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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. 
    As a result of the continued challenges students face in fulfilling the requirement of submitting standardized test scores due to COVID-19, Yeshiva University will continue our test optional policy for 2022 first-time applicants applying for regular admission.

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 for first time applicants applying for regular admissions, 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
    Payment can be processed in the personal application portal.
  3. Essay
    Please respond to one of the following prompts 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 Please upload a resume or extracurricular activity list that details your extracurricular involvement, internships and work experience at school and in your community.
  5. Official SAT or ACT Scores - Optional for regular decision applicants.
    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.

    Yeshiva University's SAT school code is 2990
    Yeshiva University's ACT school code is 2992
  6. 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).
  7. 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.  
  8. Interview with a YU Admissions Officer
    Schedule 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. 

Students who have successfully passed college-level courses

Effective Fall 2021, undergraduate students who have successfully passed college-level courses while enrolled in high school may be eligible to have these credits applied toward their undergraduate program.

  • Evaluation of these courses will be based on official college transcripts received by Yeshiva University during the student’s admissions process. (Unofficial transcripts, HS transcripts noting college credit or official transcripts provided after the start of the student’s first semester will not be considered.)
  • The course(s) must be documented in the issuing college/university’s academic catalog. 

Conditions:

  • A maximum of nine (9) credits may count as general electives or towards an equivalent course to students entering any of Yeshiva University’s Bachelor’s degree programs faculty.
  • A maximum of six (6) credits may count as general electives or towards an equivalent course to students pursuing an Associate’s degree in the Katz School of Science and Health.
  • The course(s) would be considered as transfer credits and subject to all applicable Yeshiva University policies pertaining to the application of transfer credit.
  • Only courses with earned grades of B- or better will be considered.
  • Students must provide course syllabi for each course for which they are requesting transfer credit.
  • Grades would not be calculated as a part of the student’s cumulative institutional grade point average unless they are courses delivered by Yeshiva University.
  • These courses would not count towards any Yeshiva University residency requirements.
  • This policy is effective immediately for students beginning at Yeshiva University during the fall 2021 semester and will be re-evaluated on an annual basis.

Student Responsibilities:

  • Provide official transcripts from each institution issuing credit during admissions process.
  • Provide course syllabi for each course for which they are requesting credit.

AP Scores

Yeshiva University also grants advanced standing credit for students achieving certain scores on the AP exam. AP scores are only posted upon a student's first semester taking classes on campus (not in Israel). Students requesting AP scores to be applied towards their degree should do the following:

  • Request an official AP score report be sent to Yeshiva University - institution code 2990.
  • Send a request to your respective campus registrar's office requesting the scores to be evaluated

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 646.592.6250 or studentaid@yu.edu.

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