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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

Areas of Study

Student Life

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.


Program Dates

Session 1:
July 10–14

Session 2:
July 17–21

Session 3:
July 24–28

Session 4:
July 31–August 4

Session 5:
August 7-11

Session 6:
August 14-18


Application fee:
$25 (non-refundable)

Tuition and program fees:

Housing and dining Fees:
$607 per week*

*Housing & Dining Fees still being finalized



Application Deadlines

International students:
April 15

Residential U.S. students:
May 15

Commuter U.S. students:
June 15

Online Courses:
July 15