Summer High School Application Requirements

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Please read the following admissions information before starting your online application. You can find important dates on the Tisch Special Programs Admissions Calendar.

How do I apply?

  • Step 1 - Requirements and Eligibility
  • Step 2 - Online Application
  • Step 3 - Verification
  • Step 4 - Notification
  • Step 5 - Confirmation


  • Filmmaking: You must be a current high school junior (rising senior) to apply. Freshmen, sophomores, and seniors are not eligible.
  • All other programs: You must be a current high school junior or sophomore (rising senior or junior) to apply. Preference is given to current high school juniors. Freshmen and seniors are not eligible.
  • You must have a 3.0 minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) on a 4.0 unweighted scale and be in good academic standing. SAT and ACT testing grades are NOT reviewed.
  • *If accepted, you must live in NYU assigned housing. You will not be permitted to commute / live with family or friends on or off-campus during the program (*not applicable for summer 2021).
  • You may apply to only ONE program.

Tisch is a collaborative and rigorous program so your presence is keenly felt. The program is competitive; we receive over 800 applications. You should arrive ready to absorb, challenge, and internalize what is being offered. Your prior accomplishments are not as important as being open to the ideas and training that will be presented.

Your admissions decision is based on a faculty review of your entire application, including your personal statement, two letters of recommendation, résumé, and transcripts.

All communications regarding your application, including your admissions decision, will be communicated to you via the email address that you designate as your primary email address on the application. Please check this email account regularly, as you will be receiving communications that are often time-sensitive and require a response.


You must submit the following items:

  • Online application form (remember to use your name exactly as it appears on your birth certificate/passport in your application and supporting documents)
  • Personal statement
  • Creative résumé
  • Passport (non-U.S. citizens only)
  • English language proficiency test results (non-native English-speaking applicants)
  • Two recommendation letters
  • Unofficial high school transcripts (please upload to your application)
  • Homeschooled Candidates: Please review the policy for documentation in the Transcripts section below
    •    Please begin the first portion of your application prior to sending your transcript
  • $75 non-refundable application fee*

*Need-based application fee waivers are available. Applicants can request a fee waiver by sending an email with an explanation of financial hardship to


In the Documents section of the online application, upload a clear, fully legible copy of your photo and biographical information page from your passport.

  • If you have more than one passport, upload both.

  • Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months past the end of the program you are applying to.

  • Your passport should contain at least two adjacent blank pages.

  • US Permanent Residents: please upload a copy of your US Permanent Resident card.

Further information and application requirements may be found here.


Type or copy and paste your statement in the Personal Statement section within the online application. The personal statement prompt consists of Part A and Part B which should be answered separately.

Your complete personal statement should total 500-1500 words. You may not re-submit the same statement from another Tisch Special Programs application.

Part A: Answer all of the following questions, no matter which program you are applying to:

  • Tell us about an experience you had working as a part of a team on a collaborative project. What was your role? What did you learn from that experience? What do you feel you can contribute to a collaborative environment?

  • Why do you think you are prepared for this type of experience, and what do you hope to gain from it?

  • Why do you feel training and education are necessary to sustain a career in the field that you are applying to?

Part B: You must also respond to the question(s) for your specific track:

  • Dance:
    • Answer the following question: What does dance mean to you and how can you contribute to the greater dance community? 
    • Please provide a brief personal response to the Tisch Department of Dance mission statement, presented here: We seek to develop and prepare fully realized dance artists to be critical thinkers, fearless leaders, and fluent performers who understand their global responsibility and the transformative power of collaboration inherent in the expansive language of dance.
  • Drama (All Studios): Please describe an event that happened to you on stage, in performance, or while participating in a production, and what you learned from this experience.

  • Dramatic Writing:
    • Describe your interest in dramatic writing and indicate if you are interested in playwriting and/or screenwriting.
    • What do you think the role of dramatic writing is in film and theater?
    • What is your favorite film or play? What is it about this work that engages you?
  • Filmmaking:
    • Please list your five favorite films and/or television programs.
    • Please tell a story about yourself (in at least 250 words). This prompt is intentionally open-ended. We want to learn more about you and we want insight into your approach to storytelling.
  • Game Design: Describe a game that you've designed yourself. What type of game was it, what was the main idea, and how did it play?  If you haven't made any games of your own, describe one of your favorite games and what you like most about it.

  • Photography and Imaging: 
    • What is photography and imaging? 
    • Physically describe a photograph or image that you consistently return to view, then talk about how it engages you. 
    • Outside of photography, what do you love to do?
  • Recorded Music: Let's travel in time and envision what the music industry of 2025 looks like. You've just launched a new music venture. What is it? Tell us how your music venture fits into the marketplace and how it has added value to the music industry of the future.  


