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#Summer Programs for High School Kids at US Universities: NYU

A number of programs are offered for students who would like to experience NYU.

With NYU Precollege, students entering their junior or senior year of high school can apply to take college-level courses for credit and experience life as an NYU student. Credit-bearing courses are available in more than 30 subjects to fit every interest and academic need.

High school sophomores and juniors are eligible to apply. Applicants must be in good academic and disciplinary standing as demonstrated in their academic transcript and application.

Current high school seniors who will graduate prior to the start of NYU Precollege should apply to Session 2 of NYU Summer in NYC.

Current high school freshmen may consider one of the Steinhardt Art, Music, and Theater Summer Programs, depending on whether or not they meet the admissions criteria for their program of choice.

Course Offerings

Summer in NYC allows you to build your own unique schedule by choosing from thousands of course options from all of NYU’s nine schools and colleges, in almost any area of academic interest you can imagine!

Whether you’re looking to satisfy course credits or take courses in something new that you’ve always wanted to explore, you’ll learn from NYU professors who are experts in their fields, and you have access to the endless learning resources of NYU and the surrounding city.

Use the search function on the right hand side of the course search to narrow your search by subject, session, or by open/closed class status. You may also browse the many different course listings and descriptions to see what best fits your interests. Here below some “special interest” integrated modules:

Summer Journalism at NYU

For everyone from raw journalism beginners to sophisticated young reporters, NYU Journalism’s Summer Academy will bring you into the world of new-age multimedia journalism. The East Village, one of New York’s most historic and culturally rich neighborhoods, is home to NYU’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute, whose world-class faculty will be your guide. You will learn new techniques and sharpen your skills with opportunities to have your best work professionally published. Learn more.

Cultural Capital: Media and the Arts in NYC

This program will enrich your summer experience and deepen your understanding of how media, culture, economics, and the arts connect with each other – all in the world’s great capital of culture and ideas, New York City. Learn more.

Global Social Change Leadership Institute

This noncredit two-week intensive program consists of interactive workshops and presentations by experts at the forefront of public service and policy. You will strengthen your leadership skills, learn about cutting-edge research, and visit organizations and historic landmarks throughout the city to understand how advocates and organizations become leaders in advancing social justice. Learn more.

Writers in New York

In this program, you will focus on poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction and attend daily writing workshops and craft sessions. Classes are supplemented by readings and lectures by New York-based writers and publishing professionals. Exciting class trips and cultural activities further enhance your learning experience and provide context and inspiration for your writing. Learn more.

A typical day – weekday

8:00 am: Get up and shower
8:30 am: Collect NYU ID from P.A. and eat breakfast at Hayden Hall
9:30-11:05 am: Class—Medical Ethics
11:15 am-12:00 pm: Get books from the library
12:00-1:00 pm: Get lunch with friends at Kimmel Hall
1:00-2:45 pm: Study in room
3:00-4:00 pm: Attend College Planning Series
4:00-5:30 pm: Class—Writing Workshop
6:00-7:00 pm: Dinner with friends at Hayden Hall
7:00-10:00 pm: Work on class paper and readings
10:00 pm: Turn in NYU ID to P.A.
10:00-12:00 am: Precollege Activity—Late night movie
12:00 am: Go to bed


10:30 am: Get up and shower
11:30 am-12:30 pm: Get brunch with friends in Hayden Hall
1:00-2:30 pm: Visit Union Square Green Market
2:30-5:30: Study
6:00-7:00: Dinner with friends in Hayden Hall
7:30-11:30 pm: Precollege Activity—Broadway Show
11:30 pm: Go to bed


NYU Precollege offers students an immersive college experience. In addition to rigorous academics, our program provides an organized and varied social experience both on campus and off. While all Precollege students experience what it means to be a college student in the classroom, students who choose to live on campus will also learn how to manage their time by balancing school work with required events and free time.

