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The first summer classes were organized in 1876 as the private project of two professors, who taught botany to secondary-school teachers. Over the next decade, courses were added in geology, while civil engineering faculty taught surveying, a pursuit more easily accomplished absent winter's inclement weather. In 1893, trustees established the Cornell Summer School, primarily for the benefit of teachers.

Modern-day summer students include prospective Cornellians testing their academic interests, alumni exploring hobbies such as memoir writing and local geology, and current undergraduates catching up on requirements or preparing for study abroad and the eight-month engineering internship known as Co-op.

Panorama: WPG