• Applying to YU: Undergraduate Honors Programs

  • How to Apply

    Please note: The 2016-2017 application will be available on August 15, 2016 If you wish to get a head start on the Honors essays, the essay prompts for the 2016-2017 application are listed below.

    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.  

    Please note that ALL application materials must be received by the application deadline.  For early decision applicants, the last exams we will accept are the October 2nd SAT and the September 12th ACT. For regular decision applicants, this will be the December 4th SAT and the December 12th ACT.

    Application Type Application Deadline Decision Notification Date
    Early Decision November 1, 2016 December 15, 2016
    Regular Decision February 1, 2017 April 1, 2017
    Israel Applicants December 22, 2016 April 1, 2017

    Early Decision applicants will be eligible for academic scholarships ranging from $10,000-25,000.

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

    Regular Decision applicants will be eligible for academic scholarships ranging from $10,000-20,000.

    Applicants to the Honors Program are assessed in a two-stage review process. In the first stage, all applications and supporting materials undergo a full review immediately following the deadline. Students will be then notified via email as to whether they are invited to participate in the second round of the application process. Students who wish to be notified earlier are welcome to submit their applications before the deadline, as applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

    Candidates proceeding to the second stage will be invited to participate in a mandatory Honors Day on campus which will include the Honors interview. All students proceeding to the second round of the application process MUST participate in an on-campus Honors Day. Following the Honors Days, applications will be reviewed for a final time. Students will be then be informed of their final decisions by the notification date.

    Please use the six bullet points below as a guide to the application process.

  • 1) Honors Criteria

    Honors students have demonstrated success in the areas of academics, standardized test scores, and extracurricular activities. As a guide, the average GPA for Honors acceptees is a 95. The average SAT score (old examination) is a 1450 and the average ACT score is a 33. Official transcripts and standardized test scores must be received by the application deadline.

    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 submit the general admissions essays, as the Honors Essays take their place.

    3) Honors Essays

    These are the essay prompts for the Jay and Jeanie Schottenstein Honors Program at Yeshiva College and the S. Daniel Abraham Honors Program at Stern College for Women. Applicants must complete both essay categories.

     Argumentative Essay - All applicants must answer the one of the two prompts below in 750 words or fewer: 

    -     Which idea or invention would you “uninvent” if you could? Explain.

    -     What book or written work do you feel should be mandatory reading for all students during their first year at Yeshiva University? Explain.

     Personal Essay - All applicants must answer the prompt below in 750 words or fewer:

    -     Submit your college valedictory speech.

     

    These are the essay prompts for the Sy Syms Business Honors and Entrepreneurial Leadership Program. Applicants must compete both essay categories.

     Argumentative EssayAll applicants must answer the one of the two prompts below in 750 words or fewer: 

    -     Which idea or invention would you “uninvent” if you could? Explain.

    -     What book or written work do you feel should be mandatory reading for all students during their first year at Yeshiva University? Explain.

     Personal Essay - All applicants must answer the prompt below in 750 words or fewer:

    -      A startup company is looking to hire a new employee directly out of high school and you have decided to apply. Please submit a cover letter detailing the value that you can provide for this company including specifics on your own skills, talents, and past experience. 

    4) Honors Short Answer Questions

    We would like to learn more about you. Please tell us about yourself by completing each of these sentences in 150 characters or less.

    1. Who is one person (personal, fictional or historical) who has inspired you. Why?
    2. If you could go back in time and relay a message to yourself at the beginning of high school, what would it be?
    3. Name one political or social issue about which you are passionate.
    4. In addition to your intended major, what is another academic field in which you are interested?
    5. If you could travel to one place you have never before visited, where would that be? Why?
    5) Recommendations

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

    6) Honors Day

    All students proceeding to the second round of the Honors application process must participate in an Honors Day on campus. The Honors day will include the interview component of the application.

    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.

    For students applying from Israel , an interview should be a scheduled at Yeshiva University’s Caroline and Joseph Gruss Campus. The office can be contacted by email or at 02.531.3020.

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