Overview

Cornell University Summer College offers precollege programs for talented high school students. Experience the excitement of college life, take college courses with renowned faculty, and enjoy an "unforgettable, life-changing summer."

If you’re selected for Summer College, you’ll join about 1,000 other motivated high school students from around the world as you live, study, and play on the Cornell campus.

Choose among a wide variety of challenging programs, including:

  • Animal Science
  • Architecture
  • Art
  • Business
  • College Success
  • Debate
  • Design
  • Engineering
  • English Immersion (ESOL)
  • Fashion
  • Government
  • History
  • Hotel Management
  • International Relations
  • Leadership
  • Literature
  • Medicine
  • Psychology
  • Research
  • Robotics
  • Science
  • Social Entrepreneurship
  • Sustainability
  • Veterinary Medicine…
  • or design your own!

After selecting your program, you'll enroll in one or more of Cornell's fast-paced and rigorous undergraduate courses and enjoy the rare opportunity to work closely with some of the university’s most outstanding professors.

You can meet admissions representatives from more than 65 colleges at our college fair, get insider tips from Cornell admissions officers, attend special admissions workshops, and talk one-on-one with us about how you can make the best impression on a college admissions committee.

You'll live in a residence hall on campus alongside other Summer College students and enjoy a wide range of fun activities. Summer College staff will be available 24/7 to support you as you tackle college classes, juggle free time and coursework, negotiate life with a roommate, and practice living on your own.

College credits and a Cornell transcript

If you select a credit-bearing program, your courses, grades, and credits earned will be recorded on an official Cornell University transcript. You can generally apply these credits toward an undergraduate degree at Cornell or another school.

Online courses

If you can’t make it to campus this summer, take an online course! These courses allow you to study a fascinating subject in a virtual classroom with Cornell undergraduates, work with a Cornell faculty member, earn college credits, and build a Cornell transcript. For details, see summercollege.cornell.edu/online.

Cost and Session Information

Two-week (non-credit): $3,800

Three-week: $6,020

Five-week: $9,820

Six-week: $12,100

9 Participant Reviews

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One of My Best Summers So Far...

One of My Best Summers So Far...

5
Reviewed on 10/23/2016 by

I decided to attend Cornell University Summer College primarily based on the fact that I thought the experience would help me determine whether or not I wanted to apply Early Decision to the institution. It did just that and I fell in love. I decided on taking the course "Genius and Madness in Literature" directed by Professor Anette Schwarz and learned an immense amount in the short span of three weeks. Her direction was masterful and I also learned priceless writing skills from our teaching assistants Bret Leraul and Mateus Muller. All of the hard work I put into the class so that I would be able to contribute in a philosophical manner was well worth it. I learned to write sophisticated college papers and conversed with professors from various other departments that were guest speakers in our class. I met students from all around the world that became lifelong friends, was able to have wonderful conversations with full-time Cornellians, and had wonderful experiences in and around Ithaca. It was an experience that I hold very close to my heart and I would do it again in a heartbeat.

Unforgettable Experience!

Unforgettable Experience!

5
Reviewed on 10/19/2016 by

I came to Summer College not knowing what to expect, or whether I would like it at all. What I found there was a remarkably profound experience filled with fun, friendship, and fierce competition. The campus itself is beautiful, and I never got tired of seeing the sites looking out over Libe Slope at sunset. The class I took -- Debate and Rhetoric -- was challenging, engaging, and most importantly, fun. I learned so much through Professor Nelson and his two TAs. I met so many new friends at Summer College, the vast majority of whom I still talk to almost daily. Any prospective student will not regret going. It is an experience I will never forget.

