External Transfer Applicants
Does the Dyson School sound like the place for you? Below, you will find all of the information you need to apply to transfer to the Dyson School.
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. You are also considered a transfer student if you are enrolled full-time at another institution.
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.
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:
- Sophomore transfers (students who intend to enroll as sophomores) are required to take one intensive college writing/English-composition course. Students who intend to enroll as juniors should complete two intensive college writing/English-composition courses. For more information on Cornell’s guidelines for writing courses, please see the Knight Writing Institute’s page on First-Year Writing Seminars.
- Calculus I
- SAT and/or ACT scores, if you have already taken them (you are not required to take the tests if you have not already done so)
- English Language Proficiency Exam for international students and students whose English is not their first language. The examinations that meet this requirement include:
- TOEFL iBT, minimum score of 100
- IELTS, minimum score of 7.5
- DuoLingo, minimum score of 120
- iTEP, minimum score of 5.5
- PTE Academic, minimum score of 70
- C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency, minimum score of 192
Successful completion of admission requirements is not a guarantee of admission. Please know that Dyson transfer admissions is highly selective.
Your transfer application is strengthened if you have taken and earned a B or better in the following coursework in high school and/or college, particularly if you are a rising junior applicant:
- 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.
How to Apply
Cornell uses the Common Application or the Universal College Application. 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.
Fall transfer application deadline: March 15. Decision notification is made on a rolling basis from April to early June.
Stephanie Kleiner '16
Food Industry Management Marketing
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.