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College of Arts and Sciences

COVID-19 & Reactivation Planning

Visit Cornell University's COVID-19 and Reactivation Planning site for the latest information.

The College of Arts & Sciences is working in concert with University leadership to monitor the coronavirus pandemic and provide guidance and resources for students, faculty and staff within the College. The health, safety and well-being of our community is our highest priority. Important resources and news for our College community are included below for quick reference as well as an FAQ section for Arts & Sciences students.

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Frequently asked questions for A&S students

What career-related options do I have for this summer?

We recommend scheduling an appointment to speak with a Career Development staff member. There are lots of options available to you, including internships (both remote and in person), volunteer opportunities, and professional development. You can develop a customized strategy for your specific situation. Appointments are available via phone or Zoom.

I'm planning to apply to study abroad for the spring 2021 semester. What do I need to know now?

We are still advising for and students may continue to apply to spring 2021 study abroad opportunities. At this point, we do not know whether COVID-19 will impact spring 2021 study abroad.

This is an ongoing and evolving situation that could change with little warning. We expect partners to be flexible with late dates for program deposits, and we encourage all students to avoid making non-refundable payments (deposits, airfare, housing) until closer to the time of departure.

Please continue to check the Office of Global Learning for updates.

When does the fall 2020 roster come out and pre-enrollment begin?

The fall 2020 roster of courses is now available. Pre-enrollment is currently postponed. Updates to the academic calendar and pre-enrollment information will be posted on the COVID-19 and Reactivation Planning site.

I’m concerned about the consequences of changing a course to S/U when applying for graduate school or jobs. Should I be concerned? If I need help making a decision on whether or not to change a course to S/U, who should I reach out to?

Graduate programs and employers are sensitive to the potential impact of COVID-19 on undergraduates.  Remember, this is a world-wide pandemic that is impacting everyone – Cornell is not unique.  To discuss your specific circumstance and concerns, start by talking with your A&S advising dean or a career counselor in A&S Career Development.

Since my summer internship plans have changed, are there any online courses I can take at Cornell?

Yes!  The School of Continuing Education is offering many courses online and additional courses will be added to the roster throughout the spring.

Am I allowed to take summer courses at another institution?

Yes.  For details about how credits taken elsewhere can apply to your degree in A&S and how to seek transfer credit approval, go here.