Cornell University's precollege programs give high school students the chance to benefit from an Ivy League education before they apply to or attend college.

Whether you're participating in our Summer College program or taking a course online, you'll experience what sets our programs apart—studying with Cornell faculty, learning in regular undergraduate-level courses, and earning real college credit for your work.

Ways to study with us

Summer College is our premier precollege experience for sophomores through seniors.

You also can experience Cornell and earn credit while you're still in high school by taking a summer or winter course online.

And if you live locally, you can take an on-campus course at any time of the year.

See all programs and courses for high school students

A history of higher education for high school students

Cornell was one of the first universities in the nation to invite intellectually curious high school students to campus to enjoy the challenges and opportunities of college life. Now more than 50 years old, our precollege programs are the oldest and most prestigious programs of their kind.

Learn about our history

Education for all

Cornell University is driven by a passion to be a place where, in the founder's words, "any person can find instruction in any study." We seek to carry out the university's mission: to discover, preserve, and disseminate knowledge, to educate the next generation of global citizens, to promote a culture of inquiry, and to enhance the lives and livelihoods of people around the world.

We invite you to come to Cornell for a world-class educational experience unlike any other.

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