Transfer Applicants

Have you experienced the irresistible lure of hospitality? Interested in learning about business in an exciting way?Are you yearning for an exotic career in a fast-growing global industry? Consider the School of Hotel Administration at Cornell University's SC Johnson College of Business.

The Hotel School is a unique business program that focuses on the hospitality industry. Prepare to explore different aspects of hospitality through classes, internships, clubs, and research while developing skills that will prepare you for positions in everything from finance and law to real estate and hotel operations.

Students who transfer to the Hotel School from other colleges, universities, or post-secondary programs represent more than one-third of each graduating class. They have an interest in service and hospitality, and frequently exhibit the same characteristics of our current student body: a love of learning and of life, an extensive commitment to professional excellence, and a creative and passionate way of viewing customer-client interactions.

Does this sound like you? Below, you will find all of the information you need to apply to the Hotel School. If you still have questions, please contact

What we look for

Transfer students must fulfill most of the same admissions standards as a first-year applicant. We encourage you to look at the information on the First-Year Applicant page for what we look for in our students and this page for information specific to you as a transfer applicant.


Students who have earned 12 or more credits at another accredited college or university since graduating from high school are eligible to apply as transfer applicants. For more information about applying as a transfer applicant, please visit the Undergraduate Admissions Application Process Overview.

Admission Requirements

While we do not require any specific university courses to qualify to transfer, most successful transfer applicants have a strong liberal arts background. Courses in hospitality are not required, but a passion for this field of study is imperative.

To see what forms are required for your application, please see the How to Apply section of this page.

Admission Recommendations 

We recommend transfer applicants complete the following courses:

  • Chemistry with a lab component taken in either high school or college
  • Three years of one foreign language in high school and/or college
  • Math or quantitative courses, including a minimum of pre-calculus in high school or college
  • A broad range of general education and introductory business courses in economics, writing, and accounting
  • Hospitality-related work experience

Transfer Credit

A maximum of 60 credits may be transferred from other accredited colleges or universities toward your Cornell degree. Decisions about the transferability of credits will not be made prior to admission. Admitted transfer students will receive an official transfer-credit evaluation shortly after admission.

Please see the guidelines (PDF) on which credits may transfer to the Hotel School.

How to Apply

Cornell uses the Common Application, Academic Report, Registrar Report, and Mid-Term Report; or the Universal College Application, Transfer Supplement, Professor Evaluation, College Report, and Cornell Mid-Term Report. Please review the application instructions provided by the Undergraduate Admissions Office to determine which forms are right for you.

On either application, Hotel School transfer applicants should select "Cornell SC Johnson College of Business--Hotel School" as their program of interest.

In addition to the application materials, transfer students must also submit:

  • All students: Official transcripts from your high school and all colleges attended
  • U.S. Students: SAT or ACT scores if you have already taken them (You are not required to take the tests if you have not already done so.)
  • International students: Official TOEFL or IELTS score

The deadline for fall transfer applications is March 15. The deadline for spring transfer applications is October 15. 

Internal Transfer Applicants

If you are a current Cornell student considering a transfer to the Hotel School, please visit our Internal Transfer Information page for application instructions and requirements. Please see Frequently Asked Questions for Transfer Applicants for additional information.