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

Study 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 online 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 admission counseling
• Make friends with students from around the world

Areas of study
You can choose from hundreds of regular undergraduate Cornell courses in areas such as:
• 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. 


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.

Cornell Precollege Summer Programs
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 from 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: 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 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 Student Budget: Tuition is $1,575 per credit. A three-credit online course is $4,725; a six-credit online course is $9,450. Tuition charges include enrollment in a regular undergraduate course with college credits and an official Cornell transcript.

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

Test Score Requirements: Test scores are not required for international students taking online courses. 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 600 or higher. See for details.

Application Deadlines and Fees: Application deadlines vary, beginning May 17. 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