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Cornell University School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions

Registration categories

High school students

Online courses

If you're a high school student interested in taking online courses during the summer or winter, please visit the online courses page on the Cornell University Summer College website.

On-campus courses


International students and U.S. students from outside Ithaca

If you're a high school student from outside the Ithaca area and you're interested in taking on-campus classes at Cornell, you may do so during the summer through Cornell's Summer College Program for High School Students.


Local students

If you're a local high school student interested in taking on-campus classes at Cornell, you may do so during the fall, winter, spring, or summer.

For summer classes, local high school students may either apply to Cornell's Summer College Program for High School Students and live on campus or, with permission, enroll directly in Summer Session and live at home. See the Summer Session high school enrollment page for details.

For winter classes, local high school students may enroll directly in Winter Session after receiving the appropriate permission. See the Winter Session high school enrollment page for details.

For fall or spring part-time study classes, local high school students must follow these steps to enroll:

  1. Review the course description for the class you'd like to take to be sure you meet any course prerequisites listed.
  2. Send an e-mail to the Cornell University Summer College director, Jim Schechter (jas349@cornell.edu), with "Approval for fall/spring part-time study" as the subject. Your message should include:
    • your request to enroll in a fall or spring part-time study class,
    • the name of the class you'd like to take, and
    • your name, address, and phone number.

    Fax a PDF of your official high school transcript (in English and including your most current grades) to 607.255.6665. We will also accept your transcript by mail (Cornell University Summer College, B20 Day Hall, Ithaca, NY 14853-2801). Please write "fall/spring part-time study" at the top of the transcript cover page.

  3. The Summer College director will review your request and send you an e-mail notifying you of the decision.
  4. If you are granted permission to enroll, please submit a copy of the permission e-mail you received from the Summer College director along with your course enrollment form. For additional instructions, visit the general registrants page.

For more information, please call 607.255.6203 or e-mail summer_college@cornell.edu.

Although you are subject to the same rules and regulations as other students, as a high school student at Cornell there may be circumstances in which more-specific program and/or statutory requirements apply.