ADMISSIONS

Yeshiva University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity and nondiscrimination in admission and all other facets of its educational programs and activities. The university encourages applications from qualified students regardless of sex, religion, age, race, disability, marital status, color, or national origin, within the meaning of applicable law.

APPLICATION PROCEDURES

Where to Apply: All correspondence on matters of admission should be addressed to the Office of Admissions, Yeshiva University, 500 West 185th Street, New York, NY 10033-3299. The Office of Admissions is located in Room 419 of Furst Hall. The office can be reached at 212-960-5277 (telephone) or 212-960-0086 (fax) or yuadmit@yu.edu.

How to Apply: Students must submit the admissions application including the required essay. They must arrange to have a transcript of their high school record and their scores on either the Scholastic Assessment Test I (SAT I) or American College Testing (ACT) examination forwarded to the Office of Admissions. Applicants are required to schedule an interview at the university or with its representative in their vicinity. By previous arrangement, applicants who come to the university for an interview may sit in on classes and tour the campus with a current student.

When to Apply: Candidates may apply any time after completion of their junior year of high school. Applications for the fall semester are processed in three stages: 1) Applicants whose applications, supporting documentation, and interview are completed and received by the October deadline will be informed of a decision by mid-December. 2) Applicants whose applications, supporting documentation, and interview are completed and received by the December deadline will be informed of a decision by mid-February. 3) Applicants whose applications, supporting documentation, and interview are completed and received by the February deadline will be informed of a decision by April 1.

Applications for the spring semester need to be completed and received by the Office of Admissions by November 15.

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REQUIREMENTS FOR ADMISSION

The high school scholastic record, SAT I or ACT scores, and results of statewide tests such as the New York State Regents Examinations are of primary importance in determining a student’s qualifications for admission. The Committee on Admissions also considers the applicant's character, potential, and contributions to school and community life.

Average: To qualify for admission, a candidate must present a high school average of at least 85 or its equivalent. The Committee on Admissions may require higher averages from students who come from schools whose academic standards are not known to the committee.

Tests: All applicants must take either the SAT I or ACT test. The results of these tests supplement the high school grades. Most successful applicants have a combined score of at least 1100 on the SAT I critical reading and mathematics sections or an equivalent score on the ACT. Optionally, applicants may also take subject matter achievement tests such as those of the SAT II testing program of the College Board.

Applicants should take the SAT I/ACT at the end of their junior year of high school or during the first half of the senior year. Although these tests are normally given on Saturday, Sabbath-observing students may request a Sunday administration. Full information is available from the Yeshiva University’s Office of Admissions or the college guidance counselor at the student's high school.

Bulletins and applications can be obtained from the College Board, Box 6200, Princeton, NJ 08541-6200; 212-713-8000; www.collegeboard.com.

Students who live in the Western states should write to 6425 Christie Avenue, Emeryville, CA 94608 or call 319-337-1000 or contact the American College Testing Program, Box 168, Iowa City, IA 52243; www.act.org.

Secondary School Units: Applicants must be graduates of an academic high school. They must present 16 units of secondary school work in college preparatory subjects. (To earn one unit, a student must attend classes in a major subject 180 forty-minute periods per school year; a half unit is given for the same amount of work in a minor subject, i.e., one not requiring preparation.)
The 16 units required for admission must include the following:

English 4
Additional language (two years of one language, classical or modern) 2
Social Studies (American, European, or World history) 2
Mathematics (college preparatory) 2
Science (General Science, Biology, Chemistry, or Physics) 2

The remainder of the required 16 units may be chosen from any college preparatory subjects, with no more than 1 to be presented in commercial or minor subjects. In New York State, a Regents Examination must be taken in every subject offered for admission credit if the high school gives such an examination.

APPLICANTS TO THE JAY AND JEANIE SCHOTTENSTEIN HONORS PROGRAM
The Jay and Jeanie Schottenstein Honors Program at Yeshiva College presents exciting and challenging opportunities for outstanding students. These programs stress writing and critical analysis, creativity, cultural enrichment, research, and individual mentoring. Those students who fulfill all requirements will have the honors distinction noted on their diplomas.

Yeshiva University awards a substantial number of academic scholarships to undergraduates based on past achievement, leadership potential, and community service. Candidates for the Honors Program are automatically considered for highly competitive academic scholarships. Acceptance into the program and awards of academic scholarships are determined by the Faculty Honors Committee. Committee members take into account high school average, standardized test scores, content of letters of nomination, extracurricular activities, leadership potential, and quality of personal interview.

To qualify for the Jay and Jeanie Schottenstein Honors Program, students must apply directly from high school or a post-high school study program in Israel. Students must have maintained a 90 GPA in high school and have scored a 1400 or above combined score in critical reading and mathematics on the SAT I or a 32 or above on the ACT.

Students who wish to apply to the program must complete the application for admission to Yeshiva University including the two required essays that are specific to the program. They must additionally submit two confidential letters of nomination from current or former teachers who can speak to the candidates’ past achievements and future potential. Honors applicants are required to have a special Honors Program interview and must specifically request one by calling the Office of Admissions.

