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Yeshiva University provides an education and community like no other—and uniquely prepares you for a successful career. As the preeminent Jewish university in America, we are set apart by the unique ability to combine Torah study on each student’s individual level with a first-rate secular education and the resources of one of the nation’s top research institutions. Nowhere else will you be challenged to become the best student and Jew you can be. Our graduates prove the value of what we do here. They emerge from YU well rounded—intellectual, spiritual and connected to the world. The degree they carry is more than the sign of a successful education. It lights the path to a successful life. If you aspire to have an unparalleled education, if you’re committed to Torah learning and if you want to be a leader in a community of shared values and aspirations, YU is MORE ThAn AnY OThER where you belong. UnIVERSITY, YU UndERstands tHE impoRtancE of invEsting in JEwisH EdUcation. tHis is wHY wE aRE so committEd to making a YU EdUcation affoRdablE to EvERY familY in tHE YU commUnitY.
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COVER: The story of YU is told through the people of our proud community. See the inside back cover of this book to learn more about them.
IN 2010, 108 YU STUDEnTS COMPLETED SCIEnTIFIC RESEARCh PROjECTS, 23 hAD WORk PUbLIShED In PEERREVIEWED jOURnALS AnD 14 PRESEnTED AT PROFESSIOnAL COnFEREnCES. DISTIngUIShED RECEnT VISITORS TO YU InCLUDE new york times OP-ED COLUMNISTS DAVID BrOOkS AND GAIL COLLINS AND SENATOr jOSEPH LIEBErMAN.
AMONG LAW SCHOOL APPLICANTS FrOM YU, 95 PERCEnT WERE ADMITTED TO AT LEAST OnE AbA-ACCREDITED LAW SChOOL IN 2010.
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YU OFFErS OFFCAMPUS hOnORS COURSES IN ENGLAND, FrANCE, IrELAND, ISrAEL, ITALY AND OTHEr ExCITING LOCATIONS.
Our steadfast commitment to Torah Umadda—the simultaneous pursuit of Torah learning and the best of secular academic knowledge—provides young men with an education in liberal arts and sciences and business in robust combination with Torah studies. With an experience firmly rooted in Jewish and American academic traditions, our graduates confidently meet the challenges of leadership in a rapidly changing world.
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over the past five years means smaller classes, more opportunities for mentorship and a wider variety of courses.
Today’s students expect an outstanding education in the humanities, sciences and social sciences—and Yeshiva College delivers. At YU’s Wilf Campus in Washington Heights, close interaction with faculty ensures that students reap the benefits of a top liberal arts education: the ability to think broadly, synthesize information, solve problems and communicate ideas with clarity and elegance. Here, young men are invigorated by exacting standards, stimulating discussion and opportunities to join professors in original research.
BrOAd ACCESS Yeshiva College students enjoy access to the University’s many resources. They take courses at YU’s affiliate graduate schools and benefit from the hundreds of scholars, authors, artists, scientists, public officials and business leaders who visit YU to teach and lecture each year.
BESt OF BOtH wOrLdS YU’s liberal arts and sciences approach ensures the development of critical thinking and communication skills—while business majors, pre-med and prelaw tracks and joint degree options give students the opportunity to develop practical perspectives or get an early start on a graduate degree.
tOrAH INFLUENCE The tone of Yeshiva College classrooms reflects the presence of Torah priorities and sensibilities. Faculty often contextualize their teaching with references to Jewish law, history and traditions. Professors provide careful and respectful guidance and maintain the highest ethical standards in the classroom.
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ranks YU in the top tier among the nation’s research universities.
JUmp-staRt YoUR caREER witH oUR jOInT DEgREE PROgRAMS
engineering jewish education jewish studies nursing optometry physical therapy physician assistant podiatry social work teaching math and science
Students can accelerate their path to a graduate or professional degree by pursuing one of the joint or combined degree programs offered by YU and in partnership with some of the nation’s leading universities—including Columbia University, johns Hopkins University and New York University.
“We take pride in preparing our students to think critically and analytically and to become citizens of the world while being fully engaged in our religious heritage—its sacred texts, history and culture.”
—Barry Eichler, Dean, Yeshiva College
YEShIVA COLLEgE MAjORS biology chemistry classical languages computer sciences economics English French Hebrew history jewish studies mathematics music philosophy physics political science psychology sociology
Rewarding Research With a passion for scientific inquiry and a penchant for leadership, YC student Yair Saperstein was recently awarded the prestigious Goldwater Scholarship. His research, which ranges across fields from computational chemistry to biochemistry to computer science, includes a summer as a roth Scholar at Einstein and a first-place finish at an international technology competition. To share his passion for science with others, Yair recently founded Project STArT (Students, Teachers, and researchers Teach) Science—a program that places YU students and faculty in science classrooms of local public schools.
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COMMIttEd tEACHErS Some of the world’s leading minds make their professional homes in Yeshiva College’s classrooms. Though YC faculty in all disciplines are involved in research and scholarship, they share a commitment to teaching undergraduates. They value close interaction with their students and the opportunity to engage with them outside the classroom, whether meeting informally to continue a discussion, collaborating on new research or assisting students with next steps. IMpOrtANt SCHOLArS Over the past five years, YU has increased its undergraduate faculty substantially— both in traditional areas of strength and in fields not previously represented in the curriculum. Joining a faculty of scholars among the finest in their fields, these men and women bring energy and passion to our classrooms and laboratories. They have chosen YU for the opportunity to contribute to an esteemed research university and to play a role in informing the next generation of Jewish leadership.
Author of Cities, Citizens, and technologies: Urban life and postmodernity (routledge 2009) and co-editor of Postmodern American Fiction: A norton Anthology (1998), Associate Professor of English Paula Geyh has made important contributions to the field of postmodern American fiction through studies of subjectivity and spatiality.
TYPICAL CLASS SIzE: FEWER ThAn 15 STUDEnTS UNDErGrADUATE STUDENT-TO-FACULTY rATIO: 8 TO 1
Yeshiva College faculty members not only transmit knowledge; they also convey the spark that leads to its pursuit.
back to basics YU Professor of Psychology Bruno Galantucci was recently awarded more than $100,000 from the National Science Foundation to study the core design of human information systems. Galantucci’s research aims to understand the origins of speech, writing and sign language by seeing what happens when subjects are forced to interact without the established tools of communication. In addition to facilitating landmark research, the grant creates exciting opportunities for Galantucci’s students, who will join him in conducting experiments and analyzing results.
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“This is a community with a great deal of ferment. It’s why our students are intellectually energized. Many of our professors have taught in a number of other top colleges, and they all tell me that the quality of discussion in class here is unrivaled.”
—Dr. Morton Lowengrub, Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, Yeshiva University
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Supported by close mentorship from YU scholars and scientists, state-of-the art equipment and facilities, and generous funding, students are given the tools they need to ask important questions and pursue meaningful solutions.
HANdS-ON LEArNING YU’s faculty of scholars, scientists and business people often include undergraduates in their research. As a result, students develop powerful analytical skills while contributing to new thinking and discovery. Many publish papers or present their findings at professional conferences. MANY OppOrtUNItIES YU students have multiple options for getting involved in research. Many undergraduate men conduct substantial research projects at institutions such as Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bar-Ilan University, Columbia University, Northwestern University and the University of Notre Dame. Others launch independent research projects as part of an honors thesis.
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YU devotes $220 million each year to support research and discovery.
“My work has given me the opportunity to learn about and develop a novel line of therapies—it will eventually help patients suffering from potentially lethal infections.”
—Daniel, Yeshiva College, roth Scholar
Students researching at Albert Einstein College of Medicine
research laboratories on campus
research articles published by students each year
gETTIng PUbLIShED Each year, many YU undergraduate men are named co-authors of published articles. A few recent topics: • Quasielastic Light Scattering of Platinum DendrimerEncapsulated Nanoparticles • Interdependent Networks with Identical Degrees of Mutually Dependent Nodes • The “Traveling Salesman” Problem for Finite-Sized Cities • Negentropy Generation and Fractality in the Dry Friction of Polished Surfaces • Hydrophobic Collapse and Cold Denaturation in the jagla Model of Water
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Pre-law events on campus each year
Unique courses in economics
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Students conducting substantial research projects
* number of biology, chemistry and physics courses taught each semester
Supporting Research Established to stimulate student and faculty collaboration, the kressel Scholarship provides research stipends to students and their faculty mentors to support projects that span at least one academic year and an intensive summer. Partnering with Accounting Professor joseph kerstein, 2010 kressel winner Or Pikary explored the impact of corporate governance on ethical standards.
