Jewish Theological Seminary of America

Overview

At a Glance

School type

Private, not-for-profit, 4-year or above

Faculty

67 Faculty Members | 5:1 student faculty ratio

Religious affliation

Jewish

Mission Statement

The Jewish Theological Seminary of America is a preeminent institution of Jewish higher education that integrates rigorous academic scholarship and teaching with a commitment to strengthening Jewish tradition, Jewish lives, and Jewish communities. JTS articulates a vision of Judaism that is learned and passionate, pluralist and authentic, traditional and egalitarian; one that is thoroughly grounded in Jewish texts, history, and practices, and fully engaged with the societies and cultures of the present. Our vision joins faith with inquiry; the covenant of our ancestors with the creative insights of today; intense involvement in the society and State of Israel with devotion to the flowering of Judaism throughout the world; service to the Jewish community, as well as to all of the communities of which Jews are a part: our society, our country, and our world. JTS serves North American Jewry by educating intellectual and spiritual leaders for Conservative Judaism and the vital religious center, training rabbis, cantors, scholars, educators, communal professionals, and lay activists who are inspired by our vision of Torah and dedicated to assisting in its realization.

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cost & financial aid

Annual tuition & fees

Undergraduate

In state

$58,703

Out of state

$58,703
Graduate

In state

$34,472

Out of state

$34,472

Financial Aid: Undergraduates

Received financial aid
63%
Did not receive aid
37%
Type of aid % of students recieving aid Average amount
Federal grants 8.0% $4,745
State/local grants 0.0% $0
Institutional grants 63.0% $27,532
Loans 26.0% $6,755

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Academics

Most Popular Undergraduate majors

  • Jewish/Judaic Studies
  • Religious/Sacred Music
Full List of Majors

Undergraduate Majors X

  • PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES
    • Jewish/Judaic Studies
      • A program that focuses on the history, culture, and religion of the Jewish people. Includes instruction in Jewish religious heritage, sacred texts, and law; Jewish philosophy and intellectual history; Jewish life and culture, both in Israel and the Jewish Diaspora; historical Jewish minority cultures such as the Yiddish, Sephardic, and other; anti-Semitism, gentile relations and Shoa; Zionism; and modern developments within Judaism. See other colleges that offer this major
  • THEOLOGY AND RELIGIOUS VOCATIONS
    • Religious/Sacred Music
      • A program that focuses on the history, theory, composition, and performance of music for religious or sacred purposes, and that prepares individuals for religious musical vocations such as choir directors, cantors, organists, and chanters. See other colleges that offer this major

Most Popular Graduate programs

  • Jewish/Judaic Studies
  • Religious Education
  • Rabbinical Studies
  • Religious/Sacred Music
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Graduate ProgramsX

  • PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES
    • Jewish/Judaic Studies
      • A program that focuses on the history, culture, and religion of the Jewish people. Includes instruction in Jewish religious heritage, sacred texts, and law; Jewish philosophy and intellectual history; Jewish life and culture, both in Israel and the Jewish Diaspora; historical Jewish minority cultures such as the Yiddish, Sephardic, and other; anti-Semitism, gentile relations and Shoa; Zionism; and modern developments within Judaism. See other colleges that offer this major
  • THEOLOGY AND RELIGIOUS VOCATIONS
    • Religious Education
      • A program that focuses on the theory and practice of providing educational services to members of faith communities, within the context of a particular religion, and that prepares individuals to serve as religious educators. Includes instruction in planning and teaching lessons, organizing and supervising instructional activities, designing and developing instructional materials, and administering religious education programs and facilities. See other colleges that offer this major
    • Religious/Sacred Music
      • A program that focuses on the history, theory, composition, and performance of music for religious or sacred purposes, and that prepares individuals for religious musical vocations such as choir directors, cantors, organists, and chanters. See other colleges that offer this major
    • Rabbinical Studies
      • A program that prepares individuals for ordination as Rabbis. Includes instruction in Talmud, Halacha, Liturgy and Rituals, Rabbinical Thought, Jewish Ethics, Jewish Education, Pastoral Counseling and Homiletics. Examples: [Rabbinical Studies (M.H.L./Rav)] See other colleges that offer this major

Types of Degrees Offered

  • Certificate
  • Associate's degree
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Master's degree
  • Doctoral degree
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Admissions

Undergraduate acceptance rate

Acceptance rate
58.33%
  • Apply 108
  • Accepted 63
  • Attend 33

Application Fee

Undergraduate
$65
Graduate
$65

Undergraduate application requirements

  • High school transcript

    Required
  • High school GPA

    Not applicable
  • Recommendation letter

    Required
  • Admissions test
    (SAT or ACT)

    Required
  • TOEFL
    (international students)

    Required
  • Completion of college
    prep program

    Required
  • Demonstration of
    competencies

    Not applicable

Average sat scores

Half of the freshman class scored within these ranges. 25% scored lower and 25% scored higher. 2020 data.

Math
Reading

Average act scores

Half of the freshman class scored within these ranges. 25% scored lower and 25% scored higher. 2020 data.

Composite
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Student Life

Student Demographics

Female Students
54%
Male Students
46%

Student Ethnicities
  1. Caucasian78.06%
  2. Not Specified15.0%
  3. Hispanic/Latino3.61%
  4. Two Or More Ethnicities1.93%
  5. Asian0.56%
  6. Black0.56%
  7. American Indian/Alaska Native0.28%

Student body breakdown

Total students enrolled

344

Undergraduate students

146

Graduate students

198

Attendance breakdown

Full time
66%
Part time
34%

Student services

  • Meal plan
  • Counseling services
  • Remedial services
  • Work-study
  • Placement services
  • Study abroad
  • Weekend/evening classes
  • On-campus day care for student's children
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