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Incoming Transfer Students

As a new engineering transfer student, you are advised primarily by your major department. Engineering Advising can advise you on common curriculum requirements, study abroad planning, pre-health career curriculum planning, and other non-major curriculum related questions you might have.

Welcome to Cornell Engineering!

Check your To Do List for Transfer Students

Activate NetID, Cornell Email, and Two-Step Login

Your NetID is a unique identifier that provides access to your Cornell email and other non-public Cornell resources and information.

The university will send information via email about activating your NetID after Cornell has received your deposit. If you have not received your NetID by May 12th or have questions about the NetID activation process, please contact the IT Service Desk by calling (607) 255-5500 or by emailing

Learning Modules for Transfer Students in your Advising Portal:

Canvas is the online learning management system used here at Cornell. We have created a “course” called Transfer Student Advising Portal Fall 2023 with information and resources to help you learn about advising, transfer credit, liberal studies, and preparing to enroll in your fall classes. Please take some time in the coming weeks and review the modules in the Canvas course. To access the course:

  • Using only Chrome and Firefox browsers, go to Transfer Student Advising Portal Fall 2023
  • You should be in the homepage of the course titled Transfer Student Advising Portal Fall 2023 (you do not need to log in with any credentials)
  • Click on Modules on the left-hand side to begin.

Enrollment in Courses for Fall 2023:

The pre-enrollment period for incoming transfer students is scheduled for July 17th at 12noon through July 20th at 4pm ET. More information can be found in your transfer student Advising Portal.

This is the only time this summer during which you will be able to enroll in courses for the fall. This period will not be extended and cannot be changed. It is your responsibility to enroll in courses via Student Center during this time.

Your major department is responsible for evaluating your transfer credit and will communicate with you about how the credit will transfer to your Cornell record. 

For transfer credit award questions and questions about your major curriculum, please reach out to your major department.

For more general advising questions and questions about the common curriculum and enrollment how-to's, please make a 30-minute virtual Zoom appointment with an Engineering Advising professional academic advisor.  We do not make same-day appointments. Come prepared with questions!


Courses of Study:

The Courses of Study provides information about colleges, departments, course offerings, and requirements for majors and minors. Course offerings are updated throughout the year and are subject to change. Policies and requirements are updated annually.

Engineering Handbook:

Each major includes a flow chart of degree requirements as a visual representation of one way to progress through the curriculum in 4 years. It is updated annually with degree requirements for each major and college policies in the Engineering Undergraduate Handbook.

Student Center:

Student Center offers a way to access information 24/7. It allows students the ability to access information related to their academics-including registration status, class schedule, faculty advisor, grades, transcript requests, pre-enroll and Add/Drop.

Wait Lists in Student Center:

A limited number of classes have online wait lists. Many departments do not use the wait list function in Student Center, and often, you need to visit or contact the department that offers the class directly.

Class Roster:

Class Roster is the published schedule of classes for each term. In addition to class enrollment information, it displays course details (such as descriptions, prerequisites, and breadth and distribution codes) from the Courses of Study.


Scheduler is a planning tool within Class Roster that allows users to build and visualize semester schedules (Net-ID required). Users can explore different section combinations, add personal events, review class numbers and conflict information, download to a personal calendar and share schedules. Scheduler does not enroll students in classes; class enrollment must be completed through Student Center.

Class Day Codes:

These codes are used to show which days of the week a course is offered:

  • M Course meets on Monday
  • T Course meets on Tuesday
  • W Course meets on Wednesday
  • R Course meets on Thursday
  • F Course meets on Friday
  • A course listed as TR meets on Tuesday and Thursday. A course listed as MWF meets on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

Course/Class Number:

  • Entering the Class Number in Student Center is the fastest way to enroll in a class. The 4 or 5-digit Class Number is located to the left of the Favorites star, in blue in Class Roster. You will need the class number for each lecture, discussion, lab, etc. that you wish to add to your schedule.
  • Each course, discussion, lab, etc. in which you will enroll will have a 4-5 digit number.  This number is the means by which you will enroll on Student Center, so it is important that you prepare a list of class numbers for the different options of your specific courses, discussions, and labs, etc. and their respective 4-5 digit numbers. The class number is not the same as course name.

Class requires department or instructor consent:

If a class requires department consent, contact the department in which the course is taught. If a class requires instructor consent, contact the instructor of the class. An instructor's Net-ID can be found by hovering over the instructor name.

Classroom Codes:

Classroom Codes are the abbreviations for building names on students’ schedules.

Student Center Helpline at 607-254-4795 or email Mon-Fri 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM (Leave a message outside of business hours and they will call you the following business day.