The essays that Albert Gallatin Scholars write in the Spring semester are published in an academic journal called Mosaic. Past themes have included “The Creation and Maintenance of the Nation-State” and “The Arts in Times of Social Change.”
The Albert Gallatin Scholars Program (AGS) offers exceptional entering undergraduate students an enriched educational and cultural experience that includes special seminars, intellectual mentoring, and international travel opportunities. The program also offers access to cultural and social pursuits that are made possible by Gallatin's location in New York City, the artistic, financial and media capital of the world.
Offers of membership to AGS are extended as part of the admissions process prior to the first year, and students are eligible for membership through all four years of their time at Gallatin, provided they continue to meet the program's requirements.
Each year, AGS explores a broad intellectual theme that provides context for the fall semester's seminars, the international study trip in January and the essays that Scholars write in the spring semester. The essays are published in Mosaic, the academic journal that Scholars produce. Past themes have included "The Creation and Maintenance of the Nation-State" and "The Arts in Times of Social Change."
In addition, throughout the year Scholars are invited to attend concerts, plays, gallery openings, films and lectures that stimulate intellectual curiosity. Gallatin subsidizes entry fees to most events. Scholars are also encouraged to make a meaningful contribution to community or public service by choosing or creating a volunteer project that benefits others and promises to be personally valuable and intellectually enriching to themselves. Some examples include volunteer work with Campus Harvest, Grand Street Settlement, the NYU Anti-Hunger League, Words Without Borders and the Bowery Mission.
Scholars may participate in two international study trips with the group during their undergraduate years; generally, they can choose which trips. To prepare for travel, Scholars study the culture, history and economy of the country to be visited. Gallatin subsidizes the cost of international travel, with Scholars usually contributing between $400 and $500, depending on the actual expenses incurred. Recent trips have been to India, Venezuela, Turkey, South Africa and Vietnam. View photos of Albert Gallatin Scholars in Vietnam, South Africa and Turkey.
To explore the annual theme and prepare for the trips, Scholars are required to attend a series of seminars in the fall semester where they meet with guest lecturers and discuss the politics, art, language, economics, environment and culture of the country to be visited. Short readings are required for most meetings.
Entering first-year students are invited to participate in the program based on their academic record and extracurricular achievements in high school; there is no application. To remain active in the program, Scholars must maintain a 3.5 GPA at NYU and participate regularly in scheduled meetings and cultural activities.