Transferring to School of Engineering

<p>I have some questions about getting accepted to the engineering school as a transfer student. I am at a community college and have finished the calc sequence, physics-based calc sequence, linear algebra, and will finish chem and programming by next semester. I'm 27 years old. I have a 2230 SAT and a 740 SAT II math level 2. And I have straight A's during my last 3 semesters at my cc (My essays are good too, and I have great recommendations).</p>

<p>My questions are:</p>

<p>1) How important is the major choice in being accepted as a transfer? What if they think you are a good applicant but don't like your 2 major choices? My first choice is Engineering Physics (Don't bug me, I know it's hard :P), and my second is Electrical engineering.</p>

<p>2) What if the classes I have taken do not exactly match the courses the college "requires" in their transfer</a> flier? The courses I have taken at my CC come pretty close, but not quite. (Especially the CHEM course for Engineering Physics.)</p>

<p>3) Does Cornell make any acceptions and let you retake some courses once you are at Cornell that your old school did not quite fulfill? </p>

<p>4) Does Cornell let you "transfer" as a freshman?</p>

<p>5) If my chances at getting accepted at the engineering school are low, would it be a better strategy to apply to the college or arts and sciences (which has much less strict requirements), and then try to transfer to engineering once I am there?</p>

<p>6) Is it true that Cornell does not give financial aid to transfer students? (I've heard rumors)</p>

<p>I know that's a lot of questions. But I would greatly appreciate it if anyone could answer at least a few. </p>

<p>Thanks so much.</p>


<p>Nobody? How about question #1?</p>

<h1>5 - I wouldn't advocate this sort of strategem at all. But if you're going to do so, the CAS wouldn't be your best bet. You'd want to shoot for Ag and Life Sciences or Human Ecology since the admit rates at those schools are higher than at CAS. Of course, given the course load on your transcript, you might be rejected from those schools because Cornell judges applicants based on matching. If you apply to CAS with a clear lean toward engineering, they won't take you. That's not the sort of student CAS wants. THe same goes for the other schools at Cornell. I think your best bet is applying to the Engineering program.</h1>

<h1>6 - Are you literally asking if you're not allowed to apply for aid or are you asking if there's just never any money left over for transfers? I can't answer the second one if that's what you're asking. As for the first question, yes, you can. You need the CSS and FAFSA like everyone else.</h1>


<p>Thanks for the help. Yeah, I mean literally not allowed. I read someone post this in [url="<a href=""&gt;"]another&lt;/a> thread:<a href="2nd%20reply">/url</a></p>

<p>"but the office said only 2-3 transfer students got aid.."</p>

<p>Scary. I would email and ask, but I find that a lot of times they just won't answer questions like that directly because they want you to apply. (The student who wrote that quote was already accepted)</p>

<p>I imagine that they're less generous with transfer students than with the rest. They probably slam you with loans a bit more than the rest of us. Plus, you get pretty much last dibs on grant money. ED kids get first dibs but we HAVE to go, so we don't get much of it. RD kids get the most.</p>

<p>Well, I'll just cross my fingers. Once they see my financial situation though, I don't see why they would even bother accepting me if they don't offer me substantial aid. (I'm an independent student who makes just under 20k a year.)</p>

<p>Shameless bump.</p>

<p>I'm really curious about question#1. #2 is bugging me too, but #1 is tops. No one out there with any idea?</p>