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The "coolest season at Cornell," Winter Session is a great opportunity to earn up to four credits in just a few weeks, enjoy small classes, concentrate on intensive study, and get to know your professor and classmates.

Welcome guide

Open admissions

Cornell's open-admissions policy for most Winter Session courses makes enrollment easy.

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Courses and programs

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Featured winter programs

HD 3490 Positive Psychology
January 2-17, 2015
Taught by Anthony Ong
GOVT 3141 Prisons
December 26, 2014-January 17, 2015
Taught by Danielle Thomsen (online)
GOVT 3434 Chinese Empire and the Cambodian Experience
January 2-18, 2015
Taught by Andrew Mertha

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Winter Session news

What our students are saying

"Winter Session is a great way to get another class over with during break. It helps lighten the load for the spring and fall semesters. I'm really thankful that the Winter Session option exists!"

Therese Busch