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Academic scholarship support of up to full tuition is available to top Honors Program applicants.
Jay and Jeanie schottenstein Honors program
rIGOrOUS LEArNING The Jay and Jeanie Schottenstein Honors Program takes academic experience to its highest level, offering courses and opportunities that challenge and stimulate students while broadening their perspectives. ExpANSIVE OFFErINGS The program offers in-depth study from a rich array of disciplines. Students explore theories of political philosophy from Plato to Rousseau, contemplate the role of religious symbolism in James Joyce’s early works or study the nuances of organometallics in the laboratory. Regardless of subject, students in honors courses work closely with faculty to pursue intensive study of a given topic and enjoy the opportunity to learn from a stellar, motivated group of classmates. MANY OppOrtUNItIES The Honors Program offers far more than course work. A series of cultural events provides immersion in the arts; a summer enrichment component offers access to internships and research, stateside or abroad. Each honors student collaborates with a professor on an intensive thesis project, engaging deeply with a given scholarly topic or area of research, often producing writing or research of publishable quality.
honors for Everyone To enrich the overall challenge and quality of the YU education, 90 percent of Honors Program courses are open to all. Exposing students to topics from across the college’s broad curriculum, honors courses are usually capped at 15 to maximize opportunities for engagement with the professor. A few examples of recent honors courses: Genesis and Literature, Neuroethics, Multimedia Writing for the 21st Century, Evil and Suffering, Modern Physics, Utopias and Dystopias, Early Modern jewish History and The String Quartet.
Profound Experiences A student graduating from YC would have had the opportunity to learn from (and possibly even meet) the following people:
Tommy hilfiger Iconic American fashion designer
David E. Sanger new york times chief Washington correspondent
Maria negroni Prominent Latin American poet and scholar
james P. Rubin Bloomberg View executive editor and former secretary of state 10 Your Mind
gabriela Shalev Israel’s former ambassador to the United Nations
Lord Rabbi jonathan Sacks Chief rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth
“Even more so than the challenging courses, the inspiring cultural and extracurricular programs and the terrific, dedicated faculty, it was my fellow honors students who encouraged and pushed me to aspire to great things.”
—Eli, honors student, Yeshiva College
Honors study can take students around the world. Here, students in YC’s Age of Shakespeare honors course explore London.
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INtIMAtE ApprOACH With an outstanding faculty, rich curriculum and broad cocurricular offerings, the Syms School of Business offers one of the finest undergraduate business programs in the Northeast. Its classes are small and studentfocused, ensuring a degree of interaction between students and faculty rare among undergraduate business programs. SOLId FOUNdAtION Syms offers a comprehensive education in business fundamentals and practice combined with course work in the liberal arts and Torah studies. Students may pursue a BS in majors that cover the spectrum of business subjects or may choose to pursue the fiveyear Master of Science Program in Accounting. StELLAr prEpArAtION In addition to studying business, Syms students complete a core of liberal arts and sciences courses and are enrolled in one of YU’s four undergraduate Torah studies paths for men. As a result, Syms graduates have a unique and powerful foundation in creative problem solving, Torah study and critical thinking as well as a proven work ethic—and are highly sought after by employers looking for individuals with this unique combination of skills and values. pOwErFUL tEACHING Respected contributors to the professions they teach, Syms professors bring real-world business experience to their classrooms, supplementing theory with practical anecdotes and insights into the business world. Syms supplements its fulltime faculty with a body of adjunct experts—in real estate, media planning and sports marketing, for example—who bring knowledge and experience in specialized areas and a wider variety of courses than are offered in most undergraduate business programs.
A Leader in Ethics ranked among the top five most prolific business ethics authors in the world by the Journal of Business ethics, Syms School of Business Director and Accounting Professor Moses Pava has guided more than a thousand Syms students through research projects on accounting and business ethics. Pava brings his scholarly background into his classroom teaching—drawing on jewish sources to highlight the critical ethical issues in the study and practice of business.
“At Syms, we focus on the cornerstones of business education: experiencebased learning through internships, a valuesbased focus on ethics in business and close mentoring.”
—Michael Strauss, Associate Director of Student Advising and Administration, Clinical Professor of Management, Syms School of Business
SYMS STUDENTS MAY PUrSUE A 5-YEAR MASTER OF SCIEnCE In ACCOUnTIng
MAjORS accounting* finance information systems management marketing MInORS accounting entrepreneurship finance general business information systems international business management marketing real estate bUSInESS CLUbS YU’s 11 student-run clubs with a focus on business give students an opportunity to share ideas and deepen their knowledge by working together. American Advertising Federation Consulting Club Entrepreneurship Club Ethics and Halacha for Business Club Fashion Merchandising Marketing Club Finance Club Financial Management Association Future Business Leaders Management Club Marketing MIS Club *5-year, 150-credit program; students receive both Bachelor of science and master of science degrees
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Syms courses benefit from students’ common knowledge of jewish law for the consideration of ethical issues—one of the fundamental aspects of business education and practice.
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The Syms Honors and Leadership Program offers courses designed to challenge students and prepare them for exceptional career opportunities.
LEARnIng FROM LEADERS Each year, dozens of business leaders, entrepreneurs, politicians and other public figures visit Yeshiva University to share experiences and advice with Syms students. A few recent examples: • Millard Drexler CEO and chairman of the board, j. Crew Group • Lance hirt Partner, Lindsay Goldberg LLC • joseph Shenker Chairman, Sullivan & Cromwell PC • nadine Mchugh Managing partner, Mindshare • josh Weston Honorary chairman and former CEO, Automatic Data Processing • Victor Alhadeff CEO, Boost eLearning LLC • Zygmunt Wilf Principal owner, Minnesota Vikings
FROM bOARDROOM TO CLASSROOM A sampling of companies for which Syms School of Business faculty have worked or currently serve as board members, advisers or consultants: AT&T ATC Healthcare Bank of New York Booz Allen Hamilton Coopers and Lybrand Deloitte & Touche Entergy Corporation GNY Insurance Companies Harmon Associates Hebrew Home for the Aged IBM IDT Corp kPMG Laventhol krekstein Horwath & Horwath Lehman Brothers Lucent Technologies New York Botanical Gardens One Worldwide (formerly Ogilvy One) Pitney Bowes
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THErE ArE APPrOxIMATELY 15 ShAChARIT MInYAnIM EVERY DAY ON THE WILF CAMPUS, STArTING AS EArLY AS 6:30 A.M.
YU’S ANNUAL STUDENTrUN SEFOrIM SALE FEATUrES MOrE THAN 10,000 UnIqUE TITLES.
APPrOxIMATELY 80 PERCEnT OF YU STUDEnTS SPEnD ThEIR FIRST YEAR In ISRAEL AS MEMBErS OF YU’S S. DANIEL ABrAHAM ISrAEL PrOGrAM.
Undergraduate Torah Studies
YU’S UNDErGrADUATE TOrAH STUDIES FACULTY INCLUDES MORE ThAn 75 LEADIng ROShEI YEShIVA AnD ACADEMIC SChOLARS.
Designed to meet the spiritual needs of young men from every background and interest, YU’s four undergraduate Torah studies programs are among the world’s finest. Students explore the beauty of Torah and the depth of Jewish tradition with some of the world’s leading scholars and roshei yeshiva, embracing Torah studies rooted in classical Talmud Torah, Jewish thought and rigorous textual analysis. For those who choose to begin their YU education in Israel, the S. Daniel Abraham Israel Program provides guidance, support and community.
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Torah Leadership Students from all four Torah studies paths may participate in the Student Organization of Yeshiva (SOY) and jewish Studies Council, which work together to meet the religious needs of YU men. In addition to creating a unified atmosphere of Torah and jewish identity at YU, SOY organizes campus events, Shabbatonim and chessed initiatives; publishes four scholarly journals; and runs the yearly Seforim Sale.
ONE tOrAH Yeshiva University offers preeminent programs in undergraduate Torah studies, exposing young men to the beauty of Torah and the depth of Jewish tradition. Designed to deepen students’ ethical and philosophical insights, the programs provide training in rigorous thought, exposure to research methods and opportunities for independent work.
