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Cornell Class of 2021 Guaranteed Transfer Discussion Thread

tocollege182tocollege182 Registered User Posts: 59 Junior Member
Hi all! I applied to Cornell University for the Fall of 2021 and was offered the Transfer Option (TO). There is a helpful thread from the Class of 2020 (link posted below), but I want to start a fresh discussion with this year's class.

Personally, I plan on pursuing this option; I will likely attend a UC for my freshman year. What were you guys thinking? Please feel free to pose any questions, comments, and/or concerns as we all go through this whole process. Go Big Red!

Link to the Cornell Class of 2020 Guaranteed Transfer Discussion Thread

Replies to: Cornell Class of 2021 Guaranteed Transfer Discussion Thread

  • 4356346843563468 Registered User Posts: 12 New Member
    I also received this option, for HumEc HBHS. As of right now, I'm definitely planning on pursuing it as well - the program is just too phenomenal to pass up! I'm planning on going to Northeastern but am worried about potential difficulties with course selections to fit Cornell's requirements. Also the whole ethical dilemma of knowing I'm not planning to actually stay at NU is a little worrying too - how to bring it up to advisors, friends, etc. Overall, though, I'm excited for this tremendous opportunity!
  • 4356346843563468 Registered User Posts: 12 New Member
    A suggestion - you might want to start another thread in the Cornell section. Mods may delete/move this one.
  • tocollege182tocollege182 Registered User Posts: 59 Junior Member
    Okay, I'll make sure to do that, thank you!
  • tocollege182tocollege182 Registered User Posts: 59 Junior Member
    @43563468 I'm considerably worried about meeting the course/GPA requirements as well. I forgot to mention, I received the TO for HumEc HBHS too!

    I'm glad you brought up the awkward situation of using another school as, basically, a "stepping stone". There were some current freshmen on the 2020 thread who commented on dealing with the "ethical dilemma", and they seemed to endure it just fine; plus, I think most of us are willing to do anything to get to Cornell. A lot of what they did involved keeping their TO under wraps and, depending on current relationships, decided whether or not to open up to others. With all this in mind, I feel (hope) that we can avoid any unwarranted stress :/
  • laughdinolaughdino Registered User Posts: 1 New Member
    @43563468 Hello, I am in the same exact situation as you. As of now Im planning to go to Northeastern for freshman year but Im still unsure about completing course requirements and how difficult the transition will be to Cornellnext year.
  • aihcxxaihcxx Registered User Posts: 114 Junior Member
    @laughdino Hey, I'm a current Northeastern freshman pursuing the Cornell TO, feel free to message me if you have any questions!!
  • smcub2021smcub2021 Registered User Posts: 2 New Member
    Hey, I also got the offer for CALS. Since I'm going to pursue a Bio major I have to get a 3.5 GPA rather than the 3.0. Does it matter which college I go to for the first year as long as I get that 3.5 because it may be "easier" at some colleges than others. Also, how is the fin aid? Is it the same as it would be if I was accepted regular decision?
  • littlehorn3littlehorn3 Registered User Posts: 8 New Member
    Opinions on attending a community college to get the requirements for Cornell admit? I get free tuition at my CC as I'm in the top 10% of my HS class and I'm currently attending full time as a bridge student and like it. Anyone with experience doing a CC then going to cornell... did you find that the level of courses was shockingly different and made your time at Cornell difficult? Do you feel it was the right choice?
  • tocollege182tocollege182 Registered User Posts: 59 Junior Member
    Hey @smcub2021, from what I've read on both CC and info from Cornell, it appears that they really don't care where you go as long as you meet the GPA/course requirements and display continued interest in your major. If anything, going to a school where it's easier to meet the minimum GPA would probably make the transfer run more smoothly, at least I assume. On previous threads there are many who decided to go to a community college then transfer in order to maintain a strong GPA and save money. Still, many have suggested to choose a college that you'll be happy to stay at for 4 years in case things don't work out (fingers crossed).

    People on other threads have also said that the financial aid is pretty much the same/close to what they were given/predicted in the beginning. It appears to be the consensus that since Cornell is need-based, our financial aid won't be any less than if we were freshmen.
  • tocollege182tocollege182 Registered User Posts: 59 Junior Member
    @littlehorn3 From what I remember a good amount of people on the 2020 thread were interested in attending a CC then going to Cornell (maybe they can give you some insight), but there weren't really any current updates on what you're asking about. Definitely good questions, hopefully someone comes around!
  • 4356346843563468 Registered User Posts: 12 New Member
    Even though it's a transfer "option", is it definitely guaranteed as long as we take the required courses and kepp above a 3.3/3.5? I've read the 2020 thread and I'm sure this question has been answered pretty exhaustively, but it looks like that group hasn't gotten their official decisions back yet. I just don't want to get too invested in the idea of attending Cornell if there's still uncertainty about admission.
  • tocollege182tocollege182 Registered User Posts: 59 Junior Member
    @43563468 I have my doubts too. I don't really know how to get a straight answer other than wait for this year's results. I'm just using the uncertainty as motivation to make sure I meet the requirements my first year and eliminate any room for error/inadequacy.
  • Steglitz90Steglitz90 Registered User Posts: 198 Junior Member
    Hi, ,my son was also offered TO for CALS (Env sci & sustainability). I did a brief check at our local CC & it would be impossible for him to get the Chem or Bio w/labs as a first year (or first sem at least, so he couldn't get 2 sems in) due to prereqs of taking an Intro Chem or Intro Bio first. So, that option is not going to work for him. I think he'll go to his 2nd choice & decide as that unfolds whether to transfer or not.
  • twist629twist629 Registered User Posts: 13 New Member
    Hi everyone, I was offered a TO for CALS (biology). Nice to see people in the same boat as me.
  • tocollege182tocollege182 Registered User Posts: 59 Junior Member
    @Steglitz90 I'm really worried about having that specific issue at my first-year school, don't really know what else to do though.
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