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Associate of Art in Liberal Arts

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The AA in Liberal Arts offers students the best of Yeshiva University—a rigorous Jewish and Liberal Arts education combined with our distinctive on-campus experience. Through a carefully planned curriculum, students gain the skills and knowledge needed to succeed.

Upon successful graduation, students will have a choice of pathways. Students who graduate from the AA in Liberal Arts with a GPA of 3.2 or higher will have the opportunity to enroll in bachelor's programs at Yeshiva College and Stern College. Students who wish to pursue professional opportunities will be well equipped to do so.

Highlights

  • THRIVE in YU’s distinctive on-campus experience and dual curriculum.
  • 2 YEARS + 1 SEMESTER: The AA in Liberal Arts is a full-time, residential program completed over 5 consecutive semesters or two full years, including 2 fall semesters, 2 spring semesters, and 1 mandatory summer semester.
  • RESIDENCY: ON- CAMPUS HOUSING: Students’ are required to live on campus during their entire freshmen year.
  • STRUCTURED CURRICULUM: The AA in Liberal Arts is a cohort-based program, which means that all A\A students enroll in the same required courses each semester. Apart from Jewish Studies, the AA course sequence is predetermined (e.g., few elective options).
  • FACULTY: AA courses are taught by an exceptional group of faculty, each committed to the principles of quality instruction. Rather than relying on tests and exams alone, AA courses are frequently project-based, so that students are evaluated on what they build and do. Faculty also build active, one-on-one, and group work into all classes.
  • SUPPORT: The AA in Liberal Arts offers a small and supportive learning environment. Students receive proactive, dedicated advisement from the start of the program through graduation – both individually and through a weekly seminar taught by the program director. One-on-one math and writing support are embedded into the classrooms. AS students utilize all YU Student Support offices, including the Career Center, Counseling, Disability Services, and more.
  • JEWISH STUDIES / DUAL CURRICULUM: AA students participate in the University’s Jewish Studies programs, alongside students from Yeshiva College, Stern College, and the Sy Syms School of Business. Within their Jewish Studies program, AA students complete 2 semesters of Hebrew Language and a course in Jewish Engagements.
  • ISRAEL JOINT PROGRAM: AA students may earn up to 12 credits (6 per semester) on the YU S. Daniel Abraham Israel Program, which makes them eligible for half-time federal financial aid. The 12 Israel credits allow for more flexibility in Jewish Studies courses during the AA program. 
  • ON-CAMPUS EXPERIENCE: AA students participate fully in YU’s distinctive on-campus experience – including athletics, clubs, organizations, student life, Jewish Life, and on-campus leadership activities.
  • PATHWAY TO BACHELOR’S & BEYOND: Upon successful graduation from the AA in Liberal Arts, students who maintain a GPA of 3.2 or higher will have the opportunity to enroll in bachelor's programs at Yeshiva College and Stern College. Students who wish to pursue professional opportunities will be well equipped to do so.

*Students who plan on participating in the gap year YU Israel program may do so by deferring their admission to the following academic year. Acceptance of their Israel credits is up to the discretion of the school the student transfers to after completing his or her associates. 

Full Program Breakdown

The AA in Liberal Arts offers students the best of Yeshiva University—a rigorous Jewish and Liberal Arts education combined with our distinctive on-campus experience. Through a carefully planned curriculum, students gain the skills and knowledge needed to succeed.

Upon successful graduation, students will have a choice of pathways. Students who graduate from the AA in Liberal Arts with a GPA of 3.2 or higher will have the opportunity to enroll in bachelor's programs at Yeshiva College and Stern College. Students who wish to pursue professional opportunities will be well equipped to do so.