FOUr prOGrAMS To accommodate the varying backgrounds, goals and aspirations of our students, YU offers four undergraduate Jewish studies paths for men, each with its own learning style and curricular emphasis. All four programs are grounded in classical Talmud Torah and an intensive analysis of classic Jewish texts.
twO EdUCAtIONS Yeshiva University men receive an integrated education of Torah and college studies. Their efforts are rewarded through development of Torah knowledge, worldview and character. This Torah Umadda philosophy allows and encourages our students to strive for profound personal growth while preparing them to lead ethical and moral lives.
Shaping jewish Thought YU students are the future of jewish ideas, and the University’s new zahava and Moshael Straus Center for Torah and Western Thought provides them with the resources to develop into the next generation of great jewish thinkers. Students take advantage of the center’s interdisciplinary courses, fellowships, advanced tutorials, independent study courses, summer seminars and travel abroad opportunities—exploring the moral, philosophical and theological questions of our age while gaining the tools to disseminate jewish ideas throughout the world.
“The need for Yeshiva University as an intellectual and Torah center for the world has never been more evident. We are providing superb Torah study, high-quality academic exploration and an environment of nobility, inspiration and success.”
—richard M. joel, President and Bravmann Family University Professor, Yeshiva University
SEATS IN THE MANY BATEI MIDrASH ACrOSS THE WILF CAMPUS: 1,100 SHIUrIM AVAILABLE AT WWW.YUTOrAH.OrG: 50,000+
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Opened in 2009, the jacob and Dreizel Glueck Center for jewish Study is a place for faculty and students to study and share ideas. It contains a spectacular beit midrash, two large, modern lecture halls, 50 faculty offices, 11 classrooms, and seminar and conference facilities. Your Spirit 17
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IN ADDITION TO A BACHELOr’S DEGrEE, EVErY YU STUDENT GrADUATES WITH A CERTIFICATE In jEWISh LEARnIng.
YU’s undergraduate Torah studies offer men the benefits of a unified, supportive yeshiva with various paths of study appropriate for students from any background and interest: the Yeshiva Program, for those interested in a classical approach; the Mechinah Program, for those new to Torah studies; Isaac Breuer College, for those looking to cover a range of Torah subjects from an academic perspective; and the Stone Beit Midrash Program, for students who want a shiur/chavruta model that allows more time for Halacha, Tanach and college studies. Students may move between these paths as their interests evolve or their facility with the material increases. All four programs build skills that lead to lifelong Jewish learning.
YEShIVA PROgRAM/MAZER SChOOL OF TALMUDIC STUDIES (MYP) This path offers an advanced and sophisticated classical yeshiva experience. Students engage in exegesis of Talmud with outstanding roshei yeshiva educated in the finest institutes of our world. The most extensive of the programs, MYP offers the deepest exposure to traditional learning.
ThE jAMES STRIAR SChOOL/ MEChInAh PROgRAM This path is intended for students new to Hebrew language and textual study who aspire to attain a broad-based Jewish philosophical and text education. Led by a dynamic, caring faculty and with daily mentoring from students at YU’s rabbinical seminary, the Mechinah Program provides nurturing and support, inspiring students to appreciate the beauty, warmth and wisdom of traditional Judaism.
“Yeshiva University is the only place where you find Yeshiva—the classical beit midrash of old— and a top-tier college ... ‘The beauty of japhet in the tent of Shem.’”
—rabbi zevulun Charlop, Dean Emeritus of rIETS, Special Adviser to the President on Yeshiva Affairs
ISAAC bREUER COLLEgE OF hEbRAIC STUDIES (IbC) Intended for students seeking an advanced and structured— yet flexible—program in the major areas of Jewish learning and practice, IBC offers a wide range of Jewish studies course work in a traditional college classroom setting. Students are empowered to attain the broad knowledge base and skills necessary for serious study of classic Jewish texts.
IRVIng I. STOnE bEIT MIDRASh PROgRAM (SbMP) SBMP was initiated by students returning from Israel excited to learn in the beit midrash but wanting an alternative to the Yeshiva program. Structured in the shiur/chavruta format, the program offers self-directed study of Gemara, Tanach, Machshevet Yisrael (Jewish thought, ethics and philosophy) and Halacha (Jewish law). Schedules afford students greater flexibility for their college studies.
gathering knowledge YU is home to one of the world’s great judaic/Hebraic research collections, particularly in the areas of Bible, rabbinics, jewish history, jewish philosophy and Hebrew. Collections include more than 300,000 printed volumes in a variety of languages, dating from the 15th century.
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dEVOtEd tEACHErS YU’s undergraduate Torah studies faculty includes more than 75 leading roshei yeshiva and academic scholars. Many are products of YU’s affiliated Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary (RIETS) and are, as a result, deeply committed to and immersed in the tenets of Torah Umadda. LEAdING SCHOLArS In addition to undergoing the most advanced rabbinical training or academic study, YU’s undergraduate Torah studies faculty are prolific Torah scholars who author books and articles, make public presentations and serve as visiting scholars at institutions around the world. Distinguished by a tremendous breadth of intellectual grasp, interests and knowledge, they teach, lecture and publish across a variety of subjects and contexts—ranging from esoteric articles appearing in Talmudic journals to books on popular culture appearing on Amazon.com. SpIrItUAL MENtOrS Many faculty members are pulpit rabbis in the most distinguished synagogues, continually aware of and engaged with the needs of their communities. Their students are exposed to the teaching and ideas of those with direct and ongoing exposure to the issues at the forefront of Jewish life and the ability to address them. Students respect their faculty not just as accomplished scholars, but as moral exemplars, looking to them for guidance on how to live ethical lives. The structure of the learning and the commitment of the faculty result in relationships that personalize, deepen and distinguish each student’s education.
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YU rosh yeshiva, noted Talmudic scholar, prominent posek and halachic adviser for the kashrut division of the Orthodox Union, rabbi Hershel Schachter is a world-renowned authority on religious law.
“The Torah education at Yeshiva University, in terms of both faculty and students, epitomizes the gold standard of excellence—a veritable flowering of Torah combined with a dedication to Yirat Shamayim.”
—rabbi Yona reiss, Max and Marion Grill Dean of rIETS
Learning With the best YU students benefit from the tradition and resources of the rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary (rIETS), one of the world’s leading institutions for instruction in advanced Talmudic and halachic methodology. Many members of the YU faculty and world-renowned rabbis received semicha from rIETS.
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HOUrS BEIT MIDrASH IS OPEN: 24/7 rABBIS OrDAINED AT rIETS SINCE 1906: 2,900
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S. Daniel Abraham Israel Program
Your home away from home On a hillside overlooking the heart of jerusalem, YU’s Caroline and joseph S. Gruss Institute provides support to the more than 600 students beginning their YU education in Israel as part of the S. Daniel Abraham Israel Program. Gruss is home to YU’s staff of five full-time counselors who serve as student liaisons, plan academic and recreational programs and regularly visit YU’s partner yeshivot to offer support and academic advising. Gruss contains a beautiful beit midrash that is used by YU rabbinical graduate students.
NUMBEr OF STUDENTS IN YU’S ISrAEL PrOGrAM: 600+ PArTNEr YESHIVOT: 23
pOwErFUL BEGINNING The land of Israel, central to the past, present and future of the Jewish people, plays an integral role in the Yeshiva University education. Approximately 80 percent of incoming students spend their first year as YU students at an Israeli yeshiva prior to beginning their studies in New York. By the time they graduate, more than 85 percent will have studied there.
VALUABLE FOUNdAtION Study in Israel represents an opportunity to establish a connection to one’s spiritual past and to build a foundational facility with Hebrew, Aramaic and the study of Gemara prior to beginning Jewish studies in New York. For many, the experience brings new context and meaning to 12 years of Jewish studies. For almost all, it represents a time of discovery, growth and transformation.
CONStANt SUppOrt YU’s S. Daniel Abraham Israel Program offers structure, support and guidance for students who choose to begin their YU education in Israel. The University maintains partnerships with more than 40 yeshivot and seminaries, communicating regularly with administrators and representatives from each. Among other benefits, being a member of the program means always having a built-in support network when far from home.
“The YU counselors in Israel were always there for me. They helped me get used to life in jerusalem and worked with me to choose courses and plan for college next fall. My parents really appreciated how much support I was getting, especially since I was halfway around the world.”
