Prospective Student

Our six-year program progressively prepares students to succeed in their chosen academic and professional careers through summer Exploratory and Immersive stages along with year-round Practice Labs. Through each engagement students receive introductory courses, mentorship, advising, and a specialized CCL curriculum to ‘try on’ majors and careers, enhance soft skills and be post-secondary ready.


Students of all backgrounds* who meet the following eligibility requirements are eligible to apply:

*Economically disadvantaged, first-generation college-going, and students of color are encouraged to apply.


**Students attending homeschools, parochial, or independent schools with unique circumstances or scholarships are welcome to apply & should note this in the additional information section on the application.


In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, NYU has in place ongoing public health measures and requirements to ensure the safety of all University community members. Students admitted and enrolled in College & Career Lab must adhere to University guidelines and policies. More information can be found on the NYU COVID-19 Information website.

Application Information & Process

To be considered for admission you must submit:

Once you start the application you must finish it in one session. There is no option to save your work and return to the application later. To submit the application seamlessly, prepare the application materials listed below in advance. We estimate it will take around 45 minutes to complete this with the help of an adult.

Applications must be submitted by 11:59 PM on March 31st, 2024.

Your Contact and Biographical Information

•  In order to apply for CCL, you will need to submit your application using an email address that you can easily access.

•  We encourage you to use an email address that you are currently using to complete school-related work. However, most school email addresses block NYU communications, and you may miss an important email from us so we encourage you to check your ‘Spam’ folder frequently.

•  If you only have a school email account, we encourage you to use your parent/guardian’s email address or create an additional email account on Google. Email communication you may receive from College & Career Lab includes:

•  Notifications of program acceptance

•  Important updates regarding your application

•  Next steps for program acceptance

•  NYU policies and forms


Short Answer Questions

•  We want to learn more about your current interests and future aspirations, and how your experiences have shaped those interests. The required short answer questions listed below are designed to help you communicate these topics.

•  We highly recommend preparing your responses to the short response questions prior to opening the application. You can do this using a word processing software or type it out in an email and copy and paste your typed responses into the application page.

•  If you are having difficulty with a short answer prompt, we recommend reaching out to a counselor or teacher at your school. They can help you draft, edit, and revise your essay before submission.


Citizenship Information

Your citizenship status does not affect your admission into the College & Career Lab.


 If you are having problems filling out the application online, please email us at so we can assist you.

It is free to apply to and attend College & Career Lab.

Students must answer all three short answer questions 


Short Answer #1 (100-200 words)

Tell us about an adult in your life that you know, who has a job you find interesting or who has studied something you find interesting. Please provide details about why you find the job or area of study interesting. Answer the question fully.


Short Answer #2 (100-200 words)

The lessons we take from our experiences are fundamental to growth. Discuss an accomplishment, realization, challenge, or failure that sparked a new area of personal growth.


Short Answer #3 (100-200 words)

If accepted into the program, you will have the opportunity to participate with College & Career Lab for up to six years. What would you want to learn during this time? How would you benefit from the resources and support CCL offers?


Additional information about yourself or your circumstances

You are not required to write anything in this section, but you may include additional information if something has particular significance to you. For example, you may use this space if:

•  You have experienced personal hardships in attaining your education

•  Your activities have been limited because of work or family obligations

•  You have experienced unusual limitations or opportunities unique to the schools you attended

•  If your school name does not appear in the auto populated section, continue typing until you’ve typed the whole name and move to the next question. It will save.

•  Incomplete applications cannot be reviewed. Please click ‘Submit’ when you finish writing your application. We do not know if you have created an application if you don’t submit!

•  If you are having difficulty with any part of the application please contact us at for assistance.

Admission into the College & Career Lab does not guarantee admission into New York University or any other university. For more information on how to apply for an undergraduate degree at NYU, visit Undergraduate Admissions.

Ready to start your application now?

Once you start the application you must finish it in one session.


Important Dates

All information Sessions will be hosted virtually over Zoom


The CCL Program will run in person at NYU Washington Square Campus

  • Application Opens: January 15th, 2024
  • Application Closes: March 31st, 2024 at 11:59 PM
  • Admissions Notices: May 2024
  • Orientation: Monday, July 8th, 2024, 5:00 – 6:30 PM
  • Program: July 9th – August 2nd, 2024 (M-F) 8:00 AM – 2:30 PM 
  • Farewell Event: Friday, August 2nd, 2024, 5:00 – 6:45 PM

Prospective Student FAQ

You must use the online account to apply by clicking the Apply Now link below and following all prompts. If you are experiencing problems with the online application or cannot apply online because of an extenuating circumstance please contact us at

College and Career Lab is not a summer camp or a program that students register for. Students must complete and application and be accepted to the program. Students will receive an admissions notification in May if they were accepted.

CCL continues to closely monitor developments related to COVID­-19 and adjust University policy accordingly. CCL plans to operate in-person at NYU’s Washington Square campus this summer. 

Although the program is targeted at students who attend NYC public schools all applications will be reviewed. If your student attends a charter, home, independent or parochial school but there are extenuating circumstances around your student’s access to college, we encourage you to communicate these in the application in the additional information section.

No. CCL will operate in person this summer and students are require to participate in all days of CCL. 

CCL is tailored to students from New York City that attend public school in one of the five boroughs.

Notifications will be sent out in mid-May 2024.

The student’s daily and weekly schedule and program syllabi will be sent upon acceptance to the College & Career Lab program.

If you would like to withdraw from this program, please log into your applicant portal with your NetID and password and complete the form linked under the “Application Withdrawal Form” section. If you have not yet activated your NetID, please refer to the email that you received with the subject line “Your NYU ID Numbers and Status Page” for instructions. The applicant portal can be accessed through the same email page.

• College & Career Lab is a non-credit program. Students will gain invaluable college classroom experience, meet with industry professionals in various fields, and attend field trips around the city, utilizing NYU’s location to the fullest extent, and using New York City as their campus.


• Students will receive a completion certificate and an NYU transcript listing the non-credit offering they took at the conclusion of the program.

College & Career Lab is free for all six years of participation.

The program will be hosted at NYU’s Washington Square or Tandon campus.

Housing is not available for this program.

Yes, students will receive a metro (MTA) card to assist with their transportation to and from the program. 

Yes – daily breakfast and lunch are provided to students at the NYU dining halls or catered meals (pending public health and NYU guidelines). 

• Devices are not provided and it is strongly advised that students do not bring devices to campus as part of College & Career Lab’s summer program.

• For the Immersive stage student’s access to a device may be necessary for their content area. If access to a device is a barrier to participating in CCL please contact for assistance.

• Yes, we will track attendance. Students should be prepared to participate in all days of CCL. Missing two or more days of the program may result in dismissal. 

• Students and caregivers are encouraged to connect with our office in advance of planned absences. 

The dress code for the program is “appropriately casual.” Students will meet faculty and industry professionals throughout the program. 

• Students who complete the summer program are invited to participate in yearlong programming throughout the academic year. These Practice Lab sessions build skills related to college readiness and career development, and engage with new topics not covered over the summer. 

• CCL aims to have students participate in a CCL program from rising 8th grade until pre-college through the Exploratory and Immersive Stage of the program.

Students are admitted to CCL through the Exploratory Stage only. Students must be current 7th or 8th graders at the time of application. 

The 2-Week Immersive application is only open to rising 10th grade students through recent high school graduates that have previously participated in College & Career Lab.

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