Yeshiva University is a
private university in New York City, with six campuses in New York and one in
Israel. Founded in 1886, it is classified as a very
high research activity university and it ranked as 50th in the
US among national universities by U.S. News & World Report
and among 400 in world by THES—QS World University Rankings.
Yeshiva University’s undergraduate schools—Yeshiva College
Stern College for Women
Sy Syms School of
"offer a unique dual curriculum inspired by the
Modern Orthodox Judaism
philosophy of Torah Umadda ("Torah
and secular knowledge")
" — self-claimedly “combining the
finest, contemporary academic education with the timeless teachings
University’s Albert Einstein College of
Medicine, Benjamin N.
Cardozo School of
, and other graduate and professional schools promote a
“dual emphasis on professional excellence and personal
Yeshiva University is an independent institution
New York State. It is accredited by the Commission on Higher
Education of the Middle States
Association of Colleges and Schools
and by several professional
Yeshiva University is the oldest institution of higher learning in
the United States combining Jewish scholarship with studies in the
liberal arts, sciences, medicine, law, business, social work,
Jewish studies and education, and psychology.
In the past 122 years, Yeshiva University has expanded to comprise
some twenty colleges, schools, affiliates, centers, and
institutions, with several affiliated hospitals and health care
institutions. It has campuses and facilities in Manhattan (Washington Heights, Murray Hill,
Village), the Bronx, Queens, and
University has its roots in the Etz Chaim Yeshiva founded in
1886 on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, a cheder-style
elementary school founded by Eastern European immigrants that
offered study of Talmud along with some
secular education, including instruction in English.
Today, Yeshiva University enrolls approximately 3,100 undergraduate
students, 3,500 graduate students, and 1,000 students at its
affiliated high schools and Rabbi Isaac Elchanan
. It conferred 1,822 degrees in 2007 and
offers community service projects serving New York, Jewish
communities, the United States and Canada.
Richard M. Joel
is Yeshiva University's president,
while Rabbi Dr. Norman Lamm
chancellor. The university's past leaders include Dr. Bernard Revel
, Dr. Samuel Belkin
, and "The Rav," Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik
Schools, affiliates, and divisions
245 Lexington Avenue is a campus hub
of Stern College for Women, home to a beit midrash (study hall),
science labs, a library, and other facilities.
Separate undergraduate programs for men and women combine
traditional liberal arts and sciences studies with extensive
For undergraduate men (Yeshiva College and uptown branch of Sy Syms
School of Business), there exist four separate tracks for Judaic
studies: The James Striar
School of General Jewish Studies
(informally Mechinah Program),
College of Hebraic Studies
(IBC), Irving I. Stone Beit Midrash
), and Mazer
Yeshiva Program of Talmudic Study (MYP). They offer varied
approaches to the study of Torah, catering to the students with
different levels of ability and areas of interest in Judaic
Graduate and Professional Schools
Scholarly and cultural resources
Academic centers and institutes
University maintains four campuses in New York City:
school for girls is located in New York City as well, in the
Holliswood neighborhood of eastern Queens.
campus in Jerusalem, in the Bayit VeGan neighborhood, contains a branch of the rabbinical
seminary and an office coordinating undergraduate study by YU
students at various schools throughout Israel.
Resnick Campus in the Morris Park neighborhood of the eastern Bronx contains the
Albert Einstein College of Medicine and the Ferkauf Graduate School
of Psychology, along with dormitories, a library, a hospital and
other medical facilities.
Brookdale Center in the Greenwich Village neighborhood of downtown Manhattan contains the Benjamin Cardozo School of Law, law
clinics and office, and a dormitory. The Center for Jewish
History, which includes the Yeshiva University Museum along with
other institutions, is nearby in the Chelsea neighborhood.
- The Beren Campus in the Murray Hill neighborhood of Midtown Manhattan is home to the
undergraduate schools for women, including Stern College for Women
and the Midtown branch of the Sy Syms School of Business, along
with dormitories and other facilities. The Azrieli School has
classes on this campus as well.
Wilf Campus in the Washington Heights neighborhood of upper Manhattan is considered the
main campus; it is home to the undergraduate schools for men, the
rabbinical seminary, the Belz School of Jewish Music, the high
school for boys, the Azrieli Graduate School for Jewish Education
and Administration, the Wurzweiler School for Social Work, and the
Bernard Revel Graduate school, along with other divisions, offices,
libraries, dormitories, and other facilities.
Numerous clubs and activities are maintained by the students in
each school, generally under the auspices of a student government.
Activities are funded by a student activities fee collected by the
school but freely distributed by the elected council. (Athletics
are usually an academic department.) Each graduate school maintains
a student council, such as the Student Bar Association at Cardozo,
which, in turn, supports the many clubs and publications in each
At the undergraduate level, there are separate student governments
on the two campuses. Although the two student governments are
separate, they work closely in coordinating joint events. The men's
schools are represented overall by the Yeshiva Student Union, and
specifically by the Yeshiva College Student Association, the Sy
Syms Student Council, the Student Organization of Yeshiva (SOY,
which represents both undergraduate MYP students as well as RIETS
students), and student councils for SBMP, IBC, and JSS. The latter
four run most Jewish-related activities on campus, including
holiday celebrations and the famed SOY Seforim (Jewish book) sale
annually around February, which is open to the general public and
attracts large crowds from near and far. There are also individual
councils for each class, council committees, a Student Court, and
The women's schools are represented by the Stern College and Sy
Syms Student Councils; there are also a Torah Activities Council,
which coordinahtes Jewish-related events, and individual class
councils, along with various clubs.
