Class meeting times are designed to meet the required minimum contact hours for a course. Ideally, longer classes are scheduled for two daily meetings rather than for a single meeting. Deviations from the desired schedules below must be approved by a dean of the School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions.

Three-Week Summer/Winter Sessions

The three-week sessions concentrate on the needs of Cornell undergraduates. We recommend proposing courses expected to have wait lists in the spring term, prerequisites for fall courses, and special interest to majors in a particular field.

This session is made up of twelve to sixteen days of classes and two to three study weekends, depending on whether it is in the winter or summer term. Most students are permitted to register for only one course in a three-week session and are expected to work on this course full-time. We recommend that instructors post the initial assignments or books to be read so that students may get a head start if they wish.

Three- and four-credit courses are required to have a minimum of 37.5 contact hours (not including the final exam). There are no required contact hours for secondary class components such as LABs, SEMs, etc. However, contact hours spent in this secondary component may be counted towards your overall requirement as follows: Every two contact hours spent in a secondary component count as one contact hour towards your overall requirement.

Because students take only one course, class meetings may be adjusted at the discretion of the instructor and students at the first class meeting. The SCE office must then be notified of any change made to the published class time.

Three-week summer classes

Three-week summer courses usually meet for three (3) hours per day, Monday through Friday, as convenient to the instructor, preferably in two meetings daily rather than a single meeting.

In summer, final exams are given on the last day of classes.

Three-week winter classes

In winter 2020, final exams will be given on Saturday, January 18. Exams are given in the classroom at the regular class time or at another time convenient to both the instructor and the entire class.

See final exams.

Six-Week Summer Session

The six-week session has the greatest number of course offerings and the largest enrollment of all the sessions.

Three- and four-credit courses meet a minimum of one and a half (1.5) hours per day, Monday through Friday, during the following time periods:

  • 8:30 - 10:00 a.m.
  • 10:15 - 11:45 a.m.
  • 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.
  • 2:45 - 4:00 p.m.
  • 4:15 - 5:45 p.m.

Two-credit courses meet a minimum of 55 minutes per day, Monday through Friday during the following time periods:

  • 8:30 - 9:25 a.m.
  • 10:00 - 10:55 a.m.
  • 11:30 a.m. - 12:25 p.m.
  • 1:00 - 1:55 p.m.
  • 2:30 - 3:25 p.m.
  • 4:00 - 4:55 p.m.

Classes are not held on July 4 or the university holiday in observance of July 4.

Final exams are given in the assigned classroom on the Monday and Tuesday following the last Friday of classes. (See final exams for any classroom changes.)

Eight-Week Summer Session

The eight-week session is designed primarily for science and mathematics courses that require more laboratory time than is available in the six-week session.

Three- and four-credit courses meet a minimum of 60 minutes per day, Monday through Friday, during the following time periods:

  • 8:30 - 9:30 a.m.
  • 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
  • 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
  • 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
  • 2:30 - 3:30 p.m.
  • 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Classes are not held on July 4 or the university holiday in observance of July 4.

Final exams are given in the assigned classroom on the Monday and Tuesday following the last Friday of classes. (See final exams for any classroom changes.)

Evening Courses

Evening courses are usually 1000- and 2000-level courses designed to be of interest to people in the local community and/or attract students who are working during the day. We encourage evening courses that can be taught during the six-week session.

Three- and four-credit courses meet a minimum of three hours twice a week at variable times starting between 5:30 and 7:15 p.m.

Online Courses

SCE offers a wide range of credit-bearing online courses during the Summer and Winter Sessions. Instructional materials for courses may be presented via the web, assigned readings, email sessions with course instructors, and more. Courses developed through SCE include American studies, applied systems engineering, communication, economics, education, government, horticulture, and theater.

For details, review our online learning pages, including the frequently asked questions.

Support for online courses

If you're interested in developing a high-quality online course, SCE can guide you through part or all of the process. We tailor our services to your needs and offer you ongoing support. We excel at assisting instructors, especially those with no online learning experience, develop and deliver courses quickly, simply, and cost effectively.

Services include

  • Advice on developing a credit or noncredit online course
  • Determining technological needs
  • Guidance on resolving copyright issues
  • Creating a marketing plan
  • Fulfilling administrative duties related to the course
  • Guidance on improving your online teaching skills

There are many resources available through The Center for Teaching Excellence to help with course development and ways to proctor online exams.

For more information or to propose an online learning course, contact Fouad Saleet (607.255.7259), director of special programs.

Special Programs

Special programs are designed to serve a specific clientele's interest in a particular discipline. The audience may consist of any combination of undergraduate and graduate students and adults who share a serious interest in the subject.

Special programs are often scheduled for time periods other than the regular Summer or Winter Session. The program may be presented on campus or, in the case of field-study programs, on site. The special program format allows most aspects of a program to be tailored to fit the area of study and the preference of the instructor and students.

Application, admission, and registration procedures may differ from those of the regular Summer or Winter Session, and a program fee may be charged in addition to per-credit tuition.

Examples:

For more information or to propose a special program, contact Fouad Saleet (607.255.7259), director of special programs.