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Cornell University School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions

Youth 3-15

CAU summer youth and teen programs and camps

In summer programs offered by Cornell's Adult University, young people have opportunities to explore the resources of our great university while enjoying the fun and friendships of a terrific camp:

  • Infants and Tots: Under age three
  • Little Bears: Ages three to five (pre-kindergarten)
  • Tykes: Ages five and six (children with at least one year of school)
  • Explorers: Ages seven and eight
  • Big Reds: Ages nine and ten
  • Junior Cornellians: Ages eleven to twelve
  • Teen College: Ages thirteen to fifteen (entering grades eight, nine, and ten)

Summer College Programs for High School Students

The award-winning Summer College Programs for High School Students offer talented high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors the opportunity to study at Cornell for two, three, or six weeks; earn an average of three to six college credits; take college courses with leading Cornell faculty members; explore careers and majors; attend admissions workshops; and much more.

Summer College is a wonderful opportunity for high school students to experience college life, make some great friends, and prepare for the future. At the end of the program, students often say it's been the best summer of their life.

Online courses

If you're a high school student interested in taking an online course in the summer, please read the online courses page on the Cornell University Summer College website.

Area high school students

If you want to earn college credits before starting college, take a couple of Cornell courses. Register through Summer College, Summer Session, Winter Session, part-time study, or online learning.

Summer events

Lots of free events are a hallmark of summer at Cornell! From late June to early August, we offer a wide variety of concerts and events, ranging from Cajun, jazz, and rock ‘n' roll to classical concerts and dance performances. Find out more about our summer events series.

Other Cornell opportunities for youth

The Shoals Marine Laboratory (SML) on Appledore Island is a seasonal field station run cooperatively by Cornell University and the University of New Hampshire. At SML, high school and college students have a unique opportunity to study marine science in a setting where the ocean is just outside the door. Weekend seminars and workshops are available for the general public, families, and alumni in topics ranging from nature photography to landscape painting. All are welcome, and some programs are specially designed for children.

Open to youth ages seven to eighteen, the Cornell Summer Sports School offers week-long summer camps in a variety of sports, including tennis, track, sailing, swimming, rock climbing, fencing, and golf. Through these programs, thousands of athletes from around the United States and other foreign countries have received instruction and learned new skills. Camp staff features college coaches from Cornell and guest coaches from other universities.