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Explore your academic interests and prepare for college success at the College & Career Lab (CCL)! CCL offers historically excluded 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 in a variety of topics, like Neuroscience and Philosophy.

Through CCL, you'll connect with industry professionals and get to experience what it's like to be an immigration lawyer, physcial 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 six-year program, offered as a multi-week session in the summer, with Practice Labs scheduled throughout the academic year.

Program Dates
July 10 – August 4

Full Scholarship


Application Deadline
April 1

How to Apply

Eligible applicants will be currently enrolled in the 7th or 8th grade at a New York City public school. The program is designed to serve economically disadvantaged, first-generation college-going, and historically exluded students in NYC.  

The online application includes questions about the applicant's basic information along with two short (250 words) essays on applicants' hobbies and a role model in their life, and one 100 words short answer 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. Meals and MTA transportation are provided for this commuter program.

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

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