Eligibility for Fall, Winter & Spring Courses
There are no exceptions to the following requirements:
- To attend an online course, you must be at least 15 years of age on or before the start of your class. Learn about online study.
- You must be a high school junior or senior (or the international equivalent) at the time you apply.
- You must have the demonstrated academic ability, maturity, and intellectual curiosity necessary to undertake college-level work.
- See individual courses for specific eligibility requirements.
Before applying, be sure to review the instructions for selecting courses.
Frequently asked questions
Can high school freshmen or sophomores attend?
Unfortunately, high school freshmen are not eligible for Precollege Studies.
High school sophomores may apply for summer classes if they will have completed their sophomore year by the time their classes begin.
What if I've graduated from high school?
If you will have graduated from high school by the time you start your precollege course you are not eligible for Precollege Studies. Instead, please register through Cornell's Courses for Credit website as a visiting student.
I'm an international student. Do you require my test scores?
Test scores are required for international students under these circumstances:
- Your current high school does not use English as its official language of instruction OR
- All classes at your high school are not taught in English
To learn more, see International applicants for minimum scores and additional information.
Do you require interviews or a specific GPA?
Precollege does not interview prospective students. Instead, we get to know you through your application materials.
We also do not require that you earn a specific GPA, although students who maintain an average of B+ and above in high school classes generally perform well in our precollege program. We look at your entire application when making the admissions decision.