel curriculum that includes our required coursework.

Completing the required foundational coursework prepares students to thrive in their transition to Cornell University and to graduate on time, and is critical in determining an applicant’s competitiveness. Admission, however, is not guaranteed even if the courses have been completed.

DO: Pursue the required preparatory coursework. An applicant’s competitiveness in our admissions process is largely based on the completion of our coursework requirements.

DO: Demonstrate strong performance in the required and recommended coursework. A GPA of 3.5 or above, with “As” and “B+s” in required preparatory coursework, increases an applicant’s competitiveness. We understand that the Spring 2020 and Fall 2020 semesters might look different in terms of grading options. We encourage you to pursue coursework for letter grades if given the option. Be sure to have a college official include how grading and coursework options might have been impacted by Covid-19 on the College Official's Report.

DO: Know that Cornell University and the College of Human Ecology adhere to our own policies regarding placement out of requirements due to Advanced Placement or other related credits. Advanced standing at another institution does not guarantee that Cornell will accept that credit. The Advanced Placement Equivalencies information outlines how AP credit may be used. A maximum of 15 pre-college credits from APs or other sources may be applied.

Your essays are the best way to convey your goals, experiences, motivations, what you consider important, and how those pieces impact your desire to attend the College of Human Ecology. A thoughtful and college-specific approach to the essays and application makes for a more compelling candidacy. The College of Human Ecology Admissions Staff is interested in applicants who can articulate a connection to the college mission and programs.

DO: Articulate a strong connection to the college’s mission and programs when answering CHE’s academic interest question on the Cornell Supplement. Why is our program right for you? What kindled this academic interest? How will a Human Ecology education help you achieve your academic/career goals and impact communities? What is your motivation for your education and beyond?

DO: Draw on the combination of your experiences – academic, research, extracurricular, work, and volunteer – that makes Human Ecology a compelling and meaningful choice.

DON’T: Use the “Additional Information” section as a means to include a second personal essay. This option is best used to clarify course selection choices, provide context for grades that might seem inconsistent with past performance, etc. 

Design supplements are required for Design and Environmental Analysis, Fashion Design, and Fashion Design Management applicants. We strongly recommend that you update your work if you submitted a design supplement as part of a previous application to these majors. These materials are critically evaluated by faculty in the departments as part of the complete application.

The Admissions Committee is interested in how you use your time in your school and greater communities, what engages, informs and tests your academic interests, and what you learned from those pursuits and how they are connected to the College of Human Ecology.

DO: Be thoughtful about which jobs, extracurricular activities, intern/externships, volunteer work, etc. you include. Only the most meaningful and relevant are of interest to the Human Ecology Admissions Committee. We understand that some opportunities for service, work, and extracurricular activities during Spring/Summer/Fall 2020 were impacted by Covid-19.

Letters of recommendation help the Admissions Committee understand your maturity, self-motivation, initiative, character, and role in the classroom and community.

An additional letter or two from coaches, supervisors, members of the community, etc. will be considered, but are not required.

DO: Ask a science or math faculty member to submit a letter on your behalf if you apply to a natural science based major.

DO: Inform us if you have impending deadlines by which you hope to have an admissions decision. Transfer decisions are made on a rolling basis. Delays in midterm grades or other information will delay a decision. We sometimes need final grades for the current semester's classes.

DO: Submit Financial Aid application forms early.

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