July 15 - 20, 2018 

The annual New York University College Access Leadership Institute (NYU CALI) is designed for high school sophomores and juniors to demystify the often daunting college admissions process.

This program will include workshops and small group sessions on a variety of topics:

  • college admissions
  • college entrance test preparation
  • essay and resume writing
  • interviewing and presentation skills
  • financial aid literacy

Program graduates will be certified College Access Ambassadors and will be required to act as mentors and advisers in their respective high schools by conducting their very own college application workshop.

Successful applicants to the NYU CALI program come from underrepresented communities and are academically strong high school students from the New York metro/tri-state area. They also demonstrate exceptional leadership abilities within their schools and communities. If selected, students are awarded a full scholarship to the institute, and they are only expected to cover travel expenses to and from the NYU campus.

Want to learn more?

Learn more about NYU CALI and NYU's additional High School Programs by attending an in person information session. RSVP Today!

Applying to NYU CALI

For guidance in submitting the components of the online NYU CALI application, refer to the chart below.

The deadline to apply to NYU CALI was April 16th.

CALI Application Materials Submission Method*
Application Online
Activities List/Resume Online (part of application)
Essays #1 and #2 Online (part of application)
Recommendation Letters (2) Online as part of application OR mailed by recommendor
Test Scores** Varies by type of test score***

*Applications materials can be uploaded to the application or mailed to: 

NYU College Access Leadership Institute
NYU Admissions
383 Lafayette Street
New York, NY 10003

**If you have not taken the PSAT, SAT or ACT, you may still apply to NYU CALI. Providing us with your standardized test results (if available) provides us with additional academic information with which to review your application. Not submitting standardized test results will not negatively impact the review of your application.

*** SAT or ACT scores can be submitted directly from the testing organization. (NYU Code for SAT: 2562; NYU Code for ACT: 2838.) PSAT scores can come directly from your guidance counselor or principal. You may also print PSAT, SAT, ACT scores directly from the College Board website and send them via postal mail to our address, above. You may also submit screen shots of any test scores via email to admissions.docs@nyu.edu.

NYU Application Fee Waivers

All students who complete the NYU CALI program receive an NYU Application Fee Waiver, which they may use should they decide to apply to NYU for college in their senior year of high school.

Need help submitting your CALI application?

If you're having trouble accessing the application, it's always good to have a fresh start! Try following these instructions to clear your cache. If the problems persist, or if you have general questions about completing the application, you may contact the NYU Office of University programs for assistance by emailing summer.cali@nyu.edu

Program Contact

Jimmy Suarez
College Access Leadership Institute