The Block Plan

If you are considering Cornell College you have learned that we do things a little differently here. We do not have semester-long courses, but instead we have sessions or blocks so you take one course at a time for 18 days.

This block plan is a uniquely intensive academic schedule that allows students to explore a different subject every three and a half weeks. Students take one course at a time, with each block covering the same amount of material as a course on the semester system. On the Block Plan, learning is fast paced, with a semester’s worth of work packed into 18 class days. A typical day might include four hours of class—plus labs or field trips. After class, students might read 150 pages (or more), spend time in the library doing research for a paper, and collaborate with classmates on a presentation. It is not unusual to have a small paper or homework problems due every night on top of progress towards larger on-going projects.   As you can imagine, every day counts! 

Is the Block Plan intense? You bet. It isn’t for everyone. It’s concentrated and rigorous. But if you’re excited about the opportunities offered by the Block Plan—and up to the challenges—the Academic Support and Advising office will help to provide access to this unique learning environment. And if you have questions, we’re here to help you learn more so you can determine if Cornell College is the best fit for you.