Cornell University requires at least 120 credit hours to complete a bachelor's degree.
Students can choose the accelarated degree program if they would like to finish all the credits for graduation in less time than normal. Cornell accepts transfer credits. The school accepts AP credit and IB credits. Many students like to take classes in the summer, to earn extra credits. However, Cornell does not offer classes during the summer.
Cornell offers an orientation program before the start of fall classes to prepare new students for college life.
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Reminder: Cornell may have additional academic options available for new and transfering students. Make sure to check with the universty directly for any additional information.
Cornell does not have a core curriculum. Since there are no specific-classes required in order to graduate, students have a lot of flexibiity about what classes they choose to take.
Students are not required to fulfill a lanuage requirement, but there is a math and science requirement.
Students are not required to take a computer class to graduate.
Reminder: Check with Cornell directly for more information on requirements. Individual departments or majors may have additional required courses.
When choosing a major, Cornell students have several choices to make. Scroll down to the bottom of this page to see a full list of majors offered at Cornell.
Student Designed Majors
Cornell allows students to design their own major, if desired. If students would like to study something that is not offered as an official major, designing their own major is a great alternative.
Cornell does not require students to complete a senior project.
Double Majoring at Cornell
Cornell offers students the option to double major, if they would like. Student struggling to choose just one area of study may consider a double major.
NOTE: Double majoring may mean taking more courses, but it can provide an interesting mix of experience that helps students stand out when job searching or applying to grad school.
✅ Cornell does offer services for students with disabilities.
Prospective students can contact the college's Office of Accessibility Services to learn more about any support and accomodations offered. These conversations are usually kept confidential and will not be shared with the admissions office if you do not wish to share.
✅ Cornell has distance learning options for students who are interested in taking classes online.
✅ Cornell offers some credit for Advanced Placement (AP) classes taken in high school. Schools have different requirements for what AP scores they accept, so some students may not receive AP credit.
✅ Cornell offers an honors program for highly-qualified applicants, but does not offer a Freshman Honors College.
🟨 Cornell does not require an internship for all students, but does require an internship for students in some majors. Students can look for internships during the summer, or gain work experience with a part-time job.
A dual degree program allows a student to study and earn two degrees at the same time. A 3-2 dual degree program is a five-year program wherein the first three years are spend taking undergraduate courses and the final two years are spent taking graduate courses. Upon completion of the 5 years, the student will be awarded two degrees, a bachelor's degree and a master's degree.
Cornell does not have any dual degree programs available for students.
What is ROTC?
The Reserve Officers' Training Corps, which is also commonly known as ROTC, is a leadership program that prepares students to serve in the U.S. Armed Forces after graduation. College level ROTC programs prepare students to become officers in the military through physical, academic, and leadership training. ROTC programs are part of the college curriculum and usually cover the cost of tuition.
Does Cornell have any ROTC programs?
Each branch of the miltary has its own ROTC program, but not every program is available at every school. Possible programs include Army ROTC, Air Force ROTC, and Navy ROTC.
Cornell has an Army ROTC program, an Air Force ROTC program and a Navy ROTC program.
Some ROTC programs are provided directly on campus and others are hosted at a cooperating instiution off campus. The ROTC program locations at Cornell include:
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