Once you’ve completed your housing application, you must make sure you register for the required number of classes. Students living on campus must meet the registration requirements below:

  • Students must enroll in two (2) credit bearing courses, for a total of 8 credits
  • Students must enroll in one (1) noncredit workshop

All Precollege students participating in our residential program will live with roommates in one of NYU’s residential halls located near Washington Square Park, the heart of NYU. Students will be a short walk away from NYU’s academic buildings, library, and dining halls.
NYU’s Housing Office will notify students of their room and roommate assignments approximately two weeks prior to the start of the Precollege program.

The meal plan allows students to access the dining areas on campus. Students living on campus must sign up for a meal plan with 10 or more meals per week, giving them at least 10 meals for weekly use and a set number of dining dollars each week. Students may get meals to-go if their classes conflict with meal hours, or use dining dollars to buy food when the dining halls are not serving. Dining halls will be open on weekends.

Campus housing has a dedicated team of professional and student staff to ensure students’ safety, a sense of community, and administrative operations. Program Assistants (PAs) will live on the floor with students. PAs and Graduate Assistants accompany students on all scheduled activities that take them beyond the immediate Washington Square Park area.
Students will check-in each morning and each evening with the PAs, but are responsible for getting themselves to and from classes each day.

Monday through Thursday, curfew is at 11:00 p.m., and students are expected to be in the residence hall at that time. Friday and Saturday, curfew is at 12:00 a.m. Bed check occurs at 1:00 a.m.

 The costs for the Precollege Residential Option are summarized below.

Tuition (per 8 credits) $9,760
University Service Fee (mandatory) $337
Program Fee (special events and activities) $250
Housing in double occupancy room $1,224
Meal plan: 10 meals + $25 Dining Dollars per week $750
Approximate Total* $12,321

*Books and incidentals are not included in this estimate.


Students who are enrolled for NYU Summer Sessions and would like to live in NYU housing are guaranteed a space for the term in which they are studying .

If you choose NYU housing, you will live with roommates in a traditional or apartment-style suite, either walking distance from campus or easily accessible by public transportation. You’ll also have the option to sign up for a meal plan for easy dining in any of the available dining locations on campus. NYU offers 24-hour security in residence halls, and some of the most desirable real estate in Manhattan at rates that are highly competitive for the area.

Summer Housing is administered through a separate office than your academic programs, so be sure to check out their website to make sure you’re aware of their dates, deadlines, and fees. And contact the Office of Residential Life & Housing Services directly with any questions you may have.

Living in NYU Summer Housing provides a great way to experience New York City during the summer. NYU residence halls provide a safe, comfortable, and convenient place to call home while you’re in New York.

NYU’s residence halls are located in some of the most vibrant neighborhoods of New York City including Greenwich Village, SoHo, and Union Square. All of our residence halls are conveniently located near public transportation, allowing you access to all that New York City offers.

Tuition and Costs

If you are registered for classes you are responsible for all costs (tuition and fees) associated with your courses. Please be aware that if you have decided not to participate in Summer in NYC, you must drop your classes via NYU Albert and notify the Office of University Programs in writing at so that you are no longer responsible for the costs.

Tuition can be calculated by taking the number of credits/units the student wishes to enroll in and multiplying it by the price per unit, $1,267. See below for an example.

Tuition University Service Fee* Total Due
3 Credits $3,612 $285 $3,897
4 Credits $5,068 $285 $5,353
8 Credits $10,136 $285 $10,421

*The mandatory University Service Fee is paid for the first credit only.

Tuition includes:

Tuition cost per credit ($1,204) plus a non-refundable registration fee of $63.00 per unit.
The Board of Trustees of New York University reserves the right to alter this schedule of fees without notice.

An electronic bill will be sent to your NYU email account once you have registered for your summer courses. You may pay via electronic check. The University will not accept partial payment. In the case of overpayment, the balance is refunded.

