Honors College

The Honors College at YUHSB

The Honors College at YUHSB is an enriched academic program for exceptionally gifted students who seek an intensive and integrated course of study. The program’s mission is to explicitly engage the worlds of knowledge by exposing its members to the most challenging course of study and programming.

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The students enrolled in the Honors College participate in a more rigorous academic schedule that includes lectures, a book project, cultural and religious experiences, and regular seminars. Through the Honors College, students utilize New York City as an integral part of the classroom experience. The enrichment is centered around student participation in monthly programs and trips to enhance their understanding of religious, historical, artistic, and scientific issues.

Another major component of the Honors College is a commitment to comprehensive academic mentoring, where students are paired up with a mentor, from either the high school or college faculty, who meet with the student and help guide and aid him on his path.

The program is directed by Dr. Ed Berliner, Executive Director of Science Management for Yeshiva University, Clinical Professor of Physics at Yeshiva College, and beloved and respected instructor at YUHSB.

Advantages of the Honors College:

  • Students are introduced to best practices in Limmudei Kodesh, Humanities & Sciences, Leadership, NYC Culture, and Yeshiva University.
  • Students who have completed this enrichment course graduate with a special notation on their transcript

The Honors College Committee looks at a number of factors when considering a candidate:

  • Academic Excellence: Transcript and BJE Scores
  • Verbal Communcation Skills: Essay
  • Oral Communication Skills: Interview
  • Letters of Recommendation that speak to the candidate’s strong leadership, character, and intellectual pursuits.

Why the Honors College?

  • Dedicated seminar style academic experience
  • Dedicated Faculty and Peer Mentoring
  • Dedicated programs & trips for religious and cultural experiences in the spirit of Torah U’Madah L’chatchila
  • Dedicated development of advanced written and oral communication

Growth Milestones

  • Year One
    Boys to Men: Character, Civility, and the Journey towards Masculine Leadership
  • Year Two
    Jerusalem and Athens: Reason, Tradition,Critique in Western Culture
  • Year Three
    Men for Others: The Responsible Community
  • Year Four
    Self and Society: The Individual & Politics

PLEASE NOTE: We will continue to offer an Honors Track & Distinguished Scholarships to students who are not in the Honors College. Many of these course offerings will be shared with the Honors College.

Program Advisors

  • Dr. Ed Berliner
    Director, Honors College
  • 9th Grade Advisor:
    Rabbi Tani Cohen
  • 10th Grade Advisors:
    Mr. Derek Kulnis, Rabbi Mayer Schiller
  • 11th Grade Advisors:
    Ms. Hadassah Siegfried, Rabbi Mordechai Brownstein
  • 12th Grade Advisor:
    Dr. Emily Schneider

How To Apply to the Honors College

  • Submit a Statement of Intent along with the YUHSB general application
  • In addition to the standard application essay, HC applicants should submit an essay on the topic of “What Torah U’Madah Means to Me”
  • Submit two letters of recommendation. Letters can be sent to admissions@yuhsb.org

Dr. Ed Berliner

Director of Honors College