Program expectations

You'll be expected to

  • Attend class daily.
  • Complete all assignments in a timely manner.
  • Conduct lab exercises.
  • Team up with classmates for a design challenge.
  • Develop written and oral communication skills.


You'll be enrolled in the three-credit course

  • Exploration in Engineering Seminar (ENGRG 1060)

This course meets

  • Mondays and Wednesdays, 2:30-5:30 p.m., with labs on Tuesdays, Thursdays, or Fridays, 1:00-4:30 p.m.

Maximum enrollment: 108

In addition, you'll select one or two additional Cornell courses (totaling no more than eight credits), in any subject, from the more than 50 listed on our six-week course roster.

Please also review tips for selecting Summer College courses.


Completion of a pre-calculus or calculus mathematics course as well as a course in chemistry or physics are helpful, but a strong interest and motivation to develop further your creative abilities and effective teamwork skills are the most important prerequisites for the Exploration in Engineering Seminar.

Required textbooks and materials

Information about textbooks and materials will be available in the spring.

Purchase from outside vendors

  • A scientific calculator that includes at least trig, log, and exponential functions
  • An iClicker, new or used* (Note: NOT an iClicker 2)

*The iClicker is a radio frequency device that allows students to respond to questions the instructor poses in class. Information about using iClickers is available from Cornell Information Technologies. Devices can be purchased from the Cornell Store or other vendors such as

Program events

  • View your opening weekend and check-in schedule.
  • Thursday, July 4: In observance of Independence Day, we will not have classes.
  • Mondays, July 8 or 15: College Admissions Workshops, 2:30–3:45 p.m.
  • Monday, July 22: College Fair, 4:00–6:00 p.m., Statler Hall Ballroom

Final checkout

To receive credit, you must stay until your last exam or project has been submitted. Finals cannot be moved, so make sure to arrange travel plans around your exam schedule.

Residence hall checkout dates and times

  • Students enrolled in a writing class (ENGL 1131 or 1132/WRIT 1011) turn in their final papers on Friday, August 2.
  • Students who are not taking a writing class (ENGL1131 or 1132/WRIT 1011) must check out within 24 hours of their last final (see below) or by 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, August 7, whichever comes first.
  • To determine the time of the final exam for your other course(s), use chart below.

How to use the chart below

  • Find your class start time in the left-hand column, and read across the row to find your final exam day and time.
    Example: If you're enrolled in PSYCH 1101, which starts at 10:00 a.m., your final will be held on Tuesday, August 6, from 8:30 to 11:00 a.m.
  • If your class start time is not listed below, use the time in the left-hand column that is closest to your class start time.
    Example: You're enrolled in CLASS 1692, which starts at 1:15 p.m. On the chart below, the closest class start time listed is 1:00 p.m., so your final exam will be held on Tuesday, August 6, from 1:30 to 4:00 p.m.
Class start time Exam time
8:30 a.m. Monday, August 5, 8:30 to 11:00 a.m.
10:00 a.m. Tuesday, August 6, 8:30 to 11:00 a.m.
11:30 a.m. Monday, August 5, 1:30 to 4:00 p.m.
1:00 p.m. Tuesday, August 6, 1:30 to 4:00 p.m.
2:30 p.m. Tuesday, August 6, 6:00 to 8:30 p.m.
4:00 p.m. Monday, August 5, 6:00 to 8:30 p.m.
6:00 p.m. Monday, August 5, 6:00 to 8:30 p.m.
All other class times Last class meeting

Exam hours are subject to change; they will be finalized in March. Please check back then.

Final meal date

The last meal on your Cornell ID card is dinner on Tuesday, August 6. You'll be charged for any Cornell Dining meal taken afterwards.