—Matthew, student, Yeshiva College
Students in the S. Daniel Abraham Israel Program have the opportunity to visit important sites around the country. Here, YU students daven at sunrise.
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Among YU’s partner yeshivot in Israel, each SDA Israel Program student can find a learning environment well-suited to his backgrounds, interests and ambitions.
Israel Up Close For S. Daniel Abraham Program students who have never been to Israel, the year represents an incredible opportunity to embrace and celebrate the culture, history and sacred landmarks of the place at the heart of their beliefs, traditions and values. Many partner yeshivot are around jerusalem and the center region, making it easy to explore and experience the city.
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Divrei Torah Each week, YU’s Israel Program staff members send out an e-mail blast of student-written divrei Torah to yeshivot all over Israel, providing Israel Program students opportunities to enhance their learning through creative, in-depth study of parshat hashavua, share insights with their friends at other yeshivot and gain new chiddushim to share at the Shabbat table. At the end of the year, all of the articles are professionally bound into a handsome sefer called Peiros Ha’aretz.
YU’s partner yeshivot span a range of sizes and learning styles, but each prepares young men for success when they return to complete their college education in New York.
“The Israel year is a pivotal and transformative moment in a student’s life. Our Israel staff strives to nurture and enrich the experience by providing students with support and guidance throughout the year and preparing them to transition back to YU’s campus in New York.”
—Stephanie Strauss, Associate Director, S. Daniel Abraham Israel Program
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ACAdEMIC CrEdIt For Israel Program students, a year or more of study in Israel translates into one year of elective credit at YU. As a result, most students returning to New York after study in Israel enter YU as sophomores. Non-Israel Program students may apply for transfer credit should they choose to attend YU. For students enrolled in the program, credit earned in Israel appears directly on their YU transcript. SUppOrt Members of YU’s Jerusalem staff regularly visit each yeshiva to offer academic advising, career planning assistance, counseling and help with any issues or concerns that may arise during the transition to life in Israel. EVErYtHING ELSE In addition to the many practical benefits, the SDA Israel Program gives students access to YU roshei yeshiva and liberal arts and business faculty who visit Israel several times each year. It also sponsors lectures and shiurim featuring prominent rabbeim and lecturers at Yeshiva University’s Gruss Institute in Jerusalem. Students may also participate in a variety of YU-sponsored programs, ranging in nature from academic to extracurricular to chessed—all designed to enhance the Israel experience.
during—and often after—their time learning in Israel, YU students give back. Here, YU students on YU’s QUESt program help build a playground in Chalutza in southern Israel.
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This program provides young men in YU’s Mechinah Program an inexpensive, fun way to spend the summer learning, touring and volunteering in Israel. Students hone jewish learning skills through workshops, lectures, and traditional beit midrash and chavruta study.
Israel Program participants are formally enrolled YU students. This status makes them eligible for certain types of federal and state financial aid for which they would not otherwise qualify. Further, for those who want to spend four years at YU after the year in Israel (Israel +4), YU offers additional funding to ease the financial burden.
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BOTH THE U.S. AND ISrAELI POSTAL SErVICES HAVE ISSUED STAMPS COMMEMOrATING YU’S COnTRIbUTIOnS TO SOCIETY.
Student Life • Housing and Dining • Leadership and Community Outreach • New York City Opportunities
WOrkING WITH THE CENTEr FOr THE jEWISH FUTUrE, MORE ThAn 700 YU STUDEnTS TOOk PART In ALTERnATIVE SPRIng bREAk MISSIOnS Or TOrAH TOUrS FOr SIMCHAT TOrAH AND SHAVUOT.
At Yeshiva University, students don’t have to choose between their cultural and spiritual priorities and a full college experience. Here, the integrated life extends beyond the classroom and beit midrash to the sidewalks, cafeterias, playing fields and dorm rooms of YU— and across the globe through service learning missions. Whatever they pursue, students live in a place that understands and celebrates their traditions and values while enjoying, shaping and improving their world.
THE FIrST MEN’S COLLEGE UNDEr jEWISH AUSPICES IN THE UNITED STATES, YU FIELDED THE FIRST ORThODOx jEWISh COLLEgE bASEbALL TEAM IN 1935.
AN ESTIMATED 13,250 PIECES OF gEFILTE FISh ArE CONSUMED ANNUALLY BY YU STUDENTS ON SHABBAT.
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BELONGING tO A pLACE The Wilf Campus community is distinguished by an openness and warmth found on no other campus in the world. Here, you’ll be surrounded by others who share your values, your traditions and your commitment to Torah. Everything at YU—from the academic calendar to the makeup and focus of student organizations to the food served in the cafeterias—celebrates the patterns and priorities of Modern Orthodox life. dOING wHAt YOU LOVE Cocurricular involvement is a central component of the YU undergraduate experience. More than 100 organizations for men include student government; clubs stressing political activism, the arts, religious study or cultural awareness; the Commentator, Wilf’s student newspaper; and WYUR, YU’s studentrun radio station. GIVING BACk There is a strong culture of chessed at YU. Students give freely of their time and energy to help New York’s less fortunate through a variety of fund-raising, tutoring and mentoring programs. pLAYING HArd YU offers nine intercollegiate varsity sports for undergraduate men as well as a variety of club and intramural sports. Known as the Maccabees, YU teams play in the Skyline Conference. As in all aspects of life at YU, athletic schedules coordinate with the Jewish calendar; athletic events are never scheduled during Shabbat or Jewish holidays.
Dance to the music “Candlelight,” a video by YU’s sensational a cappella group, The Maccabeats, became an overnight YouTube sensation, racking up 3.5 million views in two weeks (and 5.7 million to date) and enjoying coverage by CBS, CNN and NBC’s today show.
NUMBEr OF ON-CAMPUS EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES AT YU EACH YEAr: 1,400 BUSIEST TIME IN MAx STErN ATHLETIC CENTEr: MIDnIghT
Shabbat Enhancement Program YU supports weekly Shabbat activities focused on creating a relaxed, peaceful environment for communal celebration. On average, more than 500 students stay for Shabbos; men gather on the Wilf Campus or travel to the women’s Beren Campus in midtown Manhattan for joint Shabbat programs, which are often built around YU clubs and areas of common interest for students. In addition to delicious meals, the programs often include speakers, forums, discussion and opportunities for chessed.
hAVE An IDEA? nEEd somE HElp
just drop an e-mail to Answers@yu.edu—with any question, concern or suggestion regarding all areas of life at YU.
One of the hallmarks of life at YU is shared celebration with people who share your traditions, culture and community.
Student Clubs and Organizations
YU’s 100+ student-run clubs and organizations for men mean constant opportunities for leadership, learning, arts, service, sports and celebration. Students can join an existing club or start their own. There’s always something happening on campus. ACAdEMIC • Actuarial Science Club • American Chemical Society • Association for Psychological Science (APS) • Bio Club • Biology Majors Board • Book Club • Computer Science Club • Economics • Environmental Club • History Club • j. Dunner Political Science Society • Math Club • Medical Ethics Society • Neuroscience Club • Nonfiction Book Club • Philosophy Club • Physics and Engineering • Political Science • Pre-Dental Society • Pre-Law Club • Psi Chi Club (International Honors Society in Psychology) • Psychology Club rELIGIOUS • Chabad Club • Hazzanut Club • Israel Club • Shiva Minyan Association • A Torah Exploration of Ideas, Questions and Understanding LEAdErSHIp trAINING • QUEST • Torah Leadership Network (TLN) • Torah Tours SErVICE • Active Minds • Foundation for International Medical relief of Children, YU Chapter • Shine • Social justice • Soldiers in Exile • STAND • Students Helping Students • Yakum • YU Chessed Club ArtS • Creative Writing Club • Possibilities • Song Writing Club StUdENt GOVErNMENt • Student Organization of Yeshiva • Syms School of Business Student Association • Yeshiva College Student Association • Yeshiva Student Court • Yeshiva Student Union
CULtUrAL • Canadian • French • Moroccan • Persian • russian • Spanish • Syrian COMMUNICAtIONS • Beis yitzchak • Commentator (student newspaper) • Debate Club • Gesher • kol Hamevaser (jewish thought magazine) • Mock Trial
• WYUr • YU Debate Society MEN’S VArSItY SpOrtS • baseball • basketball • cross country • fencing • golf • soccer • tennis • volleyball • wrestling rECrEAtIONAL SpOrtS • baseball • basketball • fencing
• football • hockey • softball • swimming • table tennis • volleyball INtrAMUrAL SpOrtS • basketball • bumper pool • fencing • flag football • floor hockey • ice hockey • “Iron Man” competition • roller hockey • softball • table tennis • volleyball
“When October comes around, things here are scheduled for you. You don’t have to miss an entire month of classes because of the holidays.”
