University Visits

The New York College Experience offers college trips to Yale University and Brown University, as well as local campuses, including Columbia University and New York University. The students also participate in the Summer College Fair, hosted by Columbia University, where alumni, admissions officers, and current students from over one hundred colleges and universities, are on hand to provide information and answer questions. 

Yale University 

Yale thrives as one of the top research universities in the world with outstanding graduate programs in Drama, Law, Medicine, and Architecture. The university counts former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and former US Presidents George H. W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and George W. Bush among its alumni. Yale's Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, which students visit during their campus tour, is one of the largest buildings in the world dedicated exclusively to the preservation of rare books and manuscripts and contains an original Gutenberg Bible.

Princeton University 

Students follow in the footsteps of physicist Albert Einstein and America's First Lady Michelle Obama when they visit this striking campus featuring ivy-covered Collegiate Gothic architecture and the contemporary works of such masters as I.M. Pei and Richard Serra. Princeton is home to the celebrated Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, named after the US President who also served as president of the university.

University of Pennsylvania

The University of Pennsylvania is home to the first collegiate business school (Wharton), the first collegiate medical school, and America's first teaching hospital. It is also considered the birthplace of the computer, designed in the early 1940s at the Moore School of Electrical Engineering. Notable UPenn alumni include engineer Elon Musk, investor Warren Buffett, fashion designer Tory Burch, and musician John Legend. After seeing the university, students immerse themselves in American history by visiting Philadelphia's historic Old City where both the Declaration of Independence and the US Constitution were drafted and signed.

New York University

Founded in 1831, New York University is one of the largest private, nonprofit institutions of higher education in the United States. NYU is a truly international university with eighteen schools, colleges, and institutes across New York City, as well as a dozen campuses spread across Europe and one each in Shanghai, Buenos Aires, Tel Aviv, and Abu Dhabi. NYU alumni include filmmaker Martin Scorsese, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Frank McCourt, and former Chairman of the Federal Reserve Alan Greenspan.

Barnard College

Founded in 1889, Barnard College is an independent liberal arts college and was one of the first colleges in the world where women could receive the liberal arts education usually reserved for men. To this day, Barnard remains a highly sought-after women's college, with its intimate campus, cosmopolitan setting, strong academic programs, and ongoing commitment to diversity. Notable alumnae include businesswoman Martha Stewart, comedian Joan Rivers, author Zora Neale Hurston, journalist Anna Quindlen, and actress Cynthia Nixon.

Columbia University

The oldest institution of higher learning in the state of New York, Columbia University survived the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, two World Wars, and several changes in location before its present campus was built in Morningside Heights in Manhattan. Columbia administers the Pulitzer Prize and has been affiliated with more Nobel laureates than any other academic institution in the world. Notable alumni include US President Barack Obama, poet Allen Ginsberg, TV anchor George Stephanopoulos, and actors Jake and Maggie Gyllenhaal.