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Applying to YU: Undergraduate Honors Programs

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Students interested in one of the Honors Programs must apply either directly from high school or while engaged in post-high-school study in Israel. All applicants should meet the following criteria:

A commitment to the mission of the Honors Programs and Yeshiva University
  • Honors students are committed to Yeshiva University’s mission of Torah U-Madda and the undergraduate dual curriculum of Jewish and secular studies 
  • Honors students commit to participate in all aspects of the Honors Program, from courses to extracurricular activities, research experiences, and internships. 
A history of academic excellence:
  • The average GPA for our Honors acceptees is a 95 
Outstanding standardized test scores:
  • The average SAT scores for our Honors acceptees is a 1450 
  • The average ACT scores for our Honors acceptees is a 33 
Academic pursuits outside of school:
  • Honors students have generally challenged them consistently in high level courses (including Advanced Placement college-level courses) 
  • Many Honors students have worked on an independent project or internship outside of the classroom. These include: Summer research programs in the sciences, humanities, or Jewish studies 
  • Internships at businesses or practics 
  • Entrepreneurial initiatives 
Extracurricular involvement and leadership:
  • Honors students often participate in multiple academic and/or athletic teams or activities and usually lead at least one.
Outstanding critical thinking, writing, and oral presentation skills:
  • Honors students generally write essays that are error-proof and reflect sophisticated and critical responses to the prompts 
  • Honors students typically respond to questions in their interview with thoughtful and complex answers 
For those applying to the Sy Syms Business Honors and Entrepreneurial Leadership Program:
  • Students have demonstrated strong entrepreneurial and leadership experience