Events and Activities

An important component of NYUSPS High School Academy is the student life where students will immerse themselves in the culture and sights of NYC. Dozens of events and activities will be offered throughout the course of the programs.


Academic Events
Mandatory curricular events will be a part of class and include field trips that take the students’ studies into the city.

Extracurricular Events
Extracurricular events are offered by the residential hall staff on evenings and weekends.  These events are available to both residential and commuter students, and all students in various summer programs in the residence hall.  As such, students will have the opportunity to meet students outside of the NYUSPS High School Academy by participating in extracurricular activities. These events are optional and students must RSVP to participate (see below).  In years past, activities included:

Trips to Museums
MoMA, The Cloisters, the Guggenheim

City Excursions and Sites
Coney Island, Bronx Zoo, Governors Island, Empire State Building

Cultural and Sports Events
Baseball games, Broadway shows, movie screenings

The cost of events is covered by the program fee students pay. Cost does not cover transportation to and from campus or any additional personal expenses, such as food or souvenirs.

How to Sign Up

  • Students are emailed each Wednesday (beginning before the program begins!) with event and RSVP information two weeks in advance of the events.
  • Students must RSVP by the following Monday at 12:00 p.m.
  • Students will receive event confirmation emails by the next Thursday.
  • Example: Students receive an email on Wednesday, June 28 for events taking place the week of July 9-15.  The RSVP deadline is Monday, July 3 at noon, and students receive event confirmation emails by Thursday, July 6.

Didn’t Get Into an Event?
Space on particular events may be limited. If you forgot to sign up for an event and want to attend or you didn’t get selected to participate in an event, don’t worry! For each event there is the opportunity to “rush,” meaning you can wait at the meeting spot for the event on the day of. If a student who was chosen to attend does not show up, and there is an extra spot available, student names will then be drawn from the event lottery box.

Because of event demand, students may not get into every first-choice event they have, but a variety of amazing events are available each evening and weekend, so you will not miss out!

Event Supervision
Academic events are often chaperoned by faculty and/or academic staff.  Extracurricular events are chaperoned by P.A.s and/or other program staff.  All extracurricular events depart from Founders Hall at 120 E. 12th Street between 3rd and 4th Avenues. Depending on the location of an event, the timing of its end, and each student’s schedule, students may not be required to return to campus as a group after an event ends. Students are allowed to explore the city on their own outside of curfew hours (if they are residential), and it is sometimes easier for a student to go home from an event location than from campus (if they are a commuter).  As such, students on events leave campus together with a chaperone but may not necessarily return to campus together with their chaperone.

More information about events and the RSVP and rush process will be covered at program orientations.