Established in 1978, Cornell’s distinctive One Course At A Time curriculum allows you dive in, focus intensely, and learn authentically in each class you take.

Here’s how it works:

  • You take one class for 18 days. The class meets three to four hours per day, usually from 9 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday.
  • Class is finished by 3 p.m. daily, so you and your peers have plenty of time for co-curricular activities.
  • You take the same number of courses per year as students at any selective private college with a comparable time commitment to each course.
  • Professors only teach one class at a time, so they are able to give you personal attention and mentoring.
  • You immerse yourself in each class, learning through group interaction, discussion, and group projects.
  • You have the flexibility to pursue independent study or research, internships, frequent off-campus study, and study abroad.
  • A four-and-a-half-day break separates each block providing uninterrupted time for you to do volunteer work, take a road trip, or just relax on campus.

Learn more

See how One Course At A Time compares to semester programs, or view our current academic calendar for more details on how our curriculum works.