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Undergraduate Honors Applicants

Overview

Students may apply to the S. Daniel Abraham Honors Program at Stern College for Women, the Jay and Jeanie Schottenstein Honors Program at Yeshiva College, or the Business Honors and Entrepreneurial Leadership Program at Sy Syms School of Business either directly from high school or while engaged in post-high-school study in Israel. Honors students participate in advanced-level courses, engage in unique extra-curricular activities, complete an intensive senior thesis/project, and are eligible for a generous scholarship towards tuition.

(Click here for information on the Yeshiva Masmidim Honors Program for advanced Torah studies.)

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Deadlines 2022

Applicant Type Deadline Decision Notification
Early Decision Honors November 1 December 15
Regular Decision Honors January 6 March 15
Israel Honors Applicants January 3 March 15

Offers of admission are contingent on a student submitting an Intent to Enroll Form by the May 1st deadline.  Enrollment in another university will be considered a forfeiture of Honors admission and scholarship.

Criteria

Successful Honors applicants demonstrate strong academic achievement, extracurricular involvement, leadership experience, and advanced written and oral presentation skills.

The current Honors cohort averages:

  • GPA of 94
  • SAT score of 1460
  • ACT score of 32

For Early Decision Honors, the latest SAT and  ACT accepted will be the October tests.
For Regular Decision Honors, the latest SAT and ACT accepted will be the December tests. 

How to Apply

Honors applicants are reviewed in a two-stage process. 

Stage 1: Honors Application

Students must submit the following items by the application deadline:

  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 items such as their essay, short answers, 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. The applicant’s ACT/SAT official score report must be sent directly to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions by the testing service. 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
    Applicants must respond to the following prompt in 750-1000 words.  Responses should be uploaded to the applicant’s application portal in either PDF or Word format.

    "Describe a time in your life when you had to decide between taking a risk and playing it safe. What choice did you make? What was the outcome of your choice? Would you have made the same decision looking back on the experience, or would you make a different decision?"
  4. Short Answers
    Applicants must respond to the following three short answer questions (150 WORDS each). Responses should be uploaded to the applicant’s application portal in either PDF or Word format.
    1. What is one human achievement or innovation you would like to see in your lifetime?
    2. When meeting someone for the first time, what do you want them to know about you but generally do not tell them?
    3. Please describe something about which you are passionate. If you would like, please free to share a link to a video which best illustrates this passion.  The link can be a found video, such as from YouTube, or can be an original video filmed on your own.
  5. 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.  
  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.
    • 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. Two Letters of Recommendation 
    Please identify two teachers who can comment on your academic ability as well as your potential, personality, creativity and leadership qualities to help the Honors Program Selection Committee understand why you are truly outstanding.

    Your personal application portal will allow you to send an email to the people you have selected. 

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

Stage 2: Honors Day

A select group of candidates will be invited to participate in an Honors Day. This is a great opportunity to learn more about the Honors Programs and includes a 45 minute interview with a faculty member and/or admissions officer. Applicants who are not invited to an Honors Day will be considered for general (non-honors) admission.

Early Decision

Students may apply to any of the three Honors Program as early decision candidates. Early decision candidates who are awarded an Early Decision Honors Award are considered to have made a binding commitment to Yeshiva University and are expected to withdraw all applications to other universities, start no further applications, and enroll at Yeshiva University in the fall or following their Torah studies in Israel.

Scholarship Reconsideration

Students studying in Israel who have been previously admitted to the Honors Program and awarded an academic scholarship may request a scholarship reconsideration by the Honors Committee in light of recent accomplishments. For interested students, please contact Rabbi Jonathan Cohen at 054-227-2850.

Learn More About the Honors Programs

For more information regarding the Honors Programs' curricula and obligations, please refer to the individual program webpages:

Transferring Between Honors Programs

Students are accepted specifically to the Honors program for which they applied. Students may apply to transfer between Honors programs on the same campus by submitting a formal request to the deans of both programs. All transfer requests are subject to review and approval by the deans of the Honors programs.

Financial Aid

In addition to academic scholarships, need-based scholarships are also available. 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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