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.
We encourage you to complete your application as soon as possible to ensure that you get your first choice of classes. Only complete applications will be considered. Applications received after the deadline will be considered on a space-available basis.
Online application checklist
1. Create an account
Before using the online application for the first time, you must create an account.
2. 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.
and/or applicants who need a student visa
3. Obtain your transcript, current grade report, and test scores in English
Please ask the appropriate school official to send us the following three items as one PDF (we cannot accept documents as JPEGs) via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or fax all documents to 607.255.6665:
- An official high school transcript, including all completed high school grades,
- A 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. Note: If your school does not send test scores, please submit a copy of any scores you received either via the Summer College online application system or fax to 607.255.6665.
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.
SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBERS SHOULD BE REMOVED OR BLACKED OUT.
If your school cannot send these materials in one of the ways mentioned above, the school official may mail them to us at the same time in one envelope to the address below. If you mail us these materials, they must be in a sealed envelope, signed over the seal by a school official to ensure confidentiality.
Unfortunately, the College Board cannot send your test scores directly to Summer College. In addition, even if you have had your scores sent from the College Board to Cornell University, we cannot access them.
4. Submit a recommendation from a teacher or guidance counselor in English
The recommendation form is available here as a PDF. You may also submit your recommender's name and e-mail address in the online application.
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 also submit a recommendation from their AP biology teacher, research advisor, mentor and/or supervisor, if applicable, as well as from another teacher and/or guidance counselor.
Recommenders can submit the form and letter through your online account or as a single PDF via e-mail to email@example.com 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.
If mailing items, please submit them to:
Cornell University Summer College
B20 Day Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853
Important: Only complete applications (including checklist items 2-4) will be considered. It is your responsibility to ensure we've received all required materials.
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.
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)
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,
we can begin to process your I-20 Form.
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.