• Honors

  • How to Apply

    Students apply to one of the Honors Programs either directly from high school or while engaged in post-high-school study in Israel. See table below for application deadlines and decision notification dates.  

    Please note that ALL application materials must be received by the application deadline.  Reservations for Early Decision Honors Days must be requested by October 27th, 2015.  Reservations for Regular Decision Honors Days must be requested by January 28th, 2016. 

    Application Type Application Deadline Decision Notification Date
    Early Decision November 1, 2015 December 15, 2015
    Regular Decision February 1, 2016 April 1, 2016
    Israel Applicants December 24, 2015 April 1, 2016

    Early Decision applicants will be eligible for academic scholarships ranging from $10,000-25,000.

    For Early Decision scholarship information, please visit our Early Decision page.

    Regular Decision applicants will be eligible for academic scholarships ranging from $10,000-20,000.

     

    There are six components to Honors Program applications.

  • 1) Meet Honors Eligibility
    • All candidates must have a minimum 90 GPA or equivalent and are expected to maintain this GPA until graduation from high school
    • Candidates for the Jay and Jeanie Schottenstein Honors Program and the S. Daniel Abraham Honors Program must have a 1400 SAT (combined Critical Reading and Math) or a composite ACT score of 32.  Either test can be super-scored.
    • Candidates for the Business Honors and Entrepreneurial Leadership Program may apply with a minimum 1330 SAT or a 30 ACT if they have demonstrated strong entrepreneurial and leadership experience 
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    2) Complete the standard application for admission

    The online application is the preferred method for applying, and the Honors Essays and Short Answers are available through the online application. Candidates already accepted to Yeshiva University may complete the Honors Supplement.

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

    3) Honors Essays

    These are the essay prompts for the Jay and Jeanie Schottenstein Honors Program at Yeshiva College and the S. Daniel Abraham Honors Program at Stern College for Women. Applicants must complete both essays/creative pieces.

     Argumentative Essay - All applicants must answer the prompt below in 750 words or less: 

    Inventions or ideas that start small can have world changing effects. Choose one idea or invention and explain what would be different if it never existed. Make a strong argument with specific examples.

     Personal Essay/Creative Piece

     It is the year 2035 and you have just achieved your big breakthrough. A major news organization has decided to cover this significant occasion. Please choose any medium (written, video, audio, or other) to describe this moment in your life.

    These are the essay prompts for the Sy Syms Business Honors and Entrepreneurial Leadership Program. Applicants must compete both essays.

     Argumentative Essay- All applicants must answer the prompt below in 750 words or less: 

    Inventions or ideas that start small can have world changing effects. Choose one idea or invention and explain what would be different if it never existed. Make a strong argument with specific examples.

     Personal Essay - All applicants must answer the prompt below in 750 words or less:

     A startup company is looking to hire a new employee directly out of high school and you have decided to apply. Please submit a cover letter detailing the value that you can provide for this company. Be sure to include specifics on your own skills, talents, and past experience. It is up to you to decide both the company and the position for which you are applying. 

      4) Honors Short Answer Questions

       

      We would like to learn more about you. Please tell us about yourself by completing each of these sentences in 150 characters or less.

      1. Name one person (personal, fictional or historical) who has inspired you.
      2. If you could go back in time and relay a message to yourself itself at the beginning of high school, what would it be?
      3. Name one political or social issue about which you are passionate.
      4. In addition to your intended major, what is another academic field in which you are interested?
      5. If you are could travel to one place you have never visited before, where would that be?

       

         

        5) Recommendations

        All candidates must solicit two confidential letters of recommendation. Recommenders should complete the Honors Recommendation Form (PDF) and submit it.

        6) Honors Day

        Students applying from high school interview during their Honors Days on campus, which can be reserved online.

        Students applying from Israel must schedule an interview at Yeshiva University’s Caroline and Joseph Gruss Campus. The office can be contacted by email or at 02.531.3020.

        Interviews generally run 30 minutes in length and are often conducted by two interviewers: one from 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.

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