As a CCUSP student, you have four program options. You may take:

In the Cornell–China Undergraduate Summer Program (CCUSP), qualified undergraduate students

The three cs: clear, concise, and illuminating.

Let’s suppose now that after asking these questions, I’ve decided I want to narrow my topic into children and sports. I might next have a thesis like this:

Notice that I also now have the three major elements of a thesis statement:

You will enroll in one class and earn 3 Cornell credits.

Let's not end a 20+ year tradition that has touched so many Rochester area students. Tovolunteer, email us at (with "essay chair" in the subject line). To learn about this year's winners, see .

Visit the  page to review your class options for the first three-week session.

We invite highly talented and motivated Chinese undergraduate students to Ithaca, New York, during the summer for an unparalleled academic, cultural, and social introduction to life at Cornell University.

You will enroll in one class and earn 3 to 4 Cornell credits.


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Tell us about an engineering idea you have, or about your interest in engineering. Describe how your ideas and interests may be realized by—and linked to—specific resources within the College of Engineering. Finally, explain what a Cornell Engineering education will enable you to accomplish.” What won’t it enable you to accomplish? There’s a dearth of great engineers in this country!

The Cornell admission essays are out for the coming cycle.

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One of the most important skills that you will continue to develop during the balance of your high school years and in college is the ability to thoughtfully evaluate opposing viewpoints -- in other words, to think critically. This skill is important not only for students and scholars, but also for nearly every occupation you might choose, as well as for your personal mental growth and maturity.

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In early to mid May, we will notify the winners and send a list of finalists, semi-finalists, and honorable mentions to the participating teachers. The winning essays will be posted on this website after the winners have been notified.

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For the College of Arts and Sciences, Cornell asks applicants to “Describe your intellectual interests, their evolution, and what makes them exciting to you. Tell us how you will utilize the academic programs in the College of Arts and Sciences to further explore your interests, intended major, or field of study.” For engineering applicants, the question reads, ”