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Cornell University School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions

The information on this site pertains to the Summer College 2016 program. If you would like to be notified when 2017 information and applications are available, please join the Summer College announcement list. We also invite you to become a fan of our Summer College Facebook Page.

Please see our Upcoming program dates page for 2017 programs.

Getting started

Start planning now for Summer College 2017

Am I eligible for Summer College?

See Eligibility.

What are the 2017 program dates?

See Upcoming program dates.

What are the 2017 application deadlines?

See Upcoming program dates.

When will the website be updated?

By late December/early January. Sign up for our e-mail list to be notified.

When will online applications open?

In early January. Sign up for our e-mail list to be notified.

Will the same programs be offered in 2017 as in 2016?

Programs are still under development, but judging by past years, most of the same programs will be offered. Be sure to check this site in January for the final roster (although new programs may be added throughout the spring).

What is the program charge for 2017?

The 2017 charges will be posted when the website is updated in late December/early January.

Can I talk with a Summer College graduate or their parent(s)?

Yes, contact us and we can put you in touch with one of our ambassadors.

What are the admissions requirements?

To be eligible for Summer College 2017, you must have completed your sophomore, junior, or senior year of high school by June 2017 (check individual programs for specific requirements) and have the demonstrated maturity, academic ability, and intellectual curiosity necessary to undertake college-level work and living. We don't interview prospective students or set minimum test scores/GPAs. Instead, we get to know you through your application statements and letter of recommendation. To apply, you must submit an:

  • application form and fee
  • application statements
  • current transcript, grade report, and test scores, and
  • a recommendation from a teacher or guidance counselor.

What can I do while I'm waiting for the site to be updated and applications to open?

  1. Review our programs.
    We offer two-, three-, and six-week programs for sophomores, juniors, and seniors. Check program descriptions for eligibility, dates, credits, and application deadlines.
  2. To get a head start on the application process, you might want to:
    • start thinking about your application statements (see below).
    • It can also save time to figure out which school officials you'll need to contact to obtain your official high school transcript and grade report.
    • In addition, you might want to consider which teachers or guidance counselors you would like to ask for a recommendation (and how much lead time they'll need to complete your request).
  3. If you are an international student, be sure to start the visa process as soon as possible.

Application statements

Please think carefully about the following three questions, they're an important part of your application.

Each response should be in English and should not exceed 250 words.

  1. Briefly list your three most significant interests and activities, including any employment or volunteer work experience. Note the time you devote to each activity, during which grades you participated, and your main responsibilities. Describe why one of these interests or activities is so important to you, your reasons for becoming involved in it, and your related accomplishments.

  2. A personal statement will help us to get to know you better. What distinguishes you from your classmates and peers? What do you expect to gain from Summer College and to accomplish during the program?
  3. Tell us about your interest in the Summer College programs (both choices 1 and 2) you selected in part 1 of your application. Why did you select them? What do you hope to gain from them? Tell us about any personal, work, or volunteer experience you've had related to them.

    If you are applying to the RABS program, tell us about a biological research project that you have initiated or participated in.