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Support for college applications

For many Summer College alumni, what they learn here and the grades and credits they earn here become important factors in gaining admission to their first-choice college.

In addition, Summer College alumni—having discovered that they can succeed at Cornell—frequently aim higher when choosing a college or university.

Summer College supports its students in the college application process in the following ways:

  • College fair
    Every year we offer a college fair, where admissions officers from more than 35 colleges and universities can answer your questions about their college programs (academic and extracurricular), application process, financial aid, and more. In 2017, the fair is scheduled to take place from 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. on Monday, July 24 in the Statler Hall Ballroom.
  • College admissions workshops
    Cornell's Undergraduate Admission Office hosts an Application Workshop designed to introduce you to the admissions process. Collectively, these admissions officers have read thousands of college admissions applications. We invite you to learn from their experience.
  • Application workshop
    Offered on Monday, July 10, and Monday, July 17, 2:30–3:45 p.m., in Uris Auditorium, Uris Hall. Do you have questions about highly selective university admissions? What application pieces are required? How important are SAT tests? What does "holistic admissions" mean? Please join representatives from the Cornell Undergraduate Admissions Office for a 75-minute workshop to learn more about the application process, Cornell’s admissions committees, and more.
  • Summer admissions information sessions
    Undergraduate Admissions Information Sessions will be offered on select Mondays, Fridays, and Saturdays throughout the summer. Learn about Cornell’s seven undergraduate colleges and schools, life on campus, and the application process. See the complete schedule and register online.
  • One-on-one admissions counseling
    The Summer College Academic Advising Office is happy to meet with Summer College students one-on-one to discuss the essays they wrote for admission to Summer College and ways to make a good impression on a college admissions committee. For an appointment, call 607.255.6203.

Are Summer College alumni favored for admission to Cornell as undergraduates?

Admission to Cornell is based on a variety of factors and is highly competitive. The high school record (including transcript and standardized test scores), written essays, and letters of recommendation provide Cornell admissions officers with a sense of a student’s potential to succeed at Cornell.

Summer academic enrichment programs such as Summer College may provide admissions officers with additional information about a student’s academic potential. While applications from Summer College alumni are not viewed preferentially, students' participation in such a program may provide evidence of their enthusiasm for a particular subject or a general excitement about learning. A student's insights from participating in such a program, well expressed in essays and short answers on a student's application, may demonstrate to admissions officers his or her suitability for the academic challenge of Cornell.