College Now Summer Programs

College Now summer programs offer New York City’s public high school students enriching and unique educational experiences on each CUNY campus.  College credit and noncredit options are available for students.  Summer Metrocards and lunch vouchers are usually provided.  Find a summer program tailored to your interests, qualifications, and needs or try a more focused search to find the program that’s right for you.


Model New York City Council

The Model New York City Council Project, a collaborative project between the Edward T. Rogowsky Internship Program in Government and Public Affairs and College Now, provides a unique opportunity for 51 College Now students to get a hands-on experience in learning about city government, public administration and service.  Discover what it takes to balance the needs of the people with the needs of the public as a whole, and learn how civic involvement can have positive and long-lasting effects in your school, your community, and throughout the city.


The Myself Third: Spirit of New York Scholarship

The Myself Third: Spirit of New York Scholarship competition rewards exemplary students who play a significant role in strengthening their community and/or school through civic service and volunteerism. The scholarship competition was established in 2002 by City College alumnus Robert Friedman as a tribute to the idealism and spirit of those who participated in the rescue effort following the World Trade Center tragedy. The Myself Third Program promotes the ideals of character, leadership and service, and honors college-bound students who engage in ongoing social action and volunteerism.


New York City Science & Engineering Fair

NYCSEF is the city’s largest high school research competition, with over 1,000 students participating annually.  The fair provides a supportive, academic venue for students to present their research, network with other NYC high school students and meet leading scientists and science professionals from around the metropolitan area.  NYCSEF builds on the longstanding collaboration between the NYC Department of Education and CUNY College Now.  The Preliminary Round takes place in early March in the Great Hall at The City College of New York.  The Finals Round, for the top 25% scoring projects, takes place in late March in the Milstein Hall of Ocean Life in the American Museum of Natural History.  Teachers, family and other visitors are encouraged to meet the participants for the morning setup and during public viewing.  Fifteen projects are selected to represent NYC and compete at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in May.


At Home in College

At Home in College is a Robin Hood funded college transition program that works with over 1,800 high school seniors from 62 NYC public high schools and over 100 students from CUNY GED programs. The immediate goal of the project is to increase the college enrollment and retention rates of these students, and ultimately, their college graduation rates.

At Home offers each participating high school and GED student:

  • Transition math and English courses intended to prepare them for the CUNY Entrance exam and success in college credit courses
  • Fee waivers for the CUNY application
  • College access activities, including help with completing on-line college applications, filing for financial aid, college visits, learning about different careers and programs of study, and enrolling in college.
  • Advisement and other assistance during the first year of college if participating students enroll at a partner CUNY community college