NYU Summer Programs for High School Students

Bonus Material: PrepMaven’s 2021 Summer Calendar

NYU has a wide variety of summer programs for high school students, especially those looking to deepen their interests in the arts, engineering, media, language, and scholarship.

We’ve compiled all of the current NYU summer programs for high schoolers (2021) in this post, including application and session details. We’ve organized these 20+ programs by the following interests:

  • Pre-College
  • Arts & Humanities
  • STEM
  • Other Summer Programs

You’ll also find information about NYU academic year programs and NYU middle school summer programs at the end of this post.

If you’re eager for more, students and parents are welcome to attend virtual information sessions for high school summer programs at NYU or request more information.

We’ve also added NYU’s summer programs to our Summer 2021 Calendar, a growing list of summer programs for competitive college applicants in one easy-to-use spreadsheet. Grab it below.

Here’s what we cover:


NYU Summer Programs for High School Students: Pre-College

There are currently 4 summer programs at NYU that emphasize pre-college or pre-professional skills:

  1. NYU Pre-College
  2. High School Academy – Career Edge
  3. NYU CALI
  4. High School Academy – Aspire

NYU Pre-College Summer Program

With NYU Pre-College, 10th and 11th graders essentially become NYU students for a six-week period over the summer. Participants earn college credits (two classes’ worth), connect with NYU faculty and students, and get oriented for college!

Students also have the option to attend the following as NYU Pre-College participants

  • A non-credit College Writing Workshop led by NYU faculty to learn college writing skills, including research
  • College 101 workshop series
  • Other special summer programs (Summer Journalism @ NYU, and Summer @ Stern)
  • Other events and activities with the NYU pre-college community

Here are some other important program details:

  • Program Cost: $5,000-$15,000
  • Program Length: 6 weeks, July 5 – August 13
  • Regular Application Deadline: June 24, 2021
  • Online/in-person: Will be all online for summer 2021

Scholarships are available — the deadline to apply for one is April 1, 2021.

NYU High School Academy – Career Edge

With Career Edge, high school students can get ready for college and get a taste for the professional world through one-week summer intensives at NYU. Participants have the chance to explore possible career paths and get a feel for life as a college student on campus.

  • Program Cost: $1,495
  • Program Length: 1 week, 4 sessions to choose from
    • Session 1: June 28 – July 2
    • Session 2: July 12 – 16
    • Session 3: July 19 – 23
    • Session 4: July 26 – July 30
  • Regular Application Deadline: June 11, 2021
  • Online/in-person: Will be all online for summer 2021

NYU College Access Leadership Institute (CALI)

The NYU College Access Leadership Institute offers high school students a week-long summer intensive that demystifies the components of the college admissions process.

CALI is led by NYU admissions officers, and it gives 10th and 11th graders thorough insight into building a college list, standardized tests, college essay writing, and more. CALI participants also can apply to NYU as seniors for free!

Here are some other important program details:

  • Program Cost: Free to accepted applicants
  • Program Length: 1 week, July 12-16
  • Regular Application Deadline: April 5, 2021
  • Online/in-person: Will be online for summer 2021

NYU High School Academy – Aspire

Current sophomores enrolled in a New York City high school are eligible to apply for the NYU High School Academy Aspire program, which prepares students from underrepresented communities to become first-generation college students.

Accepted participants take part in a one-week summer intensive and then receive 2 years of college mentoring in support.

  • Program Cost: Free (full scholarship awarded to accepted applicants)
  • Program Length: 1 week each summer (August 1-6) // 2 years of support
  • Priority Application Deadline: March 1, 2021
  • Online/in-person: Will be remote for summer 2021

NYU Summer Programs for High School Students: Arts & Humanities

There are currently 7 options for high school students wishing to pursue an NYU arts summer program:

  1. Tisch School of the Arts Summer Residential
  2. Filmmakers Workshop 
  3. Screenwriters Workshop
  4. Music and Performing Arts Professions (MPAP)
  5. NYU High School Summer Art Intensive
  6. NYU Virtual Art Program
  7. Urban Journalism Workshop

The Summer Residential

High school students who participate in the Tisch School of the Arts Summer Residential have a fantastic opportunity to earn actual credits while exploring a wide range of arts over four weeks:

  • Acting
  • Dance
  • Design
  • Dramatic writing
  • Filmmaking
  • Game Design
  • Photography and imaging
  • Production and design
  • Recorded music

The Summer Residential is based on Tisch undergraduate curriculum and culminates in 4-6 college credits. It’s open to 10th and 11th graders.

Here are some important program details:

  • Program Cost: $12,000-$13,000
  • Program Length: 4 weeks
  • Regular Application Deadline: Now Closed
  • Online/in-person: Will be online for summer 2021

Online Filmmakers Workshop

Are you an aspiring filmmaker? You won’t want to miss the Tisch School of the Arts Online Filmmakers Workshop, which gives high school students a chance to experience aspects of the Kanbar Institute of Film and Television degree program over a 6-week period.