Great way to get the college experience before being in college

Great way to get the college experience before being in college

5
Reviewed on 10/19/2016 by

Cornell had been one of my top choices for college, but I was still unsure if it was the best fit for me. I decided to enroll in "The Business World" class at Cornell Summer College to get a feel of student life at the school and really determine if I liked the school. Summer college was exactly what I was looking for. Not only was I able to receive college credit in a class that I will inevitably be taking, but I also got to experience firsthand what life is like at Cornell (and I loved it). Both the professors and the TAs were great; they kept the students engaged and encouraged participation. I also really enjoyed the large amount of free time available. One of the main reasons I enrolled in Summer College was to get a feel for the campus, and the ample free time allowed me to explore all ends of it. I made some great friends, had a lot of fun exploring college town and Ithaca, and learned a lot in a college-level course. I highly recommend Cornell Summer College if you are interested in a college course or just want to see if Cornell is the place for you!

An Awesome Summer Experience

An Awesome Summer Experience

5
Reviewed on 10/16/2016 by

I attended the Summer College at Cornell, 2016. I received seven credits taking classes in International Relations and Engineering. The professors were engaging, and the classwork challenging. I got my first real taste of what it is like to live on my own. I met amazing people from all over the world, and have made life-long friends. The dorms were comfortable and the staff was supportive. In the midst of my classwork, I was able to participate in many fun activities including a student talent show where I performed guitar. My friends and I had fun exploring Ithaca and College Town on the weekends. The cafeteria food was delicious, some of my favorites were the sushi and ice cream! If your thinking of taking college classes, I highly recommend this program.

Great Experience!

Great Experience!

5
Reviewed on 10/15/2016 by

Cornell University Summer College was a Great Experience! Totally worth the cost! Learned a lot from my course in Freedom and Justice in the Western Tradition and had loads of fun throughout the course. In three weeks, I was able to experience much of what Cornell offered. Whether it be falling asleep in the RPCC, relaxing in the Cornell Plantations, eating lunch with my professor, playing frisbee on North Campus, or even just strolling in Collegetown with friends. The possibilities were endless! If you can, I would highly recommend that you attend this summer program before it is too late!

Highly Recommend

Highly Recommend

5
Reviewed on 10/14/2016 by

My summer at Cornell has been my best summer. I enrolled in engineering and also took a college level course. The program allowed me to see if engineering was right for me. I was also able to take a college level course alongside Cornell students. Besides the academics, this was my favorite summer because of the amazing people I met. It sounds corny but I made lifelong friends from the summer. I have from friends from Brazil, Turkey, China, and around the world. I stayed for six weeks but I wish I could have stayed longer. The experience is one not to miss.

An Unforgettable Summer

An Unforgettable Summer

5
Reviewed on 10/14/2016 by

The Cornell Summer Program for high school students is really a wonderful opportunity to experience life at an Ivy League university and get a head start on college credit! Every summer, I spend some time away from home to develop myself as an individual, learn, and explore the world. My experience at Cornell satisfied every criteria in that last statement. I took the Business World course at Cornell. Besides having a passion for mathematics and a father who is a businessman, I really did not have much exposure to business and economics. I wanted to learn about this field and determine if it is a possible choice of major for me. So, I went on a journey this summer to explore business! This course is great for anyone in my shoes or anyone who is absolutely in love with business. I learned a handful simply by applying the concepts to the real-world economics and companies. We analyzed profitable and unsuccessful marketing techniques from NIKE. The course also covered lessons on basic accounting, stock picks, and marketing techniques. This course was fast-paced, but the professor and TA are dedicated to helping and teaching students. (If you don't believe this, I took both my professor and TA to lunch because class time was just not enough!) The faculty members at Cornell are genuine and committed to higher learning. I never felt limited or had questions unanswered because class time was not enough or my TA was busy. I was able to get the most out of my academics at Cornell. Besides this, Cornell provided great pointers for students in the college application process. There was a memorable college meeting that reviewed high-profile Cornell applications from this year. After this presentation, I understood to present my aplication in the best light possible. In addition, there are a writing center and many renowned faculty members to help revise and guide students through the personal statement process. The academics at Cornell is excellent and so is student life. Students can pursue whatever interests they have on campus. I participated in the Talent Show with my friend because we both loved music! Everyday, there is leisure for students to study and bond with friends over a hobby. My favorite moment at Cornell was swimming under the gorge-ous Treman falls with my friends. Making friends was also a huge bonus from this program. I met people from all over the world - Dubai, Brazil, Hong Kong, mainland China, and Zimbabwe. This world-class campus is filled with people from various nations. Just this aspect of the program was rewarding because I made friends and meaningful connections that would not have been available to me at my public high school. I definitely recommend this program for any student because it is a place for learning and making friends. Don't be afraid of a challenge because students at Cornell will and can face it together!

