To apply online, please follow the steps outlined on the checklist below.
Each part of the application is important, so please complete it carefully. This application is similar to college applications, and the practice you receive in completing it may be helpful when you start applying to colleges.
Online application checklist
1. Create an account
Before using the online application for the first time, you must create an account.
2. Complete the application forms
Be sure to complete all parts of the application, including your three application statements and submit payment for the non-refundable application fee by the respective deadline.
and/or applicants who need a student visa
3. Obtain your transcript, current grade report, and test scores in English
Summer College does not set minimum standards for grade-point average or PSAT, SAT, or ACT test scores. We consider a variety of factors in the admissions decision.
Please ask the appropriate school official to send us the following three items as one PDF (we cannot accept documents as JPEGs) through Docufide.com or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, with "Required admissions materials" and your full name in the subject line:
- An official high school transcript, including all completed high school grades,
- A current grade report, including the most current available grades, and
- Your most recent standardized test scores: PSAT, SAT, ACT, or, if you’re an international student, the TOEFL or IELTS. If your school does not send test scores, please mail or fax a copy of any scores you received. If you haven’t taken any of these tests, please submit a letter from your English teacher telling us about your proficiency in English and ability to succeed in college-level work in English.
SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBERS SHOULD BE REMOVED OR BLACKED OUT.
If your school cannot send these materials in one of the ways mentioned above, the school official may fax (607.255.6665) or mail them to us at the same time in one envelope to the address below. If you mail us these materials, they must be in a sealed envelope, signed over the seal by a school official to ensure confidentiality. To avoid confusion, send us these materials only once.
Unfortunately, the College Board cannot send your test scores directly to Summer College. In addition, even if you have had your scores sent from the College Board to Cornell University, we cannot access them.
4. Submit a recommendation from a teacher or guidance counselor in English
The recommendation form is available here as a PDF. You may also submit your recommender's name and e-mail address in the online application.
When completing the form, please pay particular attention to the listed courses that require a recommendation from the subject area teacher. RABS applicants must also submit a recommendation from their AP biology teacher as well as from another teacher and/or guidance counselor. Engineering applicants must submit a recommendation from their science or math teacher. Body, Mind, and Health applicants must submit a recommendation from their history or English teacher. Sophomores applying to programs open to "select sophomores" (see your program's eligibility requirements) must submit two recommendations.
Recommenders can submit the form and letter through your online account or as a single PDF via e-mail to email@example.com with "Required admissions materials" and your full name in the subject line. Materials may also be faxed to 607.255.6665 or mailed to the address below in a sealed envelope, signed over the seal to ensure confidentiality.
If mailing items, please submit them to:
Cornell University Summer College
B20 Day Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853
To avoid confusion, send us these materials only once.
Important: Only complete applications (including checklist items 2-4) will be considered. It is your responsibility to ensure we've received all required materials.
Soon after we receive your application, you and your custodial parents/guardians will receive an e-mail about how to use our online Student Services system, which allows you to see if we've received all of your admissions materials, learn your admissions decision, and more. Be on the lookout for messages with "CUSC" in the subject line.
That's it! We will review and act on your application as soon as we have received all of the above materials.
The following forms are PDF documents.
- Financial Aid Application
Summer College offers a limited number of partial scholarships. See the Financial Aid page for more information.
- I-20 Request Form
All non-U.S. students must complete and submit this form. We begin generating I-20s in mid-March. We will process your I-20 after you have been accepted to Summer College and we have received your I-20 Request Form, a copy of your passport, and your full program charge or confirmation from your bank that you have wired your payment.
Acquiring an F-1 visa is a lengthy process, so please be prompt with submitting this form and requested documents to ensure enough time for your appointment with the U.S. Embassy in your country. Do not wait until you have been accepted to send us this form and required documents. Please be sure the name you use on your Summer College application matches the name used on your passport.