Democracy Scholars

Discover Passions. Discuss Big Ideas. Prepare for College. Make Friends for Life. 

NYU Democracy Scholars offers rising high school seniors in New York City a FREE opportunity to learn in a college environment, explore relevant topics in political philosophy and social justice, and develop confidence in their academic and leadership capabilities. Students gather and learn in NYU classrooms for two weeks in early July and continue to meet as Democracy Scholars throughout the duration of their senior year of high school.

Over the summer, students participate in small discussion-based seminars led by NYU professors and gain experience in college-level reading, writing and critical thinking. Additionally, students receive mentoring and support throughout the college application process from professors, Democracy Scholar Mentors and NYU’s College 101 Workshop Series. Preference for the Democracy Scholars program will be given to first generation student applicants. The application deadline was April 15, 2022.

Important information and resources for admitted students can be found at the bottom of this webpage.

Admitted Students

Congratulations! You have been selected to participate in the very first cohort of NYU’s Democracy Scholars program! This resources below contain important information that will help you prepare for your time at NYU this July. Please reach out to with any questions or concerns.