Amazing

Amazing

5
Reviewed on 10/14/2016 by

Days after being deferred, I was accepted to CUSC. It was an amazing experience to go and get a feel for Cornell. I loved every moment of it. The kids were amazing and the professors were brilliant.

great summer

great summer

5
Reviewed on 10/14/2016 by

I attended CUSC for both the summers of 2015 and 2016, and I loved both experiences. It helped to keep my brain sharp during the summer, but it was a great experience for me in more than academics. I befriended and met people that I would have never otherwise interacted with; this ranged from people living the next state over to people all the way across the world. Academically, however, this was a great experience, as it allowed for me to experience real college courses on a real college campus.

9 Participant Reviews

Write a Review
One of My Best Summers So Far...

One of My Best Summers So Far...

5
Reviewed on 10/23/2016 by

I decided to attend Cornell University Summer College primarily based on the fact that I thought the experience would help me determine whether or not I wanted to apply Early Decision to the institution. It did just that and I fell in love. I decided on taking the course "Genius and Madness in Literature" directed by Professor Anette Schwarz and learned an immense amount in the short span of three weeks. Her direction was masterful and I also learned priceless writing skills from our teaching assistants Bret Leraul and Mateus Muller. All of the hard work I put into the class so that I would be able to contribute in a philosophical manner was well worth it. I learned to write sophisticated college papers and conversed with professors from various other departments that were guest speakers in our class. I met students from all around the world that became lifelong friends, was able to have wonderful conversations with full-time Cornellians, and had wonderful experiences in and around Ithaca. It was an experience that I hold very close to my heart and I would do it again in a heartbeat.

Unforgettable Experience!

Unforgettable Experience!

5
Reviewed on 10/19/2016 by

I came to Summer College not knowing what to expect, or whether I would like it at all. What I found there was a remarkably profound experience filled with fun, friendship, and fierce competition. The campus itself is beautiful, and I never got tired of seeing the sites looking out over Libe Slope at sunset. The class I took -- Debate and Rhetoric -- was challenging, engaging, and most importantly, fun. I learned so much through Professor Nelson and his two TAs. I met so many new friends at Summer College, the vast majority of whom I still talk to almost daily. Any prospective student will not regret going. It is an experience I will never forget.

Great way to get the college experience before being in college

Great way to get the college experience before being in college

5
Reviewed on 10/19/2016 by

Cornell had been one of my top choices for college, but I was still unsure if it was the best fit for me. I decided to enroll in "The Business World" class at Cornell Summer College to get a feel of student life at the school and really determine if I liked the school. Summer college was exactly what I was looking for. Not only was I able to receive college credit in a class that I will inevitably be taking, but I also got to experience firsthand what life is like at Cornell (and I loved it). Both the professors and the TAs were great; they kept the students engaged and encouraged participation. I also really enjoyed the large amount of free time available. One of the main reasons I enrolled in Summer College was to get a feel for the campus, and the ample free time allowed me to explore all ends of it. I made some great friends, had a lot of fun exploring college town and Ithaca, and learned a lot in a college-level course. I highly recommend Cornell Summer College if you are interested in a college course or just want to see if Cornell is the place for you!

An Awesome Summer Experience

An Awesome Summer Experience

5
Reviewed on 10/16/2016 by

I attended the Summer College at Cornell, 2016. I received seven credits taking classes in International Relations and Engineering. The professors were engaging, and the classwork challenging. I got my first real taste of what it is like to live on my own. I met amazing people from all over the world, and have made life-long friends. The dorms were comfortable and the staff was supportive. In the midst of my classwork, I was able to participate in many fun activities including a student talent show where I performed guitar. My friends and I had fun exploring Ithaca and College Town on the weekends. The cafeteria food was delicious, some of my favorites were the sushi and ice cream! If your thinking of taking college classes, I highly recommend this program.

