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Cornell University School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions

The information on this site pertains to the Summer College 2018 program. If you would like to be notified when 2019 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.


With the exception of students the non-credit program "Fabricating the Future: Robotics and Programming," all Summer College students enroll in one or more regular, credit-bearing Cornell undergraduate courses.

Cornell undergraduate courses are fast-paced and more difficult than high school or AP classes, so come prepared for a challenge.

Also note that high school students in these courses are evaluated by the same academic standards and procedures as undergraduate students.

Below are a few additional things to keep in mind when selecting your courses:

  • Be sure that you are eligible and that you meet the prerequisites. We will contact you if, after reviewing your application, we have any concerns about your qualifications for taking a selected course.
  • The content of Summer College courses is equivalent to that of courses offered during Cornell's fifteen-week fall or spring semesters. Consequently, you'll need to maintain an accelerated pace throughout the summer program.
  • Generally, three-credit courses meet approximately six hours a week. You should plan to spend about two hours a day outside of class preparing for each hour you spend in class. For example, for a three-credit class, you might expect to spend twelve hours per week on homework.
  • Because our courses are regular Cornell undergraduate courses, your classes may include undergraduate students as well as other Summer Collegians.