• 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 must 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: 
      • Honors students have a minimum 90 GPA 
    • Outstanding standardized test scores: 
      • Applicants must have a minimum of a 1400 SAT (Critical Reading and Math) or 32 ACT Composite Score.  Both tests may be super-scored from multiple sittings 
      • Applicants to the Business Honors and Entrepreneurial Leadership Program may apply with a minimum 1330 SAT or a 30 ACT if they have demonstrated strong entrepreneurial and leadership experience
      • All tests must be taken in advance of application deadlines 

    The strongest applicants also meet the following criteria:

    • Academic pursuits outside of school: 
      • Honors students have generally challenged them 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 or practices 
        • 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 


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