We are no longer accepting applications for summer 2022. Join our email list to receive information about upcoming precollege programs.

Admissions decisions for the Cornell University Precollege Summer Residential 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.

Precollege Studies is working with Cornell leadership to monitor COVID-19; help ensure the health and well-being of our students, faculty, staff, and community; and develop pandemic protocols for Summer 2022. We'll update plans here when available. In the meantime, we encourage you to visit the Cornell COVID website and current resources for students.

Before you begin

  • All students: Before beginning your application, please review the application deadline for your course. Note that we can only review complete applications. This means you must submit your online application and all required documents listed below before the deadline.
  • International students: Please see the additional steps for international applicants.

Course selections

  • Students in the three-week Summer Residential Program must select one three-week course.
    (Note: You're required to remain enrolled in at least three credits for the duration of a three-week session.)
  • Students in the six-week Summer Residential Program must select two or three six-week courses.
    (Note: You're required to remain enrolled in at least two six-week classes, for a total of five to eight credits, for the duration of your program.)
  • You may combine online and on-campus 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.

To apply

1. Create an account

We are no longer accepting applications for the Summer 2022 Residential Program.

2. Complete your application form

We are no longer accepting applications for the Summer 2022 Residential Program.

3. Submit written application statements

Enter your responses to all three application statements in English.

4. Upload documents

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

5. Submit a teacher or counselor recommendation

Ask a teacher or guidance counselor to recommend you to the program. When you register them via the online application, they will receive an email. We suggest that the recommender check their spam/junk folder for the email request if they do not receive it in their "in" box. They will be able to complete the recommendation form and upload a letter through your online application account.

6. 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.

Financial aid

We have a limited number of partial scholarships available for precollege students in summer classes.

Learn more about financial aid