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. 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 Judaic and secular studies 
  • Honors students commit to participate in all aspects of the Honors Program, including courses, extracurricular activities, research projects, and internships. 
A history of academic excellence:
  • Honors students have generally challenged them consistently in high level courses (including Advanced Placement and/or college-level courses) 
  • The average GPA for students accepted to the Honors Program is a 94 
Standardized test scores:
  • The average SAT score (new examination) for students accepted to the Honors Program is a 1460 
  • The average ACT score for students accepted to the Honors Program is a 32 
Academic pursuits outside of school:
  • Many Honors students have worked on independent projects outside of the classroom. These may include: summer research projects, internships, and entrepreneurial initiatives
Extracurricular involvement and leadership:
  • 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:
  • Students generally write essays that reflect sophisticated and critical responses to the prompts (and have been proofread)
  • 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