Subject Spotlight: Business

New York City is sometimes referred to as the financial capital of the world. Some of the buisiness!.jpglargest and leading business and financial firms are located right here. So if you’re considering a future in business, or getting into the business side of any field, what better way than to take some courses this summer in the midst of all the action? There are several business-related courses available in NYU Precollege.

The College of Arts & Science is offering :
ECON-UA.1-060: Introduction to Macroeconomics
ECON-UA.2-060: Introduction to Microeconomics.
These courses provide the fundamental basics needed for a major and career in economics, and economics is often required for business degrees.

The College of Liberal Studies is offering:
ECI-UF 101-060: Principles of Macroeconomics
This course is similar to ECON-UA, dealing with basic concepts of macroeconomic theory. Topics include unemployment; inflation; aggregate demand; income determination and stabilization policies; fiscal and monetary policies; and the Keynesian monetarist debate over stabilization policy.

The Tisch School of the Arts is offering:
FMTV-UT.1095-060: Producing for Film
In this course, you will learn about how a production company is formed and be able to analyze, schedule, and budget a 90-minute feature film of your choice!

The Wagner School of Public Service is offering:
UPADM-GP 242.60: The Business of Nonprofit Management
This course is a general introduction to not-for-profit management, with heavy emphasis on practical application. What are the core elements of a “good” not-for-profit company? And, what, exactly does not-for-profit even mean?

Summer @ Stern

In addition, the Stern School of Business is offering Summer @ Stern courses, MULT-UB.275-060: Business and Investments and MULT-UB.276-060: Behavioral Economics and the Science of Decision Making. However, before you can enroll in these, you will need to submit an application. Click here for more information, including course descriptions. Depending on when you apply, course application decisions will be sent by Stern every three weeks beginning April 4th. While you wait, we recommend that you register for alternative Precollege courses so they don’t fill up in the event you aren’t approved for Summer @ Stern. We also hope that you would still decide to participate in NYU Precollege if you don’t get into Summer @ Stern, and we would be happy to help you explore your interests in other areas, so feel free to write to us at


Be sure to browse the Precollege course search for the full listing of options, and as always, contact us with any questions!


NYC in Pop Culture: Books, Film & TV

Pop quiz: How many of the following NYC characters can you identify? (Answers at the end of this post):

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NYC is home to some great characters, whether they be from literature, film, or TV. Get to know these characters (and in turn, New York) by checking out our recommendations below:

New York Inspired Literature

Some of the most famous stories take place in New York City– fiction and nonfiction alike! Curl up with a classic or challenge yourself with a new favorite from the list below:

Historical New York Novels:

  • The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker
  • The Alientist by Caleb Carr
  • Gods of Gotham by Lyndsay Faye
  • The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton
  • Washington Square by Henry James
  • The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Modern New York Novels:

  • Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote
  • The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
  • A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
  • From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.I. Konigsburg
  • Netherland by Joseph O’Neill
  • When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead
  • The Bonfire of the Vanities by Tom Wolfe

Present-Day New York Novels:

  • The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger
  • Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer
  • Never Can Say Goodbye edited by Sara Botti
  • Gossip Girl by Cecily von Ziegesar
  • Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares

Nonfiction New York:

  • Here is New York by E.B. White
  • The Encyclopedia of New York City by Kenneth Jackson
  • Gotham: A History of New York City to 1898 by Edwin G. Burrows

We also recommend checking out the New York Times and New York Magazine.

NYC Films

Of course, in addition to great books, New York City is the backdrop for countless films; once you’ve lived here, you’ll soon to be able to identify neighborhoods, restaurants, and other settings when you watch movies set in the Big Apple. You won’t help but blurt out “I know where that is!” or “I’ve been there before!”

  • The Devil Wears Prada
  • Black Swan
  • Captain America: The First Avenger
  • Mr. Popper’s Penguins
  • The Amazing Spiderman
  • The Great Gatsby
  • Now You See Me
  • Rent
  • Breakfast at Tiffany’s
  • West Side Story
  • Annie Hall and Manhattan
  • When Harry Met Sally
  • You’ve Got Mail
  • Men in Black
  • I am Legend
  • Hitch
  • Ghostbusters

New York City Based TV Shows

Finally, if you’re looking to binge-watch some great NYC shows on Netflix, you can’t go wrong with these classics:

  • Seinfeld
  • 30 Rock
  • Friends
  • How I Met Your Mother
  • Gossip Girl
  • Law & Order
  • Castle

We hope this will be a fun, informal crash-course for your knowledge of NYC pop culture!

