Cornell College class meets outside on campus.

The Summer 2020 Institute has been canceled due to COVID-19.


Rising high school juniors and seniors as of June 2020 as well as 2020 high school graduates


Residential: $3,000 (course and social outings, room and board)

Commuter: $2,200 (course and social outings only)

Qualify for a $4,000 scholarship to attend Cornell College upon completion 

Your acceptance into the One Course Summer Institute makes you eligible for a $4,000 scholarship at Cornell College (if you apply, are accepted, and enroll full-time at Cornell College). You'll get $1,000 each year (up to four years). That's more than your One Course Summer Institute registration fee.

*Prior participants can enroll in subsequent summers, but are eligible for only one $4,000 Summer Institute scholarship.

Credit hours

You'll earn 3 credit hours for successfully completing your One Course. You can apply those credits (along with that $4,000 scholarship) at Cornell College. Credits can be applied towards a Cornell College degree or forwarded by official transcript to another college. 

Registration is a two-step process. 

  1. Qualification: Cornell faculty will assess your readiness to complete college level work by reviewing your unofficial transcripts, and a 250 word statement summarizing your motivation for completing your top course choice.
  2. Registration: Once accepted to the program,  you will be provided with login information to create your One Course Summer Institute application, complete your final course selection, and submit your $500, non-refundable deposit for the institute.  The remaining balance must be paid by May 15, 2020.

Registration and course requests are taken on a first-come, first-served basis. (Apply early!)

Classes are small intentionally so you get one-on-one interactions with our faculty and to encourage quality conversations among students.

Any questions? Contact Julie Barnes, Director of Summer Programs at 319.895.4350 or