Academic Expectations

Freshman and Sophomore Year

During the Freshman and Sophomore years, the centerpiece of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholars Program is the Scholars Seminar (SAHS-UE 2), which organizes scholar activities, including travel colloquia around an annual theme chosen by the scholars. Discussion, debate, outside speakers, social activities, a play that they construct, and a group community service project allow scholars to explore the year’s theme creatively, bringing in issues of leadership development, current events, multiculturalism, social justice, and community. This year’s theme is framed by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s quote, "Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that."

Freshman and Sophomore Scholars are expected to maintain a minimum 3.5 GPA and complete 15 hours of community service a semester.

Junior and Senior Years

Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholars are not required to enroll in Scholars Seminar during Junior and Senior years. They are, however, expected to continue community service and meet the minimum 3.5 GPA.

Scholars in their Junior Year will often spend time completing degree requirements at one of NYU's global sites. The MLK Scholars Program offers support to help defray the cost of study away.  Scholars, whose degree program restricts study away during their junior, may receive study away support prior to their junior year.

During the Senior Year, Scholars typically complete internships/fieldwork connected with degree requirements, and may participate in departmental honors and/or honors research.

All MLK Scholars may be invited to participate in University Leadership activities.


Annual Appointment

Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholars are expected to maintain a 3.5 GPA or better, and to participate actively in program activities as outlined.