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Cornell University School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions

Teens (13-15)

Teens participate in a morning enrichment program of their choice taught by one or two Cornell student mentors. The rest of the day is devoted to non-stop elective activities: special-interest workshops, recreation and sports, field trips, community volunteering, crafts, music, art, and games.

This is a great opportunity for teens to explore Cornell, meet new friends, and discover interests and skills in a well-supervised, encouraging environment. Teens without parents or guardians on campus are welcome to attend for one or more weeks.

Options

  • Resident Teens live in a dorm with their counselors from Sunday afternoon until Saturday morning; see Housing for details.
  • Commuter Teens attend from 8:30 a.m. until 10:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.


Morning Courses for Teens

Exploring Quantum Physics
With a very basic knowledge of algebra and geometry and led by a team of Cornell students who have a passion for science, you’ll learn about discrete elements of matter and energy that play an essential role in quantum mechanics. Explore light as waves and as particles; atoms and radioactivity; the concept of entanglement; the uncertainty principle; and the paradox of Schrödinger’s cat.
ClassStatus
Teens: Exploring Quantum Physics
Week 1: July 9-15, 2017
Full
Teens: Exploring Quantum Physics
Week 2: July 16-22, 2017
Full
Teens: Exploring Quantum Physics
Week 3: July 23-29, 2017
Full
Teens: Exploring Quantum Physics
Week 4: July 30-August 5, 2017
Full
Field and Clinic—Careers in Veterinary Science
If you have an avid interest in animals, this course will help you explore whether a career in veterinary science is right for you. You’ll learn about the training, skills, ethics, and responsibilities required, review and solve case study problems, and visit with professionals and their animals in a variety of fields.
ClassStatus
Teens: Field and Clinic: Careers in Veterinary Science
Week 1: July 9-15, 2017
Full
Teens: Field and Clinic: Careers in Veterinary Science
Week 2: July 16-22, 2017
Full
Teens: Field and Clinic: Careers in Veterinary Science
Week 3: July 23-29, 2017
Full
Teens: Field and Clinic: Careers in Veterinary Science
Week 4: July 30-August 5, 2017
Full
Make a Movie
In this continuation of our popular hands-on filmmaking course, you and your team will collaborate on all aspects of creating a film, from concept, storyboarding, scripting, producing, and editing to uploading your film to YouTube. This summer, the program will be devoted to short documentary films. Additional equipment fee: $70.
ClassStatus
Teens: Make a Movie
Week 1: July 9-15, 2017
Full
Teens: Make a Movie
Week 2: July 16-22, 2017
Full
Teens: Make a Movie
Week 3: July 23-29, 2017
Full
Teens: Make a Movie
Week 4: July 30-August 5, 2017
Full
Outdoor Teen Adventures
Featuring adventurous challenges and fun, this program includes Hoffman Challenge Course elements, technical tree climbing, canoeing on Beebe Lake, rock climbing at the Lindseth Center, and rappelling off Schoellkopf Stadium. If you’re a teen who enjoys non-competitive but highly physical activity, this is a good recreational opportunity in a safe but exciting learning environment, led by instructors from Cornell Outdoor Education. Additional fee: $150.
ClassStatus
Teens: Outdoor Adventures
Week 1: July 9-15, 2017
Full
Teens: Outdoor Adventures
Week 2: July 16-22, 2017
Full
Teens: Outdoor Adventures
Week 3: July 23-29, 2017
Full
Teens: Outdoor Adventures
Week 4: July 30-August 5, 2017
Full
Teen Sailing on Cayuga
This complete introduction to sailing and tying knots, with lectures, demonstrations, and group practice on Cayuga Lake, will be taught by certified instructors and supervised by Cornell’s superb Department of Athletics and Physical Education. You must know how to swim and be prepared to fall in and tread water, rain or shine. Additional fee: $130.
ClassStatus
Teens: Sailing on Cayuga
Week 1: July 9-15, 2017
Full
Teens: Sailing on Cayuga
Week 2: July 16-22, 2017
Full
Teens: Sailing on Cayuga
Week 3: July 23-29, 2017
Full
Teens: Sailing on Cayuga
Week 4: July 30-August 5, 2017
Full

Youth program fees

The weekly residential program fee (per youngster, per week) covers tuition, housing, seventeen meals, and all morning, afternoon, and evening activities. It does not cover special instructional fees for some youth courses, as noted in the course listings. Children (other than teens) in on-campus programs reside adjacent to parents in Court/Kay Hall or with parents at the Hilton Homewood Suites.

ProgramResidential
rate
Reduced
rate*
Commuter
rate**
Teens$1,450$1,350$770

There is an additional charge of $250 for unaccompanied Teens staying in residence over a weekend, to cover the cost of extended supervision, dining, and dorm accommodations.

*Reduced rates apply to the second and all additional children (after the first, oldest child) accompanying a registered adult in residence on campus.

**The weekly commuter rate for Li'l Bears, Tykes, Explorers, Big Reds, and Junior Cornellians includes the full program (8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday), lunches, and snacks. The Commuter Teen rate includes the full program (8:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., Monday to Friday), lunches, snacks, and dinners.

If your teen will be flying unaccompanied by a parent or guardian to participate in the CAU Youth Program, please check with the airline on age restrictions. These may change from one year to the next depending on the carrier, and CAU cannot provide staff as teen chaperones or companions to departure gate(s) or through transit airports.