NYU Precollege: What It Is and What It Means for You

Road test a college experience before applying as a four-year student

NYU Precollege students working together on a project.

Picture this—you’re ready to get your driver’s license, you do all your research online, maybe visit the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) in person, talk to a few experienced drivers, and then go to the DMV to pick up your license. That’s it. Did you notice I didn’t say you took a driver’s test?! Crazy, right? Well, that’s kind of like attending college without testing it out first.

This is where NYU Precollege comes in. Precollege allows you to take real college classes, earn credits, and see what life is like as a student at NYU. All before you graduate high school. Kind of like taking your driverʼs test. Admissions counselors view Precollege as an indicator of college readiness. Programs like NYU Precollege can showcase your academic skills through your courses, something admissions counselors like to see! In addition, admissions counselors are looking for students with a wide variety of skills such as leadership, collaboration, and communication. NYU Precollege can help you develop those skills.

What Will I do at NYU Precollege?

See How You Perform in College-Level Classes

Precollege can help you dive deeper into areas youʼre passionate about. Or it can expose you to topics you havenʼt had a chance to explore yet. This is all while being surrounded by globally minded undergraduate students and world-class faculty members. You can select from dozens of classes offered during the summer term. Think courses in subjects like food studies at Steinhardt, computer science at the College of Arts and Science, and even dance at the Tisch School of the Arts. If you’re not sure what courses you want to take, don’t worry! Your academic adviser can help you.

No matter what courses you choose, you’ll experience the dynamic, rigorous environment of a college class and learn firsthand what makes an NYU education so unique. Don’t forget your peers! Precollege at NYU means you’re studying alongside students from around the world.

Taking the reins on your educational journey can show admissions counselors you’re ready for your next step—no matter where it takes you.

 

Experience Life at NYU

NYU Precollege is about being part of the global network that is NYU. Like any NYU student, you’ll gain access to remote learning resources, the Writing Exchange, the Wellness Center, and more. College is a big adjustment. But, remember, this is a trial run! Admissions counselors want you to learn how to ask for help when you need it. After all, you might need support at some point and now you’ll know exactly what to do.

You’ll develop time management skills, such as how to meet deadlines and how to balance college, work, and fun. Admissions counselors know these skills contribute to a studentʼs success long after they finish Precollege.

Prepare for College with College 101

Precollege at NYU is about more than just earning credits. You’re preparing for college! Through our College 101 workshop series, you’ll learn valuable tips on how to apply and write essays. You’ll discuss letters of recommendation and define terms such as “early decision” and “regular decision.” Admissions counselors will tell you this is an important part of the college-readiness process. We want you to learn about all of your options when applying to college so you can make the best decision for you.

 

How Do I Apply?

To participate in NYU Precollege, you’ll need to submit an application. While Precollege at NYU can prepare you for a future at NYU, it does not guarantee admission to any of NYU’s schools or colleges.

Applications are accepted for spring and summer terms. In addition to the application, you’ll need to submit your high school transcripts (starting with ninth grade), a short essay about yourself (250 to 500 words), and a $25 application fee. International students may also be required to submit English language tests or a translation of their transcript.

We encourage you to apply as early as possible as decisions are made on a rolling basis, space permitting. Students are notified of decisions two to three weeks after an application is complete. For more information about Precollege programs at NYU, including costs, deadlines, and international student requirements, please visit our website.

Please note that NYU Precollege will be conducted exclusively online for Summer 2021.