COVID-19 update

Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, the Visitors' Noncredit Program has been suspended through Spring 2022. The status of the Summer 2022 program is TBD. Please contact us if you have any questions.

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

The Visitors' Noncredit Program is designed for adults who are not Cornell University degree candidates and who

  • Want to take courses at Cornell at a significant discount
  • Do not need those courses listed on an official Cornell transcript
  • Do not need to earn credits

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

You will not earn credits for courses taken through this program, and these courses will not appear on your transcript.

Don't need credits but want a transcript?

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

Program fee

The Visitors' Noncredit Program fee is TBA. This non-refundable fee is 90 percent off the regular tuition charge. It does not include textbooks or materials.

Program regulations

  1. Students in this program 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 noncredit 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 noncredit visitor after all students enrolling for credit have been accommodated.
  4. No transcript, grade record, or proof of attendance will be kept for noncredit visitors.
  5. There is no limit to the number of courses in which a noncredit visitor may enroll.
  6. Because noncredit visitors 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

Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, the Visitors' Noncredit Program has been temporarily suspended. Please contact us if you have any questions.