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Cornell University School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions

Local residents

Cornell retirees

Cornell University encourages its retirees to take courses. Retirees may be eligible each semester for up to six credits of tuition-free study in on-campus courses.

Cornell's Adult University (CAU)

Cornell's Adult University offers learning vacations—on and off campus—for anyone of any age who enjoys exploring new ideas and new places. There is also a youth program during the summer, designed especially for kids—taking into account their ages, abilities, and interests.

Part-time study

During the fall and spring semesters, you may take courses for credit by registering as a part-time student.

If you aren't interested in taking courses for credit, the Visitors Program allows adults to attend classes in many divisions of the university on a space-available basis at a reduced charge.

If you are over sixty, the Seniors Program lets you attend classes in the three-, eight-, and six-week summer sessions.

Professional studies

Local executives interested in professional development are welcome to attend any one of a number of courses and seminars presented throughout the year. Visit the professional studies website for a full listing of current and upcoming programs. University undergraduates and recent graduates might consider the Prelaw Program this summer as a way to explore a career in law.

Summer College Programs for High School Students

A scholarship is available to area high school students who are accepted into the Summer College Programs for High School Students.

Free summer events

The School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions invites you to continue your education in one of the most enjoyable ways possible—by attending our free summer events series! We offer concerts and lectures at no charge to encourage you to take a chance and learn something new or listen to music you may never have heard, all while visiting our gorgeous campus.