See individual Summer College program pages for specific eligibility requirements.
There are no exceptions to the following requirements:
For programs open to sophomores
- You must be a high school sophomore (or the international equivalent) at the time you apply to Summer College.
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- You must be at least 15 years of age at the time you attend Summer College.
For programs open to juniors
- You must be a high school junior (or the international equivalent) at the time you apply to Summer College.
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- You must be at least 16 years of age at the time you attend Summer College.
For programs open to seniors
- You must be a high school senior (or the international equivalent) at the time you apply to Summer College.
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- You must be at least 17 years of age* at the time you attend Summer College.
*If you'll graduate from high school in 2020 and will be 18 or older by the start of Summer College (June 20, 2020), you are not eligible for Summer College. Instead, you may register through Summer Session as an undergraduate student.
High school freshmen
Although high school freshmen are not eligible for Summer College, they are invited to spend a week or two this summer attending one of our Cornell CAU youth programs, which combine non-credit academic offerings with the fun of a traditional camp.
Additional Summer College 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?
Yes, we require TOEFL or IELTS scores for international students. See International applicants for minimum scores and additional information.
Do you require interviews or a specific GPA?
Summer College does not interview prospective students. Instead, we get to know you through your application statements and letter(s) of recommendation.
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 program in its entirety. Please remember that the content of Cornell's three- and six-week summer courses is equivalent to that of courses offered during the university’s fifteen-week fall or spring semesters. Thus, missing any class time during Summer College will put you in serious academic jeopardy. See class attendance requirements.
Too young for Summer College?
We have programs for middle school students and high school freshmen, too!
Spend a week or two this summer attending one of our nationally acclaimed Cornell CAU youth programs.