Participants do earn credit for the work they complete, and this workshop is open to 9th-12th graders.

  • Program Cost: $6,868
  • Program Length: 6 weeks, July 11 – August 7
  • Regular Application Deadline: May 14, 2021
  • Online/in-person: Will be online for summer 2021

Online Screenwriters Workshop

Screenwriters, unite! With this workshop through Tisch, participants learn screenwriting fundamentals and create a short screenplay under the direction of Tisch faculty. 9th-12th graders earn credit for the work they complete over this six-week workshop.

  • Program Cost: $6,868
  • Program Length: 6 weeks, July 11 – August 7
  • Regular Application Deadline: May 14, 2021
  • Online/in-person: Will be online for summer 2021

Music and Performing Arts Professions (MPAP)

High school students who are passionate about music and/or the performing arts will find a lot to choose from through MPAP, summer programs offered by NYU Steinhardt. From piano to music technology intensives, there’s something for every performer.

Find the full list of options, including which programs are currently operating, here.

  • Program Cost: $1,200 – $5,000
  • Program Length: 1 week, 2 week, 3 week, or 4 week
  • Regular Application Deadline: Depends on specific program
  • Online/in-person: Depends on specific program

NYU High School Summer Art Intensive

Participants in the NYU High School Summer Art Intensive will get a taste for what it’s like to be an NYU art student over a period of 4 weeks in the summer. Sign up for studio and non-studio art courses (non-credit), and enhance your creative skills through an immersive campus experience.

For 2021, this intensive will be replaced by the NYU Virtual Art Program.

  • Program Cost: $6,200
  • Program Length: 4 weeks
  • Regular Application Deadline: N/A
  • Online/in-person: Replaced by NYU Virtual Art Program 2021

NYU Virtual Art Program

Very similar to the NYU Summer Art Intensive, this virtual program gives aspiring artists the chance to take three core classes and two elective classes led by NYU faculty and graduates of the Art and Art Professions Department, all online.

  • Program Cost: $3,000
  • Program Length: 4 weeks, July 5 – 31
  • Regular Application Deadline: May 1, 2021
  • Online/in-person: Online

Urban Journalism Workshop

Aspiring journalists have the opportunity to participate in a rigorous boot-camp over 10 days in the company of 20 other high school students. During the NYU Urban Journalism Workshop, you’ll receive NYU faculty instruction, produce your own stories, and gain valuable insight into the college admissions process.

  • Program Cost: Free to admitted applicants
  • Program Length: 10 days, July 19-28
  • Regular Application Deadline: April 26, 2021
  • Online/in-person: Online and in-person mix for 2021

NYU Summer Programs for High School Students: STEM

High school students have 9 STEM-related summer programs to choose from at NYU for 2021.

  1. ARISE
  2. NYU GSTEM
  3. Science and Technology Entry Program
  4. Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences Summer Math Program for Young Scholars
  5. Coding for Game Design
  6. Machine Learning (Tandon)
  7. XR Through Virtual Worlds (Tandon)
  8. Connected Devices (Tandon)
  9. Computer Science for Cybersecurity (Tandon)

Applied Research Innovations in Science and Engineering (ARISE)

ARISE caters to academically motivated students in the STEM field from underrepresented communities, giving participants an immersive experience in the world of civil and urban engineering, robotics, and mechanical and electrical engineering. Students also receive college admissions guidance and a stipend for completing the program.

  • Program Cost: Free to admitted applicants
  • Program Length: 7 weeks, June 25 – August 15, 2021
  • Regular Application Deadline: March 1, 2021
  • Online/in-person: Online and in-person mix for 2021

NYU GSTEM

Looking to take a deep dive into STEM in an inclusive environment? NYU GSTEM allows students historically underrepresented in the sciences to work alongside researchers and develop skillsets and a peer network they need to succeed in a future STEM-based career path.

  • Program Cost: $3,250
  • Program Length: 6 weeks, July 6 – August 13, 2021
  • Regular Application Deadline: April 15, 2021
  • Online/in-person: In person for 2021

Science and Technology Entry Program (STEP)

NYC high school students seeking a pre-college STEM-based enrichment program shouldn’t overlook STEP, designed to encourage historically underrepresented minority groups in STEM-related fields. STEP includes both academic year and summer sessions.

  • Program Cost: $350 (waivers available)
  • Program Length: 5 weeks, July 6 – August 5, 2021
  • Regular Application Deadline: March 5, 2021
  • Online/in-person: Will be online for summer 2021

Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences Summer Math Program for Young Scholars

With NYU’s Summer Math Program for Young Scholars, participants have a chance to experience college-level math, graph theory, combinatorics, and other concepts with academically motivated peers.

