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Application FAQs

 

Semester, CAPS and CUSP Programs

Q. Who can apply?
Q. When should I plan to attend?
Q. What are the application requirements?
Q. How do I apply?
Q. When do I apply?
Q. Are there any special requirements for CAPS or CUSP?
Q. Where do I send my electronic transcript and letter of recommendation?
Q. How difficult is it to qualify?
Q. When will I hear if I've been admitted?
Q. Can I participate more than once?
Q. How much does a semester cost?

Summer Program

Q. Can I register?
Q. How do I register?
Q. When do I register?
Q. How difficult is it to qualify?
Q. How much does the Summer Program cost?
Q. What do I do if I receive financial aid and the deposit is a concern?

 

Semester, CAPS, and CUSP Programs

Q. Who can apply?
A. Any Cornell undergraduate can apply to CIW Programs. CIW is open to all Cornellians, regardless of college or major. Only CAPS majors can apply to the CAPS program.

Q. When should I plan to attend CIW?
A. Students typically attend during either semester of their junior year or during the first semester of their senior year, submitting applications during the semester before they wish to attend. We do admit a small number of applicants for the second semester of their sophomore year under special circumstances.

Q. What are the application requirements?
A. A complete application includes the following:

  • a statement of interest
  • an official copy of your transcript
  • a letter of recommendation (not required for CAPS)
  • selection of your core course, either Public Policy or American Studies

Q. How do I apply?
A. You apply online. You must submit an official transcript, a letter of recommendation from a professor or graduate teaching assistant, and a short statement of interest, indicating your research interest. Applications are due in mid-October and mid-March for the following semester.

Q. When do I apply?
A. The semester before you want to participate. If you will be off-campus the semester before, studying abroad for example, you may apply before you leave campus.

Q. Are there any special requirements for CAPS or CUSP?
A complete CAPS application includes the following:

  • a statement of interest
  • an official copy of your transcript
  • selection of your core course, either Public Policy or American Studies

A complete CUSP application includes the following:

  • a statement of interest that includes an essay on (a) your notion of social justice, (b) a description of what you bring to  an urban social justice issues internship (e.g., knowledge, skills, and abilities) and (c) how you expect to benefit personally and professionally from this experience.
  • an official copy of your transcript
  • a letter of recommendation (not required for CAPS)
  • selection of your core course, either Public Policy or American Studies

Q. Where do I send my electronic transcript and letter of recommendation?
A. Your materials should be sent to cwash@cornell.edu

Q. How difficult is it to qualify for CIW?
A. There are no specific criteria for admission, and the competition for admission varies each semester depending on the number and quality of applicants. We prefer candidates to have at least a 3.0 GPA, but students with lower GPAs are often admitted when the particular pattern of their academic performance, their faculty letter of recommendation, their personal statement, or other information suggests a high likelihood of a successful CIW experience.

Q. What are my chances of being admitted?
A. Your chances for admission are based on the number of applicants, which varies each semester. As a general rule, fewer students apply for the fall semesters. It's always best to submit all of your application materials early, for only complete applications are considered.

Q. When will I hear if I've been admitted?
A. Admissions are not done on a rolling basis, but every effort is made to inform you during the week following the application deadline, before the beginning of CoursEnroll.

Q. Can I participate in CIW more than once?
A. Yes. Because there are two core course options and several electives each semester, it is possible to enroll in CIW twice. Some students participate in the Summer Program first and then return for a semester.

Q. How much does a CIW semester cost?
A. You pay the same tuition you would pay in Ithaca, and you receive the same financial aid. Housing costs are separate.

Summer Program

Q. Can I register?
A. The Summer Program is open to undergraduates at any college or university who have completed at least the freshman year. Registration is on a space available, first-come, first-served basis.


Q. How do I register?
A. Start the enrollment process online then bring a non-refundable $500 deposit check or money order (made out to Cornell University) to our On-Campus Coordinator at:

M101 McGraw Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853

 

Q. When do I register?
A. Enrollment opens in mid-December and is on a space available, first-come, first-served basis.


Q. How difficult is it to qualify?
A. The Summer Program is open to undergraduates at any college or university who have completed at least the freshman year.

Q. How much does the Summer Program cost?
A. All cost information can be found here and information about summer financial aid can be found on the Cornell Summer Session website.

Q. What do I do if I receive financial aid and the deposit is a concern?
A. Contact your financial aid advisor who will manage your case on an individual basis.

Additional enrollment information for international students can be found on the Cornell Summer Session website. (Note. Students attending the Summer Program are not required to report to the International Students and Scholars Office. The confirmation of status will be handled in Washington at the Cornell University Wolpe Center.)