Undergraduate Student Life

You will join students from Yeshiva College, Stern College for Women, and the Sy Syms School of Business in the vibrant campus life that defines YU. From your first campus visit through graduation, and then for everything that follows you remain part of the Yeshiva community. To ensure you make the most of your time at the university, we have developed a host of student services some of which are listed below.

New Student Orientation

Every fall, the Office of Student Life works with student volunteers and departments across the university to host orientation for new undergraduate students one week prior to the start of classes. Part of new student orientation is structured to help you find your way around campus, finish up registration and paperwork, access services, and meet with faculty. In additions, there are meetups where you can connect with current and other new students in all of the undergraduate schools for food and fun. All events are FREE!

Your Katz School faculty and administrators will offer sessions at orientation to help introduce you to the Associate degree program.

Academic Advising

Every two weeks, you will meet with your academic advisor to discuss your progress, your accomplishments, and your challenges. These meetings are to help you understand how you are moving forward in your learning and where you have opportunities for growth.

Libraries and Technology

Yeshiva University's libraries offer a wealth of information and support for study and research, and other scholarly, cultural, and artistic activities, within and beyond the Yeshiva University community. Your YU ID card gets you access to the library branches on both campuses. Technology needs are supported by Yeshiva’s Office of Academic Computing. All campuses have free WiFi, computer labs and printing for students. Instructors frequently post your course syllabus, assignments, discussion topics, grades and other class materials on Canvas, the university’s learning management system. This makes it easy to access what you need for class from anywhere, anytime.

Career Center and Supports

Yeshiva University’s Career Center offers students a range of programs and resources - from personalized counseling and career planning to the latest professional search technologies. The Career Center also hosts on-campus recruiting events, career fairs, and information sessions and partners with employers, alumni, and community supporters to connect students with professional opportunities. In addition, your faculty offer career mentoring, helping students identify career options and opportunities for further study.

Your faculty and program director are also here to help you find career opportunities and build your professional network during your time at YU.

Academic Support and Study Center

The Beren Campus Study Center and Wilf Campus Office of Academic Support empower students to become independent, self-aware, confident lifelong learners. Make an appointment with a learning specialist, participate in a study skills workshop, and get new ideas for effective, practical strategies to enhance your academic performance.

Beren Campus (women): go to https://yu2.mywconline.com/ and choose the Study Center schedule before logging in to make an appointment.

Wilf Campus (men): see more information or make an appointment online at https://www.yu.edu/academic-support

Writing Center

The Writing Center is a place where students can receive free one-to-one tutoring on all types of writing, from research and reports to composition essays and creative briefs. Our tutors will help you with any type of writing assignment at any point in the writing process. We can offer you support in generating and clarifying your ideas, developing arguments, locating evidence, consolidating conclusions, and developing cohesive structure. Tutors will enable you to hone and develop your own thinking and writing skills. Leave feeling more comfortable with the writing process. The Writing Center offers hour-long appointments and is open Sunday-Friday. To sign up for an appointment, visit the Beren Campus Writing Center or Wilf Campus Writing Center.

Health Center

The Student Health Center on each campus is available free of charge to undergraduate students. Stop by if you’re feeling sick or have an injury. If you need emergency services, specialist services, or diagnostic testing, our Health Center will provide you with a referral. The Health Center also keeps records for student health forms and immunizations, and can provide immunizations for a fee if students have not complied with University and state regulations.

Counseling Center

The Counseling Center is here to consult with you confidentially and free of charge. Students visit the Counseling Center for a variety of reasons, including anxiety, relationship concerns, depression, anger management, family problems, death or illness of a loved one, self esteem issues, academic or career crises, body image concerns, drug/alcohol problems, identity/sexuality questions, or feeling overwhelmed. To make an appointment, email counseling@yu.edu. For more information about the Counseling Center, see their website at www.yu.edu/student-life/counseling.

Disability Services

The Office of Disability Services collaborate with students, faculty, and staff to provide reasonable accommodations and services to students with disabilities. If you would like to submit your documentation and receive accommodations, please see their guidelines online.

Student Organizations and Clubs

There are over 100 undergraduate clubs across our two campuses. Multiple student events are organized every day of the week: enjoy a movie night, a guest lecture, a schoolwide Chanukah celebration, and much more. Check out what’s happening on campus at www.yu.edu/events, and learn about our student government and clubs at www.yu.edu/student-life/student-organizations.

Shabbat Programming

After a long week full of Torah and secular learning, Shabbat offers a unique opportunity to relax with your peers, participate in exciting social programming and gain insight from Roshei Yeshiva and guest speakers. Hundreds of students, on both the Wilf and Beren campuses, take part in the Shabbat programming each week. If you're looking for a one of a kind Shabbat experience, with great food, insightful speakers, interactive programming and uplifting ruach, then on campus is the place to be for Shabbat!

Athletics

With 15 NCAA Division III teams, the Department of Athletics and Recreation offers athletic opportunities for all kinds of students. Whether you’re an accomplished athlete with a drive for competition, a casual participant in intramural games, or a fan ready to cheer on the Yeshiva Maccabees, you can enjoy the camaraderie, teamwork, and excitement of being a part of Athletics at YU. All teams hold open tryouts.

Athletic facilities, including workout rooms, are available at both campuses. See more information, like game schedules and open gym hours, at www.yumacs.com.

Housing

The Office of University Housing and Residence Life is here to welcome you to campus and ensure you have a positive living experience at YU. Housing is mandatory for all fall and spring semesters in the Associate degree programs at The Katz School, and optional for the summer semesters. Check out the dorms and see more information about our campus community with Men’s Housing and Women’s Housing.

On-Campus Dining Services

Each campus features cafeterias, café stores, and vending machines where you can purchase breakfast, lunch, dinner, convenience items, and a variety of snacks. Dining Services are under the Orthodox Union and are strictly kosher. Students who live on-campus are automatically added to a meal plan; funds from the meal plan can be used to purchase anything from Dining Services. For hours, menus, and more, see the Dining Services website.

Off-Campus Dining and Restaurants

A portion of money from your meal plan is automatically added to an “omni-fund.” Omni-fund dollars can be used at participating local restaurants. For a full list of participating restaurants, see the Dining Services website.

Shuttles and Transportation

Need to get around the Beren Campus quickly? Want to reach a transit hub in Washington Heights in time for the next train or bus? Excited to go to an event on the other campus, but unsure of how to get there? Security has you covered! A fleet of local shuttles can take to places on and near each campus, and a fleet of intercampus shuttles transport you between the Beren and Wilf Campuses. Check out Security’s information about schedules and reservations.

Exploring the City and Beyond

New York City is made up of five boroughs—Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Bronx, and Staten Island. Each has its own flavor. Cheer on the Yankees or spend a day at the zoo in the Bronx. Enjoy the cutting edge culture of Brooklyn or take a walk across the historic Brooklyn Bridge. Ride the free ferry to Staten Island and breathe in the parks and beaches. Hop on the subway to Queens and dine on a different kind of cuisine at every stop. Or spend a whole day right here in Manhattan: tour a skyscraper in the morning, eat a picnic lunch in Central Park, explore an art or history museum in the afternoon, and catch a Broadway show in the evening. Every borough is a blend of new and old, innovation and history; there’s always something to do in the City That Never Sleeps! Check out NYCGo.com to learn more.