  • Program Cost: $1,000 (financial aid available)
  • Program Length: 3 weeks, August 9 – 27, 2021
  • Regular Application Deadline: May 1, 2021
  • Online/in-person: Will be online for summer 2021

Coding for Game Design

NYU’s Consortium for Research and Evaluation of Advanced Technologies in Education (CREATE) brings aspiring game designers a 2-week coding summer program at NYU. Participants learn about Unity, game design principles, and how to code their own games. This is a non-credit summer program.

  • Program Cost: $2,400
  • Program Length: 2 weeks, 3 sessions to choose from
    • Session 1: June 21 – July 2
    • Session 2: July 12 – 23
    • Session 3: August 2 – 13
  • Regular Application Deadline: May 31, 2021
  • Online/in-person: Online

Machine Learning Program (Tandon)

High school students passionate about machine learning have the opportunity to deepen their interest and skill set through the Tandon School’s Machine Learning non-credit summer program. Experience over 50 instructional hours delivered by NYU Tandon School of Engineering faculty and graduate students.

This program is designed for “academically prepared, highly motivated” students who have successfully completed Algebra 2 or an equivalent course.

  • Program Cost: $2,000
  • Program Length: 2 weeks, 3 sessions to choose from
    • Session 1: June 21 – July 2
    • Session 2: July 12 – 23 
    • Session 3: August 2 – August 13
  • Regular Application Deadline: May 25, 2021
  • Online/in-person: Online

XR Through Virtual Worlds (Tandon)

With the Tandon School of Engineer’s XR Through Virtual Worlds summer program, high school students take a deep dive into the realm of augmented reality. Learn what it takes to become an AR storyteller through over 50 non-credit instructional hours delivered by NYU faculty and graduate students.

  • Program Cost: $2,000
  • Program Length: 2 weeks, 3 sessions to choose from
    • Session 1: June 21 – July 2
    • Session 2: July 12 – 23 
    • Session 3: August 2 – August 13
  • Regular Application Deadline: May 25, 2021
  • Online/in-person: Will be online for summer 2021

Connected Devices (Tandon)

The third Tandon School summer program offering is Connected Devices, participants learn what it takes to build a device connected to the internet. Open to 8th through 11th graders, this program is suited for academically driven, highly motivated students curious about the Internet of Things revolution.

  • Program Cost: $2,000
  • Program Length: 2 weeks, 3 sessions to choose from
    • Session 1: June 21 – July 2
    • Session 2: July 12 – 23 
    • Session 3: August 2 – August 13
  • Regular Application Deadline: May 25, 2021
  • Online/in-person: Will be online for summer 2021

Tandon School’s Computer Science for Cybersecurity (CS4CS)

At CS4CS, high school students gain a solid introduction to cybersecurity and computer science. This program is designed to empower young engineers who have historically faced underrepresentation in STEM sciences.

  • Program Cost: Free to admitted applicants
  • Program Length: 3 weeks, July 12 – July 30, 2021
  • Regular Application Deadline: April 12, 2021
  • Online/in-person: Will be online for summer 2021

NYU Summer Programs: Other

There are two other NYU summer programs students might want to consider, depending on their interests:

  1. Mastering English
  2. Bronfam Center for Jewish Student Life: Summer Excelerator 

Mastering English Program

Hone your English skills with NYU’s Mastering English Program, which offers participants three non-credit courses of instruction in relevant content areas: global business, career pathways to international organizations, and storytelling and social media.

  • Program Cost: $2,000 – $5,000
  • Program Length: 3 weeks, July 26 – August 13, 2021

Bronfam Center for Jewish Student Life: Summer Excelerator

10th-12th graders experience a unique internship and leadership development program with the Bronfam Summer Excelerator. Acquire entrepreneurial skills and professional experience to bolster your resume and build a robust peer network.

  • Program Cost: $2,000
  • Program Length: 6 weeks, August 9 – 27, 2021
  • Regular Application Deadline: May 1, 2021
  • Online/in-person: Online and in-person mix for 2021

NYU Summer Programs for Middle School Students

Middle school students have a chance to experience NYU through the following summer programs:

NYU Academic Year Programs

High school students can also experience aspects of NYU during the academic year. Here’s a list of NYU academic year programs for high schoolers:

Download PrepMaven’s 2021 Summer Calendar

High school students have a lot to choose from when it comes to NYU summer programs this 2021. That’s why we created PrepMaven’s FREE Summer Calendar, which compiles competitive summer programs for high school students in one easy-to-use spreadsheet.

Here’s what you’ll get:

  • An organized list of NYU Summer Programs for 2021
  • Additional summer programs for 2021, including Princeton summer programs
  • Session start and end dates
  • Relevant links


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