Admissions and eligibility
Part-time study at Cornell is generally available to anyone who is of high school age or older.
Our students include high school students; undergraduate and graduate students; international students; professionals, executives, and corporate learners; military personnel; Cornell employees; Cornell alumni; retirees; and anyone else interested in learning something new for personal or professional growth.
Please note: Cornell degree candidates are not eligible to participate in part-time study in the fall or spring.
To take a course through part-time study, you must
- Enroll: enrollment involves letting us know who you are and what course you would like to take. We urge you to enroll as soon as possible to get into the course you want and to avoid paying applicable fees.
- Register: registration happens when you pay. All students must pay tuition and fees in full on or before registration day.
- Pay any outstanding balance: a person who has an outstanding indebtedness to the university will not be allowed to register.
Your enrollment is contingent upon meeting any course prerequisites, completing your registration, and fulfilling any other applicable requirements. It is also subject to space availability in your selected class.
Please be sure to review the health requirements at the time you enroll and complete any necessary steps by the time you begin your studies.
You are also expected to be familiar with the information on the policies page.
So let's get started. Who are you?
- a general registrant (this category covers most part-time students)
- a student interested in independent study
- an international student
- a high school student
- a Cornell employee
- a Cornell retiree
- a Cornell student
- a student needing to make up an incomplete
- someone interested in auditing a course
- someone interested in visiting a course
If you're not certain where you fit in, please contact us and we'll be happy to help you.
Before downloading and submitting these forms, please read the information linked above to be sure you follow the correct enrollment procedures.
To protect your information, do not fax or e-mail forms containing your Social Security Number and/or date of birth. Instead, we recommend you submit forms containing this information in person or via postal mail.