• Honors

  • How to Apply

    Students apply to one of the Honors Programs either directly from high school or while engaged in post-high-school study in Israel. See table below for application deadlines and decision notification dates.

    Application Type Application Deadline Decision Notification Date
    Early Decision November 10, 2014* December 15, 2014
    Regular Decision February 1, 2015** April 1, 2015
    Israel Applicants December 27, 2014 April 1, 2015

    *Early Decision applicants interviewing on November 10 or November 13 will need to submit their applications by October 31.

    ** Regular Decision applicants interviewing on February 3 or February 5 will need to submit their applications by January 26.


    Regular Decision applicants will be eligible for academic scholarships ranging from $15,000-25,000.

    For Early Decision scholarship information please visit our Early Decision page.

    All Honors applicants are required to submit a $250 non-refundable deposit to accept their scholarship award and to reserve their spot in the Honors Program. 


    There are six components to Honors Program applications.

  • 1) Meet Honors Eligibility
    • All candidature must have a minimum 90 GPA or equivalent and are expected to maintain this GPA until graduation from high school
    • Candidates for the Jay and Jeanie Schottenstein Honors Program and the S. Daniel Abraham Honors Program must have a 1400 SAT (combined Critical Reading and Math) or a composite ACT score of 32.  Either test can be super-scored.
    • Candidates for the Business Honors and Entrepreneurial Leadership Program can meet the above test qualifications OR 1) A 1300 SAT combined or 29 composite ACT and excellent entrepreneurial experience and potential OR
      (2) A 750 or above on SAT math or 33 on ACT math and excellent quantitative potential
    2) Complete the standard application for admission

    The online application is the preferred method for applying, and the Honors Essays and Short Answers are available through the online application. Candidates already accepted to Yeshiva University may complete the Honors Supplement.

    Honors candidates need not fill out the general admissions essays, as the Honors Essays take their place.

    3) Honors Essay

    These essays may be used in place of the general admissions essay. Applicants should complete both 1 and 2 below for their program of choice.

    For the Jay and Jeanie Schottenstein Honors Program and S. Daniel Abraham Honors Program:

    1. In 750 words or fewer, tell us what your ideal college class would be and why.
    2. "The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination" (Albert Einstein). Use your imagination and be creative in telling us who you are. Submit a written piece, video (three minutes or less), blog, digital portfolio, research documentation, music recording, piece of visual art or use whichever medium works best for you.

    For the Business Honors and Entrepreneurial Leadership Program:

    1. Describe in 750 words or fewer a significant project you undertook. Your description should include your goals, specific roles and responsibilities, most important personal strengths and ethical principles, a review of the project’s success, potential improvements and a summary of what you learned about yourself.
    2. Describe in 250 words or fewer your career goals and how participation in the Sy Syms Business Honors and Entrepreneurial Leadership Program will support these goals.
    4) Honors Short Answer Questions

    Complete the following five statements in 150 characters or fewer:

    1. In order to succeed, I will…
    2. I am at my best when…
    3. In addition to my intended major, my academic interests include…
    4. A famous quotation to describe myself is…
    5. A political issue I am passionate about is…
    5) Recommendations

    All candidates must solicit two confidential letters of recommendation. Recommenders should complete the Honors Recommendation Form (PDF) and submit it.

    6) Honors Interview

    Students applying from high school interview during their Honors Days on campus, which can be reserved online.

    Students applying from Israel must schedule an interview at Yeshiva University’s Caroline and Joseph Gruss Campus. The office can be contacted by email or at 02.531.3020.

    Interviews generally run 30 minutes in length and are often conducted by two interviewers: one from Admissions or another administrative office, and one from the University's faculty or an alumnus of the program.  Impressions from this interview strongly guide the Honors Committee in their decisions for both admissions and scholarships.

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