Internal Transfer

Internal transfer is an option for current Cornell students who wish to transfer between schools or colleges at Cornell. It is also an option for current Architecture, Art and Planning (AAP) students who wish to transfer into a different AAP program.

Students interested in transferring into an AAP program must follow a college-specific internal transfer application process. To find out more about the undergraduate programs within AAP, and the process for transferring, you should meet with AAP Admissions. Please email to set up a meeting.


  • You must be in good academic standing in your home college with a cumulative GPA of 2.7.
  • First-Year Students: The first opportunity to apply is at the end of your second semester. Applications submitted at the end of your first semester will be denied.
  • External transfers to Cornell can apply during their second semester at Cornell.
  • Students on a leave of absence: If you are on a required leave of absence from your home college, you must get permission to apply. Please email


  • Before applying, carefully review the curriculum and requirements for your intended major on the appropriate departmental website.
  • Note that the deadline to submit an internal transfer application is May 1 for the fall semester and December 1 for the spring semester.
  • Fill out the online internal transfer application.

Application Process

  • Fill out the online internal transfer application.
  • College of AAP personal statement
    • Your AAP internal transfer application should include the following:
      • Your interest in AAP, how it developed, and how you have tested it
      • Possible professional goals/interests you are considering, and how will AAP help you attain your goals
      • Describe how you have been involved at Cornell (work/volunteer experiences, clubs, research, etc.)
      • Any other pertinent factors regarding your candidacy
  • Required portfolio submission when applying to the B.Arch. or B.F.A. programs
    • We want to see 12-15 pieces submitted via email to in a pdf format.
      • You can include a variety of mediums, including, but not limited to: photography, watercolor, jewelry or furniture design, sculpture, and painting.
      • Applicants applying to the B.Arch. program are not required to submit architectural models or drawings. If you have architecture experience or have attended an architecture summer program or internship, please feel free to include this work.
    • Please note: internal transfer applications to the URS major do not require a portfolio.
  • Required letters of recommendation
    • Applicants are required to request and submit at least one letter of recommendation.
    • Letters of recommendation can be emailed to

Admissions Decisions

Internal transfer decisions are made after final grades for the current semester have been received. Admission decisions letters will be emailed to the address noted in your application.

Transfer to Another College

Current AAP students who wish to explore the option of internally transferring to another college or school should contact the internal transfer coordinator of the target college or school.


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