The various positions on all councils are chosen by elections open
to all students (both as voters and candidates) generally held in
the Spring (for the following year's councils), although Freshman
and Sophomore class councils are elected in the Fall, the latter
owing to the large number of students spending the freshman year
abroad in Israel.
The undergraduate men's newspaper is The Commentator, and the
undergraduate women's The Observer; there is also a student
newspaper (in addition to a number of law journals) at Cardozo.
There are numerous other publications on a wide range of topics,
both secular and religious, produced by the various councils and
academic clubs, along with many official university publications
and the university press. The call letters of the student radio
station are WYUR.
Dormitories and student housing
There are dormitory and dining facilities on each campus. Cardozo
has a single dormitory building a block south of the classroom
building, while Einstein has a number of student housing buildings
on campus for single and married students.
Approximately 90% of the undergraduate student populations live on
The Wilf Campus includes three main dormitory buildings:
Morgenstern (nicknamed "Morg") Rubin, and Muss Halls. Many
upperclassmen and some graduate students live in the surrounding
independent housing that is run by the university or in other
nearby buildings; there is also a small high school dormitory on
campus, Strenger Hall, which houses some older students as well who
serve as counselors.
The Beren campus includes four dormitory buildings: Brookdale,
Schottenstein, 36th Street and 35th Street Residence Halls. Many
students live in university-administered independent housing
Yeshiva University is home to a variety of NCAA level sports teams.
The teams, nicknamed "The Maccabees", include: Men's Baseball,
Basketball, Cross Country, Fencing, Golf, Soccer, Tennis.
Volleyball, and Wrestling; and Women's Basketball, Cross Country,
Fencing, Soccer Tennis, and Volleyball.
One of the most successful team in Yeshiva University sports
history is the fencing team, known as the "Taubermen", named after
the illustrious and beloved coach of the team, Professor Arthur
Tauber, who served as the head coach of the team from 1949 through
Because of Yeshiva's dual curriculum, most of the sports teams
practice at night, sometimes even as late as 11:00 PM. A few of the
sports teams have been known to get in an early morning practice or
workout before classes begin at 9:00 AM.
One of the unique aspects of Yeshiva Athletics is the way it
connects with communities around the country. It is not rare for a
team to participate in a weekend tournament outside of New York
City and for the athletes to stay with local families in the area.
Most recently this has taken place in Boston with the Basketball
and Fencing teams, and in Hollywood, Florida with the Baseball team
in 2008. Yeshiva even maintains an international connection through
the many international students who participate in NCAA sports.
While some teams may only have one or two nationalities, others
have as many as nine different nationalities representing the
school on the sports field.
Yeshiva has seen a few of its student-athletes go on to
professional level competition. Two members of the Yeshiva
Maccabees Baseball team were drafted out of college by professional
teams of the Israeli Baseball League. One of them, pitcher Aryeh
Rosenbaum, even celebrated a championship with his team in the
IBL's first year.
Yeshiva's Men's Basketball team is an annual playoff contender. The
best era for Yeshiva Basketball in recent history has been the
first few years and last few years of the 1990s. Banners hang in
the Max Stern Athletic Center commemorating seasons from both eras.
The 2007 - 2008 season had particular note as Yeshiva was home to
the NCAA Skyline Conference's Rookie of the Year.
The 2008 - 2009 season saw the Men's NCAA Volleyball team have its
best season ever. Other teams that are quickly becoming contenders
are the Men's Soccer, Baseball, and Tennis teams.
Yeshiva University has been recognized for academic excellence
throughout the state, country, and the world at large.
The U.S. News and World Report
" ranked Yeshiva University as the 50th best national
university rising from the 2008 rank of 52nd. YU was also ranked
41st "Best Value" Colleges, and 5th in percentage of students
studying abroad (90% of the class of 2007). It also placed among
the three top universities in the New York City area, together with
University and Columbia
The Biological Sciences Program of its
Albert Einstein School of Medicine was ranked 48th in the
The Washington Monthly
College Rankings placed Yeshiva University 94th nationally. In a
similar list, The Center for
Measuring University Performance
found Yeshiva University 45th
nationally among the Top American Research Universities.
YU has also received worldwide recognition. The Times Higher Education
of the UK put Yeshiva University as the 172nd
top world university of 2006; a substantial jump from the 254th
ranking the school received in 2005. According to Shanghai
Jiao Tong University, the university is ranked in the 151-200 category
among world universities and 76-98 among universities in the
The university's national research impact has also been evaluated.
The university's rank of research impact in Biology &
Biochemistry placed 5th in the US by Thomson Reuters
, surpassing Washington
University, Stanford, Duke, and UCSF.
Notable faculty and alumni
- American Jewish University - a Los
Angeles based university, whose intimate undergraduate
programs involve ethical Jewish principles.
- Bar-Ilan University – a Ramat
Gan based university which aims "to blend tradition
with modern technologies and scholarship, and teach the compelling
ethics of Jewish heritage to all.”
Theological College - a Chicago based institution, "preparing its graduates for
roles as educators and Rabbis", while providing "broad cultural
perspectives and a strong foundation in the Liberal Arts and
- Lander College
- a New York
City based college, a division of Touro College, which offers secular,
University study in addition to its yeshiva program.
- Jerusalem College of
Technology - a Jerusalem based college, founded to "educate students who see
the synthesis of Jewish values and a profession as their way of
- Famous people
affiliated with Yeshiva University
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Affiliates and centers
Scholarly and cultural resources
Other YU resources