Fall 2020 exchange program

Due to COVID-19, Ithaca College exchange students enrolling in a Cornell University course for Fall 2020 may register only for courses that may be completed entirely online. They may not participate in classes that contain on-campus components. For more information, see Part-time study and the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).


The Cornell University–Ithaca College Exchange Program allows matriculated full-time students who meet the requirements below to cross-register at the other institution during the fall and spring semesters.

No additional tuition is charged except in the case of undergraduate students enrolled during any one semester for a total of more than 18 credits (Cornell and Ithaca College combined). Those students are subject to additional tuition charges on a per-credit basis.

Program petition forms are available from the continuing education office at the respective school. Program policies, registration dates, and academic calendars are contained in this information sheet. See the contact information section below.

Exchange program policies

  1. As an exchange program participant you must be paying for full-time status at your home institution (12 or more credits for undergraduate students and 9 or more credits for graduate students).
  2. You may take only courses not offered at your home institution. (Schedule conflicts or unavailability of courses in a given semester do not constitute valid rationales for enrollment as an exchange student.)
  3. Your course must be applicable to your program of study.
  4. Your enrollment is contingent upon space availability at the host institution.
  5. You may take only one course or 4 credits per semester (whichever is greater).*
  6. You may take a maximum of 12 credits through the exchange program.
  7. The exchange program is available fall and spring semesters only.
  8. Credits and transcripts are automatically transferred to your home institution.
  9. Ithaca College students have quality points and credits earned at Cornell included in their cumulative GPA.
    Cornell students should consult their respective dean's or registrar's office regarding the established practice of credits earned through the exchange program relative to their GPA.

*Cornell students with majors in the Division of Nutritional Sciences who intend to complete the minor in applied exercise science may register for more than one Ithaca College course per semester; however, they are bound by the 12-credit-hour maximum. This program requires a 14-credit-hour course of study at Ithaca College. Students must pay for any additional credit hours required by their curriculum.

Ithaca College students

How to register at Cornell

  1. Complete the IC–CU Exchange Petition (PDF).
  2. Secure approval signatures (graduate students should obtain the graduate dean's signature). If a digital signature is not possible, please attach written approval (email is acceptable).
  3. Return petition to the IC Office of Extended Studies for confirmation of full-time status at Ithaca College.
  4. Print out and complete a Cornell course enrollment form (PDF).
    Ask the course instructor(s) (or departments) to sign your form. If a digital signature is not possible, please attach written approval (email is acceptable). The instructor determines if there is space in the class and if you have completed prerequisites, if any. The instructor's signature or department stamp indicates you have permission to enroll in the class. If the college registrar's approval is required for your course, you should obtain it at this step.
  5. Submit your approved petition, with approvals attached, and a completed Cornell enrollment form to Cornell's School of Continuing Education, cusce@cornell.edu.

Note: Graduating Ithaca College seniors enrolled in a course at Cornell during their final semester will not receive their diploma until the Cornell transcript is received and the grade posted. Depending on when the transcript arrives it may result in a September graduation date.

Cornell students

How to register at Ithaca College

  1. Complete the IC–CU Exchange Petition (PDF).
  2. Secure approval signatures. If a digital signature is not possible, please attach written approval (email is acceptable).
  3. Complete Ithaca College's online Extramural Registration Form. Additional information can be found on IC's exchange program website. Once your registration is complete, Ithaca College will provide you with further instructions.
  4. Present the approved petition to the Ithaca College Office of Extended Studies, Job Hall 208, during the first week of classes, before attending the first class. Note: Registration takes place during the first week of classes at Ithaca College in the Office of Extended Studies. Certain restrictions apply to courses in the School of Business as well as graduate-level courses.
  5. Once your registration is completed you should obtain an ID card from the ID Office in IC's Campus Center in Philips Hall. An ID is required for registering a vehicle to park on campus, checking books out of the library, cashing checks at the campus center, and admission to athletic events and facilities.
  6. If you plan to have a vehicle on campus you must park in lots identified as red lots (these are student lots). You will be required to register your vehicle once you complete your registration for classes. See parking services.

Academic calendar differences

Before completing exchange program paperwork and registering, be sure to review the academic calendars for both schools. Semester and break dates are often different.

Once enrolled in this program, you are required to attend every class and take exams when they are scheduled.

Contact information

Cornell University

School of Continuing Education
B20 Day Hall
Phone: 607.255.4987
Email: cusce@cornell.edu

Ithaca College

Office of Extended Studies
Job Hall 208
Phone: 607.274.3143
Email: oes@ithaca.edu
Web: ithaca.edu/oes