There are no exceptions to the following requirements:

  • To attend an online course, you must be at least 14 years of age on or before the start of your class. Learn about online study.
  • To attend an on-campus fall/spring course, you must live locally and be at least 15 years of age on or before the start of your class. Learn about options for local students.
  • You must be a high school sophomore, 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 attend?

Unfortunately, high school freshmen are not eligible for Precollege Studies.

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?

In the fall and spring, international students are only eligible for online courses. TOEFL or IELTS scores are not required.

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.