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Cornell University School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions

Marine Science - Shoals Marine Laboratory

May 29-August 14, 2017


The Shoals Marine Laboratory (SML) on Appledore Island, Maine, is a seasonal field station run by Cornell University and the University of New Hampshire. SML offers undergraduates, high school students, graduate students, and teachers a unique opportunity to study marine science in a setting where the ocean is just outside the door.

Located about six miles off the Maine and New Hampshire coastline, ninety-five-acre Appledore Island is remote yet accessible via a one-hour boat ride from Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Appledore and other Isles of Shoals are home to migratory shore birds, a diverse marine invertebrate community, and 500 harbor and gray seals. SML students are immersed in the study of marine science and sustainability, fostered by the island community.


Students choose one, two, or more courses from the SML website. Courses range from seven to seventeen days and are taken one at a time.

SML courses emphasize intertidal and subtidal ecology, seabird and marine mammal ecology, marine conservation, underwater research, forensic science, animal behavior, ornithology, sustainable fisheries, marine conservation, and more. Biology internships and sustainable engineering internships are also available to undergraduates; see the SML website for details.

The program fee includes tuition, room, board, lab fee, and all required field trips. See courses and course descriptions. Scholarships are available to undergraduates; see the website for details.

Tuition and fees

Tuition is $1,360 per credit. For more information about additional lab fees and room and board charges, see the Shoals Tuition and Fees page. To offset these charges, Cornell students (including matriculated Cornell undergraduates and Cornell pre-freshmen) will be given a $350-per-credit scholarship. High school students are not eligible for this scholarship.


See the SML admissions page for instructions.

Refund policy

To withdraw from this special program, you must notify the SCE registrar's office and the SML academic coordinator in writing, and submit a change-in-enrollment form. Your tuition refund amount will be determined by the number of days from the start of the program that you withdraw. The room, board, and program fee are nonrefundable.

Note: To protect your information, do not fax or e-mail forms containing your Social Security Number and/or date of birth. Instead, we recommend you submit forms containing this information in person or via postal mail.

Refund schedule (based on SML program start date of May 29, 2017):

  • May 29–31: Withdrawal period with a 100 percent tuition refund
  • June 1–2: Withdrawal period with a 50 percent tuition refund
  • June 3: Withdrawal period with a 0 percent refund

If you want to appeal the refund schedule based on special circumstances, please download and complete the petition form and submit it to B20 Day Hall. The form will be reviewed by committee, and you will be notified if your appeal is approved.

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For more information

Cornell office:
Shoals Marine Laboratory
215 Stimson Hall
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853
Telephone: 607.279.6287 (cell)

University of New Hampshire office:
Shoals Marine Laboratory
Morse Hall, Suite 113, 8 College Road
University of New Hampshire
Durham, NH 03824
Telephone: 603.862.5346 (land line)