Cornell University Precollege Studies

Ithaca, NY

Cornell University Precollege Studies

Ithaca, NY

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Become a Summer Cornellian
Get a head start on college by earning three to six college credits and a Cornell transcript.

Study on campus or online and earn credits at Cornell University this summer for three, six, or nine weeks. Programs are open to all motivated high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors. 

In our summer programs, you can:
• Experience the excitement of college study at a great Ivy League university while still in high school
• Take fascinating college courses with world-renowned faculty
• Explore potential majors and careers
• Receive one-on-one admissions counseling
• Make friends with students from around the world

Areas of study
You can choose from hundreds of regular undergraduate Cornell courses in areas like:
• Architecture
• Art
• Business and Marketing
• Economics
• History
• Human Rights
• International Relations
• Media Studies
• Science
• Sustainability
• Veterinary Medicine
…and more!

Academic and personal support
With personal advising and a dedicated academic staff, you’ll have all the support you need to excel as a Summer Cornellian.

Apply now!
Summer courses are offered between June and early August. 

At A Glance

Type of School: Cornell University’s Precollege Summer Programs are for high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors. They provide a special opportunity to study with a world-renowned Ivy League institution that comprises 16 private and public colleges and schools.

Size of Campus: 2,300-acre main campus in Ithaca, New York.

Number of Students: About 1,500 students from around the world participate every summer.

Number of Faculty: 275 instructors

Colleges, Programs, and Degrees: College credit offered through more than 60 undergraduate courses

Geographic Diversity: Students representing 56 countries and more than 700 cities

Student Budget: Tuition is $1,620 per credit. Tuition charges include enrollment in a regular undergraduate course with college credits and an official Cornell transcript.

Financial Aid: Students enrolling in on-campus three- or six-week summer courses are eligible to apply for limited financial aid through Cornell University’s School of Continuing Education.

Test Score Requirements: We recommend that students who don’t currently attend a high school where the curriculum is taught in English have a minimum TOEFL score of 100 or higher on the internet-based test; a minimum IELTS score of 7 or higher; or SAT Reading and Writing scores of 650 or higher. See for details.

Application Deadlines and Fees: Application deadlines vary, beginning May 6. See for details.

An Inside Look

What students are saying about us...

  • "A life-changing experience. Cornell fostered my curiosity and helped me grow so much. The class was immersive, fun, and eye opening. My professors were wonderful. I gained an advantage in the college admissions process, as I now know what I’m looking for in a school. I’m addition, I feel less anxious about college life."

    • Alejandra Gonzalez
  • "Fantastic... Your professors, your classmates, your dorm neighbors are all there to help you really learn about your class, to help you learn from one another, but most of all, to help you learn about yourself. It’s a phenomenal experience, and definitely one I will remember always. If you are given the chance, do it."

    • Xue Shao
  • "An amazing experience.... An awesome way to get a feel for college before you start applying, and you'll learn so much—about yourself, your coursework, and even other cultures. The experience was one-of-a-kind and has motivated me to work hard to achieve my dreams."

    • Maegha Singh