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Cornell University School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions

About part-time study

Anyone of high school age or older who is not a Cornell degree candidate is eligible for part-time study at Cornell, including:

  • Cornell employees and alumni,
  • area residents and retirees,
  • high school students,
  • executives and professionals,
  • international students, and
  • anyone seeking professional or personal advancement.

Whether you want to explore a new interest, enhance your resume, strengthen your professional skills, or earn college credits, you can choose from thousands of regular university courses year-round, including online classes during Summer and Winter Session.

As a part-time student at Cornell, you'll study alongside undergraduate and graduate students, earn credits, and have access to university libraries and other facilities.

The grades and credits you earn will be recorded on an official Cornell transcript and are generally transferable toward a degree at Cornell or elsewhere.

Don't need the credit or the transcript? Then consider the Visitors Program at a substantial discount.


Part-time study at Cornell is offered through the School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions, which is dedicated to providing outstanding educational opportunities throughout the year for people of all ages and interests.

Part-time study (formerly "extramural study") was formally established at Cornell in 1935 when the Cornell University Board of Trustees, in response to a report about the "desirability of having extramural courses offered for credit by Cornell University," approved the establishment of such courses.

See SCE history.

"Taking classes as a part-time student gave me an invaluable opportunity to continue my studies and explore future career options." —Danya Glabau