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Admissions Process


Step 1: Online Inquiry

  • Fill out and submit interest form at right.

Step 2: Introductory Conversation

  • We schedule a phone/Zoom introduction.

Step 3: Application Items 

  • Personal statement responding to 3 prompts

  • Two recommendation letters (at least one from a teacher)

  • Neighborhood Biography of your local area

  • School transcript

  • Writing sample

  • $50 application fee.

Step 4: Formal Interview

  • We review the application and schedule a phone/Zoom interview.

Step 5: Application Deadlines

Admission is rolling, on a first come - first served basis.

  • CityGAP Fall

    • July 31, 2024 for Fall 2024

  • CityGAP Spring 

    • January 15th, 2025 for Spring 2025​​​

If you have any questions, please contact:

Nico Rubin

Program Inquiry

Thanks for submitting!

Dates & Tuition


  • 18-25 years old

  • Fall 2024: September 8 - December 12
    • Tuition $12,500​
  • Spring 2025: February 18 - May 23
    • Tuition $15,000​
  • Financial aid available

Tuition does not include room, board, or transportation, which are the student's responsibility.

Students coming from outside the US can come without a visa if from ESTA countries. For those who will require a visa, please go here for more information.

A 50% deposit is due upon acceptance into the program. Balance due a month before program starts.

Financial aid is available for qualifying individuals.


Student Policies

Living City participants will...

  • actively engage in the design and implementation of our values, practices and norms

  • be fully transparent and truthful on all Living City forms and in all their work and interactions

  • be conscious and respectful of each other’s cultures, differences and needs

  • not engage in conduct which is detrimental to the best interests of themselves, the Living City community, our partners or the world

  • actively participate in scheduled learning activities to grow intellectually, emotionally and creatively

  • actively participate in their own learning by setting and pursuing individual and collective goals with the support of Living City mentors

  • ask for support and guidance when needed, and tell a Living City mentor when they encounter a challenge

  • not engage in excessive drinking of alcoholic beverages, or in the abuse of other drugs (except those prescribed by a doctor) while in a Living City program

  • take appropriate intellectual and emotional risks, consonant with their own and others' safety and values

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Access Policy


We commit to creating a diverse, equitable and inclusive community. Our program draws participants from neighborhoods throughout the city, country and world, with diverse backgrounds and experiences which include, but are not limited to gender, race, nationality, sexual orientation, disability, and socio-economic background. We establish a loving community that values difference and cultivates empathy, respect and inclusion. All of our activities are accessible to persons with disabilities.



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The Living City Project partners with FOUND Study Midtown East, a leading supplier of student housing in New York City, to provide our participants dorm-style housing in a newly renovated dorm building, in midtown Manhattan. FOUND houses students from other programs as well- including Hunter College and the Joffrey Ballet School- and provides resident advisors, an onsite nurse, activities, a cafeteria, cooking kitchens, a TV room, study rooms and other amenities. Participants are required to dorm at FOUND with some exceptions.

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