Internal Transfer

<p>I've been accepted to the College of Engineering, but I'm very interested in transferring to the applied economics program. Any advice or suggestions to make this possible? How can I avoid taking too many unnecessary classes that won’t transfer towards a business major?</p>

<p>you won't be able to transfer immediately, so your first semester may not be entirely productive. I don't know how your schedules are compiled in engineering, but if you have any contact names you might want to start asking them what to do. make sure you get good grades in whatever engineering courses you do end up taking.</p>

<p>I'm worried that the engineering school will have my schedule pretty much set for me. That means that most of the classes I take my first year (since agriculture school requires you to be a Cornell a year before transferring) will not count towards an AEM major. Any suggestions to avoid this?</p>

<p>I think this is just a pretty difficult situation, and you need to deal with someone who is actually employed by Cornell to help students.</p>

<p>Well, thanks anyways. It does seem like a very difficult situation and I feel so overwhelmed... But, thank you. I'll call Cornell this week.</p>

<p>Well, I don't think you'll have extreme trouble getting out of it, but yeah call the school. I mean those are vastly different programs not to mention one is a state-assisted school and the other isn't, so you're dealing with financial changes too. You can probably get away with taking only 2-4 courses in your school (I don't know if Engineering has a core beginning set for students or if it's more freelance) then just take some writing courses and required science classes that you'll need for CALS anyway.</p>

<p>Unfortunately, the school probably won't be thrilled to hear you just got in and already want to be in a different school..haha. It's too bad they won't let a swap occur before orientation, but that would cause issues I suppose.</p>

<p>Alternatively you could stay in engineering and major in IE/OR. Also I've read here that engineers can pursue a minor in AEM, you might look into that.</p>

<p>There are probably not many engineering-specific courses that must be taken as a freshman engineering student. Much of what you would be taking would probably be generic physics, math, chemistry. To the extent these did not meet any AEM requirements they would be counted against free electives. Which I imagine would commensurately reduce the number of free electives you could take subsequently, but you woud still use the credits. You also would take university-wide freshman seminars, these would count for AEM as well, I imagine.</p>

<p>Thanks everyone for the information!</p>

<p>About how many people are accepted into the AEM program through internal transfers? Is it an impossible feat?</p>

<p>"I heard it's around 30% within the university...I also heard around 3.6-3.7 is necessary"
<a href="http://talk.collegeconfidential.com/cornell-university/909830-aem-transfer.html?%5B/url%5D"&gt;http://talk.collegeconfidential.com/cornell-university/909830-aem-transfer.html?&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/p>

<p>Someone else posted that they recalled reading the internal transfer acceptance rate to AEM (in a recent year) was 20%, and a 3.8 was necessary (together with strong rest of application, e.g. reasons for transfer,etc).</p>

<p>In absence of published data it is a little hard to be certain.</p>

<p>I second monydad's recommendation of majoring in IE/OR and minoring in AEM.
Of course, don't just stop after you finish the AEM minor requirements.
Take more advanced AEM courses so that you'll learn more useful things.
The reason for majoring in IE/OR instead of AEM is because IE/OR is much more quantitative than AEM.
Not many people can do math well, so having an IE/OR degree will probably help you more than an AEM degree will when finding a job.
So, by majoring in IE/OR and minoring in AEM, you'll get the best of both worlds.</p>

<p>Stupid question - what exactly is an IE/OR degree?</p>

<p><a href="http://www.orie.cornell.edu/orie/brochures/upload/Undergraduate-Handbook-Aug-2007.pdf%5B/url%5D"&gt;http://www.orie.cornell.edu/orie/brochures/upload/Undergraduate-Handbook-Aug-2007.pdf&lt;/a>
School</a> of Operations Research and Information Engineering</p>

<p>Interesting, they changed the name, IE used to mean "Industrial Engineering", had its roots in planning and optimization fro assembly line production and logistics of manufacturing companies.
(Armed forces operations logistics started it all IIRC). I guess times have changed, and emphases with them.</p>

<p>BTW I believe I've read that the AEM minor is open to engineering majors EXCEPT IE/OR majors.</p>

<p>@monydad: It's ORIE now instead of IE/OR. I guess the change was motivated in part by a desire for a pronounceable acronym :D</p>

<p>Don't quote me on that, though.</p>

<p>ya I noticed that, just when I found those links.
I guess some things do change, eventually.</p>

<p>It's amazing how much hasn't though, a bunch of the courses even have the same course numbers.</p>