Admissions decisions for online courses in the Cornell University Precollege Summer Program are made on a rolling basis, which means that we will review and act on complete applications as they are received. Because most of our courses fill before the deadline, we encourage you to apply as early as possible.

Before you begin

  • Before beginning your application, please review the application deadline for your course.
  • We can only review complete applications. This means you must submit your online application and all required documents listed below before the deadline.

Course selections

  • Students in a three-week summer session may select one three-week course.
  • Students in the six-week summer session may select up to three six-week courses that total no more than 8 credits.
  • You may combine online courses from different sessions. Read about combining courses.

Note: On your application, you’ll be asked to select a first- and second-choice course. If your first-choice course is full, you’ll be placed on the waiting list for that course and enrolled in your second-choice course instead. Being placed on a waiting list simply reflects that enrollment in your first-choice course has already reached its maximum; it does not indicate any admissions committee concerns about your academic ability. Again, we encourage you to apply early for the best chance of getting into your first-choice course.

International students

Please review the additional steps for international applicants.

To apply

1. Create an account

Create an account to start your application.

Please create only one account; if you need to change or add classes after you have submitted your application, contact us.

2. Complete your application form

Log in to fill out the online application form. You can save your progress and come back to finish later.

3. Upload documents

Upload copies of the following documents in the online application system, in English, with any social security and account numbers removed or blacked out:

  • Complete high school transcript
  • Your most current grade report
  • An application statement (no more than 250 words) about your interest in the course(s) (both first and second choices) you selected. Why did you select them? What do you hope to gain from them? Tell us about any personal, work, or volunteer experience you’ve had related to them.
  • Test scores for international students

4. Pay your application fee

A non-refundable fee must be paid in our secure online system when you submit your application.

  • $75 for all applicants

What happens next?

Once we receive your complete application, you and your custodial parent or guardian will receive an email with instructions for logging into our Student Services system, where you can find your admission decision.

Admissions decisions are usually made within one or two business days of receiving your complete application.