Spring Transfer International

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.

Student Visa Instructions

If you will require an I-20 form (Certificate of Eligibility for a Student Status Visa), we must receive certification that you will have sufficient financial resources at your disposal for the entire period of time you are enrolled at Cornell.  Upon receipt of your enrollment deposit and the required documents below, we will send you the I-20 form, which you must take with you when you apply to the American Embassy or Consulate for a visa.

Complete and return these documents to intl-visadocs@cornell.edu:

If you don’t know the procedure in your country to apply for a U.S. Visa, go to https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/us-visas.html. The Office of Global Learning also posts ongoing updates.

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 link 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 living.cornell.edu/live/wheretolive/housingoptions/transfer.cfm.

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 additional 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!