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APPLICANTS WHO ARE NOT HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATES

To qualify for the Early Admission Program, an applicant must complete the junior year of high school, with a minimum of six regular academic-year terms in residence. Fifteen units must be completed, including the following 11:
English 3
Additional Language 2
Social Studies 2
Mathematics 2
Science 2

The applicant must present a high school average of at least 90 or its grade point average (GPA) equivalent and a combined score of 1270 on the SAT I critical reading and mathematics sections or the ACT equivalent for admission under the Regular Early Admission Program, under which the student may take a full college program (normally 15 credits a semester).

For admission under the Limited Early Admission Program, the student must present a high school average of 85 or its grade point average (GPA) equivalent and a combined score of 1220 on the SAT I critical reading and mathematics sections or the ACT equivalent. Such students may take 12-14.5 credits at the college each of the first two semesters.

A letter of recommendation is required from the applicant’s principal or college guidance counselor for admission into both the regular Early Admission Program and the Limited Early Admission Program.
Applicants who are not high school graduates (or foreign applicants who do not have the equivalent diploma or cannot produce records) may be admitted if they pass the High School Equivalency

Examination administered by New York State (commonly called the "GED test") in addition to performing well on the College Board tests. While the passing mark is a 45 average, the minimum required for admission to Yeshiva University is 50, with a minimum of 40 on each test.

Full details about the GED test may be secured from any high school in New York or, in other states, from the Department of Education.
A diploma from a correspondence school is not acceptable for admission purposes. Students with such diplomas are required to pass the GED test, as described above.

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ADMISSIONS WITH ADVANCED STANDING

A maximum of 32 credits may be transferred for work done in high school as follows:
Joint Programs: A maximum of (4) semester courses (12 credits) taken in 12th grade through joint high school/college programs if those programs are offered on college campuses, taught by college professors, and require research in college libraries. No transfer credit/exemptions will be given for joint high school programs with community colleges or for courses taken during the summer at community colleges.

CEGEP credits are only accepted from the second year (i.e., 13th year).

No credit is awarded for the Israeli Bagrut or Psychometric Exams.

The balance of maximum transferable high school credits may be earned through the following standardized exams:

Advanced Placement Examination (AP): AP and AP-type courses may only be taken for credit/exemption before graduation from high school. Credit and exemption will only be given for a score of 5. Lab work must be presented for approval to earn lab credit and exemption.

Jerusalem Examination: The Jerusalem Examination is in two parts: Hebrew language and Hebrew literature. Hebrew University administers the examination annually at various locations throughout the world, including many cities in the United States and Canada. Yeshiva University’s policy on credit for this examination is available from the Office of the Registrar or the Office of Admissions. Students must take the Jerusalem Examination prior to graduation from high school to earn Yeshiva University credit. The Jerusalem Exam alone will not confer exemption or credit toward the Hebrew language requirement. Students can receive exemption and credit toward the Hebrew language requirement only if they pass at the appropriate level both the Jerusalem Exam and a supplementary Hebrew grammar exam to be administered by the Hebrew Department of Yeshiva College.

Part I: Literature

65–74 No credit; no exemption
75-up 3 credits—HEB Elective (does not satisfy any requirements)

Part II: Language

0–64 No credit; no exemption
65–74 Exemption—HEB 1205, Intermediate Hebrew I
75–84 3 credits—HEB 1205, Intermediate Hebrew I
85–89 3 credits—HEB 1205, Intermediate Hebrew I;
exemption from HEB 1206, Intermediate Hebrew II
90-up 6 credits—HEB 1205, Intermediate Hebrew I;
HEB 1206, Intermediate Hebrew II

Jewish History Examination: The university administers its own college-level placement examination in Jewish history at cooperating high schools each January and June. This test must be taken before graduation from high school. Credit and exemption will only be given for a score of 5.

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TRANSFER STUDENTS

Applicants who have attended another college must satisfy the same requirements as applicants who come directly from high school. They must also have maintained a B average or GPA equivalent at the institution from which they are transferring.

While the university is pleased to encourage the competent applicant who has valid and legitimate reasons for transferring to Yeshiva University, it cannot encourage an applicant with a history of academic or personal difficulty. University admissions policy restricts consideration of transfer to those students with satisfactory academic and personal records. In the event of academic or personal difficulty, students are usually advised to remain in their present college and clear their record before attempting to transfer.

Students who transfer to Yeshiva College after two or more years of full-time study at an accredited degree-granting college or university (not a yeshiva) will meet the residency requirement after being in residence at Yeshiva College in New York for at least four semesters and taking at least 12 credits each semester, and taking a minimum of 58 credits on campus. They must also fulfill at least 60 percent of the requirements for any major or minor on campus, and 24 of the last 35 credits for their degree must be completed on campus.

All students who wish to transfer credit for courses taken at other institutions must file official transcripts with the Office of the Registrar no later than two months after beginning their studies at Yeshiva University or two months after completion of the courses, whichever is later.

