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About the Program

The Collegiate Seminar Program at NYU offers local area high school students the opportunity to experience the rigorous, challenging, and dynamic intellectual atmosphere of a college classroom at a major urban research university. Participants will work closely in small groups with leading NYU faculty. Each session begins with a 90-minute seminar, followed by lunch and a personalized tour of NYU's Washington Square campus.

Students who are selected to participate in the program will attend one of the seminars described below. Students will indicate their seminar preference during the nomination and application process, and will be assigned a seminar if selected.

Participation is selective. Students must be nominated by a counselor, teacher, or school administrator, and then complete an application. There is no cost to participate. The program is open only to students who will be high school juniors in Fall 2020.

The Fall 2020 nomination form will be available in April.

Fall 2020 Seminar Descriptions

Students will be able to choose one of the seminars described below. 

Application Process and Eligibility Requirements

  • The Fall 2020 nomination form will be available on April 1
  • Students must be nominated by a high school official by June 1
  • Nominated students must complete an application (this will be sent to the student by email after the nomination is received) by June 17
  • Participants must be in 11th grade in Fall 2020
  • Students will be notified of their status, and assigned a seminar if selected, in mid-July

Additional Information

This program has been convened by Fred Schwarzbach, a Clinical Professor of Humanities in Liberal Studies, where he served as dean from 2004 to 2017.

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