Fall 2022 Update

Registration opens August 1 for local students wishing to take on-campus courses this fall.

Precollege admissions decisions are made on a rolling basis, which means that we will review and act on complete applications as they are received. Because many of our courses fill before the deadline, we encourage you to apply as early as possible.

Fall 2022 students

All Fall 2022 students will be expected to adhere to Cornell’s health and safety protocols. To learn more, see Cornell's COVID-19 website and part-time study and COVID-19. Please contact us if you have any questions.

The SCE Registrar’s office will process completed enrollments in the order in which they are received. Please complete the steps below as soon as possible to avoid any delays in your enrollment.


To be eligible to request enrollment in on-campus courses as a local high school student, you must be

  • Living at home while taking your class
  • At least a high school sophomore
  • Younger than 18 years old at the time of your high school graduation*
  • Meet all stated course prerequisites

*If you will be 18 years old or older when you graduate from high school, you must enroll as a general registrant through Summer Session or Fall/Spring Study.

Want to take part in Summer Residental Program activities?

If you wish to live on campus during the summer and/or take part in Summer Residential Program activities, you must apply to the Summer Residential Program.

Registration checklist

1. Select your course(s)

Review the instructions for selecting courses. You may request permission to enroll in courses at the 1,000 or 2,000 level as long as you meet the prerequisites.

If you haven’t done so already, find your course and note your course number and title, which you will need to complete Step 2.

Also, be sure you meet any prerequisites listed for your course. And, if you wish to take more than one course in a session, check the credit limits.

Choose from

  • Summer Session courses
  • Fall 2022 courses
  • Spring 2022 courses

    When selecting Fall/Spring courses, please note:
    • Courses marked with a red square are full and not available for enrollment.
    • Some courses may include additional required components such as labs and discussions. You will need to indicate your choice of required additional components when you submit your registration request.

2. Request approval to enroll

Send an email to the Cornell University Precollege Studies associate director, Janna Dawn (jlb34@cornell.edu), with "Request for approval to take a credit course" as the subject.

Your message should include

  • Your request to enroll in a class
  • The name and dates of the class you'd like to take
  • Your name, address, and phone number

Attach to this email a PDF of your high school transcript and your most current available grades (all in English) on school letterhead with your name on it.

The Precollege Studies director will review your request and send you an email notifying you of the decision.

3. If approved, register and enroll

If you're granted permission to enroll, start at step 2A on the page for Visiting Students/General Registrants.

When you submit your course enrollment as part of these steps, you must also submit an enrollment code you will receive from the Precollege Studies director and the Parental Permission and Acknowledgement Form for Minor Students (PDF).

You are not officially enrolled until you have completed all steps and submitted full payment for your term.

Contact us if you have any questions.

Course changes

If, after registering, you decide to drop or change your course, send a written request to the Precollege Studies associate director, Janna Dawn (jlb34@cornell.edu) immediately.

In your request, please include the titles and course numbers for the courses you wish to drop/add. Also, be sure you meet the prerequisites, if any, for your new course. If you don't formally drop a course, you will receive a grade of F in that class and may be liable for the tuition and any fees. Note: You may not change courses after the first day of class.