—joshua, student, Yeshiva College
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Housing and Dining
rESIdENtIAL LIFE Residential life is an essential component of the YU experience. Friendships forged in the residence halls lend a richness to the college experience that transcends classroom learning. Wilf’s three residence halls are all in close proximity to the main academic buildings. Each has lounge space, student mailboxes, Wi-Fi Internet access and 24-hour security. All three are within a short walk of a campus shuttle stop. ON-SItE SUppOrt Always available for support, resident advisers also plan events—such as movie night or a shiur by a rosh yeshiva—with an eye to enhancing the residential experience and meeting community needs. CAMpUS EVENtS Each year, the Office of Housing and Residence Life sponsors a number of popular events, including the nationally acclaimed Cholent Cook-Off, the YU Mini Open (mini-golf tournament) and Midnight Madness (a relaxing, fun community celebration during finals week). dINING YU Dining Services offers a variety of healthy, delicious food. Using “Caf Cards,” students may eat in either of the two cafeterias, purchase food from the YU-run convenience store, visit Nagel Bagels late into the night or get credit at nearby restaurants such as Lake Como Pizza, Golan Heights and Chop Chop. Caf Cards also work on the Beren Campus.
Supporting new students To ease the transition to college and help ensure academic and personal success, all first-timeon-campus students live together in the nurturing livinglearning community of rubin Hall. rubin’s resident advisers regularly plan events and programs geared to help first-time students adjust to life and study at Yeshiva University. Additionally, programs and support services sponsored by the Career Development Center, Writing Center and Academic Advisement are all offered regularly in rubin Hall.
YU’s residence halls are comfortable, safe and conveniently located a short walk from the classrooms, dining halls, library and beit midrash.
A LIVIng commUnitY
Hubs of student gathering and places to unwind, YU’s residence halls are lively at all hours.
SQUArE FOOTAGE OF NEWLY rENOVATED SPACE AT YU: 300,000
Student Support and Counseling Services YU is a family, and we take care of our own. Through YU’s Office of Academic Support, students can work with a learning specialist to hone reading, writing and study skills. The Writing Center offers feedback on papers or helps students improve their compositional skills. The Here 2 Help (H2H) peer mentorship program pairs first-year students with upperclass students in their area of academic interest. And top-flight professional counselors at YU’s Counseling Center help students deal with pressures, problems or concerns. All of these resources are available at no additional cost.
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Leadership and Community Outreach
SErVING tHE wOrLd YU’s commitment to improving the world is evidenced by the many service and outreach programs implemented by the University and its students. Points of focus include youth leadership training and building and supporting Jewish communities around the globe. EMpOwErING CHANGE The umbrella organization for YU’s leadership and community outreach efforts, the Center for the Jewish Future (CJF) offers many ways to get involved. Each year, more than 1,500 YU students participate in outreach around the world, including intersession trips to Israel, Nicaragua and Ukraine and many other countries. Recent trips include visits to Brazil and New Orleans, and summer kollelim were held in Los Angeles, Kansas City, Chicago and many other U.S. cities. Drawing on the mentoring and advising skills they develop through CJF’s Social and Organizational Leadership Training programs, YU students make a profound difference in the lives of people, young and old. Working with faculty and roshei yeshiva, students contribute their ideas, energy and intellect as YU confronts the important questions and issues facing today’s world. LEArNING BY LEAdING In addition to making an impact on the lives of others, students involved in YU leadership and community outreach initiatives further their own development. Participation builds self-confidence, maturity and interpersonal insight— skills that follow students throughout their lives. YU produces individuals with the self-awareness and perspective needed for capable leadership.
THE NExT gEnERATIOn
One of the favorite and most important forms of chessed pursued by YU students is reaching out to children, whether tutoring, mentoring or just being a role model.
“As our students travel around the world helping those in need, the most important journey they take is one of self-discovery.”
—rabbi kenneth Brander, The David Mitzner Dean, Yeshiva University Center for the jewish Future
Leadership and Community Outreach Initiatives
YU students participate in dozens of initiatives aimed at shaping perceptions, behaviors and ideas that have a bearing on the future of the jewish people—and society at large. QUALItY EdUCAtIONAL SkILLS trAINING (QUESt) QUEST trains YU students to lead discussions of critical issues for jewish teens— including self-esteem, body image, communication, relationships, sexuality and substance abuse. tOrAH LEArNING NEtwOrk (tLN) YU students share their passion for Torah learning with high school students around the country—through Shabbatonim, mishmar programs and other special events. SCHrEIBEr tOrAH tOUrS This initiative sends YU students to jewish communities around the world to promote outreach, awareness, fellowship and chessed.
For many YU students, there is no greater service than giving back to their spiritual homeland—through service learning trips in central Israel, for example.
Counterpoint Israel During recent summer and winter breaks, more than 200 students in YU’s Counterpoint Israel Program worked in the Negev and the Golan/Galil, reaching out to the local community.
tEACH FOr ISrAEL YU students reach out to yeshiva high schools nationwide, teaching Israel advocacy and awareness around issues such as religious zionism, media bias and Israeli government and history.
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New York City Opportunities
A GrEAt CItY One of the world’s great cities, New York provides countless opportunities for students—culturally, professionally, recreationally and Jewishly. The Wilf Campus’s Washington Heights neighborhood in upper Manhattan is stimulating, dynamic and culturally rich. Students enjoy getting together over coffee, eating schwarma late at night at Golan Heights and playing games of pickup basketball. A FULL LIFE From Carnegie Hall to Yankee Stadium, New York offers the best of high and popular culture and everything in between. Many of the world’s premier museums, performance venues, athletic teams and institutions of higher learning make their homes here. Those seeking internships have their pick of leading companies, nonprofits and nongovernmental organizations. A SAFE pLACE YU makes access to the city safe and convenient. The University runs a fleet of vans that shuttle students between the Wilf and Beren campuses, as well as to Penn Station and the Port Authority bus terminal. Car services are sometimes employed by YU to transport students safely around the city. New York’s extensive subway system puts the abundant resources of the city within reach of all students.
lifE in ThE CITY
Whatever your interest, passion or cause, New York has it. The world’s greatest city affords endless opportunities for YU’s men and women to gather for fellowship or fun.
two campUsEs/ sHaREd REsoURcEs
YU is one university with two undergraduate campuses. to give students access to the benefits of both wilf and beren, YU vans shuttle students back and forth, making up to 40 trips a day, each day of the week (the last ride is at 2 a.m.). the free shuttles make it easy for men and women to share academic and library resources and to participate in extracurricular activities, chessed or shabbat programs.
OrTHODOx COMMUNITY: 378,000+ ACrES OF MUNICIPAL PArkLAND: 2,800
WILF CAMPUS (Yeshiva college)
kOSHEr EATErIES: 1,000+ rIDES ON NYC SUBWAY IN 2010: 1.6 bILLIOn
LANGUAGES SPOkEN: 800
20–45-minute drive (depending on traffic)
ArTS AND CULTUrAL OrGANIzATIONS: 2,000+
ArT GALLErIES: 500+
FOrTUNE 500 COMPANIES: 45
bEREn CAMPUS (stern college for women)
BrOADWAY THEATErS: 39
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COLLEGE STUDENTS: 594,000
PrOFESSIONAL SPOrTS TEAMS: 8
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OVEr THE PAST 18 MONTHS, YU STUDENTS HAVE COMPLETED 145 bUSInESS-RELATED InTERnShIPS WITH 117 OF NEW YOrk CITY’S LEADING COMPANIES, INSTITUTIONS AND OrGANIzATIONS. AMONG YU’S 2010 GrADUATES, 95.6 PERCEnT WERE PROFESSIOnALLY EMPLOYED, In gRADUATE SChOOL OR bOTh WITHIN SIx MONTHS OF GrADUATION.
Career Preparation • A Fast Start • Looking Forward
The power of a Yeshiva University education is revealed in the paths taken by our graduates, aspiring men who thrive in their professions while building strong families and playing important roles in their communities. The prestige, depth and rigor of a YU degree opens doors throughout their lives, underpinning their dreams and decisions and paving the way to countless opportunities.
