Get a head start on college by earning credits from Cornell online

As a high school student, you may request approval to take online Cornell courses during our Summer and/or Winter Session.

You can choose from more than 100 regular university courses, work with a Cornell faculty member, study alongside undergraduate students, and improve your college study skills. It's a great chance to earn college credits without leaving home.

Most online courses are delivered via the web-based learning system Canvas. Generally, you'll interact with the instructor and other students via email, discussion boards, interactive chat rooms, video conferences, and/or phone.

You'll view the class lectures at a time of your own choosing (all lectures will be available 24/7) and complete your assignments within a scheduled time frame. If your course holds a live session, it will be recorded so that students unable to attend class at the set time may watch the lectures/demonstrations at a later date.

Some courses may offer you the option of getting a head start on your classwork.

The grades and credits you earn will be recorded on an official Cornell transcript and are generally transferable toward a degree at Cornell or elsewhere.