Cornell class of 2024 Transfer Option

For the people who got the Transfer Option, did you all apply for ED? Can you tell me your stats? A junior in hs here, who just found about this option:)

Do you guys know by any chance how much students are offered a TO?

If you are on the waitlist, could you write a letter of continued interest indicating that you would also like to be considered for the transfer option?

I applied RD. Because of the situation, I don’t have SAT scores, but my GPA is about a 4.3. I read everywhere that interviews are optional and don’t help at all, but I got one and I’m 100% convinced it’s the reason I didn’t get flat out rejected.

Wait did everyone receive the transfer option on the date of release or did some people get it after in some sort of an update letter after being rejected? I saw something about it on CollegeVine so I was wondering if anyone knew anything.
An Introduction to Guaranteed Transfer Programs.
“If you apply to Cornell and are rejected, shortly afterwards, you may also receive what Cornell calls a “transfer option letter.” Cornell decides who receives these letters based on their standard first-year applications — you don’t have to do anything special to be considered. You also don’t have to do anything to officially accept this option — it’s simply available to you if you choose to use it later on”

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Ive only heard of waitlisted students getting it after getting waitlisted?

I’m waitlisted and I really want the transfer option…

My daughter applied ED @livelifeokay and was deferred and then received a TO option to attend Dyson. However, she was not waitlisted, but rather, an outright TO option for the fall of 2022. Not the outcome we really wanted but it is a viable path for those who are genuinely interested in attending Cornell.
Stats: 4.2 W GPA
ACT 33 (super score, only took it twice)
Tons of leadership and athletic awards, etc
Top 10% of class

Hope this helps and good luck to you and good for you doing your research early!!

It’s actually better than being waitlisted. The odd to get off the WL is very slim. TO is almost guaranteed as long as you meet the GPA requirement.

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Were any TO’s accepted yesterday to ILR and CAS?

Pretty much all were accepted for ILR and CAS. Haven’t heard any rejections for TO yet.

Wow, that’s great to hear! Good luck everyone!

Did the class of 2024 have a short essay to write or is it a new thing for class of 2025?

Anyone try the trick at all?

Hi Everyone!

Quick plug for Cornell Outdoor Odyssey! Odyssey is a pre-orientation program run by Cornell Outdoor Education that takes incoming transfers on trips the week before move-in. We do things like backpacking, canoeing, climbing, and trail service in the Finger Lakes, Catskills, and Adirondacks, and we provide a great way to make a super close-knit group of friends before you get to campus. Many students even go on to become guides and lead trips the following years!

Most importantly, no experience is required, and full and partial financial aid is available!

Let us know if you have any questions and feel free to check out our website, Instagram @cornell_outdoor_odyssey, Facebook @cornelloutdoorodyssey, or email us at for more info! Hope to see you this summer! :grin:

Did anyone who got the transfer option to Cornell Class of 2024 hear back from them. They had said they would contact mid/end April. But no luck so far.

I heard back 4/27 + I know someone who heard back this week
I think they send out decisions every Tuesday (mid/end April until mid-June). I know a couple people who also haven’t heard back yet, seems completely normal! :slight_smile:

Thanks for the update.

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CALS + HumanEc had to write one for co2024 (I think HumanEc always had an essay req)

ILR didn’t have one, and I’m not completely sure about CAS, Dyson, or SHA

is anyone still waiting to hear back from CALS?

I’m still waiting from CALS!

Same here…Still waiting