College Readiness

Union Settlement College Readiness Program enables New York City students to gain access to higher education through a program of counseling, academic enrichment and internship opportunities.



Internship Opportunities:
Applications due June 16

The Apollo Theater offers a paid summer internship to rising high school seniors in NYC who are interested in behind-the-scenes work in arts and entertainment industries. Interns will gain hands-on experience in technical state production and art administration.

Complete this application by June 16 to be considered.



Summer Programming

College Readiness is recruiting interested high school students to participate in the Science and Technology Education Program (STEP) and Summer Writing and Theatre Program (SWTP)!

These summer programs offer students both academic and professional training and exposure to college and career-level work. Student may elect to participate in either STEP or SWTP, depending on their interests:

  • STEP will focus on scientific and technological training, and include high level math and science classes such as chemistry and calculus.
  • SWTP will feature writing and theater workshops, intended to help students develop university-level writing, their college admissions essay, and public speaking skills.

During the program, students attend college-level courses in the morning (9am - 1pm), and participate in an afternoon internship at a partner organization (2pm - 6pm). Students also participate in field trips and college tours on Fridays across the five boroughs and outside of New York City. This includes a week-long stay at Drew University, where each student is paired with a current undergraduate mentor, attends college courses, and stays in a campus dorm.

Both programs will run Monday through Friday from July 7th through August 15th.

For more information or to register for either program, contact:
Monique Keller, College Transitions Counselor
(212) 828-6116


Partnerships with College Readiness

We are looking for partnerships with New York City-based universities, businesses, and organizations. Our summer and school year programs expose students to a number of academic and occupational fields through workshops, internships, and mentorships in preparation of college and career success after high school.

To support our upcoming summer Science and Technology Education Program (STEP), we are seeking math- and science-based organizations interested in hosting student interns. STEP runs from July 7th through August 15th, and students would be available during the afternoons (approximately 2-6pm).

As well, we would like to invite colleges interested in partnering for our Summer Writing and Theatre Program (SWTP). Our staff would work collaboratively with the university and its scholars to provide students with writing and theatre workshops during the summer, to help prepare them for college-level writing, admissions essays, and public speaking.

Those interested in collaborating with either program, may contact:
Charmaine Massiah, Director of College Readiness
(212) 828-6136



College Readiness Alumni Network


Are you an alum of our program? Reconnect and get involved here!

For more information contact Katie Randall, the College Readiness Alumni Network Coordinator, at (212) 828-6026 or at




Established in 1964, Union Settlement College Readiness Program (USCRP) has assisted more than 18,000 students in its 50-year history. Over 90 percent of participating students have been accepted to at least one institution of higher education and 20 percent have gone on to graduate school.

Today, the program serves more than 1,380 students each year with the following programs: 

  • Providing Hope and Opportunity
  • SAT Prep Courses
  • Writing Workshops
  • Career and College Fairs
  • Computer Workshops
  • Specialized High School Admission and Regents Test Prep Courses
  • Leadership Academy
  • College Trips
  • Academic Advising/Tutoring
  • Science and Technology Entry Program (STEP)
  • Summer Writing and Theater Program (SWTP)
  • Individual Counseling
  • Drew University Summer College
  • High School Prep Workshops for Middle School Students
  • Assistance with College Applications and FAFSA Filing
  • Community Service Opportunities


We collaborate with the following organizations:

  • CCNY Grove School of Engineering
  • Drew University
  • Hunter College
  • Laguardia College
  • Marymount Manhattan College
  • New York Cares
  • Hope Community, Inc.


Location and Contact Information

Washington Houses Community Center
1777 3rd Avenue, New York, NY 10029
(212) 828-6136

Director of College Readiness
Charmaine Massiah
(212) 828-6136

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