YC’S 2010 gRADUATES ARE PURSUIng SCIEnCE PhD’S AT jOHNS HOPkINS UNIVErSITY, THE UNIVErSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA AND ALBErT EINSTEIN COLLEGE OF MEDICINE, AMONG OTHErS.
YESHIVA UNIVErSITY’S ALUMnI bODY—58,462 AnD gROWIng—rEPrESENTS A POWErFUL GLOBAL NETWOrk FOr MENTOrSHIP, CArEEr ADVICE, NETWOrkING, INTErNSHIPS AND jOB PLACEMENT.
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tHE YU PIPELInE
YU’s Career Development Center brings YU alumni from such leading firms as Goldman Sachs, jPMorgan Chase, Credit Suisse, Alliance Bernstein, Morgan Stanley, UBS and Bank of America to campus to meet with students and help them learn about— and prepare for—careers in the financial sector.
Tools for Success
YU offers preprofessional preparation, accelerated degree programs and personalized career advising to help students get ready for their next step, whatever it might be.
CArEEr dEVELOpMENt CENtEr (CdC) YU’s CDC helps students with résumé preparation, interview skills, job search strategies, graduate school selection and applications, and alumni connections. CDC offers career fairs, alumni panels, professional development workshops and mini-conferences to educate students about particular industries. The CDC’s Four-Year Plan helps students stay on track. prEprOFESSIONAL prOGrAMS YU offers top-flight preprofessional advising to those interested in pursuing careers in health professions, law and engineering. Dedicated advisers in these areas meet with students regularly—starting early in their YU careers—to discuss goals, course selection, internships, career mentoring opportunities and, when the time comes, graduate or professional school. jOINt dEGrEE prOGrAMS YU offers joint bachelor’smasters degree programs with the University’s graduate schools in the fields of accounting, jewish education, jewish studies and social work. In these programs, qualified upperclassmen take courses at YU’s graduate schools and simultaneously receive credit toward their undergraduate and graduate degrees. COMBINEd dEGrEE prOGrAMS Students wanting to get a head start on certain professions may pursue combined programs with other institutions. Options include economics and business administration, engineering, occupational therapy, nursing, podiatry, optometry, dentistry, physician assistant studies, social work, nursing and physical therapy.
COMpLEtE prEpArAtION From day one, YU helps students prepare for their lives after college. From a professional Career Development Center to a battery of preprofessional advisers, YU students get the advice they need when they need it.
CLOSE AdVISING Career success begins with good advice. Everyone at YU, from professors to administrators to resident advisers, takes a personal interest in students, offering mentorship that includes help with thinking about—and preparing for— next steps.
ALUMNI NEtwOrkING YU’s nearly 60,000 alumni give generously to YU students through mentoring, networking, opportunities for career shadowing and internships and even employment. YU is a family; alumni advocate for students as one of their own.
To help students manage the complex process of choosing and preparing for a career, YU offers a fouryear career planning timeline—ensuring that students are asking the right questions at the right point in the process. Opportunities for internships and mentoring from distinguished alumni and faculty are available throughout a student’s YU journey.
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• Explore majors and career areas of interest • Collect information on careers • Conduct self-assessment exercises and take career inventories • Develop your résumé • Apply for summer jobs and internships • Shadow people in careers of interest—for example, careers in the financial sector
ALUMNI AND EMPLOYEE PArTNErS IN VOLUNTEEr DATABASE, AVAILABLE TO HELP STUDENTS: 250+ ANNUAL CArEEr DEVELOPMENT EVENTS: 100+
“We take students from minute one through graduation and beyond, supporting their progress toward the goals they have in mind and providing the resources they need to get there.”
—Marc Goldman, Director, Career Development Center
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YU students explore careers and make professional connections through internships with the many businesses, cultural institutions and nonprofit organizations to be found in the New York City area.
• Attend workshops on job search, interview preparation, recruiting and graduate school • Have a mock interview with Career Development Center • Continue networking to develop contacts and leads • remain current in your field • Attend career fairs • Assess long- and short-term goals • Search, apply and interview for jobs • Meet with a CDC counselor to discuss offers Your Future 39
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A Fast Start
YU graduates don’t have to wait to begin their careers. More than 95 percent of the class of 2010 was either professionally employed or in graduate school within six months of graduation. They are working for the leading firms and studying at the finest universities. As they begin their careers, they join the ranks of a proud and accomplished alumni body—a powerful network of men and women who share their traditions and values, who give freely of their time and experience and who take genuine pleasure in helping YU’s next generation get started.
lEgacY of SUCCESS
YC graduates enjoy tremendous success in every aspect of their lives. Acceptance rates to graduate and professional schools are nearly unmatched—as are job placement rates. Top companies, including many among the Fortune 500, recruit YU seniors even before they graduate. Our alumni thrive in their careers, gravitate toward leadership positions and strengthen their communities and families.
PErCENT OF MEDICAL SChOOL APPLICAnTS FrOM YESHIVA UNIVErSITY WErE ADMITTED IN 2011 (NATIONAL AVErAGE: 50%).
MEdICAL ANd OStEOpAtHIC SCHOOL pLACEMENt In 2011, YU students were admitted to the following medical and osteopathic schools ranked by U.s. news & world report among the nation’s top 50: Boston University Case Western reserve University University of Chicago Columbia University Cornell University Dartmouth College Harvard University University of Maryland University of Miami New York University University of Pennsylvania University of Pittsburgh Temple University Yeshiva University (Albert Einstein College of Medicine)
The proud men of Yeshiva University’s alumni community lead rich, successful lives in every profession. Equipped with an education that sharpened their minds while furthering their jewish identity and strengthening their ethical core, Yeshiva University alumni are leaders in business, medicine, law, science and education, as well as prominent figures in jewish life and learning. Here are four YU alumni whose professional lives are just beginning.
MEIR FLAnCbAUM ’06
Doctoral candidate in clinical psychology at rutgers and intern at NYU’s Child Study Center at Bellevue Hospital
IS THE MEAn STARTIng SALARY FOr YU ACCOUNTING MAjOrS IN THE CLASS OF 2010.
tOp MEtHOdS YU’S 2010 GrAdUAtES USEd tO FINd jOBS*
YC graduate ARI LAMM put a punctuation mark on his successful YU career by winning the prestigious Fulbright Fellowship, which he’s using to pursue a master’s degree in Hebrew and judaic studies at University College London School of Oriental and African Studies. Specifically, Ari is focusing on the historical context of the Babylonian Talmud during the Persian Empire. He hopes to pursue a career in academia, law or the rabbinate— or possibly all three.
PErCENT OF LAW SChOOL APPLICAnTS FrOM YESHIVA UNIVErSITY WErE ADMITTED TO AT LEAST ONE ABA-ACCrEDITED LAW SCHOOL IN 2010.
RAFFI ROSEnZWEIg ’07
First-year student at Harvard Law School
YU jOB FAIr
LAw SCHOOL pLACEMENt In 2010, YU students were admitted to the following law schools ranked by U.s. news & world report among the nation’s top 50: Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law (Yeshiva University) Boston College Boston University University of California, Berkeley University of California, Los Angeles Columbia University Cornell University Duke University Emory University Fordham University Georgetown University George Washington University Harvard Law School University of Maryland University of Michigan New York University Ohio State University University of Pennsylvania University of Southern California Stanford University Washington University
“YU provided the academic foundation I needed to jump-start my career in psychology while continuing to learn Torah, attend shiurim and grow spiritually.”
“YU introduced me to ideas—and more importantly, to people passionate about those ideas—that deeply impacted my religious outlook. I learned about judaism in a sophisticated and stimulating way.”
YU jOB POSTINGS SITE *Data from yU Career Development Center’s Class of 2010 Post-Graduation Destination survey.
ALUMNI/ NETWOrkING OTHEr
PErCENT OF DEnTAL SChOOL APPLICAnTS FrOM YESHIVA WErE ADMITTED IN 2011.
MIChAEL SIEV ’11
First-year medical student at Albert Einstein College of Medicine
COMPAnIES RECRUIT ON CAMPUS EACH YEAr.
nEARLY EVERY gRADUATE OF YU’S CLASS OF 2010 IS CUrrENTLY WOrkING, STUDYING Or BOTH.
