Students who live locally or who have friends/family to stay with in New York City are welcome to attend the program as Day Students. Day Students commute to campus each day and return home each evening after classes. New York day students do not join residential life activities.
Day students should plan to begin the program on the afternoon of the first Sunday of their session, just as residential students do. Schedules and important information are shared during this orientation, and students will also meet their classmates and teachers.
Depending on the program, most class activities begin at 9am and end at 5pm, Monday through Friday. Most programs require at least one or two nights of evening work (editing time, night shoot time, etc.), and some 3-week programs also require students to attend 1 of their final weekend days, such as during a longer shoot day for filmmakers and actors.
Students are responsible for following their individual program schedule and respecting that others are counting on them to be there for early call times, evening production meetings, etc. They should also note that schedules may change due to weather, special events, or other circumstances, and watch for communication from campus about these changes. Day students do not have residential staff to remind them of changes, so they’re responsible for paying attention to knowing where they’re supposed to be for class or events.
Day students are charged Meals and Activities Fee of $65 per week which allows them access to the cafeteria for lunches, Monday – Friday. Day students should be prepared to purchase their own dinner when staying for evening classes.
Day students should be aware that most of our attendees are residential students who live in our dormitories, and that our programming is structured for students who are in our care 24/7. Day students often befriend others in the programs, but they won’t be a part of evening trips, floor meetings, roommate experiences, or other quintessential parts of sleep-away camp that residential students enjoy.
Day students do not join in with residential life extra curricular activities, and should depart after class at 5pm if they don't have evening classes.