Spring Transfer

Welcome to Cornell University!

We want to take this opportunity to provide you with some information that might be helpful as you take steps to become a full-fledged member of the Cornell community. 

First: You need to reserve your place in the class.

Please confirm your acceptance of our offer by submitting your $400 deposit. IMPORTANT: The enrollment deposit is due by Friday, January 8, 2021.

If you are applying for financial aid, please make certain you have received your financial aid package before you make a decision about enrolling at Cornell. Your deposit will be credited to your bursar account in your first semester of enrollment at Cornell.

Second: If you have applied for financial aid (or are thinking of applying), read on. 

If you have applied for financial aid:

You will receive an award from the Office of Financial Aid and Student Employment if you have completed the financial aid application process. If you met the October 15 deadline for submitting your financial aid application materials, you can expect to receive notification very soon.

If you plan to apply for financial aid:

The aid application deadline was October 15. U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and students with DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival) status who are admitted, but who have not initiated a financial aid application by February 1, 2021, will not be considered for institutional aid. Federal grant and loan sources may still be available. If attending Cornell is contingent on your receiving financial aid, then you must apply for financial aid immediately.

We encourage you to contact the financial aid office directly (607.255.5145 or finaid@cornell.edu) if you have any questions about your financial aid award or application process.

Next:  Sign up for housing if you plan to live on campus.

For incoming transfer students, every effort will be made to accommodate applicants for on-campus housing on a first-come, first-served, space-available basis. Even if you are not certain that you will live on campus, we encourage you to complete the online application at https://scl.cornell.edu/residential-life/housing/residential-programs/apply-housing-campus.

Also, don’t forget to sign up for a dining plan. Information regarding dining options and the Apply for a Meal Plan form can be found at https://scl.cornell.edu/residential-life/dining/meal-plans-rates.

About On-Campus Housing

Most transfer students are housed in the West Campus Housing System or in upper-level residence halls with other sophomores, juniors, and seniors. For a different kind of living experience, transfer students may also choose to live in a Program House or in one of Cornell’s eight co-ops. For more information about housing options for transfer students, visit https://scl.cornell.edu/residential-life/housing/campus-housing/new-transfer-undergraduates.

Questions? Please call 607.255.5368 or send an email to housing@cornell.edu.

About Off-Campus Housing

Cornell University's Office of Fraternity and Sorority Affairs and Independent Living provides housing assistance, education, and referral services to students choosing to live off-campus. Cornell University is committed to providing information and services that result in informed housing decisions. If you prefer to live and dine off-campus, you’ll find information about living off-campus at https://scl.cornell.edu/residential-life/housing/campus-living.


Please visit newstudents.cornell.edu/ to find information regarding your enrollment. The website features more information about programs, facilities, and services that you’ll have access to, and instructions for completing your enrollment at Cornell.

You will find details about the Orientation program at: https://newstudents.cornell.edu/spring-2021/first-year/orientation and will be sent additional information by the college/school to which you have been admitted.

Reminder: Don’t forget to send a copy of your final college transcript(s) reflecting completed courses through the end of your current term.

Registration: You will receive information about registering for classes soon. The semester is slated to begin February 8, 2021.  


Should you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office at 607.255.5241 or by email at transfer@cornell.edu.

We look forward to welcoming you to campus in February!