Cornell University Precollege Studies
Earn college credits and a Cornell transcript online this summer.
Earn credits from Cornell University online this summer for three, six, or nine weeks. Courses are open to all motivated high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors.
In our online summer courses, you can:
• Experience the excitement of college study at a great Ivy League university while still in high school
• Take fascinating undergraduate courses with top Cornell faculty
• Build college study skills during rigorous classes
• Explore potential majors and careers
• Prep for college applications with one-on-one admissions counseling
• Connect with a diverse group of high school students from around the world
Areas of study
You can choose from hundreds of regular undergraduate Cornell courses in areas such as:
• Human Rights
• International Relations
• Media Studies
• Veterinary Medicine
Academic and personal support
With personal advising and a dedicated academic staff, you’ll have all the support you need to excel in your course.
Summer online courses are offered between June and early August. Limited financial aid is available.
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 precollege.cornell.edu for details.
Application Deadlines and Fees: Application deadlines vary, beginning May 6. See precollege.cornell.edu for details.
"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."
""The class was very interesting and while it was condensed to three weeks, it was still very informative without being too heavy. The fact it was online made it very appealing for me since I am an international student and, even though I’m not a Cornell University student, I had the great opportunity to learn from the university.""
"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."
"My online course was AWESOME! The professor was very easy to reach out to for help. Her video lectures were clear and a great resource. The course provided transferrable skills that I can put on my résumé."