Additional Fees

  • Mandatory non-returnable University Services fee:
    • Students not registered for spring semester 2013 at NYU pay $285.00. Students registered for spring semester 2013 at NYU pay $255.00. NYU students who were not registered in spring semester 2013 also pay a Basic Domestic Health Insurance fee of $582.00, or a Comprehensive Domestic Health Insurance fee of $906.00. For details on waiving the fee, consult the NYU Insurance Department at (212) 443-1020 or
  • College of Arts and Sciences fee:
    • This is added to the tuition for any course offered by the College of Arts and Sciences (Subject Code ends in ‘UA’) – US $11.00 per unit/credit
  • Late registration fee:
    • This is payable after stated registration period, if the student is granted late registration permission – US $25.00
  • Course-specific fees (i.e. lab or art fees):
    • See individual course descriptions

International Students must be enrolled full-time. Full-time enrollment can be defined in one of two ways: (1) You will need a minimum of 6 points for a 6-week session, 3 points for a 3-week session, or 12 points for a 12-week session. (2) You may take a course that meets a total of 18 hours per week.

International Students

We welcome international students! In most cases, international students who want to enroll in NYU Summer Sessions must obtain a student visa in order to attend. It is important to allow plenty of time between admission and the start of the program to ensure that all visa steps are completed. As such, all international students must submit their application in full, including language proficiency scores, by the March 15, 2013 application deadline. Permanent residents and individuals in the U.S. pursuant to certain non-immigrant visa categories are not required to submit visa documentation to enroll in courses. Please contact the NYU Office of Global Services (OGS) with specific visa related questions at

All international students MUST check in with the NYU Office of Global Services (OGS) upon arrival in order to be in compliance. Visit the OGS website for a list of dates and times for visiting student check in.

Note to international students from NYU Office of Global Services (OGS): Individuals who enter the U.S. on a B visa (tourist) or pursuant to visa waiver are not eligible to participate in a course of study at NYU as a visiting student. An F-1 or J-1 student is a nonimmigrant who is pursuing a “full course of study” to achieve a specific educational objective at an academic institution in the United States. Once the educational objective has been achieved, the F-1 or J-1 student is expected by the U.S. government to depart the U.S. Pursuant to these guidelines, University Programs sessions at New York University are designed to be singular academic experiences for international students. Therefore, international students are encouraged to have one such experience per year, and should not plan to apply for more than one University Programs session per year. Please contact OGS to clarify any questions related to your particular educational objective.

International students studying in the US (at NYU or at another academic institution) who have an F-1 or J-1 visa are not required to submit additional visa documentation to enroll in courses at NYU.

NYU requires students enrolling in courses to have a F-1 or J-1 visa. The NYU Office of Global Services (OGS) can assist you in obtaining an I-20 to process your F-1 or J-1 visa. Once you have completed a program application, you will receive instructions for submitting the I-20/DS-2019 documentation. OGS will assist you in obtaining an I-20 to process your F-1 or J-1 visa. Contact them with specific visa related questions at You must fulfill the following requirements:

  • You must be enrolled as a full time student. Full-time enrollment can be defined in one of two ways: (1) You will need a minimum of 6 points for a 6-week session, 3 points for a 3-week session, or 12 points for a 12-week session. (2) You may take a course that meets a total of 18 hours per week.
  • You must provide Proof of English Proficiency as a part of program registration – acceptable formats:
    • TOEFL: minimum score of 600 on the paper-based test, 250 on the computer-based test, or 100 on the internet-based test; OR
    • IELTS: minimum overall score of 7; OR
    • Pearson’s Test of English (PTE Academic);
    • University Transcript: If you are currently attending or attended an academic institution in which English is the language of instruction you may submit an official transcript in lieu of testing. (Transcripts submitted in lieu of testing must be identified as such via an email to

Please have TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE scores sent directly to NYU from the testing agency. NYU’s institution code is 2562.

Personal Conclusions: As a kid (but still now!) being able to live on Washington Square is a treat in itself.  As with COlumbia, you pay for the privilege of being in Manhattan. Vast selection of classes. Open to younger kids, even if limited to art/theatre classes.

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