NYU College Access Leadership Institute

Are you thinking about about applying to a college or university? Do you have questions about the rigorous admissions process? The NYU College Access Leadership Institute (NYU CALI) can help you understand the sometimes daunting admissions process and make your dreams come true. College Access is important to NYU, which is why we developed a program to help current high school students learn about the U.S. selection and evaluation process for college, regardless of where you want to apply.

NYU CALI Students on Tour

What to Expect

Participants of the NYU College Access Leadership Institute will experience a variety of workshops and activities. All of the sessions tackle a specific section of the college admissions process. During the week you will have large group sessions facilitated by various members of the NYU community and our friends and colleagues from other colleges and universities. The session topics include essay writing, financial literacy, standardized testing prep, and more. 

Throughout the week you will also participate in small group meetings. One of the aspects that makes NYU CALI unique is the fact that your facilitators are all NYU admissions counselors. This means you are getting the information straight from the source. This is what admissions counselors do for a living and they want to share this information with you. Each and every one of them are committed to promoting college access and help alleviate any stress the process might ensue. 

In addition to admissions counselors, you will also interact with guidance counselors who are equally committed to college access. We understand some of you come from under resourced schools or perhaps you are unable to meet with your guidance counselor because the class size is too large. During the program you will receive individualized attention and construct your very own college/university list to apply to based on what you’ve learned. 

NYU CALI Students at College Fair

Experience it for Yourself

By the time NYU CALI is over, our participants will feel very accomplished. In addition to the workshops mentioned above, our students will get hands on experience in various areas. For example, previous participants visited different college campuses, took a simulated SAT exam, participated in community service, and attended a college fair. It is important for our students to have all of these diverse experiences. Program graduates will be certified college access ambassadors and will be charged with sharing what they learned to their communities.

NYU CALI Students in Classroom

Who Can Apply?

Successful applicants to the NYU College Access Leadership Institute come from underrepresented communities and are academically strong high school students. The program requires you to be a rising junior or senior when the program takes place over the summer. This means you should be a current sophomore or junior when applying to NYU CALI. Priority will be given to applicants from the New York City metro/tri-state area.

Applications for NYU College Access Institute will go live on February 15th. Don’t forget to mark your calendar.