The School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions actively supports a number of programs and activities that serve the common good.
Extramural study for Cornell employees and retirees
Cornell University encourages its employees and retirees to take courses for personal and professional development. The School of Continuing Education makes this possible by registering Cornell employees and retirees in tuition-free study in on-campus courses.
The Visitors Program makes it possible for area adults who are not degree candidates to take advantage of Cornell's extensive course offerings at a 90 percent tuition discount.
Summer Session Seniors Program
The Summer Session Seniors Program offers people who are at least sixty years old and love to learn, but who aren't interested in earning college credit, the chance to register for most three-, six-, and eight-week summer session courses at a greatly reduced tuition rate.
Free summer events
Area residents and the campus community are encouraged to continue their education together in one of the most enjoyable ways possible by attending our free summer events series, which includes concerts on the Arts Quad, thought-provoking lectures, and music, dance, and theater events at the Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts.
Summer College Fair
Area high school students and their families and teachers are invited to attend the free Summer College Fair, which helps participants evaluate their college options.
Cornell Prison Education Program
The Cornell Prison Education Program offers classes leading to an associate's degree for men incarcerated in area prisons.
Empire State College registration
By registering through the School of Continuing Education, Empire State College students may take courses, at a reduced tuition rate, offered by Cornell's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, College of Human Ecology, School of Industrial and Labor Relations, and the College of Veterinary Medicine. Please contact us for more information.
Programs for sponsored students
Sponsored students are either exchange students who pay tuition to a "home" institution while taking classes through the School of Continuing Education's Extramural Study Program or students who receive partial or total tuition funding as a benefit from another institution, corporation, or agency. Sponsored students include Wells College and Ithaca College undergraduates, ROTC students, and SUNY Binghamton, Syracuse University, and University of Rochester graduate exchange students. The School also works with corporate- and government-sponsored students. Please contact us for more information.
Mathematics for Secondary School Teachers
The Mathematics for Secondary School Teachers program offers a series of four full-day workshops for area secondary school mathematics teachers. During these sessions participants examine the principles underlying the content of the secondary school mathematics curriculum, including connections with the history of mathematics, technology, and mathematics education research. Teachers may earn either one Cornell credit or in-service hours.