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Explore your academic interests and prepare for college success at the College & Career Lab (CCL)! CCL offers underserved middle school students attending New York City public schools the opportunity to explore a variety of academic pathways and ‘try on’ careers throughout middle and high school. Scholars dive into college-style lectures and intensive workshops led by New York University faculty on various topics, like Neuroscience and Philosophy.

Through CCL, you'll connect with industry professionals and experience what it's like to be an immigration lawyer, physical therapist, and more. Through courses, mentorship, and advising, you'll build the skills you need to prepare for college and beyond.

The Exploratory Stage introduces rising 8th- and 9th-grade students to college-level subjects and career pathways through experiential learning for four weeks in the summer. The Immersive Stage provides current CCL Scholars who are rising 10th-grade to post-high school students a deep dive into the subject areas of their choice through college courses, internship opportunities, and further hands-on career exploration.

CCL is a free six-year program, offered as a multi-week session in the summer, with Practice Labs scheduled throughout the academic year.

Program Dates
July 8 – August 2

Full Scholarship


Application Deadline
March 31

How to Apply

Students currently enrolled in the 7th or 8th grade at a New York City public school are eligible to apply. Students of all backgrounds who meet the above eligibility requirements are eligible for admission to this program. Economically disadvantaged, first-generation college-going, and students of color are encouraged to apply.

The online application includes questions about the applicant's basic information along with two short essays (250 words) on the applicant's reflection on growth and a role model in their life, and one short answer (100 words) question about the student's commitment to CCL for six years and their interest in the program.

Who You'll Study With

Areas of Study

Student Life

In the summer, students spend four weeks, Monday - Friday, from 8:00 AM - 2:30 PM with CCL advisors in classes, field trips around the city, and exploring life on a college campus. CCL provides meals and MTA transportation for this commuter program.

The Immersive Stage, for returning CCL Scholars, runs for two to three weeks during the summer from 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM, where scholars choose one content area they can learn from each summer. The topics range from Neuroscience to Philosophy, Media, Culture, and Communication to Tisch School of the Arts, and more!

Practice Labs take place on Saturdays during the academic year. They are a chance to get one-on-one coaching support for networking, resumes, and application support and continue learning about 'hidden' careers.