The Cornell University Physical Education Department is proud to offer one of the largest and most diverse Physical Culture Programs in the Ivy League. Over 100 courses are available, taught by experienced and gifted instructors. Thousands of students, staff, and area residents attend these classes every semester.

Most Cornell students pre-register for courses online prior to the semester. However, many individuals register during the add/drop period at the beginning of the semester. Non-students are allowed to register in person in the Physical Education office in 305 Helen Newman Hall on the first day of classes for each semester. Questions about PE classes should be referred to Pat Ackley at par2@cornell.edu or (607) 255-4286.

Cornell Outdoor Education (COE) classes have different deadlines and enrollment policies. Please refer to the COE site for specifics. Questions about COE classes should be referred to Kae-Lynn Wilson at kbw28@cornell.edu or (607) 255-6183. 



Fall 2017 classes are now online.

Deadlines for Physical Education and Outdoor Education are listed here: http://pe.cornell.edu/deadlines.  Physical Education Course Deadlines supersede the University course drop deadline. Know your PE course drop deadline to avoid late fees.

Swim Test dates and times for 2016-2017 school year are listed here: http://pe.cornell.edu/requirements/swim-test-dates-and-times. 

Late Swim Test Fees for make-up swim tests will change beginning in the Fall 2017 semester.

First-Year Spring Admit Students – Please either sign up for a swimming class if you don’t know how to swim or plan to come to one of the April make-up dates.  You will not be charged a fee.