Members of the YU class of 2011 are pursuing dental degrees at NYU, University of Maryland and University of Pennsylvania.
ZEV LAPIn ’10
Founder of Storage Bucket, LCC, a company offering convenient summer storage for college students
EMpLOYMENt YU graduates from the class of 2010 are currently working for the following companies, institutions and organizations (among others): Ariel Property Advisors Avanade Bellevue Hospital Beth Israel Hospital Oncology Department CNN Cape Securities Carnegie Endowment for International Peace Casimir Capital Cedars-Sinai Medical Center Chubb Group of Insurance Companies Deloitte & Touche Deutsche Bank Ernst & Young Goldman Sachs jPMorgan Chase Morgan Stanley Mount Sinai Medical Center New York Life News America Holding Oppenheimer Holdings PricewaterhouseCoopers Teach for America Teri jon UBS Investment Bank Vantage Press Inc.
OF YU’S 2010 GrADUATES WHO SOUGHT gRADUATE SChOOL ADMISSIOn, PErCENT CUrrENTLY ENrOLLED: 96
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PErCENT OF YU EDUCATION MAjOrS IN THE CLASS OF 2010 ArE CURREnTLY EMPLOYED, ATTEnDIng gRADUATE SChOOL OR bOTh.
All lists based on most current data available.
“YU’s small class sizes and excellent teachers combined to provide me with a firm background in the sciences and the arts. The relationship I forged with my professors helped me truly learn and retain information, which is very helpful in medical school.”
“Syms allowed me the opportunity to explore the many aspects of business that are vital in starting a company, while YU’s warmth and support fostered the ambition, growth and audacity I needed to actually launch a start-up.”
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Heirs to a bold legacy, our graduates leave YU prepared for a complete, successful Jewish life. Intellectually powerful and spiritually grounded, they affirm the value of a YU education by thriving in their careers, anchoring their communities and improving their world.
nOAM WEISSMAn ’08
YU major: history Graduate school: attending Azrieli graduate School of jewish Education and Administration Currently: teacher, director of curriculum development for the judaic Studies program and director of the honors judaic studies program, Shalhevet high School
“When choosing a college, I realized that YU was the only institution in the United States that could provide high-level academic courses and jewish courses.”
ChAIM ThIEL ’03
YU major: finance Graduate school: jD from new York University School of Law Currently: MbA candidate at the Columbia business School
jOSh SLADOWSkY ’07
YU major: finance Currently: trader, International Equities and ADRs, jP Morgan
SIMChA gROSS ’10
YU major: jewish studies Graduate school: beginning PhD in ancient judaism at Yale; master’s in rabbinic literature at bernard Revel graduate School of jewish Studies Currently: PhD candidate in Yale’s Department of Religious Studies
AVI LEVInE ’03
YU major: biology Graduate school: MD from harvard Medical School Currently: second-year internal medicine resident at Mount Sinai hospital
“I’ve been fortunate to attend NYU Law School and now Columbia Business School, both of which have strong alumni networks. But the network I built during my time at YU has proved to be the most powerful.”
“My YU experience was rewarding on many levels. Academically, I gained a strong foundation in finance. Spiritually, I was able to learn and grow in a warm environment with the guidance of wonderful rabbeim and professors.”
“My YU professors— undergraduate and graduate—inspired my interest in the field of judaic studies and guided me along the way, for which I am eternally grateful.”
“My YU experience helped solidify the core judaic principles that shape my belief system while allowing me to balance and coalesce my professional and intellectual pursuits into one cohesive existence.”
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Financial Aid • Applying • YU Facts
We make the following guarantee: no qualified applicant will be turned away for financial reasons. YU will put together a financial aid package that will make this extraordinary education affordable for each student.
Yeshiva University aid packages consist of a combination of academic and need-based scholarships from YU (more than $35 million annually), loans and needbased grants from the government, and campus jobs held by YU students.
FINANCIAL AId CHECkLISt Applying for financial aid doesn’t have to be complicated. The following checklist outlines the steps to follow (and when to complete them). t Visit Yeshiva University (anytime) t Investigate outside scholarships and parents’ employee tuition benefits (anytime) t Apply to Yeshiva University (by october 15, December 15 or February 1) t File the FAFSA (as soon as possible after January 1) t receive FAFSA data (three to five days after filing) t Learn of your acceptance to Yeshiva University (midDecember for october 15 deadline; midFebruary for December 15 deadline; April 1 for February 1 deadline) t receive a financial aid award letter (beginning mid-march on a rolling basis) t Notify Yeshiva University of your decision to enroll (by may 1) t Call family members to share the good news! (as soon as possible)
As your high school years conclude, a new journey begins. We are here to answer your questions, discuss your goals and interests, and introduce you to this great university. We’ll also help you and your family navigate the process of applying for financial aid. Remember our pledge: we will put together an aid package that makes it possible for you to attend YU.
YU awards a variety of scholarships based on excellence in academic studies and jewish learning. Interested students may apply to the Distinguished Scholars Program to seek eligibility for the Honors Program and compete for these scholarships, which range from $5,000 to full tuition. Students do not apply for specific scholarships but are granted support from a general fund—which totals nearly $5 million a year in merit scholarship assistance. Depending on academic standing, students may continue to receive awards for up to four years of study.
More than 200 YU undergraduate students are employed each year through the work-study program. Each student is awarded a work-study component of $1,500 with his or her initial financial aid package.
InTERnATIOnAL STUDEnT AID
YU awards a limited amount of financial assistance to nonU.S. citizens. In lieu of the FAFSA, non-U.S. citizens must file the International Student Financial Aid Application (ISFAA), available at www.yu.edu/osf/forms.
YU also awards support based on your family’s financial situation. More than two-thirds of YU students receive some sort of need-based financial aid, and approximately 75 percent of those who apply for need-based assistance are awarded such aid. In determining a family’s ability to pay, YU takes into account such factors as savings, the amount being spent on tuition for siblings enrolled in day school or college, the costs of caring for elderly family members and even recent business difficulties. The bottom line: even families with high levels of income can be eligible for need-based assistance. To apply for need-based aid, families must fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), a form used by the government to determine Estimated Family Contribution (EFC)—the amount that a family is expected to contribute toward the cost of education. If the EFC is less than the cost of YU, then YU will help you make up the difference by putting together an aid package that includes YU and government grants to help meet this financial need. The FAFSA may be accessed online at www.fafsa.gov. The priority deadline for new students applying for financial aid is February 15. Aid awards are mailed beginning in mid-March.
WE WAnT TO hELP
If you are uncertain about any aspect of the aid application process, please contact us to discuss your family’s situation. We are here to make applying for financial aid as straightforward and painless as possible. Please do not hesitate to contact the Office of Student Finance at 212.960.5399 or via e-mail at email@example.com.
In addition to need-based grant monies, you may be eligible for a number of state and federal loans. Interest is deferred on some loans until six months after a student completes his or her education (including graduate study), and rates are generally favorable. Families do not need to apply for these loans independently. They are included as part of the financial aid package put together by YU.
Work-study is a program that enables Yeshiva University students to work on campus to help pay for books, supplies or living expenses. Work-study jobs run the gamut from shelving books in the library to working as a faculty research assistant. Students typically work between 5 and 15 hours per week and make between seven and eight dollars an hour, though a few skill-specific jobs are available that pay more. Work schedules are capped at 15 hours per week during the academic year to ensure that the job does not conflict with the demands of dual-curricular study.
“Our financial aid counselor took the time to get to know us and put together an aid package that made YU possible. We are so proud to see Avi preparing for a career and growing religiously.”
—Parents of Avi, Yeshiva College
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We encourage interested students and their families to visit campus and learn more about YU. Faculty, current students and staff enjoy engaging prospective students and their families in discussing YU’s academic programs, community and the application or financial aid processes. Student hosts serve as guides to visiting students and families. factored into the admission decision. In order for an application to be processed, the applicant must complete the required interview and submit the following items to the Office of Admissions: • Completed application and essay • $65 application fee • Official SAT or ACT scores • Official high school transcript who are interested in beginning Yeshiva College or Syms School of Business may apply for Early Admission. Candidates should present a high school average of 90 and a combined critical reasoning and mathematics score of 1270 on the SAT or at least 28 on the ACT. In addition to the general admission requirements, applicants for Early Admission must submit a letter of recommendation from their high school principal or college guidance counselor supporting the candidate’s reasons and qualifications for applying early. scores must be submitted for transfer students with less than 48 credits or four full-time semesters of college course work.