Psst! Wanna see how you did on your “pop quiz?” Answers: Holly Golightly (Breakfast at Tiffany’s); George Costanza (Seinfeld);  Jay Gatsby (The Great Gatsby); Tom Collins (Rent); Rachel Green (Friends); Barney Stinson (How I Met Your Mother) 

Subject Spotlight: The Humanities

In this blog, we’ve talked about the different science options available to Precollege students– but what about the humanities?hue-manatee

What are “the humanities”? 

The humanities are the general category given to subjects that study human culture, especially literature, history, art, music, and philosophy. (Spoiler alert: It has nothing to do with actual manatees).

Why study the humanities? 

Regardless of what your major will be in college, taking a humanities course for Precollege can be good preparation for core classes and the higher-level thinking you’ll need to succeed academically. Also, humanities classes can be a lot of fun!  Try exploring a field you might not have studied before, like comparative literature or philosophy.

So, what kind of humanities study does Precollege offer? 

We’re glad you asked! Check out some of the highlights for the subjects below:

Philosophy: “Philosophy strives to answer the most fundamental questions about the world and our place in it…philosophy as a discipline seeks to identify and answer them through rigorous and informed inquiry and reasoning.” Read more about Philosophy

Art History: “The Department was established to provide a rigorous and wide-ranging education in the many facets of the history and theory of art, a mission that its faculty continues to enthusiastically embrace. Students become familiar with global art from antiquity to the present.” Read more about Art History

Comparative Literature: “Comparative literature is an innovative major that encourages students to follow their passion for literature by venturing beyond national and disciplinary boundaries. In the spirit of our times, students delve into literature from all over the world and explore its intersections with other media and disciplines, such as cinema studies, art history, philosophy, politics, anthropology, history, and linguistics.” Read more about Comparative Literature

History: “The history department is bound together in the pursuit of educational excellence and ground-breaking research. Students are able to pursue their interests in historical scholarship in a unique and enriching environment, utilizing the many resources available within the classroom, the NYU campus, and the greater New York City metropolitan area.” Read more about History or check out two of the summer courses the History Department is running below:



Whatever you choose, don’t be afraid to get creative and explore the unfamiliar– it’s what the humanities are all about! And of course, if you have any questions, feel free to contact us for input or advice.



Registration FAQ: Courses, Credits, & Units


In doing your course search, you’ve probably seen a number of new academic terms you may not be familiar with. We’ll try to answer some of your common questions here.

What is a course?

course is one class. You register for a course through NYU Albert. For help with the registration process on NYU Albert, check out our previous post on How to Register for Classes.

How many courses should I register for?

Depending on whether you will be living on-campus or commuting, you will be enrolled in anywhere from 1-3 courses during the program. For more information, check our post on commuter vs. residential students.

What are credits and units? What’s the difference?

A credit is a value of academic units assigned to a course. We use the terms credit and unit interchangeably–there is no difference.

How many credits is each course worth?

Good question; most summer courses are worth 3 credits (though some might be worth 2, 4, or even 5).  The writing workshops are non-credit and are worth 0 credits each.

How many credits will I take?

Again, this can vary, especially depending on whether you are residential or commuting. 6-8 credits total is considered full-time study during the summer, so, if you attend Precollege full-time (or are a residential student), you will be registered in at least 2 courses worth 6-8 credits.

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We are always happy to help you with your course selections, so please feel free to contact us with any questions!

Subject Spotlight: Psychology

Ever wonder how the mind works? Psychology is “the scientific study of the human mind and its functions, especially those affecting behavior in a given context.” Sound interesting? You might have a budding interest in Psychology. Lucky for you,  NYU Precollege is offering Intro to Psychology (PSYCH-UA 1) this summer.


PSYCH-UA 1  will cover the fundamental principles of psychology, with emphasis on basic research and applications in psychology’s major theoretical areas of study: thought, memory, learning, perception, personality, social processes, development, and the physiological bases of psychology. Students in this class will be able to partake in direct observation of methods of investigation through lab demonstrations and by participation in current research projects.

Psychology can go hand in hand with many other subjects; after all, there is a human component to every field. A course in Sociology, Anthropology, Economics, Politics, or from many other subjects can be a good compliment to this course.

For more information, feel free to visit the NYU Department of Psychology’s website, and as always, you may contact us with any questions.

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When to Arrive


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Feeling confused about move in? Don’t be like Bieber; check out the info below and get informed!

When do I arrive? Where do I go?

Sunday, July 3
NYU Precollege officially kicks off on Sunday, July 3 with move-in and orientation.

  • Move-in: Residential students should plan to move into Founders Hall between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.   If you need to arrive in New York before Sunday, you will need to arrange for your own accommodations; students will NOT be able to move into the residence hall prior to July 3.
  • Mandatory Orientation: All Precollege students, residential and commuter, must attend the mandatory orientation from 5:00-7:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 3.  We will cover important information ranging from academic expectations, safety in the City, program policies, campus resources, and much more.  This orientation is for students. A separate parent orientation will be offered at the same time.


