With the exception of students in the non-credit program Fabricating the Future: Robotics and Programming, all Summer College students are enrolled in one or more regular, credit-bearing Cornell undergraduate courses.

If you’re taking a three-week program

You’ll automatically be enrolled in the course listed on the detail page for your program. See three-week programs.

If you’re taking a six-week program

Tips for selecting courses:

  • Cornell undergraduate courses are more difficult than high school or AP classes, so come prepared for a challenge.
  • The content of three- and six-week summer courses is equivalent to that of courses offered during Cornell’s fifteen-week fall or spring semesters, so you’ll need to maintain an accelerated pace throughout Summer College.
  • High school students in these courses are evaluated by the same academic standards and procedures as undergraduate students.
  • Three-credit courses generally meet approximately six hours a week. You should plan to spend about two hours a day outside of class preparing for each hour you spend in class. For example, for a three-credit class, you might expect to spend twelve hours per week on homework.
  • Because our courses are regular Cornell undergraduate courses, your classes may include undergraduate students as well as other Summer Collegians.

Also, when reviewing courses be sure that you are eligible and meet the prerequisites. We will contact you if, after reviewing your application, we have any concerns about your qualifications for taking a selected course.