AP and Transfer Credit

Many students come to Cornell with advanced placement (AP) credit from courses taken in high school. AP credit is awarded when a student shows competence in a subject by doing well on the official AP exam.  Similarly, students who complete the International Baccalaureate (IB) Higher Level examinations or the GCE A-level exams may also receive credit.

**AP, IB, and other accelerated high school course results—Cornell’s 2020 Pandemic plan:

We regret the learning opportunities that the global COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted, and we want you to know that we will honor your efforts and the success you had earned prior to your school closing or transition to online learning.

For students planning to start studies at Cornell in 2020, 2021, or 2022 who have been enrolled this term in accelerated programs such as Advanced Placement (AP),  International Baccalaureate (IB), and Cambridge A-Levels, and who will be unable to take the exams or taking a different form of exam, Cornell will continue its current practices in awarding credit and course placement, using the modified results and reporting that the testing agencies have announced:

While we hope this is reassuring, please note that the faculty and colleges at Cornell also encourage you to seek any reasonable opportunities to complete the academic work you had intended. Consult with your school teachers and advisors now, as well as your Cornell advisors and instructors after you arrive. Although Cornell credit and placement won’t change, some concepts and problems that would have been introduced later in your accelerated high school courses might be important for your success in the associated advanced courses at Cornell.  Where appropriate, we highly encourage you to take a Cornell placement exam which you can learn more about by visting our FAQ page

For more information on AP/IB/GCE tests and qualifying scores: University's AP and Test Credit page.

For Engineering specific tests and scores see the Engineering Policies and Procedures page or you may also consult the AP Credit Table in the Engineering Handbook.

Additionally, students may have taken courses over a summer, or prior to matriculation at another accredited institution.  Transfer credit is awarded for a course that has been successfully completed at another institution and is similar in scope and rigor to a course offered at Cornell.  Please note: transfer credit courses cannot have already been used to meet high school graduation requirements.

Students may request completed AP credit or transfer credit be applied toward their Cornell engineering degree. The Engineering Registrar’s Office ensures the appropriate notations are added to the transcript and that the student’s official record reflects all awarded credit.

How to post AP credit to your transcript:

First, arrange for College Board to send your official score reports directly to Cornell University. The Engineering Registrar will review your reports and award the appropriate credit for your scores. Credit will then be added to your official record and transcript. Check whether you have received credit by visiting your Student Center account.

Cornell's college code is 2098.

How to receive transfer credit and apply it toward your degree:

First, be sure to review all of the Transfer Credit Application form's policies and procedures thoroughly and if you have any questions contact Engineering Advising to set up a meeting either by email (adv_engineering@cornell.edu) or phone at 607-255-7414. 

  1. Complete the Engineering Transfer credit form and submit it to the Engineering Advising Office in 180 Rhodes Hall.
  2. Request all official transcripts for courses you wish to transfer be sent to the Engineering Registrar’s Office by email to eng_registrar@cornell.edu.  If this is not an option, then please send by postal mail to the Engineering Registrar (the mailing address is on the Transfer Credit Application Form) and we ask that you please notify eng_registrar@cornell.edu when it has been sent.
  3. If credit is awarded, the Engineering Registrar’s Office will ensure it is officially noted on your transcript.
  4. To check whether you have received credit, visit Student Center.

Please review the following policies pertaining to transfer credit.  Transfer courses must be equivalent in content, rigor, and level to courses offered by Cornell University.

  • Actual credit applied to Cornell degree requirements will not be greater than the credits earned at the transfer institution, nor will these be greater than the Cornell equivalent course.
  • Transfer credit will only be awarded for courses offered by regionally accredited, degree-granting, post-secondary institutions. MOOCS and other non-degree courses are not eligible for transfer credit.
  • Transfer credit will not be awarded for courses taken during a fall or spring semester in which a student is enrolled at Cornell in a degree program.
  • Summer and winter session courses taken at Cornell are not considered transfer credit.
  • Cornell Engineering does not award credit for courses in which a student has earned a grade less than C; schools and departments may stipulate a higher minimum grade.
  • Grades for courses taken at other institutions do not appear on the official Cornell transcript and are not included in the Cornell cumulative GPA.
  •  A maximum of 18 transfer credits from regionally accredited institutions may be applied to engineering degree requirements after matriculation at Cornell.  Approval of credit for a specific course does not constitute a waiver to the 18 credit limit. A waiver can only be requested through a formal college petition.
  •  Transfer credit will not be awarded for cooperative courses taken while in high school, technical skills, or general knowledge acquired through personal experience, employment, or military training.
  •  Any transfer credit taken prior to Cornell matriculation (i.e. in high school) must be accompanied by a High School Certification form available at the Registrar’s Office.
  •  An official transcript from the transfer institution must be received by the Engineering Registrar’s Office within one year of course completion for final approval and processing.  Any application lacking an official transcript on file after one year will be null and void.  A new application will be required for further approvals.
  • If you have questions or concerns regarding AP or transfer credit and how it’s applied to your official Cornell engineering record, stop by the Engineering Registrar’s Office at 170 Rhodes Hall or contact us by mail, phone, or e-mail at eng_registrar@cornell.edu