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Cornell University School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions

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To apply for one of our programs, please follow the steps outlined below.

Each part of the application is important, so please complete it carefully. This application is similar to college applications, and the practice you receive in completing it may be helpful when you start applying to colleges.

Admissions decisions for all programs are made on a rolling basis, which means that we will review and act on complete applications as they are received. Because the majority of our programs fill to capacity before the deadline, it is to your advantage to apply as early as possible. Applications received after the deadline will be considered on a space-available basis. It is your responsibility to ensure we've received all required materials.

Upon completion of the program, students will have an official Cornell transcript.

Online application checklist

Create an account

Before using the online application for the first time, you must create an account.

Complete the application forms

Be sure to complete all parts of the application, including your three application statements, and submit payment for the non-refundable application fee (must be submitted online with your application) by the respective deadline.

U.S. residentsFee 

Non-U.S. residents
and/or applicants who need a student visa

Submit your transcript, current grade report, and test scores in English by uploading the following three items via your online application or docments may also be sent by e-mail at or fax to 607.255.6665:

  • Your high school transcript, including all completed years of high school,
  • Your current grade report, including the most current available grades, and
  • Your most recent standardized test scores, if available: PSAT, SAT, ACT, or, if you're an international student, all pages of your TOEFL or IELTS report. Your application will not be considered complete and reviewed for an admissions decision if we do not receive all pages of the TOEFL or IELTS report.

    International students please note: If you do not currently attend a high school where the official language and entire curriculum is taught in English, Summer College requires you have the following minimum standardized test scores:

    • a minimum TOEFL score of 100 or higher on the Internet-based test, or
    • a minimum IELTS score of 7 or higher, or
    • SAT Evidenced-based reading and writing scores of 650 or higher.

    If you currently attend a high school where the official language and entire curriculum is taught in English, you do not need to meet this requirement.

    As an international student, if your score is lower, you may only apply to College Success, the Reading Lab, and Academic Writing. If you have not taken the TOEFL or IELTS, contact the nearest test center to register for a test.


The College Board cannot send your test scores directly to Summer College. Even if you have had your scores sent from the College Board to Cornell University, we cannot access them.

Submit a recommendation from a teacher or guidance counselor in English

Recommenders can submit the recommendation form and/or letter through your online account or as a single PDF via e-mail to with "Required admissions materials" and your full name in the subject line. Materials may also be faxed to 607.255.6665 or mailed to the address below in a sealed envelope, signed over the seal to ensure confidentiality.

When completing the form, please pay particular attention to the listed courses that require a recommendation from the subject-area teacher. We cannot process your application until we receive a recommendation letter from that subject-area teacher.

RABS applicants must submit a recommendation from their AP biology teacher or, if not available, from a teacher addressing your knowlege in cell biology; another teacher and/or guidance counselor; and the research mentor who you worked with on the research project and personally knows your work.

If you have taken a didactic research skills course, we would like a detailed letter from the instructor. This letter of recommendation is required only if we do not receive a detailed letter from your research mentor.

If mailing items, please submit them to:

Cornell University Summer College
B20 Day Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853
T: 607.255.6203

Soon after we receive your application, you and your custodial parents/guardians will receive an e-mail about how to use our online Student Services system, which allows you to see if we've received all of your admissions materials, learn your admissions decision, and more. Be on the lookout for messages with "CUSC" in the subject line.

That's it! We will review and act on your application as soon as we have received all of the above materials.

Other forms

The following forms are PDF documents.

  • Financial Aid Application
    Summer College offers a limited number of partial scholarships. See Financial Aid.
  • I-20 request form (Fillable PDF, available soon)
    All non-U.S. students must complete this form, print it out, and sign it by hand before submitting it. Please note: If you attend a U.S. boarding school, you will not need an I-20 from Cornell if your current F-1 student visa will be valid for the duration of our program.

As an international student you must obtain an F-1 student visa to attend Summer College. The F-1 student visa requires that students studying in the United States be fluent in written and spoken English. This proficiency is also critical to your success at Cornell. In addition, you must be enrolled for the duration of your program in at least three credits for a three-week session or at least six credits for a six-week session. (International students attending the non-credit Robotics program: See the Robotics page for visa information specific to that program.)

The first step to acquiring the F-1 student visa is to apply online. At the time you apply, we request you send us a completed I-20 Request Form and copy of your passport.

We begin generating I-20s in mid-March. Once we have received

  • the completed I-20 request form,
  • a copy of your passport, and
  • your full payment.

Because of the work involved in processing this information, it can take up to four weeks between the time you submit your payment and you receive your I-20 form. Please be patient. You will receive an e-mail when the I-20 is expressed to you. We will add the SEVIS number, Cornell's School Code, and the express mail tracking number to your Student Services account the day we mail you the I-20, so you can track the form if you wish. To ensure the fastest delivery, be sure to provide us with accurate and complete mailing address including the postal code and your current phone number.

As soon as you receive your I-20, we suggest that you take this form, along with a copy of your admissions acceptance letter, to the U.S. embassy or consulate. Using these materials, you will apply for an F-1 student visa.

This is a lengthy process. We encourage you to begin your application as soon as possible. Some countries require more time than others to schedule appointments and process visa paperwork. We cannot be responsible for delays in receiving visa documents or difficulties with scheduling appointments with your U.S. embassy or consulate.

Note to Candadian citizens: Canadian citizens do not need to go to a U.S. consulate to apply for a visa stamp, however, you do need to pay the SEVIS fee, and you must request F-1 Status when you enter the United States by presenting the I-20, your Canadian passport, and the receipt showing you have paid the SEVIS fee.