How to Apply

(Essays updated for 2018-2019.The new application will be available on August 1st).

Students may apply to one of our three Honors Programs either directly from high school or while engaged in post-high-school study in Israel. 

ALL application materials must be received by the application deadline.
For Early Decision Honors applicants, the latest examinations that will be accepted are the October 7th SAT and the September 16th ACT.
For regular Honors applicants, the latest examinations that will be accepted are the December 2nd SAT and the December 9th ACT.

Early Decision applicants will be eligible for academic scholarships of up to $25,000 annually. For Early Decision scholarship information, please visit our Early Decision page.

Regular Decision applicants will be eligible for academic scholarships of up to $20,000 annually.

Applicants to the Honors Program are assessed in two-stages. In the first stage, all applications and supporting materials undergo a full review immediately following the deadline. Students will then be notified via email as to whether they are invited to participate in the second round of the application process. Students who wish to be notified earlier are welcome to submit their applications before the deadline, as applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis up until the deadline.

Applicants proceeding to the second stage will be invited to participate in a mandatory Honors Day on campus which will include the Honors interview. All students proceeding to the second round of the application process MUST participate in an on-campus Honors Day.  Following the Honors Days, applicants will receive their final application decisions by the notification date.

Please use the six bullet points below as a guide to the application process.

1) Honors Criteria

Honors students have demonstrated success in the areas of academics, standardized test scores, and extracurricular activities. As a guide, the average GPA for Honors acceptees is a 94. The average SAT score (new examination) is a 1460 and the average ACT score is a 32. Official transcripts and standardized test scores must be received by the application deadline.

2) Complete the standard application for admission

The online application is the preferred method for applying. You will be prompted for the Honors Supplemental Items (see below) once you submit the application. Candidates already accepted to Yeshiva University may complete the Honors Supplement.

Honors candidates need not submit the general admissions essays, as the Honors Essays take their place.

3) Honors Essays

For the S. Daniel Abraham Honors Program at Stern College for Women and the Jay and Jeanie Schottenstein Honors Program at Yeshiva College: Applicants must complete each essay in 750 words or fewer.

  1. Argumentative Essay: Go back in time, change one event in history, and describe the ramifications on today's world.
  2. Personal Essay: What book or written work do you feel should be mandatory reading for all students during their first year at Yeshiva University? Explain.

For the Sy Syms Business Honors and Entrepreneurial Leadership Program: Applicants must complete each essay in 750 words or fewer.

  1. Argumentative Essay: Go back in time, change one event in history, and describe the ramifications on today's world.
  2. Personal Essay: What would be your ideal career? Describe how your leadership, work, and/or internship experience would make you an ideal fit for this profession.

4) Honors Short Answer Questions

We would like to learn more about you. Please tell us about yourself responding to each of these prompts in 150 characters or fewer.

  1. What is one issue about which you are passionate.
  2. What would be your ideal college internship.
  3. If you could have dinner with one historical figure, who would it be?
  4. If you were given one million dollars to donate to the charity of your choice, which would it be and why?
  5. Please submit the title and a shortened URL of your favorite YouTube video.

5) Recommendations

All candidates must solicit two confidential letters of recommendation. Applicants are encouraged to utilize the Electronic Recommendation Form within the supplemental items section of their application.

6) Honors Day

All students proceeding to the second round of the Honors application process must participate in an Honors Day on campus. The Honors Day will include the interview component of the application.

Interviews generally run 30 minutes in length and are often conducted by two interviewers: one representative the Admissions or another administrative office, and one from the University's faculty or an alumnus of the program.  Impressions from this interview strongly guide the Honors Committee in their decisions for both admissions and scholarships. Business attire is strongly encouraged.

Students studying in Israel who proceed to the second round will be invited to interview at the Gruss Campus in Jerusalem in lieu of the Honors Day. This office can be contacted by email or at 02.531.3020.