Undergraduate Admissions: Urban and Regional Studies
In addition to the general requirements for applying to Cornell University, successful applicants to the urban and regional studies (URS) program demonstrate intellectual potential and commitment, and a combination of ability, achievement, motivation, diligence, and use of educational and social opportunities. Above all, the department seeks students with a high level of enthusiasm and depth of interest in the study of urban and regional issues.
We are now offering virtual alumni interviews for applicants to the urban and regional studies program. This is not required but serves as an opportunity for you to learn more about our urban and regional studies program directly from alumni of the program. This is also a chance for us to better understand your interest in urban and regional studies, city planning, and beyond. Alumni interviews are coordinated between the applicant and the alum, at the convenience of both parties. If you are interested, please fill out the interview request form linked below.
Interview requests must be made well in advance of the deadline.
- November 16 (early decision first-year applicants)
- January 2 (regular decision first-year applicants)
- October 1 (spring transfer applicants)
- March 1 (fall transfer applicants)
Standardized Test Update
- The SAT or ACT is not required.
- The TOEFL or IELTS is required of all international applicants whose first language is not English.
Prospective transfer students need a minimum of 6 credits in English. In addition, students should have taken basic college-level classes distributed across the natural and social sciences, humanities, and mathematics. Applicants whose previous course work closely parallels the general education requirements of the urban and regional studies curriculum will have relative ease in transferring. In addition, students with other academic backgrounds, such as engineering, architecture, fine arts, management, and agriculture are eligible to apply.
Transfer application deadlines:
- For spring semester: well before October 1
- For fall semester: well before March 1
Students considering a transfer into the URS program should be aware that, if admitted, a transfer credit evaluation will take place. This process requires syllabi from any course for which an admitted student seeks credit and recommends a writing sample from each course. Applicants should prepare these materials in advance so they can be submitted promptly if an offer of admission is made. Admitted transfer students will have two weeks from the date of admission to submit all transfer credit materials. We will not accept transfer credit materials before an offer of admission is made. Students who transfer into the B.S. program must complete a minimum of four semesters in residence and a minimum of 60 academic credits after entering the program.
Internal transfer is an option for current Cornell students who wish to transfer between colleges at Cornell. It is also an option for current 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 must meet with the AAP director of admissions, during walk-in hours for AAP's Office of Admissions in 235 Sibley Dome.
For more information, Cornell University has a central Office of Internal Transfer which all prospective students should contact at the beginning of their process.
Students may also transfer from outside of Cornell. Learn more about external transfer here.
Concurrent Degree Option
The Concurrent Degree Option is an opportunity for current Cornell students who wish to pursue diverse interests across college boundaries. Students who pursue the Concurrent Degree Option have identified a second academic area of serious interest within the university. Through a process that usually begins during the second year on campus, students apply into a second degree program. If they are admitted, they will need to complete all requirements for both majors within 10 semesters. At the end of 10 semesters, students graduate having concurrently earned two separate Cornell degrees.
Students interested in the Concurrent Degree Option in combination with the bachelor of fine arts degree or the bachelor of science in urban and regional studies must follow a college-specific concurrent degree application process. To find out more about the undergraduate programs within AAP, and the process for applying to the Concurrent Degree Option, you must meet with the AAP director of admissions, during walk-in hours for the Office of AAP Admissions in 235 Sibley Dome.