Fall 2020/Spring 2021 and COVID-19

For fall 2020, only online or distance learning Cornell courses are available through the exchange program. Classes with an instruction mode of OL (Online) or AD (Asynchronous Distance Learning) will be accessible for IC students (note that all classes will still have caps that may not be exceeded). Regulations guiding spring 2021 enrollment will be decided mid-November after the spring 2021 course rosters are published. Please do not hesitate to contact us at oes@ithaca.edu should you have questions.

Ithaca College students should follow these steps to complete their registration at Cornell:

  1. Complete IC's IC-CU Exchange Petition. Requests for approval will be automatically routed to your faculty advisor and dean's office based on your entries. You'll receive official approval from oes@ithaca.edu once IC's registration period has ended so that full-time eligibility can be verified.
  2. Download and complete the Cornell Registration Form. See information on the required Cornell approvals below. You can complete this step at the same time as you complete step #1.
  3. Secure Cornell faculty, administrative, or department approval. Call the Cornell academic department and/or Registrar's Office overseeing the course to determine the approval to be obtained and how. Some departments require a face-to-face visit so they can stamp your form. Others require instructor approval.
  4. To complete your registration, take your IC petition approval and completed Cornell Registration Form within Cornell's scheduled registration period to Cornell's School of Continuing Education.
  5. Ithaca College undergraduate students whose Cornell enrollment puts them beyond 18 credits (between Ithaca College and Cornell University combined) must complete a form to exceed 18 credits. These students will be charged IC tuition for any credits over 18, on a per credit hour basis.
  6. The ICCU Exchange course will appear on your IC transcript approximately 3-5 weeks after the start of the semester. Once grades are posted at Cornell at the end of the semester, they will send us your transcript, and the IC Registrar will apply your grade approximately three weeks after the start of the following semester. No additional paperwork or communication from students is required.

Attention IC Seniors

Graduating Ithaca College seniors enrolled in a course at Cornell during their final semester will not receive their official diploma until the Cornell transcript is received and the grade posted.

If the credits are required for degree completion, participation in the exchange program may result in a later graduation date. Consult the Registrar of the Cornell College sponsoring your exchange course for when transcripts will be available and IC's Registrar's Office for graduation deadlines.

How to Find Courses at Cornell University

1. Review the upcoming semester's course roster online at Cornell's Office of the Registrar. (Be sure the correct semester is selected in the top right.) (BE SURE YOU'RE LOOKING AT THE CORRECT SEMESTER AND YEAR.)

2. Browse by subject or search for a specific topic or course. (Note where course fees are listed. Course fees are not covered by the IC-CU Exchange Program.)

3. Contact Cornell's School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions with questions about course capacity or their Registration Form. There is not an online way to discover whether a course at Cornell has space available.

4. To ask the instructor question(s) about course content or prerequisites, search Cornell's Directory for contact information on the instructor reported on the roster, and try reaching out to the instructor to ask questions as needed.

Cornell Approvals

Cornell has a few different places where approval might be required for course enrollment. These approvals are determined by the college sponsoring the course you'd like to take.

The Office of Extended Studies at Ithaca College is happy to assist you in researching the approval process required for your desired course. Contact Jen Wofford at oes@ithaca.edu or call (607) 274-3143.

To find the information on your own:
Start with the Cornell Office of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions. This office manages non-Cornell student enrollment, and is the contact office for the IC-CU Exchange Program:

Cornell University - School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions
B20 Day Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853-2801
Phone: 607-255-4987
Fax: 607-255-9697
E-mail: cusce@cornell.edu

Tell the office representative the course you would like to take. Use the entire course when communicating (for example, "NS 3450 - Introduction to Physiochemical and Biological Aspects of Food"). The office representative will be able to tell you what approvals are required based on the department and college offering the course.

Another place to find more information about the course is the department's "Undergraduate Coordinator". You can locate contact information for each department by searching through Cornell's list of Academic Departments. The list of Academic Departments will also provide you with the college that sponsors your selected course. Approval processes at Cornell are determined by the sponsoring college.

Cornell course descriptions, available when searching Cornell's roster, will have information on the course prerequisites and the faculty instructor.

If the course has prerequisites that have been completed, be prepared to bring a copy of your unofficial transcript during the Cornell registration period.

The faculty instructor's name and netID are provided. The faculty member may be reachable via email: netID@cornell.edu.

If certain majors are given priority for seating in the course, then it may be a popular course. If the course is filled, students may be able to reach out directly to the faculty member for a capacity override, depending on the IC student's preparedness for the course and any other compelling factors.

Getting to Cornell from IC

The following TCAT bus routes will get you from IC to Cornell:

  • Route 11 (IC to Commons)
  • Route 10 (Commons to Cornell)

Campus Maps

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