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Cornell University School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions

Welcome guide for students taking online courses

Welcome! We're glad you will be joining us this summer for an online course.

Now that you're enrolled, please follow the steps below to make sure you're prepared for your first day of class.

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us.

1. Submit your payment, if you haven't done so already

See the academic calendar for registration dates.

  • Before or on registration day, send or bring payment to Cornell University Summer Session, B20 Day Hall, Ithaca, NY 14853.
  • After registration day, bring payment to B20 Day Hall.

Note: You are not officially registered for Summer Session until you have submitted full payment. For payment requirements, amounts, and methods, see Tuition.

2. Activate your NetID

If you don't already have one, you will need to obtain a Cornell Network ID (NetID) to access your online course and related services including e-mail, your grades, library services, and more.

You may receive a letter or text with information about activating your NetID. If you receive this information, we recommend you activate your NetID right away.

If you do not receive this information, contact the IT Service Desk.

3. Prepare for your class

4. Familiarize yourself with Cornell's academic policies

As a registrant you are expected to be familiar with Cornell policies. Please carefully review our policy page, including the Campus Code of Conduct and the Code of Academic Integrity, and read the standard of conduct letter from our associate dean.

5. Take advantage of our academic advising services

Academic advising services are available to all students enrolled in online courses during Summer Session. For assistance, contact our registrar in B20 Day Hall (607.255.4987,

6. Contact Student Disability Services if you need an accommodation for equal access

Cornell University is committed to ensuring that students with disabilities (including physical, medical, visual, hearing, learning, ADHD, and psychological disabilities) have equal access to all university programs and activities.

If you are a student with a disability and need an accommodation for equal access, please contact Student Disability Services, Cornell Health, Level 5, 110 Ho Plaza, Ithaca, New York 14853-3102 (telephone 607.254.4545; Deaf/HoH: via 711 Relay). Some accommodationss take advance notice to arrange, so please contact SDS as soon as you have decided to attend Summer Session.

7. Connect with Cornell libraries and the IT Service Desk

To learn more about Cornell libraries, visit the CUL website.

Contact Information Technology at Cornell for information on e-mail accounts, and more.

8. For more information . . .

Please check out our Online Learning FAQs page for further information or contact us if you have questions about preparing for your class.