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About the Program

The NYU Collegiate Seminar Program offers high school juniors the opportunity to experience college-level classes at a top-tier research university. Selected students will participate in one or more 90-minute seminar-style classes taught by leading NYU faculty in a variety of academic subjects.

This fall, you can experience the dynamic, intellectually rigorous environment of an NYU classroom as a high school student. Small, seminar-style classes allow students to engage in discussion with faculty and classmates on some of today's most pressing topics. Explore how photography can be used to advocate for social change; discover how climate change is impacting urban infrastructure design; or examine religious liberty under U.S. law. View the Fall 2021 Collegiate Seminar schedule below. 

The NYU Collegiate Seminar program is free to attend, and open to U.S. high school students who will be in the 11th grade in Fall 2021. 

Please note that five of eleven seminars offered in Fall 2021 will be conducted online. Students who live outside the commutable New York City Metro area (or otherwise unable to participate in an in-person seminar) will be eligible to apply to the online seminars only. The remaining seminars will be conducted in-person on NYU's downtown NYC campus. Students must be able to travel to campus to participate in the on campus seminars.

Participation in the Collegiate Seminar is selective. Students must be nominated by a teacher or counselor at their school in order to apply. Students select their preferred seminar during the nomination and application process and, if selected for admission, will be placed in one or more of their preferred classes. 

Fall 2021 Seminar Descriptions

Application Process and Eligibility Requirements

  • Nominate a student by filling out a Collegiate Seminar Nomination Form.
  • Students must be nominated by a high school official
  • The deadline to nominate a student is July 20th
  • Nominated students must complete an application (this will be sent to the student by email after the nomination is received)
  • The application deadline is July 27th
  • Participants must be in 11th grade in Fall 2021
  • Students will be notified of their admissions status and seminar placement on a rolling basis in August.

Additional Information

This program has been convened by Fred Schwarzbach, a Clinical Professor of Humanities in Liberal Studies, where he served as dean from 2004 to 2017.

For more information, e-mail collegiateseminars@nyu.edu.