College and Career Lab
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.
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
Tisch School of the Arts
NYU Tisch will enable students to experience a range of artistic disciplines that support the fundamental premise: studying the arts is central to becoming an educated citizen of the world. An arts program will bridge expression, technology, collaboration, and storytelling in multiple artistic forms (film, drama, dance, photography, etc.). These classes with Dr. Antonio (Associate Arts Professor in the Department of Art and Public Policy, the Interim Chair of the Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music, and the Senior Associate Dean for Strategic Initiatives) 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?”
Leonard Stern School of Business
NYU Stern is one of the world’s most recognized leaders and innovators in business education. During the week at Stern, students will be introduced to a set of core subjects at the heart of business–economics, accounting, marketing, technology, and entrepreneurship–taught by some of the School’s leading faculty. The daily, high-velocity, academic short courses will be complemented by meet-and-greets with Stern alumni who are rising leaders in the business world, representing companies like Facebook, Google, EY, and others, as well as an entrepreneur who has founded a company while an undergraduate NYU student! They will share their first-hand experiences of pursuing a business education and then forging careers with their skills and networks.
New York University School of Law
Students will take classes with New York University School of Law professors, led by Lisa Hoyes, Assistant Dean for Public Service. Dr. Hoyes and the Public Interest Law Center lead students through lectures and discussions to learn about important and timely issues that affect New Yorkers. Students will hear from external partners such as the Bronx Defenders and participate in small group discussions and exercises related to topics such as free speech, criminal law, and immigration. The week culminates in a lively debate in which students are taught research techniques and debate tactics to make for a thrilling final day.
Tandon School of Engineering
Students will take classes with Tandon School of Engineering professors and learn about civil engineering, computer science, ethics in artificial intelligence, and more. Students will attend lectures, participate in small group discussions, and explore through hands-on activities.
Global Public Health
At NYU School of Global Public Health students are exposed to the global nature of public health, emphasizing the ways in which populations and environments interact across the globe to shape health outcomes. Students are introduced to key approaches and current issues in the field of public health, both in the United States and throughout the world.
The health sciences week will be an introduction to NYU Grossman School of Medicine, the Neuroscience Institute, and Rory Meyers College of Nursing. Through hands-on activities and lectures from faculty and professionals in the field, students will learn about what it takes to enter into one of these career tracks. Students also explore careers in dentistry at the College of Dentistry that includes key thinking behind providing the best oral health care, engaging in research, scholarship, and creative endeavors to improve the health of the highly diverse populations in New York City and around the world.
Areas of Study
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.
Introduction to Business
NYU Stern is one of the world’s most recognized leaders and innovators in business education. CCL Scholars will be introduced to a set of core subjects at the heart of business–economics, accounting, marketing, technology, and entrepreneurship–taught by some of the School’s leading faculty. The daily courses will be complemented by meet-and-greets with Stern alumni who are rising leaders in the business world, representing companies like Facebook, Google, EY, and others, as well as an entrepreneur who has founded a company while an undergraduate NYU student!
Introduction the 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.
Introduction to Global Public Health
Students are exposed to the global nature of public health, emphasizing the ways in which populations and environments interact across the globe to shape health outcomes. Through the NYU School of Global Public Health students are introduced to key approaches and current issues in the field of public health, both in the United States and throughout the world.
Introduction to Culture, Education, and Human Development
Students will take classes with NYU Steinhardt faculty that introduce 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.
Introduction to Health Sciences
Students will have an introduction to the Grossman School of Medicine, Rory Meyers School of Nursing, and the College of Dentistry. Students will hear from faculty and professionals in the field about what it takes (and participate in hands on activities) to enter into one of these career tracks.
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.
My student is in high school - are they eligible to apply to the Immersive Stage?
No, CCL Immersive Stage is for high school students that have completed the Exploratory Stage as a rising 8th or 9th grader. Students are only admitted to CCL as a rising 8th or 9th grader.
My student does not attend an NYC public, charter, or home school. Is my student still eligible to apply?
Although the program is targeted to students who attend NYC public, charter, or home schools, all applications will be reviewed. If your student attends an independent or parochial school but there are extenuating circumstances around your student’s access to college, we encourage you to communicate these in the application in the additional information section.
My student does not live in the NYC area, is my student still eligible to apply?
CCL is tailored to students from New York City that attend school in one of the five boroughs.
How much does the program cost?
CCL is completely free for students to participate in for all six-years. During the summer program we provide meals, and MTA transportation to ensure students can participate.