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FAQ

Overview

Why did Cornell create this site?

The Cornell Online website provides a central place to find information about all the online courses being offered through Cornell University and its affiliates. Instead of searching across multiple websites, you’ll find that this site aggregates all the available courses and serve as a portal/single source for online learning resources.

Where does the content on this site come from?

The content comes from Cornell’s colleges and affiliates individual websites and is aggregated into the Cornell Online website. This site is designed to be a portal/single source for online learning resources.

Who do I contact with a question about a specific course, certificate, or program?

Each course page offers a contact link for more information. 

How do I provide feedback on the Cornell Online site?

We welcome your feedback. Click the Feedback link located at the bottom of any page on the Cornell Online website or click the link in this sentence.

Enrollment/Registration

Are courses open to anyone?

Some courses, such as Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), are open to anyone. If a specific course has enrollment restrictions, this information will be listed on the course page and/or the college or affiliate website.

How do I enroll in or register for a course?

To enroll in or register for a course, refer to the course’s college or unit instructions for doing so. The process may differ depending on what type of course it is and whether it is for credit or not. Each college or affiliate may also have specific eligibility requirements that you should reference as well.

What if I missed the enrollment date?

For some courses, such as Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), you can still sign up for the course even if you have missed the enrollment date. However, some courses may not allow you to enroll if the date has passed. Please refer to the course page and individual college or affiliate website for any enrollment date restrictions.

Fees and Payment

Is there a fee for courses?

Some courses do charge a fee; some are free. Each course page indicates whether there is a fee. You can also filter your search (using the tools in the left-side navigation) to include only fee or no fee courses.

Are scholarships or aid available for online courses?

Some colleges and affiliates do offer discounts or scholarships to eligible individuals for courses that charge a fee. Please refer to the specific college or affiliate website for more information.

Certificates and Courses

Are all courses for credit?

Not all courses are for credit. There are a variety of options available, including no credit, credit, certificate, degree, PDU, CEU, and CLI. You can filter your search by the course eligibility/outcome using the tools in the left-side navigation.

Can you receive a certificate for completing a course?

Some courses are part of a certificate program and if you satisfactorily complete all the required courses, you will receive a certificate. Please refer to the specific college or affiliate website for more information.

Are courses available internationally?

Many courses are available internationally. Please refer to the specific college or affiliate website for more information. Please note that all courses are conducted in English.

What are the minimum technical requirements to take an online course?

Each course may have different technical requirements. Please refer to the specific college or affiliate website for more information.

Technical Issues

Who do I contact if I am having technical issues with the site?