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Cornell University School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions


On-campus summer architecture programs

Cornell offers several options for students interested in studying architecture at the College of Architecture, Art, and Planning (AAP) this summer, including:

  • The Introduction to Architecture Summer Program
  • On-campus design studios at the first- through fifth-year level

The Introduction to Architecture Summer Program

The Introduction to Architecture Summer Program is an intensive six-week AAP offering that introduces students to architectural ideas, principles, and methods for exploring structure, form, and space through models and drawings in a rigorous series of projects.

The program, which runs June 24–August 2, 2019, is taught in a studio setting and features sections of ten to twelve students. In addition to studio and lectures, students participate in field trips and workshops on representational techniques, portfolio design, and the college application process.


This program is open to high school students interested in the field as well as to college students who wish to pursue architecture at graduate level or as a minor at their home institution. The course requires no specialized knowledge or background beyond a serious interest in architectural design.

For more information about the program, visit the Introduction to Architecture Summer Program site.

College students: To register, visit the Summer Session admissons page.

High school students: You must apply through Cornell University Summer College Architecture program.

On-campus design studios at the first- through fifth-year level

These on-campus summer architecture programs, which run June 3–July 26, 2019, offer a great opportunity for a concentrated period of design work. They consist of highly structured design studios at the first- through fifth-year level.

Students from accredited architecture programs other than Cornell may enroll in design studios, but such students must submit a portfolio for review by the faculty in order to be placed at the right studio level.



Students enrolled in the Bachelor of Architecture program at Cornell University should review the College of Architecture, Art, and Planning's Student, Faculty, and Staff Handbook for policies and procedures regarding summer programs.

Transfer, out-of-college, and visiting students should contact the Department of Architecture for a list of the courses in which they may register.

Not all studio levels can be accommodated unless there is sufficient studio enrollment. An insufficient enrollment may lead to cancellation of various studio offerings.

Tuition is $1,460 per credit.

Note: Visiting students attending on-campus summer classes are required to pay either the summer student health fee or enroll in Cornell’s Student Health Plan (SHP). For information, see the health and safety page.

Refund policy

To withdraw from this special program, you must notify the SCE registrar's office in writing. Your refund amount will be determined by the number of days from the start of the program that you withdraw.

Refund schedule (based on program start date):

  • Days 1–3: Withdrawal period with a 100 percent tuition refund
  • Days 4–5: Withdrawal period with a 50 percent tuition refund
  • Day 6: 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.

For more information

Detailed information about on-campus programs can be obtained from:

Department of Architecture
Cornell University
Sibley Hall, Room 139
Ithaca, NY 14853-6701
phone: 607.255.5237
email: Rebecca Elliott (