Our History

Yeshiva University has grown from a small yeshiva offering some secular education to Jews on the Lower East Side of Manhattan in 1886 to a prestigious, multifaceted institution that integrates the knowledge of Western civilization and the rich treasures of Jewish culture.

Yeshiva University today supports three undergraduate schools (including honors programs and Torah studies programs), seven graduate and professional schools, renowned affiliates such as the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary, a diverse multitude of scholarly centers and institutes, and several libraries, a museum and a university press, located on campuses both in the United States and Israel.

One of the marvelous aspects of a Yeshiva University education is the way the University’s multiple disciplines intersect. Students pursuing semicha at the Seminary can also take advanced courses in counseling and therapy from the Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology or Wurzweiler School of Social Work. Students at Sy Syms School of Business are tutored by renowned Roshei Yeshivas on Jewish law and contracts, while science researchers at Stern College for Women convene conferences that bring together leading lights of science, bioethics and religion. Computer science majors sit in on lectures by the chief information officers of huge institutions as they struggle together to master the ethical dilemmas posed by big data and algorithms.

Add to this intellectual ferment such activities as humanitarian missions to flood-ravaged areas, scores of student publications, running national non-profit organizations founded by YU students like College EDge and START Science and a respected athletics program, and it is clear that Yeshiva University is a vibrant, forward-looking institution that offers its students multiple ways to design lives and careers of service and purpose.