Highlights

  • THRIVE in YU’s distinctive on-campus experience and dual curriculum.
  • 2 YEARS + 1 SEMESTER: The AA in Liberal Arts is a full-time, residential program completed over 5 consecutive semesters or two full years, including 2 fall semesters, 2 spring semesters, and 1 mandatory summer semester.
  • RESIDENCY: ON- CAMPUS HOUSING: Students’ are required to live on campus during their entire freshmen year.
  • STRUCTURED CURRICULUM: The AA in Liberal Arts is a cohort-based program, which means that all A\A students enroll in the same required courses each semester. Apart from Jewish Studies, the AA course sequence is predetermined (e.g., few elective options).
  • FACULTY: AA courses are taught by an exceptional group of faculty, each committed to the principles of quality instruction. Rather than relying on tests and exams alone, AA courses are frequently project-based, so that students are evaluated on what they build and do. Faculty also build active, one-on-one, and group work into all classes.
  • SUPPORT: The AA in Liberal Arts offers a small and supportive learning environment. Students receive proactive, dedicated advisement from the start of the program through graduation – both individually and through a weekly seminar taught by the program director. One-on-one math and writing support are embedded into the classrooms. AS students utilize all YU Student Support offices, including the Career Center, Counseling, Disability Services, and more.
  • JEWISH STUDIES / DUAL CURRICULUM: AA students participate in the University’s Jewish Studies programs, alongside students from Yeshiva College, Stern College, and the Sy Syms School of Business. Within their Jewish Studies program, AA students complete 2 semesters of Hebrew Language and a course in Jewish Engagements.
  • ISRAEL JOINT PROGRAM: AA students may earn up to 12 credits (6 per semester) on the YU S. Daniel Abraham Israel Program, which makes them eligible for half-time federal financial aid. The 12 Israel credits allow for more flexibility in Jewish Studies courses during the AA program. 
  • ON-CAMPUS EXPERIENCE: AA students participate fully in YU’s distinctive on-campus experience – including athletics, clubs, organizations, student life, Jewish Life, and on-campus leadership activities.
  • PATHWAY TO BACHELOR’S & BEYOND: Upon successful graduation from the AA in Liberal Arts, students who maintain a GPA of 3.2 or higher will have the opportunity to enroll in bachelor's programs at Yeshiva College and Stern College. Students who wish to pursue professional opportunities will be well equipped to do so.

*Students who plan on participating in the gap year YU Israel program may do so by deferring their admission to the following academic year. Acceptance of their Israel credits is up to the discretion of the school the student transfers to after completing his or her associates. 

Interested in this program? Apply Now!

Helpful Links

Contact Us

Dr. Jessica Accurso-Salguero, Program Director
j.accurso-salguero@yu.edu

Malka Sigal, Program Manager for Undergraduate Education
malka.sigal@yu.edu
katzugadvising@yu.edu 
(646) 592-4718

Undergraduate Admissions
yuadmit@yu.edu
(646) 592-4440

Application Checklist

Successful applicants to the AA in Liberal Arts will:

  • Complete the online admissions application.
  • Submit high school transcript and present a minimum high school GPA of 2.0.
  • Submit two short answer responses (see below).
  • Submit a resume to include extra-curricular activities.
  • Submission of SAT/ACT scores are strongly encouraged but not required.

Application short answer prompts:

  • Tell us about a time when you tried something and failed. What did you learn from your experience?
  • How will enrolling in Yeshiva University's AA in Liberal Arts program assist you with reaching your future goals?

Additional Information

Transfer to a Bachelor's Degree

Upon successful graduation from the AA in Liberal Arts program, students who graduate with a GPA of 3.2 or higher will have the opportunity to enroll in the bachelor’s programs at YU.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Need-based scholarships are available to AA in Liberal Arts students. To learn more about scholarships and financial aid, please see the Office of Student Aid.

Tuition & Fees

A full tuition breakdown can be found on the Office of Student Finance website.

Learn More

Helpful Links

Contact Us

Dr. Jessica Accurso-Salguero, Program Director
j.accurso-salguero@yu.edu

Malka Sigal, Program Manager for Undergraduate Education
malka.sigal@yu.edu
katzugadvising@yu.edu 
(646) 592-4718

Undergraduate Admissions
yuadmit@yu.edu
(646) 592-4440

Admissions & Financial Aid

Application Checklist

Successful applicants to the AA in Liberal Arts will:

  • Complete the online admissions application.
  • Submit high school transcript and present a minimum high school GPA of 2.0.
  • Submit two short answer responses (see below).
  • Submit a resume to include extra-curricular activities.
  • Submission of SAT/ACT scores are strongly encouraged but not required.

Application short answer prompts:

  • Tell us about a time when you tried something and failed. What did you learn from your experience?
  • How will enrolling in Yeshiva University's AA in Liberal Arts program assist you with reaching your future goals?

Additional Information

Transfer to a Bachelor's Degree

Upon successful graduation from the AA in Liberal Arts program, students who graduate with a GPA of 3.2 or higher will have the opportunity to enroll in the bachelor’s programs at YU.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Need-based scholarships are available to AA in Liberal Arts students. To learn more about scholarships and financial aid, please see the Office of Student Aid.

Tuition & Fees

A full tuition breakdown can be found on the Office of Student Finance website.

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