When do I have to leave?

Friday, August 12
The last day of NYU Precollege is Friday, August 12.

  • Last Day of Class: Friday, August 12 is the last day of class, although most students will be done with classes that Wednesday or Thursday, depending on their class schedules.
  • Move-out: All students living on campus must check out of Founders Hall no later than 7:00 p.m. on Friday, August 12.  Most students will not have class that day.  If you need to remain in New York after August 12, you must arrange for your own accommodation; students will not be able to extend their stays in Founders Hall.

Did I apply for housing…and can I still apply?

As a reminder, if you are interested in living on campus, you would have indicated as much in your application for admission, and additional communication was emailed to you. If you did not answer “yes” to on-campus housing in your application, but would now like to be considered, write to to let us know.  More information about Housing is available in the Housing page above.

This is a lot of information to digest, so as always, feel free to contact us with any questions!

Subject Spotlight: Sciences

Still not sure what classes to take? Over the next couple weeks, we’ll be spotlighting different subjects you might not have previously considered. Today, we’ll take a look at the sciences. science rules

If you have a knack for the sciences or if you are considering a science major in the future, then Precollege is the perfect way to experiment in this area.

What kind of sciences are there?

When most high school students hear the word “science,” they probably think of biology, chemistry, or physics. And NYU offers a lot of those options! If you’re interested in studying “the workings of life in all its varied forms,” then Biology is for you. NYU offers lots of Biology courses for Precollege, so you can read more about Biology.

But did you know there are other types of sciences too? 

Environmental Studies “…provides students with the breadth of understanding and skills necessary for resolving environmental questions and creating a sustainable future on scales ranging from local to global.”If this sound appealing to you, you can read more about Environmental Studies.

Social sciences are fields of study that interpret human behavior, institutions, and society based on the scientific method.

Can you tell me more about these “social sciences”? 

Of course we can! Check out some descriptions from the NYU department websites for…

Anthropology: “The scope of the discipline’s interests effectively bridges the humanities, the social sciences, and the natural sciences. Anthropology asks basic questions concerning the origins and development of humans and their cultures and divergent systems of thought, belief, and social order.” Read more about Anthropology.

Sociology: “Sociologists study the ways that social structures and interactions shape human life. We seek to understand the full range of social institutions and practices, from couples and small groups, to social organizations such as businesses and government agencies, to communities, cities, and nations.” Read more about Sociology.

There are many exciting options to choose from so be sure to browse the complete Precollege 2016 course listing and course descriptions in Albert for more information.You may also contact your Academic Advisor, Isaac Amad, at with any questions! Happy course hunting!

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Commuter vs. Resident: How to Pick

Like many NYU students, Precollege students can choose to live on campus (resident)  or commute from home (commuter).  There is little difference between the two options in terms of overall experience in Precollege. Below, find major similarities and differences between being a resident and a commuter.


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True for BOTH:

  • Assigned to Founders Hall P.A.s (Program Assistants)
  • Non-Credit Writing Workshop is optional
  • Can participate in all Precollege events and programming 

So what should I do? The choice is yours, but if you don’t have the time to attend courses full-time, you might want to think about commuting and taking only one or two courses.  If, however, you want to attend full-time and you are able to stay overnight on campus, consider being a residential student and submitting a housing application. Remember,  your experience at NYU will be what you make of it!

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Want more information?  Contact us with your questions about the program or differences between being a commuters and residents.

Writing Workshop Info: Asking the “Write” Questions


What is the non-credit College Writing Workshop?
(The non-credit College Writing Workshop) is a pass/fail course that prepares students for the level of writing expected and required in college. The course is taught by NYU’s writing experts.  It introduces students to college-level analytical reading and writing skills they will need to succeed in class.


Is it mandatory?
No. The non-credit College Writing Workshop is optional for both residential and commuter students; however, it is highly recommended for all Precollege Students.

But I already know how to write. Why should I take this seminar?
College writing can be different from what you may be practicing in high school. Many Precollege alumni report that the Writing Workshop greatly improved their writing skills, helping them succeed even more in their high school courses and giving them the skills to stand out in their college admissions essays and writing samples.


What if English is not my native language?
There is a special section of the Writing Workshop for students for whom English is a second language (EXPOS-UA 30 Section 064). Students in this class will receive additional feedback from the instructor on English grammar and style.

When does the Writing Workshop run?
The Workshop meets twice a week for 90 minutes. There are multiple sections offered at a variety of different times to suit your schedule.

Okay, you’ve convinced me; how do I register?
The College Writing Workshop (EXPOS-UA 30) is found in the Precollege course catalog under the College of Arts and Science’s Expository Writing program. The different sections are numbered 060-073. The English as a Second Language (ESL) section is numbed 064.

As always, you are welcome to contact us with any questions!