Undergraduate Admissions FAQs

QUESTIONS? Contact our Admissions Team!


General Undergraduate Admissions FAQs:

  • Who can attend Shoals?
    Students from any university, college or high school!

  • I attend Cornell or UNH; how do I get into a course at Shoals?
    It's easy! Just Fastrak to get signed up!

  • I attend Cornell or UNH; how do I become a research intern at Shoals?
    Follow the instructions on our internship page.

  • I do NOT attend Cornell or UNH; how do I get into a course at Shoals?
    It's easy! Just register online.

  • I do NOT attend Cornell or UNH; how do I become a research intern at Shoals?
    Follow the instructions on our internship page.

  • I'm a high school student; what do I need to do to get into a course at Shoals?
    It's easy! Just register online.

  • I'm an international student; what do I need to do to get into a course at Shoals?
    It's easy! Just register online.
    Shoals welcomes international students into all credit courses. AFTER you are accepted, please follow this link to complete the Cornell Summer Session I-20 Request Form; your request must be received by Cornell within 6 weeks of the start of your Shoals course. If you are an international student from UNH and/or you have questions, Contact our Admissions Team.

About Financial Aid and Credits:

  • Request financial aid as part of Fastrak or registration process.
    Follow the instructions!
  • Which university awards Shoals Marine Laboratory credits?
    Credit courses at Shoals are accredited by Cornell University or University of New Hampshire or both.

    Matriculating Cornell students and high school students will be enrolled at Cornell.

    Matriculating UNH students and students from other institutions will be enrolled at UNH.


  • What about official transcripts after I take a course at Shoals?
    Upon completion of an Shoals course, official transcripts must be requested DIRECTLY from Cornell or UNH.
  • Will Cornell/UNH credits transfer to my home school?
    Students enrolled at universities other than CU or UNH should check with their own registrar to determine the transferability of credits. Talk to your academic advisor about how to transfer Cornell credits. Cornell cannot guarantee transferability of credits to your home institution. Please consult your on-campus advisor prior to registering with Shoals. Questions? Contact our Admissions Team.

  • What about graduate credits?
    Grad students should check with their home institution to find out if Cornell or UNH credit can be applied toward your graduate degree. Talk to your advisor!

  • What about auditing a credit course?
    Shoals Marine Laboratory follows policies and procedures of both Cornell and UNH; credit courses at Shoals can be audited on a space available basis with permission of the instructor. Interested students use the same registration process, and must pay full course fees. Financial aid for auditors is only available AFTER awards are given to students taking courses for credit.

Other Important Information:

  • About grades and grading policy:
    Shoals Marine Laboratory adheres to Cornell Summer Session grading policies. For more information about add/drop and change of enrollment deadlines follow this link or contact Shoals.
  • All courses are offered contingent upon adequate enrollment.
    Faculty and staff appointments may change. Courses may be taken sequentially, but not concurrently.

  • The Island Semester:
    Qualified students may earn a full semester's college credit (up to 16 credit hours) in three summer months. Students may register for any number of non-concurrent courses during the summer. Gaps between selected courses can be filled by signing up for a work-study position. Island semester students are encouraged to spend at least one week off the island to take a break from a rigorous academic schedule.


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