High School Courses

SML is offering both in-person and online options for our 2022 high school courses!


Titlesort descending Faculty Cornell Course # UNH Course # Start Date End Date Apply
Introduction to the Biology of Sharks, Skates, and Rays - section 1 (in person) BIOSM 1640
Credits: 1
08/01/2022 08/08/2022 Apply
Introduction to the Biology of Sharks, Skates, and Rays - section 2 (in person) BIOSM 1640
Credits: 1
08/08/2022 08/15/2022 Apply
Marine Environmental Science (in person) BIOSM 1620
Credits: 3
08/01/2022 08/15/2022 Apply

Online Courses

Titlesort descending Faculty Cornell Course # UNH Course # Start Date End Date Apply
Marine Environmental Science (online)
BIOSM 1620
Credits: 3




Students must have completed grades 10, 11 or 12, and received the equivalent of a B- or above in two year-long high school courses in science.

Step 1

Complete the online inquiry form with your general information by clicking "apply" next to your course of interest listed above. If space in the program is full, the "waitlist" link will automatically add your contact information to our waitlist. 

Step 2

Send an e-mail (or have a parent/guardian send an e-mail) to Dr. Liz Craig (ecc79@cornell.edu) with the subject line: "Application for SML high school course." This e-mail message should include:

  • Student name
  • Name of the SML class you'd like to take (and section, if BIOSM 1620)
  • High school transcript (in English and including past and current academic year grades). For students who do not meet the minimum letter grade requirement (the equivalent of a B- or above in two year-long high school science courses), please provide the name and contact information of a teacher or guidance counselor who can speak to your individual circumstances.

Review of application materials will begin February 12, 2022. Applications received by this date will be prioritized. 

Step 3

Students will be notified of acceptance via email. If accepted, we will request confirmation of your intention to enroll within two weeks of notification of acceptance. Payment will be expected within one month of notification of acceptance. Please note: Your seat in the course is not reserved until full payment is complete.


International students: please fill out and return this  I-20 request form at the time of payment.

High school students enroll and receive course credit through Cornell University.

Tuition (per credit) $1,620.00
Room & Board (per night) * - no R&B charges for online courses $204.00
SML Program Fee (per course) ** $330.00

* Room & Board includes all meals and dorm accommodations on-island. Students will share a room with 1-3 classmates. Please note, this is a “per night” not a “per day” rate.

** Program fee includes costs associated with consumable supplies used during online lab activities, dive operations for the collection of specimens, maintenance and operation of seawater tables, collection permits, etc.

Standard Refund Policy:

Course deposits, room & board, and fees are nonrefundable. Your tuition refund amount will be determined by the number of days from the start of the course that you withdraw. 

Refund schedule (days since program start date):

  • Days 1–3: 100% tuition refund
  • Days 4–5: 50% tuition refund
  • Day 6 or later: 0% refund

To withdraw from an SML course:

  • High School students must notify Cornell's SCE Registrar's Office and SML (shoals.lab@unh.edu) in writing.
    If you want to appeal the refund schedule based on special circumstances, please download and complete the petition form and submit it to B20 Day Hall, Ithaca, NY 14853. The form will be reviewed by committee, and you will be notified if your appeal is approved.

SML seeks to create a welcoming and inclusive environment where students are able to participate fully in the SML experience. Students have the right (and responsibility) to self-disclose and make use of the services, resources, and accommodations available. Because Appledore Island is a remote location, any special arrangements need time and planning to be enacted. SML appreciates early notification for accommodation requests (3-4 weeks before the course start date). To begin this process, students with disabilities or accommodations must contact the appropriate Cornell’s Student Disability Services office before beginning their course on Appledore Island and have a plan in place before their course begins: click here to begin the request process.

Faculty members may or may not have final grades ready to share with students by the last day of an SML course. Official grades for SML courses are typically posted via the registrar's office within 3-4 weeks after a course ends. Transcripts can be requested after the summer session ends in late August. (SML cannot request transcripts on your behalf.) To find out your SML grade(s), use your Cornell NetID to request an official transcript from Cornell here: https://registrar.cornell.edu/grades-transcripts/ordering-transcripts. You should have received an email from Cornell IT with your NetID information when you first enrolled in your SML course. If you cannot find your NetID information, contact Cornell IT at itservicedesk@cornell.edu or (607) 255-5500.

For interested high school students, parents, and teachers:

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