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Experience life as an NYU college student!  

Through NYU Precollege, you can earn college credits, connect with NYU faculty and classmates, and explore interests that will shape your academic future. Precollege offers rising 11th and 12th graders the opportunity to experience life as an undergraduate, and take advantage of everything NYU has to offer. Whether you already know what you want to major in, or you want to try out a subject you've never studied before, NYU Precollege is the best way to develop your skills and prepare for college.

Gain first-hand experience in a college classroom and discover what it's like to live and learn at NYU's campus in New York City. Connect with students from around the world in and outside of class. Whether commuting or living on campus, Precollege students ARE NYU students, with full access to campus resources, including dining halls, the NYU library system, peer tutoring services, and more.


How to Apply

Eligible applicants must be rising 11th or 12th grade high school students in summer or current 11th or 12th grade students in the fall or spring semesters. Students must have strong academic records (minimum 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale). 

Please note that your application will not be considered complete or reviewed until all required materials are received. Admissions decisions are typically sent 2-3 weeks after receipt of a complete application and all required materials.

International students are required to provide proof of English language proficiency as part of their application.

View more information for international applicants.


Areas of Study

NYU Precollege students get to experience the dynamic, intellectually rigorous atmosphere of an NYU classroom. With dozens of courses to choose from, you can follow your curiosity as you discover new ideas and build practical skills. Get inspired by NYU's award-winning faculty, and benefit from NYU's unique access to leading New York institutions and professionals. 

Explore a selection of Precollege courses below.

Student Life

Precollege students are NYU students during their time attending class. Courses are available in person and online, and campus housing is available to students in the summer.

As a Precollege student, you'll enroll in your own classes and study alongside NYU undergrads and fellow Precollege students from around the world. Precollege students can avail themselves of University resources, like the vast NYU Library system, peer tutoring, the Student Health Center, and much more.

In the summer, students can participate in a full calendar of on-campus social activities and organized trips to Broadway shows, baseball games, museums, and much more.

Important Deadlines and Dates 

Summer 2024 Class Dates July 2 - August 15
Summer 2024 International Student Application  March 15
Summer 2024 Final Application Deadline June 12
Tuition & Charges

Tuition is charged by credit, and the cost of a student's courses would depend on their total credit worth. Students can take courses totally 0-8 credits for an estimated tuition fee charge of $700 to $14,000. For more on tuition and charges, visit the NYU Precollege website


Summer Housing and Dining

Students can elect to live in on-campus in one of NYU's residence halls in the summer only. Precollege students live together in the same hall and have the support of full-time residential staff who are on hand to help students access the resources they need and plan fun activities throughout the summer. Students enrolled in on-campus housing will be automatically enrolled in an on-campus meal plan they can use to access NYU dining halls.

The Schar School of Policy and Government and the College of Science together will host a Two-Month High Schoolers Internship – NASA Data Science Analysis and Scholarly Research Paper Writing Program in the Summer of 2024. This interactive internship program offers students an engaging and authentic professional, cutting-edge research experience in NASA space data science and statistical analysis. It’s tailored for ambitious high school students seeking exciting and challenging opportunities in STEM. Participants will engage in a comprehensive program delving into astronomy and space sciences through a combination of research projects and lectures. Working collaboratively on current NASA mission research, students receive guidance on crafting professional-quality scholarly papers to enhance their research and communication skills. To learn more, please visit Here.  


Young Scholars Research Paper and Publications  *Check out our Young Scholars' previous research paper Here!

 Two-Month High Schoolers Internship NASA Data Science Analysis and Scholarly Research Paper Writing Program

 Location: Hybrid (primarily virtual, with in-person options at the GMU Fairfax Campus)

Course Dates: June 15th 2024- August 16th, 2024      

The internship program consists of: 

  • Three Synchronous Virtual meetings on Saturdays 1:00 pm to 3:00 p.m. EST; 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 a.m. PST; 
    • June 15th  - Opening; Introduction of the Research Program; Assigning Observing Sessions
    • June 22nd -  Lecture and Research Project Selection
    • June 29th  -  Lecture and Research Project Feedback
  • Three asynchronous study and lecture sessions on Tuesdays: June 18th, June 25th, July 2nd.  Our faculty team will release a recording of project instructors each week based on students' research progress.
  • Small group nighttime virtual telescope observing sessions: June 17th through June 30th by RSVP
  • Five weeks Research Project Analysis and Paper Writing Period with optional group discussions via Discord communications platform. July 2nd – August 16th;  The faculty team will work closely with students to help them finalize their research paper for publication at the Schar School Young Scholars Journals Webpage.
  • Research Paper presentation/conference day – Optional hybrid in person and virtual; August 5th  

    Registration Fee:

    • Please email [email protected] for application and program fees.
    • Need-based scholarships are available.

