Tisch Summer High School Application FAQ

Detailed instructions for completing the Tisch Summer High School application can be found on our Application Instructions page. Please review the instructions page when filling out your application.

Some of our most commonly asked questions and most frequently encountered issues are addressed below. If your question is not answered on this page, please email us at tisch.special.admissions@nyu.edu and we will get back to you as soon as we can.

NYU and the Office of Special Programs is closed the week of Christmas through New Year's Day. We will not be able to respond to emails or review applications during this time. We will begin responding to all received emails and submitted applications starting when the office re-opens for business. You may experience a delay in response as we approach the application deadline.

MORE ABOUT THE PROGRAM

How many applicants are admitted to the program?

We receive over 800 applications for our Tisch Summer High School Program and accept a limited number of students to each program. Below you can see approximately how many students are accepted to each program track.

Dance: 32 

Drama - Atlantic: 16

Drama - Experimental Theatre: 16 

Drama - Meisner: 32

Drama - New Studio: 48 

Drama - Production & Design: 12 

Drama - Stonestreet: 16 

Dramatic Writing: 24

Filmmaking: 56

Game Design: 16

Photography: 20

Recorded Music: 36

 

What can I expect from this program?

This program is not a leisure summer camp; it is a commitment of four weeks on campus that encompasses a highly structured class schedule, which include projects, professional training, and collaboration. The classes are based on the Tisch undergraduate curriculum. Students in the Tisch Summer High School Program are expected to complete any coursework and professional training requirements of the artistic track they are enrolled in.

Are these credits transferable as college credits? If so, could they then be accepted to replace a required college class?

Yes, Summer High School students receive six (6) transferable college credits. Credits that replace a required college class are dependent on the university's policy that will be receiving the college credits. It is dependent on that university's course structure and program requirements. Please visit NYU’s Transfer Credits page to learn more about our credit policy. 

 

Can I audit or visit a class this summer to experience how Tisch Summer High School works?

No, we do not audit classes at Tisch, including any Summer High School classes. Because of the participatory and creative nature of courses at Tisch, departments do not permit prospective students to observe classes. However, students are welcome to come and visit other NYU classes throughout the year. Classroom visits are offered Monday through Thursday during the Fall and Spring semesters. If you are interested in sitting in on a class, visit the Jeffrey S. Gould Welcome Center, 50 West Fourth Street, for a list of classes that are open for visitation. You may also call 212.998.4524 for more information. You can also visit the Tisch Special Programs Vimeo page for more insight into each artist track for our Summer High School program.

General Application

I entered the wrong name on my application. How do I change it?

Your first and last name cannot be changed from within the application; they need to be updated on your application portal profile. Once you are logged into your application portal, click the avatar image on the top right of your screen to change your profile settings. Once your name is updated from within the profile settings, be sure to save your settings!

Please note: Your Preferred Name is automatically generated from your First Name unless you otherwise change it. If you change your First Name in your Profile Settings, you may wish to revisit the Contact Details page of your application to make changes to your Preferred Name.

I'm a sophomore - can I apply to the Filmmaking program?

At this time, the Summer High School Filmmaking program is only accepting applications from current high school juniors (rising seniors). If you are currently a sophomore, you are welcome to apply to any of our other Summer High School programs. We encourage you to apply to the Filmmaking program next year!

I've been working on my application, but the "Continue" button now says "submit". How do I check/finish my application?

If you have filled out all required forms, the application will automatically mark itself as "100% complete." However, your application isn't submitted until you proceed to the "Declaration" page and click the final "Submit" button! If your application portal says "Submit," simply click the "Submit" button to go back into your application. You will find the final "Submit" button on your Declaration page.

Is there an audition/portfolio requirement for Summer High School?

There is no audition or portfolio requirement for any of our Tisch Summer High School programs; however, if you have links to artistic performances or materials you would like to share (e.g., YouTube videos of performances, a Flickr account of your photos, or a Vimeo page of your short film), please feel free to include the URL(s) in your Creative Resume.

How do I apply for the Scholarship?

When your application is submitted and reviewed as complete, you will be invited to complete the NYU Profile Form. Once your Profile Form is submitted and complete, you will then be invited to apply for the Scholarship.

What type of résumé do I need to submit?

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 working hyperlinked URLs on the résumé to websites that show work that you have completed to supplement your application. Please check NYU’s visual guide to a successful résumé.

TRANSCRIPTS

How can my school submit my transcript?

We accept transcripts in the following ways. Please note, to ensure your transcript is received before the deadline, it is strongly encouraged that your school email us your transcript if possible.

 

Email: This is our preferred delivery method.

- Emailed transcripts must come from a school representative or an official transcript service on behalf of your school.
- Our email address is tisch.special.admissions@nyu.edu.

 

Mail: Mailed transcripts must be sealed and issued directly from your school to:

                       New York University
                       Tisch Office of Special Programs Admissions
                       721 Broadway, Rm 1248
                       New York, NY 10003

RECOMMENDATIONS

I need to change/correct/update a recommender!

Although you are only required 2 recommendations, your application allows for the input of up to 3 recommenders. Please use your third recommender section to input the correct/updated details of your recommender.

If you have already used all 3 of your available recommendation inputs, please have your recommender email their recommendation directly to us at tisch.special.admissions@nyu.edu.

My recommender can't find their email/is having trouble with the form!

When you complete the recommender details in your application, an email is sent to the recommender from nyu252@nyu.edu with a link to the online recommendation form. Occasionally, this email may be filtered to a Promotions or Spam folder.

If your recommender cannot find their email, or is having technical difficulties with the online form, they are welcome to email a recommendation letter directly to us at tisch.special.admissions@nyu.edu.

My recommender says they submitted, but I never received a confirmation email!

Occasionally, recommenders will have filled out the whole form but only "Saved" the form. They must click the "Submit" button to finish their recommendation. Encourage your recommender to return to the form to make sure they have clicked the "Submit" button.

Once the recommendation has been successfully submitted, both you and the recommender will receive a confirmation email that the recommendation was received.

Please note: if your recommender emails us their recommendation directly, rather than using the online form, you will not receive a confirmation email.

COMMUNICATIONS/APPLICATION REVIEW

Why am I not receiving any emails from your office?

Some students have reported that our emails get filtered to their Spam or Promotions folder. We recommend you put our email address (tisch.special.admissions@nyu.edu and nyu252@nyu.edu) on a no-filter list so you receive all communications.

If you think you are not receiving communications from our office, please note you can also always check your CONVERSATIONS tab on your application portal. Simply log in to your application portal; toward the top of the page you should see the "Conversations" icon. Click this icon to view all emails sent by our office to you, and sent from you to us!

I submitted my application. Why have I not received an update?

Once your application has been submitted, we manually review the applications for completion. This can take some time, especially while the school is closed for the Winter Break. Please be patient as we will review your application for completion as quickly as possible. 

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