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Cornell University School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions

The Summer College online application system will open in mid-January. Sign up now for our e-mail list to receive an announcement when the system is open. Meanwhile, we encourage you to visit the Getting started page to learn what you can do to prepare for the application process.


If you are a Summer College student in a credit-bearing program, you’ll enroll in one or more regular Cornell undergraduate courses. These courses are fast-paced and more difficult than high school or AP classes, so come prepared for a challenge. Students 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.