Yeshiva University

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Yeshiva University

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Motto Torah U’madda ("Torah and Knowledge/Science")
Established 1886
School type Private
President Richard M. Joel
Location New York, New York, USA
Enrollment 2,168 undergraduate, 3,191 graduate
Faculty 4,714
Campus Urban
Athletics 11 (?) varsity teams

Yeshiva University is a private Jewish university in New York City whose first component was founded in 1886. In 2001, undergraduate enrollment was approximately 2,600. The undergraduate programs operate according to the Modern Orthodox Judaism philosophy of Torah U'Madda - implying "Torah combined with secular studies". It is listed as being amongst US News and World Report's Top 50 America's Best Colleges.



The Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary (RIETS), a rabbinical school (i.e. its main yeshiva), is an affiliate of the University.

Separate undergraduate programs for men (Yeshiva College and the Sy Syms School of Business) and women (Stern College for Women and the Sy Syms School of Business) combine traditional liberal arts and sciences studies with extensive Jewish studies programs.

Coeducational graduate and professional programs are offered in numerous fields including medicine, at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine; law, at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law; psychology, at the Ferkauff Graduate School; Social Work, at the Wurzweiler School of Social Work; Jewish studies at the Bernard Revel Graduate School; and Jewish education at the Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education and Administration.


Yeshiva Eitz Chayyim, a cheder-style school was founded on the Lower East Side of Manhattan in 1886. It had little secular studies in its curriculum. It merged with Yeshiva Rabbi Isaac Elchanon (founded in 1897 for high school and undergraduate level Talmudic studies) in 1915. Simultaneously, Rabbi Bernard (Dov) Revel, YU's pioneering first president, founded the first dual curriculum high school- the Talmudical Academy (now known as the Marsha Stern Talmudical Academy (MSTA), blazing a path to what has become the norm in Orthodox Jewish circles.

Yeshiva College

Yeshiva College was founded in 1928 as an expansion to stem the tide of TA graduates to secular colleges such as New York University (NYU) and City College of New York (CUNY). Later that year, Yeshiva moved to its current location in Washington Heights. (The alternative location was in Morningside Heights, near the current location of the Jewish Theological Seminary and Columbia University.) Yeshiva attained university status in 1946, under its second president, Rabbi Dr. Samuel Belkin. In 1970, Yeshiva revised its charter to become a secular university, changing the status of RIETS (the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary) and MSTA to "affiliates", despite vigorous student and faculty protest. In 2002, Yeshiva again broke with tradition by appointing a layman (someone who is not an ordained rabbi), Richard M. Joel, as its fourth president, again over student and faculty protest, which quickly subsided upon his investiture. Yeshiva currently has over a dozen affiliated schools. Rabbi Dr. Norman Lamm, who served as the university's third president, now serves in the dual position of Chancellor of the University and Rosh HaYeshiva ("head of the yeshiva") of RIETS.

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