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Cornell University School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions

College students

We offer a number of options for your continuing study.

Summer Session

During the Summer Session, you can complete prerequisites, lighten your fall/spring courseload, accelerate your degree program, or study something new. Regular Cornell courses are offered in three-, eight-, or six-week sessions, and admission is independent of the fall and spring semesters (open enrollment).

Winter Session

Winter Session enables students to earn three to four credits in January during the three weeks between the fall and spring semesters. You can study intensively in smaller courses or design your own individualized study with a faculty member.

Special programs

Special programs provide on- and off-campus study opportunities in a variety of disciplines. Please visit the "Courses" sections of our Summer Session and Winter Session websites for a complete listing of the on- and off-campus programs that we offer.

Also, check out our Campus-to-Careers series, which includes:

*Cornell in Washington also offers programs for students who would like to learn in Washington, DC, during the fall and spring semesters.

Free summer events

We invite 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.

Part-Time Study

During the fall and spring semesters, visitors may take courses for credit on a part-time basis by registering as part-time students. If you are a Cornell student on official leave of absence, you can take up to 11 credits each semester through part-time study.