Summer 2021 Update

CAU's summer online youth programs are now full. However, we encourage you to check out free videos on subjects from veterinary science and mythology to sustainable agriculture and more.

Central Campus

Take a CAU class from anywhere

This summer, students 10–15 years old can enjoy online courses taught by Cornell students.

Each course combines five hours of live lecture and discussion with approximately three hours of pre-recorded course materials, along with supplemental resources.

Courses are taught over Zoom and meet every weekday.

Registration is required and courses, which cost $300 per person, are limited to 30 students to help ensure meaningful interactions. To register for a course, parents or guardians must provide a unique email address for each student. The email must be parent-owned and distinct from your primary email. Students may take more than one course. Siblings should register separately, each with a unique parent-owned email.

Unable to attend a session? Contact us at and request approval to attend the alternative live section. Recordings of most sections will be made available within 24 hours of the section meeting time. (Note: Due to copyright issues, not all sessions will be available for recording.)

View courses:

For ages 10–12
For ages 13–15


Free videos

Enjoy free online content featuring past CAU youth and teen classes.

Adult programming

Join us for multi-session courses, hourlong webinars, live lectures with Cornell faculty, and interactive discussions with other intellectually curious people.

Learn more about adult programming

Connect with Cornell

To receive announcements about the youth and teen virtual programs, sign up for the CAU Youth and Teen list serve by emailing

We look forward to seeing you online!

Disability services

Cornell University is committed to providing universal access to all university programs. Please contact CAU director Lora Gruber-Hine (, 607.255.4800) to request any needed disability accommodations. Advance notice is necessary to arrange for some accessibility needs.

Thank you to our donors

Free online courses and virtual webinars are made possible in part by support from the following funds:

  • The A. David and Nancy Tobin Seminar for the Arts
  • The Kathy Dwyer Marble ’63, MAT ’65, CAU Seminar
  • The Catherine S. Penner Seminar in Writing or Literature, in honor of CAU director emeritus Catherine Penner for her years of distinguished leadership
  • The Walter and Susan Schenker Course in the Humanities or Creative Arts
  • The Ralph Janis Seminar in History, in honor of CAU director emeritus Ralph Janis for his years of distinguished leadership

We’re very grateful to all of our donors for their generous contributions to CAU. If you're interested in supporting our programs, please see ways to give.