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Cornell University School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions

Winter Session 2020 will run from December 26, 2019 to January 18, 2020, with three-week on-campus classes beginning on January 2, 2020. We will update the Winter Session site in September. If you would like to receive an email when this happens, please join our email list. In the meantime, you may want to browse through the site to get an idea of what we offer.


If you are a Cornell undergraduate, check with your college before submitting the course enrollment form to make sure that credit for Winter Session courses will count toward your degree.

If you are a candidate for a graduate or undergraduate degree elsewhere, consult the appropriate official in your college or university to make sure that the credit you earn at Cornell will count toward your degree. In most cases Cornell awards the same number of credits for each Winter Session course as it does for fall- and spring-term courses.

Cornell grants academic credit in semester units. To convert them to quarter units, multiply by 1.5.

Credit limits

During Winter Session, students may enroll in one class or four credits without having to obtain special permission. Any request to exceed this limit must be submitted to the registrar of the School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions with a written explanation of these circumstances. If you're an undergraduate student, the request must include the endorsement of your faculty advisor. (If you're a student in Cornell's College of Arts and Sciences, you should also seek the support of your advising dean.)