SCE traces its roots to summer courses in geology, zoology, and
entomology that were presented in 1876, only eight years after the
opening of the University. These courses were offered in the summer
to take advantage of the season's natural outdoor classrooms and to
give elementary and secondary school teachers an opportunity to
further their education while their schools were not in session. We
continue in this tradition today by offering programs at times and
in places and ways that best meet the needs of our students and the
goals of our faculty.
Established in 1892, the Cornell University Summer Session is
one of the oldest programs of its type in the United States, and it
continues today as one of the most highly regarded of its kind
among peer institutions. Besides a broad range of academic
programs, SCE offers a wide variety of summer concerts, lectures,
and special events, which are free and open to the public. Many of
these events are scheduled for outdoor locations to take full
advantage of our campus's unique beauty and location.
Another of our departments, Cornell's Adult University (CAU),
has received considerable national publicity. Established in 1968,
CAU provides on- and off-campus seminars, study tours, cruises, and
family programs for Cornell alumni and friends. These offerings
have been widely emulated by peer institutions and have been
featured in such publications as InStyle, Time, and Arthur
Frommer's travel guides.
SCE's mission is to present the broadest possible range of
high-quality learning opportunities to Cornell's many
constituencies. We draw on the resources of all of Cornell's
academic units, identifying needs and developing programs that most
appropriately and effectively deploy Cornell's vast and varied
educational resources. Cornell faculty members are joined by
leaders in industry, government, and the professions, along with
distinguished scholars from other institutions, to present these
programs throughout the year.
Our many and varied constituencies include school-age children;
high school students; Cornell students, faculty, staff, alumni, and
friends; undergraduates and graduate students from institutions
world-wide; international students and scholars; area residents;
executives; retirees; and a broad range of individuals seeking
discretionary education, including people working worldwide in
business, industry, government, and the professions, especially
those at a high level of responsibility. For more information,
SCE is dedicated to offering educational opportunities in as
many subject areas and formats as possible, year-round, and, if we
don't have what you're looking for, we'll help you design it.
Options include credit and non-credit courses, full semester
classes and one-day executive seminars, on- and off-campus
programs, online learning opportunities, education vacations, and
Classes are taught by Cornell faculty members; leaders in higher
education, industry, and government; and distinguished scholars
from around the world.
the Courses/programs, Semesters, and Locations links
for more information.
SCE's Continuing Education Information Service provides
information to people and organizations both inside and outside of
Cornell about the educational opportunities we offer, as well as
others offered throughout the university.
Although we help students working toward degrees by registering
them in Cornell courses, SCE does not itself grant degrees.
Be sure to also visit
our Outreach and Staff pages.