PErCENT OF YU UNDErGrADUATES WHO GET HELP WITH TUITION: 78
All applicants, regardless of status, must have an interview with a YU admissions officer. Interviews may be scheduled by calling the Office of Admissions at 212.960.5277.
Applications for the spring semester must be complete by November 15 for notification mid-December.
Non-U.S. citizens must fulfill the same basic application requirements as U.S. citizens. In addition, international applicants must: • Have transcripts and other official documentation officially translated into English (if not in English or Hebrew) and sent directly to the Office of Admissions • Canadian students are required to submit official score reports for the SAT1 • International students whose dominant language is not English and who have resided in the United States for less than three years must take the TOEFEL test and score a minimum of 82 (to include a minimum score of 21 in both reading and writing). Scores must be submitted directly by the testing service (code 2990). For information on the TOEFL, visit www.toefl.org.
hOnORS PROgRAM ADMISSIOnS
Students applying to the jay and jeanie Schottenstein Honors Program may either apply while in high school or while engaged in post-high school study in Israel. All applicants must have maintained a 90 percent average in high school and have earned a combined SAT score (critical reasoning and mathematics) of 1400 or an ACT composite score of at least 32. Interested students must also demonstrate a commitment to Yeshiva University’s philosophy of Torah Umadda and exhibit leadership potential through their extracurricular activities and community involvement. Yeshiva University awards substantial academic scholarship support to qualified undergraduates based on demonstrated academic achievement, leadership potential and community service. Candidates for the Honors Program are automatically considered for a
range of highly competitive scholarships. Acceptance into the Honors Program and awards of academic scholarships are determined by the Faculty Honors Committee. In addition to the basic application requirements, the following are required of Honors Program applicants: • Honors application supplement • Two essays and shortanswer questions in lieu of the general admissions essay • Two written letters of nomination • Honors Program interview The Honors Program interview can fulfill the admissions interview requirement; the reverse is not the case. Applicants must schedule an honors interview to be held on one of the Honors Days. All application materials must be submitted to the Office of Admissions prior to the interview date. To be considered for the Honors Program, all components of the general application and Honors Program application must be completed by February 1.
ISRAEL PROgRAM ADMISSIOnS
Students who wish to participate in the S. Daniel Abraham Israel Program must complete three steps: • Apply and be accepted to Yeshiva University through the regular application process • Apply independently to the Israeli institution they hope to attend • Once accepted to both institutions, submit the S. Daniel Abraham Israel participation form, a copy of an acceptance letter from the Israel school and a $250 enrollment deposit
APPLICATIOn DEADLInES AnD nOTIFICATIOn DATES
Applications for the fall semester are processed in three stages: • Applicants whose applications are complete by October 15 will be informed of a decision by mid-December • Applicants whose applications are complete by December 15 will be informed of a decision by mid-February • Applicants whose applications are complete by February 1 will be informed of a decision by April 1 Applicants to the Honors Program for Early Decision must be complete by November 1 and will be informed of a decision by December 15.
APPLYIng TO YU
The Committee on Admissions seeks students whose contributions to school and community demonstrate that they would both benefit from and contribute to the Yeshiva University community. In determining a student’s academic qualifications for admissions, we review the high school scholastic record, SAT (and SAT Subject Tests, if available) or ACT scores, the results of statewide tests such as the New York State regents Examinations, the essay and the interview. The applicant’s character, personality and contributions to school and community life are also
Candidates for admission may apply online at any time after completion of their junior year of high school, but should apply no later than February 1 of their senior year for admission for the September following graduation. Candidates should present a high school average of at least 85 and a combined critical reasoning and mathematics score of at least 1100 on the SAT or at least 24 on the ACT.
Any candidate wishing for transfer admission to Yeshiva College or Syms School of Business must be in good academic standing at his current university with at least a B average. In addition to the general admissions requirements, transfer students must submit official copies of transcripts for all course work completed at another college or university. Official SAT
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High school juniors with a superior academic record
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A glance out the window of Wilf Campus’s Belfer Hall reminds students of their Manhattan setting and all of its cultural, professional and recreational riches. Next Steps 47
• physical therapy • physician assistant • podiatry • social work • teaching math and science
Free to YU students, the Yeshiva University Museum celebrates the intellectual and artistic achievements of 3,000 years of jewish experience.
DR. nORMAn LAMM Chancellor of YU and rosh ha-Yeshiva RAbbI hERShEL SChAChTER, Nathan and Vivian Fink Distinguished Professorial Chair in Talmud at rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary
UnDERgRADUATE TORAh STUDIES
• Isaac Breuer College • Mazer Yeshiva Program • The james Striar School/ Mechinah Program • Stone Beit Midrash Program
YU’s network of libraries supports learning and research in secular and jewish studies, and includes one of the world’s great judaic research collections, with more than 300,000 printed volumes in a variety of languages.
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ACADEMIC hIghLIghTS AT A gLAnCE
A private, independent, PhDgranting research university founded in 1886, Yeshiva University offers dual-curricular undergraduate education combining general and jewish studies based on the philosophy of Torah Umadda. Yeshiva University is ranked among the nation’s top-tier research universities by U.s. news & world report.
• 1,500 men and 1,350 women enrolled at YU’s New York campuses and in the S. Daniel Abraham Israel Program
UnDERgRADUATE MAjORS FOR MEn
Majors • accounting • biology • chemistry • classical languages • computer sciences • economics • English • finance • French • Hebrew • history • information systems • jewish studies • management • marketing • mathematics • music • philosophy • physics • political science • psychology • sociology Additional business Minors • entrepreneurship • general business • international business • real estate joint and Combined Degree Programs • engineering • jewish education • jewish studies • nursing • optometry
• 100 percent of classes taught by faculty, not teaching assistants • 8:1 student-to-faculty ratio • average class size less than 15 students • almost all faculty hold a doctorate or the highest degree in their field
S. DAnIEL AbRAhAM ISRAEL PROgRAM
YU grants a full year of college credit for a year of study at an Israeli yeshiva. Students receive academic advising and programming in Israel, as well as assistance transitioning back to study in New York.
Yeshiva University maintains two undergraduate campuses in New York. The Beren Campus of Stern College for Women is in Murray Hill, a vibrant neighborhood in midtown Manhattan. The Wilf Campus in northern Manhattan’s Washington Heights is home to Yeshiva College, the rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary (rIETS) and several graduate schools. In addition, YU supports students in the S. Daniel Abraham Program in Israel from the YU Israel Campus in jerusalem.
2011-2012 TUITIOn AnD FEES
• Undergraduate tuition: $34,200 • room: $5,000–$7,650 (depending on residence hall) • resident meal plan: $3,000 • Fees: $1,000
RAjI VISWAnAThAn Professor and Chair of Chemistry
In addition to the undergraduate colleges—Yeshiva College, Syms School of Business and Stern College for Women—the University includes the following graduate and professional schools: • Albert Einstein College of Medicine • Azrieli Graduate School of jewish Education and Administration • Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law • Bernard revel Graduate School of jewish Studies • Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology • rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary (an affiliate of the University) • Wurzweiler School of Social Work
A YU education is defined not just by the knowledge and wisdom you acquire in our classrooms and beit midrash, but also by the people who touch your life during your time here: the teachers who enrich your mind, the mentors who inspire you, the alumni who open doors and the fellow students who become your lifelong friends.
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AShER LInDEnbAUM, YC Teaneck, Nj
To learn more about YU, plan a visit or get help with your application, feel free to contact us at: Office of Admissions Yeshiva University 500 West 185th Street Suite 101 New York, NY 10033 phone: 212.960.5277 fax: 212.960.0086 e-mail: email@example.com Web site: www.yu.edu/ admissions
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MEn’S VARSITY AThLETICS
As a member of the Skyline conference, Yeshiva University fields nine NCAA Division III varsity teams for men, including: • baseball • basketball • cross country • fencing • golf • soccer • tennis • volleyball • wrestling
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ADAM nEWTOn Stanton Professor and Chair of Literature and the Humanities
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RAbbI jACOb j. SChACTER Professor of jewish History and jewish Thought and Senior Scholar at the Center for the jewish Future
gAbRIEL CWILICh Director of jay and jeanie Schottenstein Honors Program and Professor of Physics
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