Transfer Credit Policy and Process


1. Transfer students are required to complete all degree requirements with at least sixty (60) credits from Cornell University. Thus, a maximum of sixty (60) hours in transfer credit, for courses passed with a grade of “C” or above, may be allowed from other accredited colleges or universities.

  • Transfer credit is not awarded toward SHA Electives (except CIA).
  • Up to eighteen (18) credits may transfer toward SHA core required courses.
  • Up to eighteen (18) credits may transfer toward Cornell Distributive Electives.
  • Up to twenty-four (24) credits may transfer toward Cornell Free Electives.

2. Cornell University does not accept credit for courses sponsored by colleges but taught in a high school to high school students, even if the college provides a transcript of such work.

3. The school does not accept on line course credit for courses taken outside of Cornell University.

4. Students who are currently accepted and enrolled may transfer in credit, but only from four (4) year accredited colleges or universities.  Preapproval is required.

5. AP Credit is accepted as free elective credit only (except HADM 1410 and the First Year Writing Seminar).


1.For 1000 and 2000 level SHA core courses and distributive or free elective courses:

     * Syllabus must cover 80 percent or more of the material covered in the Cornell/SHA course.

     * Syllabus uses a standard textbook equivalent to that used in the Cornell/SHA coure.

     * Syllabus includes examinations, writing, projects, or other submitted work, produced individually or collectively, that is roughly as extensive as that required in the equivalent Cornell/SHA course.

     * Syllabus indicates roughly equivalent meeting hours as required in the equivalent Cornell/SHA course.

2. First Year Writing Seminar is reviewed by the Knight Institute.

3. 3000 and 4000 (upper) level SHA courses are not accepted.