• Applying to YU: Undergraduate Honors Programs

  • Requirements

    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. All 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 Jewish and secular studies 
    • Honors students commit to participate in all aspects of the Honors Program, from courses to extracurricular activities, research experiences, and internships. 

    A history of academic excellence:

    • The average GPA for our Honors acceptees is a 95 
    Outstanding standardized test scores:
    • The average SAT scores for our Honors acceptees is a 1450 
    • The average ACT scores for our Honors acceptees is a 33 
    Academic pursuits outside of school:
    • Honors students have generally challenged themselves consistently in high level courses (including Advanced Placement college-level courses) 
    • Many Honors students have worked on an independent project or internship outside of the classroom. These include: Summer research programs in the sciences, humanities, or Jewish studies 
    • Internships at businesses
    • Entrepreneurial initiatives 
    Extracurricular involvement and leadership:
    • Honors 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:
    • Honors students generally write essays that are error-proof and reflect sophisticated and critical responses to the prompts 
    • Honors 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


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