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Transferring After Acceptance

loldanielolloldanielol Posts: 534Registered User Member
edited February 2012 in Cornell University
If I am accepted, can I transfer from CAS to CALS easily or will there be some difficulty? I applied as an Economics major but it turns out AEM is under CALS not CAS...and I really meant to apply AEM. I'm gearing for a Wall Street finance job after graduation.
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  • nd09nd09 Posts: 497Registered User Member
    Get high grades and take some intro AEM courses (and do well in them too). It's certainly possible but you have to realize there are a ton of kids trying to do the same thing so it is selective.
  • loldanielolloldanielol Posts: 534Registered User Member
    What I'm trying to say is that I essentially applied for the wrong major. My intent has always been finance/business but I was unaware that Cornell had an AEM major until after I sent in my application... :(
  • loldanielolloldanielol Posts: 534Registered User Member
    Why is AEM under the Agricultural and Life Sciences school anyway? It doesn't really seem to fit, so I never bothered to even check out that school.
  • nd09nd09 Posts: 497Registered User Member
    It's a question I ask myself everyday. The actual answer is that it was originally agricultural economics and management and then morphed into a more general business major.

    But my advice would be take classes like intro to micro/macro, PAM stats, business management, etc. during your freshmen year and try to transfer in. AEM courses are significantly easier than Econ so with some effort you shouldn't have trouble pulling A's in those classes. Though again more and more kids are trying to transfer in each year because the job prospects are solid and the effort you have to put in is much lower than in more rigorous majors like econ/math/engineering/etc.
  • loldanielolloldanielol Posts: 534Registered User Member
    Do you know what the chances are of transferring in from CAS to CALS? Honestly this has been a huge headache for me -- I read on this forum that it's more difficult to be accepted into CAS in the first place, and to have to do a transfer after the first year is tedious. I wish Cornell had made it more obvious that their AEM major is under the Life Sciences school...of course some of it is my fault as well but it's really counter intuitive for a business economics major to be under such a school.
  • ColeneColene Posts: 959- Member
    Transfer to CALS from CAS is easy, but into AEM might be a bit tougher given there are not many spots. If you have alright grades though you should be fine.
  • loldanielolloldanielol Posts: 534Registered User Member
    Do you know what the acceptance rate is into AEM?
  • collegetimeecollegetimee Posts: 31Registered User Junior Member
    I'm pretty sure it's about 12%. There are about 200 students in the program and about half of those spots go to incoming freshman.
  • loldanielolloldanielol Posts: 534Registered User Member
    Sorry, I meant as a transfer from CAS (Econ major) to CALS (AEM).
  • GregFieldsGregFields Posts: 278Registered User Junior Member
    From what I've heard, it's actually quite easy to do an internal transfer at Cornell (speaking from what I've heard, not personal experience)

    All that you need to do is get as good grades as possible, and get a good recommendation from a faculty member. That 12% into AEM someone gave above is probably for external transfers (people transferring from other universities and trying to get in as AEM majors). From what I've gathered, as long as your grades/recommendation are good, internally transferring to AEM should be no problem.


    Also, plenty of CAS econ majors get top finance jobs. The Cornell name is far more important than Econ/AEM. Distinguishing yourself through internships and acing the interview is many times more important than which major you're in.

    - The Gracken
  • ColeneColene Posts: 959- Member
    Also, note that the same gpa is worth much more in cas econ than in aem. What you may be able to get more of in AEM though is connections.
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