The School of Continuing Education (SCE) is working with Cornell leadership to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and help ensure the health and well-being of our students, faculty, staff, and community. We are dedicated to helping you continue your education during this difficult time.

Please visit the Cornell coronavirus website regularly for updates, information, and resources for students.

Update on Summer Session 2021

At this time, Cornell University Summer Session 2021 plans to feature both in-person, on-campus courses and online classes.* Courses will be added throughout the winter and spring, so check back frequently.

Visiting international students: Due to issues related to COVID-19, you’re currently eligible for online courses only. A decision about on-campus course availability for visiting international students will be made by March 15.

*Summer on-campus summer courses and COVID-19

In the event we are not able to offer in-person, on-campus programming due to COVID-19 restrictions, as many courses as possible will be converted to online offerings and you’ll have the following options:

  1. If the on-campus course in which you’re enrolled is converted to an online course, you’ll automatically be enrolled in the new online course.
  2. If you prefer, or if your on-campus course is not converted to an online offering, you may select a course from the roster of previously scheduled online courses.
  3. You may drop your course before the course begins and receive a full refund.

Cornell students

Tuition charges will remain on your bursar account until you drop the course or it is cancelled.

If your course is cancelled, a full refund will be generated and returned to you by the bursar. If you have not done so already, please set up direct deposit through the bursar website.

If you do not want to take your class online, you may drop it via your Student Center any time before the course begins and receive a full refund. If you drop a course after if begins, your refund amount will be based on the SCE refund schedule.

Visiting students

If you wish to drop your course, please email a completed change-in-enrollment form (PDF) to our office at for processing.

Upon receipt of this form, we will process a refund for you via the same method as your original payment, per the SCE refund schedule. This process may take several weeks. We appreciate your patience.

Contact us

Please know that the Cornell community will support you in any way possible if you choose to study with us this summer. Contact us with any questions.