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About Summer College

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"A world-class program . . ."

Cornell University Summer College - one of the oldest and most prestigious programs of its kind - invites talented high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors to its acclaimed three- and six-week precollege programs.

As a summer Cornellian you can:

1. Experience the excitement of college life at a great Ivy League university

If you’re selected for Summer College, you’ll join about 1,000 other motivated high school students from around the world as you live, study, and play on the Cornell campus.

2. Take fascinating college courses with renowned Cornell faculty

After selecting your program, you'll enroll in one or more of Cornell's fast-paced and rigorous undergraduate courses and enjoy the rare opportunity to work closely with some of the university’s most outstanding professors.

3. Get a head start on college by earning three to six college credits

The grades and credits you earn here will be recorded on an official Cornell University transcript. These credits can generally be applied toward an undergraduate degree at Cornell or another school.

4. Attend a college fair and receive one-on-one admissions counseling

You can meet admissions representatives from more than 65 colleges at our college fair, get insider tips from Cornell admissions officers, attend special admissions workshops, and talk one-on-one with us about how you can make the best impression on a college admissions committee.

5. Live on one of the nation's most beautiful campuses and make friends from around the world

You'll live in a residence hall on campus alongside other Summer College students (see our student map) and enjoy a wide range of fun activities. Summer College staff will be available 24/7 to support you as you tackle college classes, juggle free time and coursework, negotiate life with a roommate, and practice living on your own.

Graduate Martha Glodz is not alone when she says it all adds up to "an unforgettable, life-changing summer!"

Learn more

For general questions about our program, see our Summer College FAQs, search the site, or contact us.

If you’re ready to delve into our programs and start your application, go to Getting started.