    Certification: Upon program completion, students will receive a Certificate of Completion from George Mason University. Students will also have the benefit of having their research paper posted on the official George Mason University webpage see Schar School Young Scholars Journals Webpage.

    Program Summary

  • The Young Scholars NASA Data Science Analysis and Research Paper Program offers students an engaging and authentic professional, cutting-edge research experience in NASA space data science and statistical analysis. This dynamic and immersive virtual summer initiative is tailored for ambitious high school students seeking exciting and challenging opportunities in STEM. Participants will engage in a comprehensive program delving into astronomy and space sciences through a combination of research projects and lectures. Working collaboratively on current NASA mission research, students receive guidance on crafting professional-quality scholarly papers to enhance their research and communication skills.

    This year's research projects will first encompass analysis of a subset of the 6000+ current NASA TESS mission exoplanet candidates and second James Webb Space Telescope data analysis.  The TESS candidates have been manually vetted after being identified by the NASA TESS mission automated search algorithms. However, they still require follow-up observations, detailed analysis, and data synthesis to evaluate the statistical probability that they are genuine exoplanets, not false positives such as nearby eclipsing binary star systems. The NASA TESS mission requires a community follow-up program to aid in validating these candidates. The primary instructor is a main contributing Principal Investigator to the official NASA TESS follow-up program and has contributed to the statistical validation and/or confirmation of over fifty of these worlds (confirmation requires mass detection through a second exoplanet detection technique).

    Students will be introduced to and then apply professional tools and statistical techniques to perform this professional and cutting-edge follow-up analysis. Each student will contribute to the professional statistical validation of a unique exoplanet candidate by directly collecting, analyzing, and synthesizing novel follow-up observations. This work will be in direct support of the official NASA TESS mission exoplanet candidate follow-up program. Each exoplanet candidate is different –different planetary properties and different probabilities of statistical and astrophysical false-positive signals.  The outcome of the students analysis will aid the NASA TESS mission in determining which of its candidates are the result of genuine orbiting exoplanets. View the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) website, and the TESS Follow-Up Observing Program (TFOP) website for more information, and the article, NASA’s TESS, Spitzer Missions Discover a World Orbiting a Unique Young Star, for an example NASA discovery made by the primary instructor.

    Second, the James Webb Space Telescope launched two years ago, and one of its primary science applications is the follow-up characterization of NASA TESS mission candidates to attempt to measure the atmospheric properties through spectroscopy of a subset of these worlds – about 50 to date – that we have statistically validated and/or confirmed. NASA mission data has limited or zero proprietary data periods and are available to the public. However, transforming the raw data into usable scientific products is a challenging task. Advanced students will optionally download and analyze these data sets to produce spectral time-series which require advanced modeling to extract the atmospheric spectra.

    Noteworthy program highlights include:

    • Engaging with experts comprised of astronomy specialists from NASA and across the globe.
    • Remote or in-person control and operation of the 32-inch telescope at George Mason University during group observation nights.  This is the second-largest university telescope located on the east coast. You can observe students utilizing the George Mason University Observatory.
    • Becoming experts on a chosen exoplanetary system by gathering data on observation nights and from the NASA TESS and JWST missions, analyzing and synthesizing this data during research.  Each student will choose a unique system for which they will explore and analyze.
    • Crafting individual professional quality scholarly papers based on the data they collect, with guidance from George Mason faculty.  The aim is to produce papers suitable for student competition submission and in some cases suitable for publication in a professional journal.
Foundation for Disabled Youths -  Program Aide Volunteer

Volunteer Description: Help participants with disabilities to engage with the program activities which may include but are not limited to:

  • Engaging in social interactions, such as talking with participants even though they may not respond back to you and help them interact with other participants who may also need help interacting with each other.
  • Assisting with adaptive sports such as relay games, running, throwing or kicking balls, soft balls and other playground activities.
  • Leading song and movement, will need to sing and dance along with the participants to prompt them to participate.
  • Help participants make simple snacks or engage in socially appropriate behavior when eating lunch and conversing with others.
  • Aide with set up and clean up before and after the program.


  • Patience and a caring heart for those with special needs;
  • Previous experience working with the special needs population is helpful;
  • For any questions, contact: [email protected]
Saturdays: 1pm - 4pm (ongoing)
Wednesdays: 4pm - 6pm (TBD)
Location: Palmview Recreation Center
1340 E Puente Ave, West Covina, CA 91790