College & Career Lab

July 8 - August 9, 2019

NYU's College and Career Lab —led by faculty at NYU's School of LawStern School of BusinessTisch School of the ArtsSteinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development, and Tandon School of Engineering—will expose students to introductory week-long courses within each featured academic school. Each student will be paired in a group with an NYU student advisor, from the NYU College Advising Corps, to provide mentorship and guidance for the duration of the Lab.

The College and Career Lab is designed to serve economically disadvantaged, first-generation college going, and historically underrepresented students residing full-time in the NYC metro area. The goal of the Lab is to prepare, support, and inspire students to think about various career paths while exposing students to a college campus. The Lab allows students to gain valuable skills that prepare them with opportunities to thrive.

Program Details

NYU’s College and Career Lab is an intensive, free, non-credit, five-week summer program for rising 8th and 9th graders in the NYC Metro area. Students can expect to meet at NYU’s Washington Square Campus for the duration of the five-week program and will be in classes from 9:00 am - 4:00 pm on weekdays. The program schedule will be provided to students and families during acceptance to the program.

Daily schedule:

  • 9am - 10am: Welcome and review with College Advising Corps

  • 10am - 12pm: Faculty-led class

  • 12pm - 1pm: Lunch (provided) with College Advising Corps

  • 1pm - 3pm: Afternoon workshop, activity, or field trip

  • 3pm - 4pm: Daily de-briefing with College Advising Corps

  • 4pm: Departure

*Housing is not provided for this program.

Program Timeline

  • July 8th (8 - 9AM): Orientation (parents and guardians welcome)
  • July 8 - 12: Introduction to the Arts
  • July 15 - 19: Introduction to Business
  • July 22 - 26: Introduction to Law
  • July 29 - Aug 2: Introduction to Steinhardt: Culture, Education and Human Development
  • Aug 5 - 9: Creativity in Engineering, Science, and Technology (CrEST)
  • Aug 9: Graduation (parents and guardians welcome)

Program Criteria and Eligibility

  • Must be a rising 8th or 9th grader.

  • Should attend an NYC metro area public, charter, or home school.

  • The program is meant to serve economically disadvantaged, first-generation college going, and historically underrepresented students.

*All applications will be reviewed for admittance to the program

Application Process

Applications will be accepted from February 15th until April 15th for Summer 2019. Students should expect to receive a decision by May 15th.

  1. Complete the online application
    1. Background Information
    2. Short Answer/Essay Questions
    3. Household Questions
  2. Provide NYU with a copy of your school transcript. An unofficial copy can be submitted.


Course Descriptions

All students will participate in each of the 5 courses listed below as part of the program, selections are not required.

Introduction to the Arts

The Tisch School of the Arts will enable students to experience a range of artistic disciplines that support the fundamental premise, that studying the arts is central to becoming an educated citizen of the world. The week at Tisch will bridge expression, technology, collaboration and storytelling in multiple artistic forms (film, drama, dance, photography, etc.). This week will facilitate the creative process by asking, “Who am I? - What stories do I have to tell? - Why is my story important to be told? - Why is it important for me to listen to others and the stories that they have to tell?”  

Introduction to Business

This week - taught by NYU Stern faculty and doctoral students - will introduce students to the foundations of business development and how different types of businesses operate. Students will delve into the basics of money and finance, including how to make personal financial decisions - for example, how do credit cards work and should I pay interest on my credit card? Students will get the opportunity to interact with business professionals representing a wide range of business areas.

Introduction to Law

Students will take classes with New York University School of Law professors and learn about important and timely issues that affect New Yorkers. Students will attend lectures and participate in small group discussions and exercises related to topics such as free speech, criminal law, and immigration. Current NYU Law students, practicing attorneys, and administrators from the Law School will talk to students about the variety of career opportunities available in law and the path to law school.

Introduction to Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development

Students will take classes with NYU Steinhardt faculty that introduces them to the variety of academic programs and career paths Steinhardt has to offer. From learning about careers in applied psychology, higher education, media studies, music, and music professions, and food studies - students will combine inquiry in the liberal arts and sciences with hands-on activities. Students will also be introduced to, and engage with a wide variety of professionals designing and using new technologies in these diverse careers. Students can expect to grapple with the ways that new technologies are designed, get produced, for what purposes, and how they both extend and constrain how we live and live with others in a global society.

Creativity in Engineering, Science & Technology (CrEST)

Creativity in Engineering, Science, and Technology (CrEST) teaches students about circuitry, electronics, design, 3D printing and mechanical systems and how to use skills and knowledge in these areas to create interactive devices. This week-long workshop will cover themes like 3D modelling software, microcontroller programming, basic electronics, and connecting devices to the internet to transmit data and control other devices (the "Internet of Things"). CrEST is taught by Engineering school graduate/undergraduate students alongside New York City high school students who have been trained in these fields through a 60-hour weekend course on the Tandon, School of Engineering campus.

Program Contact

Alexandria Meier
NYU College & Career Lab


The NYU College & Career Lab is in partnership with The NYU College Advising Corps. The College Advising Corps works to increase the number of first-generation college going, low-income, and/or underrepresented students who apply, enter, and complete college. We do this by placing recent college graduates from one of our partner universities as full-time college advisers in some of America’s underserved high schools. We believe that every student deserves the opportunity to enter and complete higher education.