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Transfer option class of 2022 at Cornell

maxxx31maxxx31 Registered User Posts: 6 New Member
Hey y'all. So I was given the TO for CALS. I'm a little bit confused on how the whole things works though. I've been doing research, and apparently we have to meet a certain GPA as well as course requirements at whatever college we are attending. Hopefully the email they said they were gonna send comes soon. Anyway, I just wanted to start a discussion on this. Congrats to all that go the TO!
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Replies to: Transfer option class of 2022 at Cornell

  • SangkookSangkook Registered User Posts: 6 New Member
    My DD also got the TO for CALS biology major but she was also accepted from Bowdoin, Wesleyan and waiting for Tufts Result today. I do not know whether it is worth waiting for an year or move on. She also got in waitlist from Amherst, Vandy, and Middlebury. Any advise appreciated.
  • techilliteratetechilliterate Registered User Posts: 83 Junior Member
    Hi all-
    Is the transfer option the Spring 2019 option?
  • SangkookSangkook Registered User Posts: 6 New Member
    I think it is for Fall 2019.
  • markieffmarkieff Registered User Posts: 8 New Member
    I got transfer option from Human Ecology, does that still count as a "guaranteed" transfer?
  • Mikey777Mikey777 Registered User Posts: 4 New Member
    There are threads from previous years about the transfer option that may answer many of your questions. Also, there usually will be a TO facebook group set-up by Cornell with an adviser that will answer your questions probably in the next few weeks.

    From what I understand, there are basically 2 ways of approaching the TO and your plans next year:

    1) Go to your least expensive option such as your community college or state school. This is primarily for those students who want to go to Cornell no matter what and there is no doubt that Cornell is their number one choice. Just make sure you fulfill the class requirements and maintain the GPA, which is different depending on the college and major you applied to.

    2) Go to your top choice school with the thought that you will remain and graduate from there. Accept the TO and only use it if you decide that you regret the college you picked or think Cornell will be a better place. The beauty of the TO is that it is not binding and the application process is really easy - no LORs, no essays. I think the TO is a lot better than being rejected outright because it is a great back-up plan if you do not like the school you choose next year. The biggest drawback for this plan is that it may be more difficult to either fulfill the class requirements or obtain the necessary GPA. However, I believe there is some flexibility with the course requirements if necessary and you may take a class during the summer to satisfy it.
  • hanna2000hanna2000 Registered User Posts: 24 Junior Member
    Got the TO option for ILR and planning on taking it. My problem is, for ILR it says that I must take macro and micro economics, but if I took it in high school I don't get AP credit for it unless it was NOT a graduation requirement or not taught by a college professor. Econ at my school is a grad requirement for seniors, and it isnt taught by a professor. Do I not take the AP exams for econ this year and retake it at my state school to fulfill Cornell's course requirements?
  • lizzy1234lizzy1234 Registered User Posts: 110 Junior Member
    edited March 29
    Transfer option seems weird to me. I wonder how many sign up for it but don't end up doing it, i.e. staying at freshman year college? Like, leaving all your freshman year friends at whatever college you start at, seems daunting. Then trying to make all new friends at a new campus as a sophomore might be tough? Idk, I guess if I went to a Cornell feeder prep school and knew I had a decent amount of friends already there it would be OK. But going in blind sophomore year seems awful.
  • hanna2000hanna2000 Registered User Posts: 24 Junior Member
    @lizzy1234 if you look at old CC posts about Cornell's TO it says that transfers room with other transfers so it isnt difficult to make friends when you transfer. There's also a significant amount of transfers in ILR @ Cornell (not sure about other schools within Cornell). You'll be fine making friends at Cornell. As for leaving friends during your freshman year, well, thats just something we are all going to have to do if we really want Cornell.
  • lizzy1234lizzy1234 Registered User Posts: 110 Junior Member
    What % of Cornell sophomores live on campus?
  • hanna2000hanna2000 Registered User Posts: 24 Junior Member
    @lizzy1234 from what i've read, most freshmen and sophomores live on campus at Cornell. I couldn't find an exact percentage.
  • maybeDmommaybeDmom Registered User Posts: 30 Junior Member
    @hanna2000 I think you are not interpreting the Econ requirement correctly. D received same TO to ILR. She does not have Econ AP credits so this doesn’t apply to her, but you CAN use a 4 or 5 AP Econ score to satisfy the ILR credit. You just can’t use it to substitute the credit hours required (you still have to do 15hrs for 2 semesters). You also have to take micro OR macro before you transfer, not both. You can do both, but not required. The thing it says about college level classes that are required in your HS refers to classes you might have taken outside of your school, but needed in order to graduate. Like if you took a community college course or summer program course at a university, and it was required by your school, then you can’t substitue an ILR requirement. The explanation specific to Econ credits and AP exams is in the ILR TO packet, in the paragraph dedicated to Econ. (In case anyone is interested, we’re contemplating doing all the credit at community college or some at community college and some at BU, which is where she would choose to go if she doesn’t take TO or get off the waitlist at Middlebury or Wellesley)
  • college13567college13567 Registered User Posts: 4 New Member
    @maybeDmom Where can this IRL TO packet be found?
  • hanna2000hanna2000 Registered User Posts: 24 Junior Member
    @maybeDmom ohhh okay, thank you for the clarification!
  • Kd6410Kd6410 Registered User Posts: 394 Member
    I got TO to ILR - I will "accept" the offer but will only go through with it if I don't like wherever I end up as a freshman - I will not go into college assuming I will transfer out after a year
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