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Jewish Theological Seminary of America

Overview

At a Glance

School type

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

School Size & Setting

Large | Urban

Students-to-Faculty Ratio

6:1

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

$66,064

Out of state

$66,064
Graduate

In state

$35,710

Out of state

$35,710

Financial Aid: Undergraduates

Received financial aid
73%
Type of aid % of students receiving aid Average amount
Federal grants 6.0% $3,845
State/local grants 0.0% $0
Institutional grants 73.0% $25,000
Loans 18.0% $19,083

Other Estimated Costs

Housing

$15,920 per year

Books & Supplies

$500 per year

Personal Expenses

$4,500 per year

Financial aid resources

Paying for college

Learn about different ways to cover costs, incluing financial aid, GI Bills, grants and scholarships

Applying for financial Aid

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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
  • Rabbinical Studies
  • Religious Education
  • Religious/Sacred Music
Full List of Programs

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. See other colleges that offer this major
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Admissions

Undergraduate acceptance rate

Acceptance rate
50.43%
  • Apply 117
  • Accepted 59
  • Attend 44

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)

    Not applicable
  • TOEFL
    (international students)

    Required
  • Completion of college
    prep program

    Required
  • Demonstration of
    competencies

    Not applicable

Average Test Scores

SAT Math
663-758
ACT Composite
32-34
SAT Reading
683-730
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Student Life

Student Demographics

Female Students
53%
Male Students
47%

Student Ethnicities
  1. Caucasian81.61%
  2. Not Specified10.63%
  3. Hispanic/Latino3.45%
  4. Two Or More Ethnicities2.87%
  5. Asian0.86%
  6. Black0.29%
  7. American Indian/Alaska Native0.29%

Student body breakdown

Total students enrolled

379

Undergraduate students

139

Graduate students

240

Full Time Students
70%
Part Time Students
30%

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

Top five largest sports teams

Male sports:
  • Baseball
  • Track and Field, Outdoor
  • Lacrosse
  • Rowing
  • Swimming and Diving
Female sports:
  • Track and Field, Outdoor
  • Rowing
  • Soccer
  • Swimming and Diving
  • Lacrosse
Full List of Athletics

Full List of Athletics X

    • Male

    • Baseball
    • Track and Field, Outdoor
    • Lacrosse
    • Rowing
    • Swimming and Diving
    • Soccer
    • Tennis
    • Female

    • Track and Field, Outdoor
    • Rowing
    • Soccer
    • Swimming and Diving
    • Lacrosse
    • Field Hockey
    • Softball
    • Volleyball
    • Basketball
    • Tennis
    • Golf
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