College & Career Lab

Igniting Passions.
Exploring Pathways.
Reimagining Futures.

Our Program

College and Career Lab is a tuition free, six-year program offered as a multi-week intensive during the summer along with Practice Lab sessions during the academic year to progressively prepare students to succeed in their chosen post-secondary education and career paths.


We offer New York City middle and high school students the opportunity to explore a variety of academic pathways and ‘try on’ careers. Through two stages, Exploratory and Immersive, CCL scholars dive into college-style lectures and intensive workshops led by New York University faculty ranging from Neuroscience to Philosophy and everything in between. Scholars network with industry professionals and get to experience what it would be like to be an Immigration Lawyer, Physical Therapist, Game Designer, and more. Through each stage and Practice Lab students receive introductory courses, mentorship, advising, and a specialized CCL curriculum to enhance soft skills and prepare for the college application or career entry process.

Admission to Program

Students are admitted to CCL during the Exploratory Stage. Afterward, those that have previously participated in the Exploratory Stage are invited to join the Immersive Stage for specialized courses and preparation during their high school career.

The Exploratory Stage introduces rising 8th and 9th-grade students to college-level subjects offered at each NYU school or college and allows students to ‘try on’ careers through experiential learning for four weeks in the summer. Each summer component is connected through year-round Practice Labs, honing in on skills learned for real world practice during the year.

Year 1 + Practice Lab

8th grader

Year 2 + Practice Lab

9th grader

The Immersive Stage provides rising 10th grade to post-high school students a deep dive into subject areas across schools and colleges at NYU through a two- or three-week experience encompassing introductory college courses, internship opportunities, and further hands-on career exploration. Each summer component is connected through year-round Practice Labs, honing in on skills learned for real work practice during the year.

Year 3 + Practice Lab

10th grader

Year 4 + Practice Lab

11th grader

Year 5 + Practice Lab

12th grader

Year 6 (Internship)

post-high school

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