See individual courses for specific eligibility requirements.
There are no exceptions to the following requirements.
For classes marked as open to sophomores
- You must be a high school sophomore (or the international equivalent) at the time you apply to a precollege course.
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- You must be at least 15 years of age at the time you attend a precollege course.
For classes marked as open to juniors
- You must be a high school junior (or the international equivalent) at the time you apply to a precollege course.
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- You must be at least 16 years of age at the time you attend a precollege course.
For classes marked as open to seniors
- You must be a high school senior (or the international equivalent) at the time you apply to a precollege course.
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- You must be at least 17 years of age* at the time you attend a precollege course.
*Students 18 or older
If you'll be 18 or older at the start of your precollege course, you are not eligible to register through Precollege Studies. Instead, you must register through Cornell's Courses for Credit website as a visiting student.
High school freshmen and middle school students
Too young to attend a Precollege Studies program? We have programs for middle school students and high school freshmen, too!
Check out our nationally acclaimed Cornell CAU youth programs, which feature non-credit academic offerings and engaging activities for students up to 15 years old.
Additional precollege requirements
You must have the demonstrated academic ability, maturity, and intellectual curiosity necessary to undertake college-level work.
I'm an international student. Do you require my test scores?
TOEFL or IELTS scores are only required for international students in on-campus courses. Students in online courses do not have to meet these requirements. 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. We look at your entire application when making the admissions decision.
Can I miss a day or two of class?
You must be able to attend your class in its entirety. Please remember that the content of Cornell's three- and six-week summer courses, and three-week winter courses, is equivalent to that of courses offered during the university’s fifteen-week fall or spring semesters. Thus, missing any class time during the summer or winter will put you in serious academic jeopardy. See class attendance requirements.