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Frequently Asked Questions

Admissions- Before you Apply

Q. How do I apply?

A. Apply online via the Summer High School Application. All of your application materials may be submitted online, however your transcript(s) must be faxed or mailed to our office.

Q. Where can I find information on the admissions requirements?

A. Visit the Summer High School Application page for more information on admissions requirements.

Q. Can I send in a paper application?

A. No. Status updates, notifications, and final admissions decisions are managed solely through the online application.  An online application is required.

Q. When are the applications due?

A. The application and all materials must be received by the Office of Special Programs by January 13, 2016. This is not a "postmarked by" deadline. We suggest mailing any supporting materials early to ensure arrival by the January 13, 2016 deadline.

Q. I am a freshman- may I still apply?

A. No. Students must be current high school juniors or sophomores (rising seniors or juniors) to apply. Preference is given to current high school juniors.

Q. What type of résumé do I need to submit?

A. Students should submit a creative résumé, listing all training, awards, projects, community service or employment completed in or outside of school. You can also include URL links on the résumé to websites that show work that you have completed that will supplement your application.


Program Expenses

Q. Where can I find detailed information on program expenses?

A. Visit the High School Program Expenses page for detailed information.



Q. Is housing mandatory?

A. Yes. Students must reside in NYU assigned housing. Students will not be permitted to commute or live with family or friends for the duration of the program. Visit the Summer High School Policies, Procedures, and Student Life page for more information.


Scholarship/Financial Aid

Q. What type of financial aid or scholarships are available?

A. Currently, we offer a limited amount of need-based assistance. Scholarships are given to students who demonstrate financial difficulties and those with greatest financial constraints receive preference. Please visit the High School Scholarship/Financial Aid page for information. The scholarship application deadline is January 13, 2016. 


Transcripts & Recommendations

Q. How do I submit my transcripts?

A.We must receive your official transcripts, sent from your school by the application deadline, via one of the following methods:

  • Fax. This is our preferred delivery method. Faxes must:
    • Include a cover page from the school with the student's name and cumulative GPA.
    • Be sent to 212-995-4578.
  • Mail. Mailed transcripts must be sealed and sent directly from your school. 
    • Tisch Office of Special Programs
      New York University
      721 Broadway, Rm 1248
      New York NY  10003
  • Be mailed early enough to arrive by the application deadline.
  • Email. Emailed transcripts must come from your school's email address. Our email address is

Q. If I applied last year and submitted two recommendation letters, do I need to submit new ones?

A. Yes.  

Q. Can recommendation letters be mailed or faxed?

A. Recommenders should submit their recommendation using the online system. If they are having trouble, please contact our office at 212-998-1512 for assistance.


Alumni Contact


Q. Can I be put in contact with a former student?

A. If you would like to be put in contact with a former student, please email our office directly with the following:

  • Your Name
  • Email address
  • Telephone Number
  • Program of interest
  • Subject line: HS Alumni Contact Needed

High School Facts

Did You Know...

1. We receive over 700 applications for our high school programs in New York.

2. We accept a limited number of students to each program.

Below you can see approximately how many students are accepted into each program:

  • Creative Computing at ITP = 16
  • Dance = 16
  • Dramatic Writing = 24
  • Experimental Theatre Workshop = 16
  • Filmmakers Workshop: Narrative = 56
  • Game Design = 16
  • Meisner Summer Intensive = 32
  • New Studio Summer Music Theatre Program = 48
  • Photography = 16
  • Production and Design = 16
  • Recorded Music = 36
  • Stonestreet Screen Acting Workshop = 16

3. Several of our programs have existed for many years:

  • Filmmakers Workshop: 14 years.
  • Dramatic Writing program: 9 years.
  • Experimental Theatre Workshop: 7 years.
  • Photography: 6 years.

4. This is a very rigorous program.

  • Students are required to attend all classes and curriculum-based events.
  • Students are expected to get themselves to and from class each day. Tardiness is not permitted.
  • Students must adhere to all residence hall curfews. Program assistants (PAs) will live on the floor with students.
  • Students will be accompanied for curriculum-based events that take place outside of the immediate Washington Square Park area.
  • PA's and Graduate Assistants will accompany students on all scheduled residential life activities that take them beyond the immediate Washington Square Park area.



Q. How can I get my grades?

A. Upon successful completion of the summer High School program, students earn six college credits, all fully accredited New York University courses.  The six credits will be graded according to New York University's letter grading system. Transcripts are not automatically mailed therefore you must request one. Please note that any students who have not completely paid all charges attributed to their program will not be able to request a transcript until their Bursar account is settled. Students with questions about their account should contact the Office of the Bursar at NYU at (212) 998-2806 or . Please include the student identification number or Nnumber in the email correspondence or have it ready when calling the Bursar.

To request either an official or unofficial transcript in writing through the Registrar's Office. All academic record requests must be accompanied by a signed document. You can either mail, fax or email (with attachment) your signed form/letter:

Fax:    (212) 995-4154
Mail:   Office of the University Registrar
          Academic Records
          P.O. Box 910
          New York, NY 10276-0910
Email: (please make sure to include your signed form or letter as an attachment)

For more details on what to include in your request letter, please contact the Registrar’s office or visit their website at