SPS High School Academy: Career Edge
The NYU School of Professional Studies High School Academy Career Edge program offers high school students a unique opportunity to explore possible career options, while gaining an understanding of what it's like to live on an urban college campus.
Immersive one-week courses in exciting subjects provide students with an up-close look at traditional and emerging careers in fields, like publishing, business start ups, event planning, finance, medicine and many more. Students also boost their college readiness, gaining familiarity with what life at an urban college campus is like, how to prepare for college, and how to decide what career might be right for them.
Participants in the program live and learn with students from around the world as they take in all that NYC has to offer. Course content is rigorous and challenging. Extracurricular activities supplement classroom learning and provide a wealth of opportunity to socialize and see the iconic sights for which NYC is known.
How to Apply
This program is open to students who have successfully completed grades 9, 10, or 11.
To apply, you must submit the online application, a 250-500 word essay, and an official high school transcript.
Essay prompt: Please describe why you would like to take your selected course(s). Please include any previous courses you've taken in this subject or previous experiences with this subject. Give more detail as to why you would like to take this course over the summer. Your response should be 250-500 words total. If selecting multiple courses, please contain all responses to a single essay.
Program Faculty Directors
Lilian Ajayi-Ore is an award-winning chief learning officer, digital marketing strategist, and data scientist with over 17 years of industry experience. She has worked with top corporations including NBC Universal, Panasonic, IBM, The Home Depot, Saks Fifth Avenue, Macy's, and CitiBank.
Lilian is a social entrepreneur and a member of the university faculty at NYU with over six years of distinguished academic experience. She has been named a Faculty Innovator at NYU and was recognized as the 2019-2020 Dean's Innovation Scholar in Learning and Teaching (Grant Recipient). Lilian is a Harvard alumna, and she earned a Master’s in Education from the University of Pennsylvania's Graduate School of Education, where she is also a doctoral fellow.
Jimmy K. Pang
Jimmy Pang manages a high net-worth family office with locations in Shanghai and New York, and he teaches at the undergraduate and graduate level in NYU's School of Professional Studies.
Jimmy has 25 years of investment experience. In 1996, he joined AllianceBernstein building quantitative models in London, and he managed Global Growth portfolios totaling $30 Billion in AUM including European, Emerging Markets, and Asia portfolio teams. From 2006, he oversaw Asia Growth in Hong Kong. In 2012, he became CIO of BOCOM Asset Management and initiated three funds. Jimmy is a CFA charterholder with a bachelor's degree from Northwestern University.
Areas of Study
There’s no better place to learn about business than New York City. Explore topics and careers in finance, start-ups, financial technology, investing, investment banking and more. Students will gain first-hand experience with financial tools, stock trading and Wall Street culture from guest speakers and field trips. Instructors are active experts in their field with years of experience.
Paging all future doctors, nurses, and healthcare workers! Begin preparing for an exciting career in the healthcare industry by learning about career opportunities in allied health and medicine. Students will gain exposure to a range of specialties, hear first-hand accounts from practitioners, and leave with an understanding of the wide variety of opportunities in highly in-demand fields.
High school meets law school in this program's immersive and interactive law courses. Discover what it takes to get to law school, and learn about Torts, business law, and criminal justice while weighing in on important cases under the guidance of practicing lawyers.
If you’ve never lived away from home and are considering going away to college, the Career Edge program provides a safe and fun environment where you can experience independence while learning about the responsibilities of living on a college campus. As a participant, you'll live in a real NYU dorm, eat in NYU’s dining halls, and have access to the university's world class resources and facilities.
You’ll also be able to explore all that NYC has to offer with other high school students from around the world. A wide range of on- and off-campus cultural activities and programs are available to help you learn, explore the city, and connect with new friends.
How selective is the program?
Career Edge is a selective program, and students offered admission typically have a B grade average or higher.
Is there an application fee?
Yes, there is a $25 non-refundable application fee at time of application. Additionally, tuition fees are charged for each course taken. Housing and dining fees are also assessed for students living on campus. After students are admitted, they will be registered for their selected course(s) and a tuition bill will be generated. Students must clear their balance before the first day of class.
No financial aid, scholarships or discounts are available for Career Edge.
When will I know my admissions decision?
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, which means we will review and act on complete applications as they are received. Typically, applications are reviewed within two or three weeks of submission.
Is housing available?
University housing is available for students who will be age 15 or older at the time of the program. Students younger than 15 at the time of the program are ineligible to live in NYU housing.
As summer housing is available on a first-come, first-served basis, we encourage you to apply early.
Typically, Career Edge students are housed in Palladium Hall. All university summer housing is “suite style,” meaning there is one large suite comprising two adjoining rooms and an en suite bathroom. There are two beds per room, for a total of four students in each suite. Single rooms are not available. Each suite is equipped with a mini fridge.
NYU does not allow students to request roommates during the summer sessions. There are no exceptions, and students cannot switch rooms upon arrival.
Additional local, state, and federal guidelines must be followed for students living on-campus during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Are meals provided?
Students living on campus are automatically signed up for a meal plan, which is charged to their account alongside their housing bill. The meal plan provides access to campus dining halls on weekdays and weekends. Dining halls also accept cash and major debit and credit cards as methods of payment.
Additional local, state, and federal guidelines must be followed for indoor dining on-campus during the COVID-19 pandemic.
What's a typical day in the program like?
Students spend their days attending lectures, doing group work, interacting with guest speakers and going on site visits. Classes take place Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., with a 90-minute lunch break.
After class, students can study, socialize with other students from all over the world, explore NYU and the city, and participate in optional evening events. Students schedules may vary depending upon the course in which they are enrolled.
Will completing the program help me gain admission to NYU?
Successful completion of any NYU School of Professional Studies High School Academy course will add to your admissions profile, but participation in the High School Academy does not guarantee admission to NYU or to any other university.
July 31–August 4
Tuition and program fees:
Housing and dining Fees:
$607 per week*
*Housing & Dining Fees still being finalized
Residential U.S. students:
Commuter U.S. students: