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Course Enrollment

Course enrollment is the process of getting your classes. As a new transfer student, your college will review your transcript and determine how many credits are accepted, and how they will be applied to your course of study at Cornell.  Each college manages the course enrollment process for new transfer students differently.  Some or all of your courses may be added to your schedule for you and you may not be able to change (drop) them.

In addition to college degree requirements, you may be required to complete the Swim Test and/or a Physical Education course.  Your college will let you know if you need to complete these milestones.

Placement Exams

Some students will be required to take placement exams online prior to arrival or during Orientation.  These exams help the university know where to place you for certain course requirements. You may also wish to take optional exams to increase your academic flexibility. 

AP/IB and Transfer Credits

If you have taken AP or IB exams, or courses at another college or university, you will want to know if you get credit for them, and how it will impact your academic requirements. Please send all transcripts from test scores and other institutions to your college registrar, if you did not already submit them during the admission process. This will give the university time to process them so that you can resolve any questions regarding transfer credit when you arrive on campus.  Detailed information on AP and IB credit is provided in the Courses of Study on a subject-specific basis.

Textbooks and Materials

The Cornell Store compiles lists of required textbooks and supplies each semester. Personalized textbook lists and textbook lists by course are available online several weeks before classes start. If the store has received an order from the professor, course materials for your registered courses will be listed on your personalized booklist. Your list will include required and optional materials, the formats available (new, used, rental or digital versions), and current prices from The Cornell Store and other online retailers for comparison. Course materials are available for purchase at and in the store throughout the semester. The Cornell Store also provides kits for art and architecture courses and stocks art supplies year-round.