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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.

Health and safety

Access to services

Because your health and safety are our highest priority, all Summer College students have access to:

  • 24/7 protection by the Cornell Police (607.255.1111)
  • Medical care, counseling, and pharmacy services at Cornell Health during business hours, with 24/7 phone consultation for urgent concerns (607.255.5155)

Cornell Health


Cornell Health, centrally located at 110 Ho Plaza, next to Willard Straight Hall, provides medical care, counseling, and pharmacy services for all participants in Cornell University Summer College.

Cornell Health is open Monday through Friday (see business hours) and can be reached by phone at 607.255.5155 (24/7 for urgent concerns).

Although students with urgent health problems may be seen on a walk-in basis, please schedule an appointment in advance whenever possible.

If you have an urgent medical or mental health concern after hours or on weekends, you may call Cornell Health (24/7) to consult with a health care provider. (Urgent calls should be made by the head resident in your building.) If you need to be seen when Cornell Health is closed, you will be referred to an urgent care center such as Five Star Urgent Care or Cayuga Medical Center's Emergency Department or Convenient Care Center. Residence staff members will assist you in making transportation arrangements.


All Summer College students are required to either pay a Summer Health Fee or enroll in Cornell’s Student Health Plan (SHP). See "Health fee and Student Health Plan (SHP)" below for details.

Students who are covered by SHP or the health fee can access Cornell Health services for a $10/visit copay. Visit Cornell Health for details.

NOTE: If you withdraw from Summer College, you will no longer be eligible to access most health services at Cornell Health.


All medical and mental health services at Cornell Health are confidential, and health care records are completely separate from all other university records. Cornell Health uses an electronic health records system, which provides a patient portal to facilitate secure communication with students.

Health requirements

Students enrolled in Cornell University Summer College are required to complete Cornell's New Student Health Requirements to comply with state and federal laws, as well as with university policy.

Please note

  • There are two sets of requirements: one for students taking 6 or more credits, one for students taking fewer than 6 credits. Follow the instructions that apply to you carefully.
  • Students taking 6 or more credits must provide proof of immunization against the following infectious illnesses: measles, mumps, rubella, pertussis, and meningococcal disease. You should receive all required immunizations prior to arriving at Cornell.
  • If you are unable to receive required immunizations in advance, you must get them as soon as you arrive on campus. The cost of getting immunizations at Cornell is covered for students enrolled in Cornell's Student Health Plan; students with other insurance will be responsible for the cost (which can be between $700 and $900).

Access instructions

Access instructions on the Cornell Health site.


  • Deadline: May 14, 2018 (or May 28, 2018, for students admitted after May 4)
  • Please make sure to complete your requirements by the deadline to avoid late fees and a hold on your registration.

Health fee and Student Health Plan (SHP)


To ensure that you have access to campus health services, all students enrolled in on-campus summer classes are required to:

  • pay the summer Student Health Fee ($103 for 2018) and hold alternative health insurance that meets Cornell's requirements; or
  • enroll in Cornell's Student Health Plan (SHP) (mandatory for international students).

Student Health Fee

The $103 summer student health fee will be included in your total program charge unless you enroll in the Student Health Plan (SHP) option below.

For more information, see the Summer Student Health Fee page on the Student Health Benefits website.

Student Health Plan (SHP)

Because of the high costs of medical care, Cornell requires that all students have adequate health insurance coverage. Please carefully review your health insurance to make sure it meets Cornell's minimum requirements and will provide adequate coverage for you at Cornell and in the Ithaca area.

If you do not have adequate health insurance, you may be eligible for the summer SHP enrollment option. This plan has been developed especially for Cornell students to provide access to convenient and efficient care that complements the quality health services provided on campus.

For complete details, including premiums and dates, see the summer students section of the Student Health Benefits website.

Additional fees covered by SHP

Required immunizations are not covered by the student health fee but are covered by Cornell's SHP.

For complete details, see the Student Health Plan (SHP) section of the Student Health Benefits website.

To enroll in SHP

International students are required to enroll in SHP. To access the enrollment form, visit the Student Health Plan section of the To-do list.

U.S. students who wish to enroll in SHP should visit the Student Health Plan section of the To-do list and follow up their form with an e-mail.

Please note that once you have enrolled in SHP, the plan is not cancellable or refundable.

Cornell's Student Health Benefits office is available to assist you if you have questions about the student health fee or your health insurance coverage.

Cornell University Police (CUPD)

Cornell University Police operates twenty-four hours a day, every day of the year, from G-2 Barton Hall. To contact CUPD:

If reporting an emergency:

  • Call 911 on any phone on the Cornell campus.
  • You can also use a Blue Light or other campus emergency phone.

If reporting a non-emergency:

  • Do not call 911
  • Call 607.255.1111

The Cornell University Police Department (CUPD), is committed to providing a safe and secure environment for our students, faculty, staff, and visitors. We perform the same duties on campus as a municipal police department, and connect those in need to resources on and off campus. Our highly trained, certified, sworn law enforcement officers and skilled civilian employees make CUPD one of the finest internationally-accredited law enforcement agencies in the country. CUPD strives to enhance the safety and security of people on campus with around-the-clock patrols and with proactive crime-prevention programs.

You can assist the Cornell Police by reporting suspicious activity immediately. You can help us protect you and your belongings by making sure your room is locked when it's unoccupied or when you're sleeping, and never propping doors open.

Blue Light telephones are located throughout campus and provide direct communication with the Cornell Police. If you need assistance, or in an emergency, pick up the receiver or push the button. Officers will know your location automatically and respond quickly.

Emergency notification system

We strongly encourage Summer College students to enroll in the University's Emergency Mass Notification system (EMN).

This system would be used to alert you when there is a significant emergency or a dangerous situation involving an immediate threat to the health or safety of the university community.

In addition, you are encouraged to supply your emergency contact information, which would be used in the event you are involved in an emergency.

If you are an accepted Summer College student and you have received your NetID, please enter your emergency notification and contact information as soon as possible. To do so, go to and select the links for Emergency Contact Info and Emergency Mass Notification.

For more information, visit Emergency Notification Tools.

Gorge safety

The two gorges that run through the Cornell campus help to make Cornell one of the world’s most beautiful campuses. They are wonderful for recreation and hiking—but they can also be very dangerous. The gorges are eroding constantly, and rocks continue to fall from the cliffs, especially after heavy rains.

Please visit the gorge website at to find out about things such as trails, regulations, and current conditions.

While tempting on hot days, swimming in the gorges is extremely dangerous, and a serious threat of drowning exists. Swimming in the gorges is prohibited by Chapter 250 of the City of Ithaca code, Peace and Good Order, which states, “No person shall bathe in, swim in, or for purposes of swimming and/or bathing enter any of the waters within the City of Ithaca except in the waters officially designated as swimming or bathing areas.”

Alternatives for safe and legal swimming in the Ithaca area can be found on the Activities page.

Caring community

Additional services to support you while you attend Summer College include: