Honors Applicants


How to Apply: Two-Stage Process
Essay Prompts
Early Decision
Scholarship Reconsideration
Learn More about the Honors Programs
Transferring Between Honors Programs
Financial Aid
Contact Us


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.

(For information on the Yeshiva Masmidim Honors Program for advanced Torah studies, please click HERE).

Deadlines: 2021 Deadlines TBD

  Maximum Scholarship Level*
Early Decision $25,000
Regular Decision $20,000
Applicants in Israel $20,000

*Applicants will be considered for scholarship levels up to the maximum amount.

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.


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

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:

  • Completed Application
    • Please begin by creating an account in our online application.  This will give you access to your personal portal where you will be able to submit your application and supplemental items, and check your application status.  
  • $65 Application Fee
    • Payment can be processed in the personal application portal.
  • Essays

    • Applicants to the S. Daniel Abraham Honors Program at Stern College for Women or the Jay and Jeanie Schottenstein Honors Program at Yeshiva College must complete each of the following essays in 500-750 words:
      1. Argumentative Essay: Go back in time, change one event in history, and describe the ramifications on today's world.
      2. Personal Essay: Describe a favorite book or movie where the main character had to make a difficult decision. What do you think about their choice? How would you have handled the situation?
    • Applicants to the Sy Syms Business Honors and Entrepreneurial Leadership Program must complete each of the following essays in 500-750 words:
      1. Argumentative Essay: Go back in time, change one event in history, and describe the ramifications on today's world.
      2. Personal Essay: The following is a quote from the character Gordon Gekko in the 1987 movie Wall Street:
        "The point is, ladies and gentleman, that greed, for lack of a better word, is good. Greed is right, greed works. Greed clarifies, cuts through, and captures the essence of the evolutionary spirit. Greed, in all of its forms; greed for life, for money, for love, knowledge has marked the upward surge of mankind.”
         Do you agree or disagree with Gordon Gekko’s statement and why? Please provide examples to support your argument. 
    • Essays should be uploaded to the applicant’s personal application portal.
  • Short Answers
    • Please submit responses (150 characters or fewer) to the following five prompts.  Responses should be uploaded to the applicant's personal application portal.
      1. What is one issue about which you are passionate?
      2. Name one high school project or activity that made you feel accomplished.
      3. What is one innovation or human achievement you would like to see in your lifetime.
      4. If you were given one million dollars to donate to the charity of your choice, which would it be?
      5. Please submit the title and a shortened URL of your favorite YouTube video.
  • 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
  • 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).
  • Two Letters of Recommendation
    • Please identify two people (at least one from a teacher, principal, or college guidance counselor) 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.
Stage 2: Honors Day

A select group of candidates will be invited to participate in an Honors Day on campus. This visit to campus is a mandatory component of the application process, is a great opportunity to learn more about the Honors Programs, and includes a 30 minute interview with a faculty member and/or admissions officer. Business attire is strongly encouraged.

Women’s Honors Days on the Beren Campus run from 9:45am to 4:00pm. Men’s Honors Days on the Wilf Campus run from 10:45am to 5:45pm.

Applicants who are not invited to an Honors Day will be considered for general (non-honors) admission.

Candidates studying in Israel who proceed to the second stage will be invited to interview at the Gruss Campus in Jerusalem in lieu of the Honors Day. The Israel office can be reached at 054-227-2850 or jonathan.cohen@yu.edu.

Early Decision:

Students may apply to any of the three Honors Program as early decision candidates provided that Stage One is complete before November 1st. Early decision candidates who are awarded an Early Decision Distinguished Scholar’s Award ($20,000 or higher) 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 call the Israel office at 054-277-2850. Applications and all supporting materials must be received before December 17th, 2019.

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 212.960.5399 or studentaid@yu.edu.

Contact Us:

If you have any questions about the Honors application process, please contact Miriam Jacobson at Miriam.Jacobson@yu.edu.