External Transfer Admissions

Interested in finance? Thinking about running your own business? Looking to leave your mark on the world? Consider a Bachelor of Science in applied economics and management from the Charles H. Dyson School at Cornell University.

A degree in applied economics and management gives you a competitive edge in the modern business world. In Dyson's collaborative and applied environment, you will learn alongside the many researchers, entrepreneurs, and business people that make up our faculty. Outside the classroom, practice the skills you've learned in more than 25 clubs and student organizations related to business. Does the Dyson School sound like the place for you?

Find out how to transfer! Below, you will find all of the information you need to apply to transfer to the Dyson School. If you still have questions, please contact dyson_admissions@cornell.edu.

Note: The Dyson School enrolls transfer students in the fall semester only. Please pay careful attention to the information provided here as you consider applying. 

What we look for

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Students who have earned 12 or more credits at another accredited college or university since graduating from high school are eligible to apply as transfer applicants.

Rising sophomore and rising junior applicants (i.e., those who apply in their freshman or sophomore year) are eligible to transfer. Current juniors and seniors are not eligible for transfer to the Dyson School, but may want to consider one of the one-year Master of Professional Studies (MPS) programs offered in the Cornell SC Johnson College of Business.

Note: Rising junior transfer applicants (i.e., those who apply in their sophomore year) who are accepted into Dyson are not eligible for the concentration in finance, but may choose from Dyson's ten other concentrations.

Note: Students who previously transferred to Cornell from another university or college are not eligible to transfer subsequently to the Dyson School.

Admission Requirements

Transfer applicants must meet (or complete during the semester in which they apply) the following requirements to be considered for admission:

  • Strong academic record at the college level. In general, successful applicants have at least a 3.5 GPA.
  • Full-time standing each prior university semester, with few, if any, pass/fail or satisfactory/unsatisfactory-graded courses
  • Good standing at current university
  • B or better grade, completed or in-progress, in the following courses:
    • Two college writing/English-composition courses
    • Microeconomics
    • Calculus I
    • Statistics
  • SAT and ACT are not required for transfer applicants.
  • International Students: TOEFL (score of 100 or better) or IELTS (score of 7) is required.

Successful completion of admission requirements is not a guarantee of admission. Please know that Dyson transfer admissions is highly selective.

Admission Recommendations

Your transfer application is strengthened if you have taken and earned a B or better in the following coursework:

  • Macroeconomics
  • One full year of introductory biology (labs not required)
  • One course in either chemistry or physics

Dyson Transfer Credit Policies  

A maximum of 60 credits may be transferred from other accredited colleges or universities toward your Cornell degree. Decisions about transferability of credits will not be made prior to admission. Admitted transfer students will receive an official transfer credit evaluation two to four weeks after admission.

Please see the guidelines on which credits may transfer to the Dyson School.

How to Apply

Cornell uses the Common Application, Academic Report, Registrar Report, and Mid-Term Report; or the Universal College Application, Transfer Supplement, Professor Evaluation, College Report, and Cornell Mid-Term Report. Please review the application instructions provided by the Undergraduate Admissions Office to determine which forms are right for you.

On either application, Dyson transfer applicants should select "Cornell SC Johnson College of Business--Dyson School" as their program of interest.

In addition to the application materials, transfer students must also submit:

  • All students: Official transcripts from your high school and all colleges attended
  • International students: Official TOEFL or IELTS score

Fall transfer application deadline: March 15. Decision notification is made on a rolling basis from April to early June.

Internal Transfer Applicants 

If you are a current Cornell student considering a transfer to Dyson, please visit our Internal Transfer Information page for application instructions and requirements.

Questions and Contacts

Office of Undergraduate and Master's Programs Admissions
Cornell SC Johnson College of Business
149 Statler Hall
Phone: 607.254.4228

Student Spotlight

Stephanie Kleiner

Stephanie Kleiner '16


Honeoye, NY


Food Industry Management

What makes Dyson special?

Dyson is special because it is a close-knit community within a much larger university. As an external transfer student I felt immediately accepted into the Dyson community. Dyson has provided so many opportunities for me to engage with my peers, professors, as well as industry professionals both in and out of the classroom. The 10 different concentrations really provide flexibility for each student to decide which areas of business are most important for them to explore. In turn, I feel more empowered because of the level and quality of education that I'm receiving from Dyson courses.