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Cornell University School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions

Enrollment and registration

High school students

Note: The following information applies to students younger than 18 years old at the time of high school graduation. If you will be 18 years old or older when you graduate from high school, you must enroll through Summer Session as an undergraduate student.

Online courses

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

On-campus courses

International students and U.S. students from outside Ithaca

If you're a high school student from outside the Ithaca area and you're interested in taking on-campus classes at Cornell during the summer, you must apply through Cornell's Summer College Program for High School Students.

Local students

If you're a local high school student interested in taking on-campus classes during the summer, you may either:

If you're a local high school student who wishes to receive permission to enroll in Summer Session, please follow these steps:

  1. Review the course description for the class you'd like to take to be sure you meet any course prerequisites listed.
  2. Send an e-mail to the Cornell University Summer College director, Jim Schechter (, with "Approval to take a Summer Session course" as the subject. Your message should include:
    • your request to enroll in a Summer Session class,
    • the name of the class you'd like to take, and
    • your name, address, and phone number.

    Fax a PDF of your official high school transcript (in English and including your most current grades) to 607.255.6665. We will also accept your transcript by mail (Cornell University Summer College, B20 Day Hall, Ithaca, NY 14853-2801). Please write "Summer Session Courses" at the top of the transcript cover page.

  3. The Summer College director will review your request and send you an e-mail notifying you of the decision.
  4. If you are granted permission to enroll, please submit a copy of the permission e-mail you received from the Summer College director along with your course enrollment form. For additional instructions, please visit the offline enrollment page.

For more information, please call 607.255.6203 or e-mail

Although you are subject to the same rules and regulations as other students, as a high school student at Cornell there may be circumstances in which more-specific program and/or statutory requirements apply.