Don't need credits? Save money through the Visitors Program

The Visitors Program is for adults who are not Cornell University degree candidates, but who would like to take advantage of Cornell's extensive course offerings.

With the permission of a course's instructor, and upon payment of a fee, visitors may sit in on most regularly scheduled, non-participatory, on-campus courses.

You will not earn credits for courses taken through the Visitors Program, and these courses will not appear on your transcript.

Visitors Program fee

The Visitors Program fee for 2020 is $152 per credit.

This non-refundable fee is 90 percent off the regular tuition charge. It does not include textbooks or materials.

Don't need credits but want a transcript?

If you wish to attend a course at Cornell, don't need to earn credits, but do want the course to appear on your transcript, see auditing a course.

Visitors Program regulations

  1. Visitors may not enroll in off-campus, online, or participatory courses, including, but not limited to, those in photography, studio art, computer science, languages, and the laboratory sciences.
  2. Initial permission to register as a visitor rests with the college or school, its departments, and its faculty members. Individual colleges and schools may limit the number of visitors in each course and determine whether visitors are permitted at all. (Currently, visitors are not permitted to register in courses offered by the School of Hotel Administration or the College of Veterinary Medicine.) Final approval for granting visitor status, however, is at the sole discretion of the registrar of the School of Continuing Education (SCE).
  3. There must be space available in a course for a visitor after all students registering for credit have been accommodated.
  4. No transcript, grade record, or proof of attendance will be kept for visitors.
  5. There is no limit to the number of courses in which a visitor may enroll.
  6. Because Visitors Program registrants do not receive a Cornell University ID card, they do not have borrowing privileges at university libraries or access to other university facilities and services, including assignment of a Cornell NetID.
  7. In addition to the restrictions above, this program is not open to high school students. (See the high school students registration page for more information.)

How to register

  1. Complete a Visitors Registration Form, available in B20 Day Hall or by contacting our office.
  2. Ask the course instructor to sign the form, indicating that there is space in the class and you have permission to enroll.
  3. Bring the signed form to B20 Day Hall during the registration period. See dates and deadlines.
  4. Confirm with the SCE registrar that the course is non-participatory in nature.
  5. At the time of registration, pay the non-refundable Visitors Program fee. See how to pay. Note: There will be no refund of this fee unless you are not allowed to remain in the class because of space limitations.
  6. If you decide you want to earn credit for your class, you may change your registration only with an instructor's permission and during the first two weeks of classes. To change to regular credit registration, you must re-register through SCE and pay the regular tuition. Your visitor fee will be credited toward the cost of your tuition.