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.


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: 30

Drama - Atlantic: 24

Drama - Experimental Theatre: 16

Drama - Meisner: 32

Drama - New Studio: 36

Drama - Production & Design: 14

Drama - Stonestreet: 24

Dramatic Writing: 24

Filmmaking: 28

Game Design: 16

Photography: 25

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 includes 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 four-six (4-6) 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. 


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 on your name on the top right of your screen to access the drop down menu and click Account Information 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.

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 Résumé.

How do I apply for the Scholarship?

When your application is submitted and reviewed as complete, you will be invited to complete the NYU Supplemental Profile Form. Once your NYU Supplemental Profile Form is submitted and complete, you will be emailed instructions and a link to apply for the scholarship within 72 hours. 

Eligibility requirements can be found below:

  • Demonstrate financial need and
  • Be a United States citizen or permanent resident. (Non-United States citizens are ineligible for the Tisch Summer High School Scholarship. We encourage international students to seek other sources of financial aid where available.)

Learn more here on our Tuition page.

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.


How can I submit my transcript?

You will submit your transcript as PDF in the Attachments section of your application.

To access your transcript, please reach out to your school guidance counselor or download a PDF of your unofficial transcript from your school database. 

If your school does not release transcripts to students directly, we will accept transcripts via email from a school representative or guidance counselor. 


- 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

Please email us ahead of time if you have difficulty obtaining a transcript. 


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

When your recommender is filling out their recommendation, the form will automatically save their answers and they will need to click on the "Send" button to submit their recommendation. Encourage your recommender to return to the link they were sent to confirm if the recommendation was properly submitted.

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

Please note: if your recommender emails us their recommendation directly, rather than using the online form, we will upload the recommendation to your application. You will not receive a confirmation email, but the application portal will confirm that a recommendation has been attached to your application.  


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. 

Note that only complete applications are submitted to faculty for review and all applicants are notified at the same time of their final status. Early notification is not possible. Refer to the Admissions calendar for a date.