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Summer Programs—Aspire



Summer 2018 applications will open in January.

NYU School of Professional Studies High School Academy Aspire is a two-year college prep and mentoring program for high school students from underrepresented communities in the New York metro/tri-state area, who will be first-generation college students. The program begins with a one-week college immersion intensive in the summer, followed by college prep workshops in the fall and spring to develop college, career, and leadership skills.

Students apply as sophomores for the summer intensive and continue to attend Aspire workshops throughout high school. Successful applicants to the program must show academic improvement in high school and must be active in their local or school community.

Each student admitted into the program will receive a full scholarship that covers tuition, housing, and meals for the one-week summer intensive.

Each student is paired with a mentor for the duration of the program and they will have an opportunity to engage with their mentor year-round through online and in-person meetings.

Program Information

Extended Application Deadline: March 27, 2017
Dates: July 31–August 4, 2017
Orientation: Sunday, July 30
Check out: Friday, August 4

Program Contact
Phone: 212-998-7006

This program will include workshops on:

  • The college experience and expectations
  • College options
  • College financial aid
  • College application timeline and plan
  • Resources for standardized testing
  • College essay writing

Applications are no longer being accepted for Summer 2017.

To apply, you must be a current sophomore from the New York metro/tri-state area, who will be entering your junior year following this summer. You must submit an application, as well as an official high school transcript, two recommendations (one from your guidance counselor and one personal), and answers to short essay questions. In addition, you must complete an in-person interview.