No credit may be transferred if the course grade is below C; or if the subject is technical, vocational, or not ordinarily classified as liberal arts, science, or business; or if the course is more than 10 years old. Transfer credits are not placed on a student's permanent record until the student has satisfactorily completed at least 12 credits at Yeshiva University in New York, and may be revoked, either in whole or in part, if subsequent work, either generally or in a particular subject, is not satisfactory.

The maximum credit that may be transferred from accredited degree-granting institutions is no more than 22 per semester and 43 in a 12-month period. A maximum of 8 credits per semester or 16 in a 12-month period, and a maximum total of 32 may be granted for study at an approved American non-degree-granting institution. Transfer of credit is subject to several limitations and restrictions. Full details are available from the Office of Admissions.

Courses transferred from another institution, whether taken before or after admission to Yeshiva University, appear on the student’s record with credit value only; grades earned elsewhere are not entered on the Yeshiva College/Sy Syms School of Business transcript.

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INTERNATIONAL APPLICANTS

The academic records of all applicants who have attended foreign schools, along with an official translation, must be sent to the Office of Admissions along with the application for admissions. In addition to the SAT I, applicants from non-English-speaking countries who have resided in the United States for less than three years are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and must score a minimum of an 84 on the Internet-based test, or a 225 on the computer-based test. A bulletin and other information regarding the test itself may be obtained by contacting:
TOEFL SERVICES
P.O. Box 6151
Princeton, NJ 08541
USA
609-771-7100
609-771-7500 FAX
www.toefl.org 

Students who do not demonstrate near-native proficiency in English are required to register for a developmental writing course their first semester and to attend such courses until they pass and are able to register for freshman composition and speech courses. Students whose language proficiency does not reach the introductory developmental level may be asked to take courses outside of the university until they have demonstrated language proficiency sufficient to register for the developmental language courses.

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VETERANS

A veteran honorably discharged from the armed forces with service of at least one year may be granted 2 credits for completion of basic training and military service in lieu of physical education. Veterans with at least two years of service may be allowed an additional 2 credits in lieu of physical education.

Credit for courses taken with the Armed Forces Institute is granted in accordance with the regulations of the New York State Education Department and with the recommendations of the American Council on Education.

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COLLEGE COURSES FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS

Yeshiva University High School seniors with good records may take individual undergraduate courses at Yeshiva College or Sy Syms School of Business for which they may receive college credit. Information on availability of individual courses is available from the Office of the Registrar.

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S. DANIEL ABRAHAM ISRAEL PROGRAM

Yeshiva University has established the S. Daniel Abraham Israel Program to enable its students to spend a period of time studying in Israel. If enrolled while studying at affiliated institutions in Israel, students are listed as enrolled at Yeshiva University. This provides for a smooth academic and social transition in going to and returning from Israel. Credits earned while participating in the program are considered to be Yeshiva University credits.

Students may also study at other approved degree and non-degree institutions; please refer to the Transfer Student section above regarding the university’s policy on transfer of credit from other schools. Students who study in Israel for the year are eligible for up to 32 credits for one year (16 credits per semester).

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TYPES OF ADMISSION

Each admitted student is classified under one of the following categories. Not all schools admit under all categories.

Regular Students: Students admitted with permission to work toward degrees or diplomas are classified as Regular. A Regular student admitted with a condition must resolve it within the time limit set by the Office of Admissions to maintain regular student status.

Provisional Students: Students admitted without meeting the full requirements for Regular status are classified as Provisional. If such students demonstrate satisfactory performance after two semesters of full-time attendance, they may petition the dean to be reclassified as Regular. While classified as Provisional, students take a limited program of 12–13.5 credits and must consult with the dean each semester before registration to review their progress and receive approval of their proposed programs.

Transient Students: Applicants who wish to enroll only for certain courses to meet their particular needs at other institutions, without pursuing a regular program leading to a degree or diploma at Yeshiva University, may be admitted as Transient students, with the permission of their home institution and the specific approval of the school of Yeshiva University to which they have applied. Opportunities for such study are limited and normally students in this category may enroll for no more than a total of 9 credits.

Visiting Students: With the permission of both schools, students enrolled with Regular or Provisional status in one school of Yeshiva University may register for a limited number of courses at another school as Visiting students.

All students, regardless of their status, must meet all standards and comply with all regulations and requirements.

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UNIVERSITY RESOURCES

Undergraduate students have many opportunities to benefit from the graduate and professional schools that are also part of Yeshiva University. These include academic programs such as funded summer internships at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and joint degree programs with the Wurzweiler School of Social Work and the Cardozo School of Law.

There are special scholarships for Yeshiva University undergraduates who go on to graduate study within the university, such as the David Berg and Family Scholarships at the Cardozo School of Law.

Admissions committees at the Yeshiva University graduate and professional schools give special attention to applications from our undergraduates and are well acquainted with the strengths of the undergraduate academic and Jewish studies programs. The Albert Einstein College of Medicine grants an interview to each Yeshiva University senior who applies.

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