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Applying to Summer Start

Summer Start is an innovative program to help students begin realizing their leadership potential while getting a head start on their course work. The program was launched in response to input from current students and MBA applicants who asked for formal summer programming and in response to corporate recruiters who continue to seek recruits with well-developed soft skills.

MBA Admissions selects a small group of students whose communication skills and leadership potential are key strengths and who would benefit from an early start. Some have been out of school longer than the average student. Others have proven career track records, but in less traditional professions. Others will benefit from extra academic programming prior to the fall. What the students have in common is a demonstrated capacity for and commitment to leadership and a passion for Stern.

Beginning Monday, July 11, Summer Start classes and required programming will take place 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday (additional activities will be scheduled on some weekday evenings). This year's program will run from Monday, July 11 through Wednesday, August 17.

All Summer Start students take the Statistics & Data Analysis course as part of their summer program and may not waive this core course.

Students admitted to begin Stern in Fall 2016 may apply for a limited number of spaces in Summer Start. Selection is based on program capacity, motivation for leadership and the potential to benefit from an early start.

To apply to Summer Start, please submit an essay to that states why you would benefit from the program (two page maximum, double-spaced, 12-point font). Include your full name and NYU Student University ID (N number) on your essay.

The deadline to submit your essay is May 1, 2016. You must have submitted your fall enrollment deposit in order to apply for Summer Start. You will be notified of the decision via email by June 1.

Admission to the Summer Start program is at the sole discretion of the Admissions Committee on a space-available basis. Applying to the program does not guarantee admission.