Did you know that high school students in 10th through 12th grade can take college courses at NYU virtually? That’s because NYU Precollege, an immersive college experience usually hosted on NYU’s campus during the summer, is now offering an additional online session this spring.

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Why Precollege?

As a high school student participating in NYU Spring Precollege, you attend classes virtually alongside current NYU students. These are real undergraduate courses. That means you can get a head start on learning how to engage in a college-level classroom, begin to explore disciplines you might want to major in, and earn college credits that you can use to jumpstart your progress toward your academic goals. What’s more, NYU Spring Precollege also has programming dedicated to helping you adjust to the college setting and prepare for your college search and application process.

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How Does It Work?

Spring Precollege offers courses in more than 30 subjects. Courses are taught by NYU’s highly regarded and dynamic faculty, who are top thinkers in their field. They also use their industry connections to bring impressive guests into the classroom. You might have a seminar with an Oscar-winning film director, or hear a lecture by a Pulitzer-winning writer. When it comes to course selection, you’ll find options from Applied Psychology to Dramatic Writing, and much more. NYU’s spring semester starts in late January and runs for 15 weeks, finishing in mid-May. That means you’ll have plenty of time to get to know other students in your class and collaborate on projects.

At the same time, you will also take College 101, a series of workshops designed to help you thrive in your NYU courses and prepare for your college search and application process. Alongside fellow NYU Spring Precollege students, you will learn about writing college-level academic papers and conducting research. You will also learn from experts about the college admissions process and build skills that will help you create a strong college application.

To learn more about what makes NYU Precollege unique, check out this interview with program director Kristin Balicki. Then head to the NYU Precollege website for application information.


Cat has been telling NYU stories for nearly 10 years with NYU’s University Relations and Public Affairs Office of Marketing Communications and is constantly inspired by what the people of this community make real. She’s also a proud alum of the NYU MFA program in creative writing, and runs a literary magazine in her free time. When she needs to get away from words, she does work in her neighborhood gardens and parks.