 In the Documents section of the online application, upload your creative résumé. Your creative résumé should highlight creative and artistic work accomplished, activities, and relevant employment. Your résumé should also include:

  • Your full name and contact information
  • Any extra-curricular activities or work in your community
  • Additional information such as awards, hobbies, and interests
  • OPTIONAL: URL links to your online media (e.g. video, music, photography, etc.)

Recorded Music applicants: feel free to also include links to your music, SoundCloud, YouTube, or other supplemental materials.

Dance applicants: please feel free to include links to performance and/or choreography video.


In the Documents section of the online application, non-native English speaking applicants are required to upload copies of one of the following English language proficiency examinations:


Exemption from English language proficiency testing will be given:

  • If your native language is English.

  • You already completed (at the time of application submission) at least 3 or more consecutive, full academic years at a school/university where the primary language of instruction was English.


Exams should be completed before the application deadline, and results cannot be more than 2 years old. While we will consider scores received after the application deadline, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to wait for those scores to arrive before making an admissions decision.


We don’t have minimum score requirements, but competitive applicants will receive: 100 and above on the TOEFL iBT, 7.5 and above on the IELTS Academic, 70 and above on the PTE Academic, 191 and above on the Cambridge English Scale, or 125 and above on the Duolingo English Test.


Within the online application, please enter the names and email addresses of your recommenders. One recommendation must be from a high school representative and the second can be from another academic representative, a community group leader, a mentor, or a coach, etc. Ideally both recommendations should be from people who are familiar with your interest in the performing or media arts. Recommendations from friends or family members will not be accepted.

Register your recommenders early! You should allow your recommenders 1-2 weeks to complete the recommendations. Recommendations must be received by the application deadline.

Once you submit the recommenders' information, they are emailed instructions on how to submit their online recommendations. If your recommenders have trouble completing their online recommendations please have them contact our office. You will be emailed confirmation that the recommendation has been received. 


Please upload your transcript in the section of the online application. It will be required in order to submit your application. It is recommended that you contact your school one to two weeks in advance to obtain your most recent transcript. If you have any difficulties requesting a transcript from your high school please contact us ahead of time at 

Need to convert your GPA to a 4.0 scale? Try CollegeBoard’s GPA Calculator.


Homeschooled Applicants

In place of a formal transcript from a high school, please have your parent/guardian in charge of your homeschooling email a document to detailing the following:

  • Completed and in-progress coursework
  • Summary of each course's content
  • Explanation of academic achievement in each course, summarized with a letter grade (A-F) if possible
  • If you have previously attended a high school, please request that they send an official transcript to Tisch Special Programs via one of the delivery methods outlined above.

International/Non-US Candidates

Non-US/Non-English transcripts: Please note that you are required to submit both the official transcript and its English translation. If the institution you attend does not provide an English translation with the official transcript, you must obtain a certified English translation. Following these steps will ensure the validity of your transcript:

  • Secure an official transcript from your institution in a sealed envelope.

  • Submit your unopened official transcript to the translator.

  • Ask the translator to prepare an official English translation.

  • Ask the translator to provide you with one sealed envelope containing both your original transcript and its English translation. The back of the envelope must contain the translator's signature to reflect the unaltered, true contents.


Email is our primary method of communication; therefore, please make sure to allow emails from to be viewed.  

You will receive two verification emails after submitting your application.

  • "Application Received" -You will receive a confirmation email verifying that it was successfully received. However, you must fill out the NYU Tisch Supplemental Profile Form to complete your application. Upon submission of your application, you will receive a link to the Supplemental Profile Form. You must complete this in 24 hours to be considered for the program.
  • "Application Complete" - After receipt of your "Application Received" email, please allow 5-7 business days for your application to be assessed for completeness. Our office will send an email verifying that your application is either complete or missing materials. Please also refer to the application portal for any missing items. Any part of your submitted application that is missing/incomplete must be completed and received by the application deadline.
  • Only once your application and NYU Supplemental Form is verified as complete will you be evaluated by our faculty for admission and receive final status notification.  


  • Final status notifications will be available on the dates listed on the Tisch Special Programs Admissions Calendar.

  • Early final status notification is not available.

  • You will receive an email with more information on how to log in and access your admissions decision through NYU Home.


If accepted, you will be required to confirm your participation. To confirm your participation, the following must be completed by the confirmation deadline found on the Tisch Special Programs Admissions Calendar:

  • Confirm your spot.

  • Pay the non-refundable and non-transferable $1,500(USD) deposit by eCheck, wire transfer, credit card, or personal check.

  • Please note that New York University does not accept  personal checks from non-US banks and credit cards for final tuition payment.

Please submit your confirmation deposit as soon as possible, as it can take 3-5 business days for your payment to clear. Deposits must be received by the Confirmation Deadline. Tisch Special Programs reserves the right to rescind admission to any student whose deposit is not received in our office by the deadline.

It is important that you review and understand the Tisch Special Programs Cancellation Policy prior to submitting your confirmation.

If you are having difficulty with the online application, please contact us at (212) 998-1512.