Great Experience!

Great Experience!

5
Reviewed on 10/15/2016 by

Cornell University Summer College was a Great Experience! Totally worth the cost! Learned a lot from my course in Freedom and Justice in the Western Tradition and had loads of fun throughout the course. In three weeks, I was able to experience much of what Cornell offered. Whether it be falling asleep in the RPCC, relaxing in the Cornell Plantations, eating lunch with my professor, playing frisbee on North Campus, or even just strolling in Collegetown with friends. The possibilities were endless! If you can, I would highly recommend that you attend this summer program before it is too late!

Highly Recommend

Highly Recommend

5
Reviewed on 10/14/2016 by

My summer at Cornell has been my best summer. I enrolled in engineering and also took a college level course. The program allowed me to see if engineering was right for me. I was also able to take a college level course alongside Cornell students. Besides the academics, this was my favorite summer because of the amazing people I met. It sounds corny but I made lifelong friends from the summer. I have from friends from Brazil, Turkey, China, and around the world. I stayed for six weeks but I wish I could have stayed longer. The experience is one not to miss.

An Unforgettable Summer

An Unforgettable Summer

5
Reviewed on 10/14/2016 by

The Cornell Summer Program for high school students is really a wonderful opportunity to experience life at an Ivy League university and get a head start on college credit! Every summer, I spend some time away from home to develop myself as an individual, learn, and explore the world. My experience at Cornell satisfied every criteria in that last statement. I took the Business World course at Cornell. Besides having a passion for mathematics and a father who is a businessman, I really did not have much exposure to business and economics. I wanted to learn about this field and determine if it is a possible choice of major for me. So, I went on a journey this summer to explore business! This course is great for anyone in my shoes or anyone who is absolutely in love with business. I learned a handful simply by applying the concepts to the real-world economics and companies. We analyzed profitable and unsuccessful marketing techniques from NIKE. The course also covered lessons on basic accounting, stock picks, and marketing techniques. This course was fast-paced, but the professor and TA are dedicated to helping and teaching students. (If you don't believe this, I took both my professor and TA to lunch because class time was just not enough!) The faculty members at Cornell are genuine and committed to higher learning. I never felt limited or had questions unanswered because class time was not enough or my TA was busy. I was able to get the most out of my academics at Cornell. Besides this, Cornell provided great pointers for students in the college application process. There was a memorable college meeting that reviewed high-profile Cornell applications from this year. After this presentation, I understood to present my aplication in the best light possible. In addition, there are a writing center and many renowned faculty members to help revise and guide students through the personal statement process. The academics at Cornell is excellent and so is student life. Students can pursue whatever interests they have on campus. I participated in the Talent Show with my friend because we both loved music! Everyday, there is leisure for students to study and bond with friends over a hobby. My favorite moment at Cornell was swimming under the gorge-ous Treman falls with my friends. Making friends was also a huge bonus from this program. I met people from all over the world - Dubai, Brazil, Hong Kong, mainland China, and Zimbabwe. This world-class campus is filled with people from various nations. Just this aspect of the program was rewarding because I made friends and meaningful connections that would not have been available to me at my public high school. I definitely recommend this program for any student because it is a place for learning and making friends. Don't be afraid of a challenge because students at Cornell will and can face it together!

Amazing

Amazing

5
Reviewed on 10/14/2016 by

Days after being deferred, I was accepted to CUSC. It was an amazing experience to go and get a feel for Cornell. I loved every moment of it. The kids were amazing and the professors were brilliant.

great summer

great summer

5
Reviewed on 10/14/2016 by

I attended CUSC for both the summers of 2015 and 2016, and I loved both experiences. It helped to keep my brain sharp during the summer, but it was a great experience for me in more than academics. I befriended and met people that I would have never otherwise interacted with; this ranged from people living the next state over to people all the way across the world. Academically, however, this was a great experience, as it allowed for me to experience real college courses on a real college campus.

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