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Freshman Applicants

Overview

For high school seniors or recent high school graduates currently studying in Israel interested in applying to Stern College for WomenSy Syms School of Business or Yeshiva College.  Applicants interested in the Honors Program should click here.  Applicants interested in the Associate in Management program should click here.

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Criteria

Candidates are expected to meet the following criteria in order to apply:

  • High school GPA of 85 or above (or a strong B average)
  • SAT score of 1170 (out of 1600) or above or ACT composite score of 24 or above. 
    Due to COVID-19, Yeshiva University will adopt a one year test optional policy for 2021 high school graduates and first time applicants applying to the university.

How to Apply

For your application to be processed, the Office of Undergraduate Admissions must receive the following items:

  1. Completed Application
    Applicants should please begin by creating an account in our online application. This will give them access to their personal portal where they will be able to submit their application. Once the application is submitted, the supplemental items will be populated based on the applicant’s admission type. The applicant will be prompted to upload their essay and resume. The applicant will also be able to submit the names and contact information of their recommenders, who will receive a link to upload their letters of recommendation directly into our system. The applicant’s high school transcripts must be sent directly to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions by their high school administration. We are test optional this year, but if submitted, the applicant’s ACT/SAT official score report must be sent directly to the Office of Admissions by the testing service. Finally, we require an interview for every applicant.  We may be offering interviews virtually at the applicant's school and if not, please contact yuadmit@yu.edu to schedule an interview.  Applicants can always check their application status or the status of their items by logging into their portal.
  2. $65 Nonrefundable Application Fee
     
  3. Essay
    For Fall 2021 Applicants: Please respond to the following prompt in either 500-750 words or if preferred, applicants can address the prompt in another medium such as art, music or poetry accompanied by a 300 word narrative. Responses should be uploaded to the applicant’s application portal in either PDF or Word format:
    If you had the opportunity to do over a moment in your life and change how you acted, what moment would you choose? Explain why you have chosen this moment. In what ways have you changed since that original moment that would influence how you would respond or react today.
    For Spring 2022 and Fall 2022 Applicants: Please respond to the following prompt in 500-750 words:
    Essay Option 1: What lessons have you learned from high school that you have applied in your life?
    How have these lessons further defined your values and character?
    Essay Option 2: Character, values, leadership, and potential: these are characteristics that we are looking for at YU.  Please provide examples from your life, your experiences, or your aspirations and how they will be further defined, enhanced, or developed at YU.
    Essay Option 3: As we emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic, it is important to reflect on the past while focusing on hope, happiness and ways to express Hakarat Hatov (gratitude). Please highlight an example where you, your family members or friends have exemplified Hakarat Hatov and the impact it has had on you on a personal level and/or within your community, whether COVID related or not.
  4. Resume/Extracurricular Activity List 
  5. Please upload a resume or extracurricular activity list that details your extracurricular involvement, internships and work experience at school and in your community.  
  6. Official SAT or ACT Scores
    Official scores must be sent directly to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions by the testing service (i.e., College Board, ACT). Yeshiva University does not require the writing section on the SAT or ACT. SAT score of 1170 or above or ACT composite score of 24 or above

    As a result of the challenges students face in fulfilling the requirement of submitting standardized test scores due to COVID-19, Yeshiva University will adopt a one year test optional policy for 2021 high school graduates and first time applicants applying to the university. This will be true for both general admission and Honors applicants. Students applying early admissions will still be required to submit scores.
    • Yeshiva University's SAT school code is 2990
    • Yeshiva University's ACT school code is 2992
  7. Official High School Transcript
    High school transcripts must be sent directly to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions by the high school administration (e.g., college guidance counselor, principal).
  8. Letter of Recommendation 
    Please identify a teacher who can comment on your academic ability as well as your potential, personality, creativity and leadership qualities to help the Admissions Committee understand why you are truly outstanding.  

    Your personal application portal will allow you to send an email to the person you have selected.  
  9. Interview with a YU Admissions Officer
    Schedule an appointment for an Interview HERE .

Yeshiva University takes a holistic approach in reviewing an applicant’s candidacy.  The interview allows the Admissions officer to meet all applicants and get to know them outside of their application.

Newly admitted students can have their College courses taken during High School count towards their undergraduate degree.  Click HERE for details.

Financial Aid

Yeshiva University is committed to creating a financial aid package that will make this extraordinary education a reality. To learn more about financing your education or the financial aid application process, please visit www.yu.edu/osf or contact the Office of Student Finance directly at 212.960.5399 or studentaid@yu.edu.

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