One Course Summer Institute

June 20-July 7, 2021

Apply to take part in a two-and-a-half week course (worth three college credit hours!) at Cornell College for high school students. Attending the One Course Summer Institute makes you eligible for a $4,000 scholarship if you enroll as a full-time student at Cornell. Registration will open in early March.

Are you a talented or motivated student who wants to get a jump-start on earning some college credits? If you are a rising junior or senior by June 2021 or a 2021 high school graduate at the time the summer program starts, you are eligible. Cornell's One Course Summer Institute is designed for you. Apply for one of five hands-on courses. You'll learn alongside peers from across the country and discover what professors expect of college-level work—all while experiencing One Course At A Time firsthand.

Arrival day

You'll arrive Sunday, June 20. We'll get you checked in, provide a program orientation, and you'll enjoy a spectacular meal at the opening banquet. June 21 will be your first day of class.

Student works in the lab.

Life on the Hilltop

Your course will mirror Cornell's distinctive One Course At A Time schedule, allowing you to experience our shared campus rhythm.

  • 7:30–8:30 a.m. Breakfast
  • 9–11 a.m. Class
  • 11 a.m.–1 p.m. Lunch & study time
  • 1–3 p.m. Class
  • 3–5:30 p.m. Recreation & study time
  • 5:30–6:30 p.m. Dinner
  • 7–9 p.m. Group social activities on and 0ff-campus, as well as additional study time

Beyond the classroom

Immerse yourself in academic, social, cultural, and recreational activities. You'll get plenty of time to study in the afternoon and evenings. Additional college prep workshops will be available. 

Hilltop dining

Hilltop dining

All meals will be prepared and served by Bon Appétit, our award-winning food service provider that focuses on fresh, nutritious ingredients, and a made-from-scratch approach. Bon Appétit offers vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free meals, and can also accommodate food allergies. 

If you plan on commuting, you can dine on campus too, and simply pay for the meals you eat. 

Student studies in her residence hall room.

Pauley-Rorem Hall

You will stay in Pauley-Rorem Hall, which has secure key-card access. (If you live nearby, you can also commute instead of staying on campus.) Camp Counselors are located on each floor to provide additional support and mentoring.