Cornell University, School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions

Ithaca, NY

Cornell University, School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions

Ithaca, NY

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Study at Cornell this summer—online or on campus!*
Take a three- or six-week course, or a combined nine-week session. Open to all motivated high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors.

Become a Summer Cornellian
Get a head start on college by earning three to six college credits. In our Summer Residential Program*, you can: 
• Experience the excitement of collegelife at a great Ivy League university while still in high school;
• Take fascinating college courses with world-renowned faculty;
• Explore potential majors and careers; 
• Attend a college fair and receive one-on-one admission counseling;
• Live, study, and play on one of the most beautiful college campuses in the US; 
• Make friends with students from around the world; and 

Or, take an online Cornell course from anywhere in the world where you’ll:
• Study with Cornell faculty
• Gain a Cornell transcript
• Connect with Cornell undergraduates 

Areas of study
Whether you’re on campus or online, you can choose from hundreds of courses in areas like:
• Architecture
• Art
• Business and Marketing 
• Economics
• Engineering
• History 
• Human Rights 
• International Relations 
• Media Studies
• Science
• Sustainability 
• Veterinary Medicine
…and more! 

Academic and personal support
With personal advising, 24/7 access to health services for on-campus students, and a dedicated residential and academic staff, you’ll have all the support you need to excel as a Summer Cornelian both inside and outside the classroom.  

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

*On-campus programs are subject to change.



Cornell’s 2,300-acre main campus is located in Ithaca, a midsize college town in the heart of the Finger Lakes region of New York State.

Precollege Program At A Glance

Type of School: Cornell University’s Precollege Residential Summer Program and Online Summer Program are for high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors—a special opportunity at a world-renowned Ivy League institution with 15 private and public colleges.

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

Number of Students: 1,500 students from around the world participating in the Summer Residential Program

Number of Faculty: 275 instructors

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

Geographic Diversity: Students representing 40 countries and more than 600 cities

International Student Services: Access to the University’s academic and student resources, including an International Students and Scholars Office

International Residential Student Budget: Program charges for 2020 were $6,750 for a three-week program and $13,500 for a six-week program.  On-campus program charges include tuition for regular undergraduate courses, college credits, an official Cornell transcript, housing, dining, and activities.

Financial Aid: All students enrolling in three- or six-week programs are eligible for limited financial aid through Cornell
University’s School of Continuing Education.  

Test Score Requirements: Students who don’t currently attend a high school where the curriculum is taught in English should 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 600 or higher. See for details.

Application Deadlines and Fees: The application deadline for most programs is May 1.

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