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About Yeshiva College

Mission and History


The mission of Yeshiva College is set forth in Yeshiva University's Mission Statement for all of its undergraduate schools as follows:

"Yeshiva University is the world’s premier Jewish institution for higher education. Rooted in Jewish thought and tradition, it sits at the educational, spiritual and intellectual epicenter of a robust global movement that is dedicated to advancing the moral and material betterment of the Jewish community and broader society, in the service of God."


Like many venerated American colleges and universities, Yeshiva College was founded originally as a religious seminary. Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary (RIETS) was established in 1896 as the first yeshiva for advanced Talmudic study in America. Its first president, Dr. Bernard Revel, envisioned an institution in which yeshiva students would be able to "harmoniously combine the best of modern culture with the learning and the spirit of Torah." Through Dr. Revel's efforts, Yeshiva College was founded in 1928, with 31 students. The creation of the college coincided with the move of RIETS, with its Teachers Institute and Talmudical Academy High School, from the Lower East Side to the newly built Washington Heights campus.

Meeting the Needs of Our Growing Student Body

Since its inception, Yeshiva College has become the most important institution in the United States for training Jewish secular and religious leaders for nearly 90 years. The growth of its student body over the years necessitated the building of the Rubin and Morgenstern Residence Halls, which supplemented the original and subsequently refurbished Muss Residence Hall. The growth of its academic programs also necessitated the creation of the Mendel Gottesman Library to house its manuscript, rare book and scholarly collections of Judaica, the development of the Pollack Library collections in secular studies, as well as the construction of Furst Hall and Belfer Hall for additional classroom, administrative and laboratory space.

Yeshiva College now has an enrollment of more than 1,000 undergraduate men with an additional 300 students learning in major yeshivot in Israel. Our students are drawn from the world Jewish community including North America, South America, Europe, Israel and Australia. To this diverse student body, Yeshiva College offers a varied Jewish studies and liberal arts curricula with intensive support services for students' educational, social and religious needs.

An Exceptional Academic Program

Academic programs have never been stronger. For the last 10 years, the college has continued to build on its academic excellence. The Jay and Jeanie Schottenstein Honors Program (1999) is designed for exceptionally gifted students seeking intellectually rigorous experiences, individualized mentoring, exciting research opportunities and leadership development. It also offers extraordinary summer travel classes to Japan, Italy, Spain and destinations yet to be imagined. Participation in Honors Program offerings are also open to non-honors-students and thus it augments the college's academic opportunities for all highly motivated Yeshiva College students.

Strengthening Our Faculty 

During the last six years, through the generosity of Mr. Ronald P. Stanton, the college has experienced a 30 percent growth of its tenure-track faculty in the sciences, humanities and social sciences. The new faculty has invigorated Yeshiva College's commitment to high-quality research in their disciplines and to innovative teaching in their classrooms and laboratories.

Fulfilling—and Building On—a Vision

In recognition of more than 20 years of sustained support by the Wilf families for their many contributions to Yeshiva University, especially in the area of need-based and merit scholarships, the Washington Heights campus was named in their honor (2002). Most recently, the completion of the Jacob and Dreizel Glueck Center for Jewish Study (2009) in the heart of the Wilf Campus physically reaffirms the centrality of Torah studies in the college's academic mission.

In his remarks in 1928, Dr. Bernard Revel consecrated Yeshiva College "to the pursuit, interpretation and advancement of universal knowledge in harmony with the great affirmations of Judaism concerning God and man, which are the basis of enlightened civilization … and which still hold a vital message for humanity."

Dr. Revel's vision continues to be realized at Yeshiva College day in and day out, with its ever-growing commitment to academic excellence in Jewish and secular studies and its continued dedication to the intellectual, social and spiritual well-being of its student body.

Visiting Our Campus

We are located at the Wilf Campus, easily accessible by car or public transportation. If you are a prospective student, we strongly encourage you to take a campus tour to get a feel for the University and to see what your life on campus might be like. Tours are arranged through Yeshiva University's Office of Undergraduate Admissions; 646-592-4440.

Please contact us if you have additional questions about Yeshiva College.

Dear Yeshiva College Students:

Academic integrity is at the core of all intellectual pursuits, both in the yeshiva and in the college. This university-wide policy provides a clear definition of what is considered cheating and plagiarism and sets forth penalties for those who do not live up to these standards in class assignments and exams. As you will find in reading this statement of policy, the penalties for violating academic integrity standards are severe. For your part, you are responsible for knowing and abiding by the detailed policy outlined below. As dean of Yeshiva College, I am responsible for enforcing these guidelines. I look forward to working with you to ensure that Yeshiva College is a model of academic integrity for the larger Jewish and academic communities.

Karen Bacon
The Mordechai D. Katz and Dr. Monique C. Katz Dean
Undergraduate Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Yeshiva University

Committed to the highest values of both Judaism and Western civilization, Yeshiva College strives to ensure that each student will maintain the highest moral, ethical and academic standards. The governing principle within the curriculum is academic integrity—accepting the responsibility for being judged on the basis of your own work and your own achievements. This principle requires that you receive no unauthorized assistance from others and that you give explicit credit for authorized assistance and for each thought or expression you borrow from any outside source. Your submission of any examination, course assignment, or degree requirement represents your affirmation that you have lived up to these standards. Because of our beliefs in personal honesty as well as academic integrity, we consider all instances of academic dishonesty, cheating, and plagiarism intolerable and punishable. In keeping with the policy of “zero tolerance” for all infractions against academic integrity, every violation of our policy will result in an appropriate penalty.

YC Department Heads 2023-2024




Dr. Paula Geyh

Fine Arts & Music

Dr. Daniel Beliavsky


Jewish History

Dr. Jeffrey Freedman

Dr. Josh Karlip (JHIS)


Dr. David Johnson




Dr. James Kahn


Jenny Isaacs


Dr. Jill Katz

Political Science

Dr. Joseph Luders




Dr. Josefa Steinhauer



Dr. Raji Viswanathan


Computer Science

Dr. Judah Diament



Dr. Antonella Marini   




Dr. Fredy Zypman





Bible, Hebrew,

Near Eastern Studies

Dr. Ari Mermelstein



  • A premier Torah education at every level, which provides a spiritual, moral and ethical foundation for secular studies
  • A comprehensive secular curriculum with an enviable record of success in enabling students to pursue professional and graduate studies
  • A select liberal arts and sciences college with an excellent faculty who are strongly committed to the intellectual, social and emotional growth of their students
  • An opportunity to be part of a vibrant research community by engaging in cutting-edge research with faculty mentors
  • A chance to enroll in graduate classes in Jewish studies, social work and psychology and pursue a combined BA/MA degree or obtain internships at our professional schools (Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law)
  • A world-renowned program of academic Jewish studies taught with the tools of the academy and a deep reverence for tradition
  • A multitude of ways to fully participate in campus life, including intercollegiate and intramural athletic teams, a cappella groups and musical ensembles, college newspapers and journals, clubs and political action groups
  • A location that allows students to access New York City's diverse cultural institutions and academic resources
  • A place to call home, to engage with and study alongside tomorrow's leaders, to create lifelong friendships and networks and to be part of a vibrant Jewish community
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