• 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. All materials for Early Decision candidates must be received by November 10, 2014 (earlier in some cases) or by February 1, 2015, for Regular Decision applicants. For students applying or re-applying from Israel, materials must be received by December 27, 2014.

    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 are a mandatory part of the application process. 

    Honors Days for 2014-2015:

    Women's Days

      Tuesday, February 3, 2015

      Wednesday February 11, 2015

      Thursday, February 19, 2015

    Men's Days:

      Thursday, February 5, 2015

       Wednesday, February 11, 2015

      Tuesday, February 17, 2015


     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.

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