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.

Visit URS

Although URS interviews are not required nor offered, both first-year and transfer applicants are encouraged to visit the campus, attend an information session, and sit in on a class if possible.

Secondary School and Standardized Test Requirements

Sixteen units of secondary-school subjects must be completed, including four of English, three of mathematics, three of one foreign language, and three of science.

  • The SAT or ACT is required. The TOEFL or IELTS is required of all international applicants whose first language is not English.

Transfer Applicants

Prospective transfer students need a minimum of 6 credits in English. In addition, students should have taken basic college-level courses 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.