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Admissions, Eligibility, Tuition & Housing 

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

  • Recommendation letter from a teacher or mentor

  • Neighborhood Biography of your local area

  • $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, 2023 for Fall 2023

  • CitySTUDIO Spring:

    • February 1st, 2024 for Spring 2024​​​

If you have any questions, please contact us:

Andrew Meyers

Tanya Gallo

Program Inquiry

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Who Joins Our Programs?

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & 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.

Eligibility Criteria

Living City participants should be

  • open-minded, self-aware, and curious

  • able to work and create both independently and in collaboration

  • able to communicate their ideas effectively and appropriately, both verbally and in writing

  • able to care for their personal well-being and health and that of their peers

  • willing to following take responsibility for the program rules and guidelines

  • able to travel and navigate independently and safely

  • prepared to engage with their environment, which may include walking, hiking, canoeing, swimming and biking in various weather conditions

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

  • 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


Dates & Tuition

CityGAP Fall

  • 18-25 years old

  • Fall 2023: September 11 - December 15
  • Tuition $9750

  • Financial aid available

CitySTUDIO Spring

  • For young adults and adults: 18 and above

  • Spring 2023: February 20 - May 25

  • Tuition $10,000

  • Financial aid available


  • 15-18 years old

  • Through participating NY metro high schools

CityTERM (proposed Fall 2024)

  • For 10th to 12th graders:: 14-18 years old

  • $10,500 per semester

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

Vaccination or negative COVID test required before in-person start. Periodic tests during program.

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.

Housing is provided by our partner, FOUND Study Midtown East (please see below).

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


Discounts are available for participants who join with their friends.

Financial aid is available for qualifying individuals.

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Housing Options

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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 N.Y. Film Academy- and provides resident advisors, an onsite nurse, activities, a cafeteria, cooking kitchens, a TV room, study rooms and other amenities.

We encourage all students who are not already living in NYC to use the FOUND Study Midtown East option. If you prefer other arrangements, here are other options in NYC:

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92Y Residence, a co-living residence with large closets and multiple common areas in which to meet friends, study and relax, in a neighborhood with wonderful restaurants, bars and shopping.

VRBO is a site for finding short and longterm stays around the world. The link we have set up is for the five boroughs. Please speak with us before making any reservations on VRBO.

AirBNB offers affordable rooms and studios as well as one-bedroom apartments. Please speak with us before making any reservations on AirBNB.

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