College Access Leadership Institute (CALI)
Demystify college admissions with NYU CALI!
The College Access Leadership Institute (CALI) is a summer program designed to help rising high school juniors and seniors navigate the college admissions process. Led by NYU Admissions counselors, CALI is a series of intensive workshops and seminars that prepare you to apply for and succeed at college.
Dive into key aspects of the college application and transition process, such as essay writing, building your college list, and applying for financial aid and scholarships. You'll complete the program empowered with the knowledge and new skills you'll need to conquer college applications with confidence.
NYU CALI is tuition-free. There are no costs associated with applying to or participating in the program.
How to Apply
Eligible applicants will be high school students currently enrolled in the 10th or 11th grade with strong academic backgrounds.
To apply, you will complete our online application, which incudes questions about your personal and academic information, an unofficial high school transcript, a letter of recommendation from a teacher or counselor, and a short essay response (<650 words).
Once you submit the application creation form, you will receive an email with instructions and log in credentials to complete the application. Please submit you application and all required materials by April 3rd to be considered for admission to CALI.
CALI is designed to improve access to higher education for students in the New York City area whose socioeconomic class and/or first-generation statuses are underrepresented in higher education.
Areas of Study
Finding Your College Fit
Academic opportunities, campus culture, and student life can vary significantly from one college or university to another. Would you rather study at a small liberal arts college, or at a large research university? Do you want to go to school somewhere far away, or stick close to home?
When considering where to apply to college, it's important to consider what experiences you want to have, and where you want to spend your college career. Through CALI workshops and assignments, you'll start to narrow down your college list to focus on the schools that are right for you.
Acing the College Essay
The essay portion of the college application is your chance to show admissions counselors who you are in your own words. For many students, essay writing can be the most stressful part of the admissions process.
CALI students workshop their essays with the guidance of NYU Admissions counselors. You'll get expert advice on how to interpret and respond to essay prompts and how to structure are compose your essay. You'll live the program with a polished draft that you can use in your applications.
Conquering Standardized Tests
Learn valuable tips and tricks to prepare for standardized tests like the SAT and ACT.
Financial Education and Navigating Financial Aid
College is a big investment, and there are a lot of factors to consider when assessing the cost of your degree.
NYU's Office of Financial Education offers CALI students workshops on understanding the costs of attending college, how to apply for federal and institutional financial aid, and how to navigate financial aid packages.
CALI also offers an informational session on scholarship opportunities and how to research and apply for scholarships and grants to help you pay for college.
COVID-19 Vaccination Requirements & Safety Measures
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, NYU has in place ongoing public health measures and requirements to ensure the safety of all University community members. As enrolled students in a summer program, all NYU CALI students coming to campus in person or participating in any in-person University-sponsored activities (whether on or off campus) must adhere to University guidelines and policies.
Below are highlights of these policies as of February 2023. More information, including updates as the pandemic evolves, can be found on the NYU COVID-19 Information website. Students will also receive COVID-19-related information via NYU email and at their program orientation.
All students are required to be fully vaccinated and boosted with an FDA-authorized or WHO-listed vaccine and must upload vaccination records to the NYU Student Health Center portal before the start of their program. Students who are not compliant with the vaccination requirement will not have access to campus buildings, facilities, or NYU-sponsored activities (both on and off campus), and may be de-enrolled from their program or face other serious consequences.
Students participating in an online program who will not be on campus in person or participate in any in-person University-sponsored activities (such as internships, practicums, field placements, immersion experiences, field trips, and events) at any time during the summer do not need to submit proof of vaccination.
Students may request an exemption from the vaccination requirement for medical or religious reasons. Review of exemption requests takes approximately ten business days, so please submit your request with adequate time for review before the start of a program.
Other COVID-19 Protocols
As of February 2023, there are a few protocols in place for the health and safety of the community. These include optional masking, reporting positive cases, and isolating at home if ill or testing positive for COVID-19. Up-to-date information on University campus health protocols can be found on the NYU COVID-19 Information website.