The NYU Aspire program is a college prep immersion that is unique in its ability to identify and build upon students’ stengths, while providing them with the guidance they need to ready themselves for the next step in their education. The goal of the program is to help close the college readiness gap for students in underserved communities who often do not have the means or the support to: develop the academic skills for higher education, identify possible career paths, explore college options, and navigate the complexities of financing their education.
Aspire is a two-year program that commences with a week-long intensive summer experience, during which students gain a solid foundation in four key areas that will help them to prepare for college:
- Leadership • College Prep •College Writing• Quantitative Analytics
Each student is paired with a mentor for the duration of the program, with whom they will have the opportunity to engage year-round.
The summer experience is followed by monthly workshops that occur on weekends, designed to focus on:
- The college experience and expectations
- College options
- College financial aid
- College application timeline and plan
- Resources for standardized testing
- College essay writing
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 intensives and weekend workshops throughout the academic year.