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Transfer Student Experience

Transferring to a new university is exciting, but also can seem daunting. The good news is that you're not alone. Nearly 15 percent of all new undergraduate students are transfers.

You won't have to look far to find a number of people and resources whose main purpose is to support you during your first year on campus. Students can contact Cornell's dean of students, visit the transfer office within your respective college, or talk to peers, staff members, and faculty members living in your residential communities.

To ease the transition into Cornell's upperlevel student community, most transfer students are housed in groups in the West Campus House System or residence halls for upperlevel students. Transfer students move in to their residence on Opening Day – when first-year students move in – to benefit from the same orientation programs and to help them acclimate to Cornell.
All transfers experience the diversity of their fellow residents, coming from countries all over the world, with various levels of education, all linked by the distinctive experience of transition.

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