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Jewish Theological Seminary of America

Jewish Theological Seminary of America is Jewish college with 163 students located in New York, NY.

Religiously affiliated, Seminary / Bible College


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The Jewish Theological Seminary, one of the world's leading centers of Jewish learning, integrates rigorous academic scholarship and teaching with a commitment to strengthening Jewish tradition, Jewish lives, and Jewish communities.

JTS articulates and transmits 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.

The leaders trained by JTS--rabbis, cantors, scholars, educators, communal professionals, and lay activists imbued with this vision and prepared to meet the challenges of the 21st century--serve Conservative Judaism, the vital religious center for North American Jewry, and our society as a whole.

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Student Life

Student Life

Student Body

Total Undergraduates 163
Gender 45% Male / 55% Female
Enrollment Breakdown 96% Full Time / 4% Part Time
Geography 19% In State / 81% Out of State / 2% International
Ethnic Diversity
White 82%
International 3%
Ethnicity Unknown 14%
Black or African American 1%
Asian 1%


Campus housing is available for undergraduates. Housing deposit : $250.00. Housing deposit due : May 1. Housing deposit is not refunded if student does not enroll.. No cars. No pets.

72% of students live on-campus.

83% of freshman live on-campus.

  • Coed Dorms
  • Housing Offered
  • Special Housing for Disabled Students


Student Publications: Divrei Hayamim

  • Dance
  • Government or Political Activity
  • Student Newspaper
  • Yearbook
  • Choral Groups
  • Concert Band
  • Musical Theater
  • Fraternities
  • Sororities

Student Services

  • Academic Support Services: pre-admission summer program remedial instruction tutoring writing center
  • Computer Services: computer center, dorms, libraries dorms wired for access to campus-wide network dorms wired for high speed internet connections wireless network available
  • Counseling Services: career counseling employment services for undergraduates health services personal counseling placement services for graduates financial aid counseling
  • Facilities: jewish museum containing over 27,000 objects (paintings, sculptures, works on paper, artifacts, etc.), library containing largest collection of hebraica and judaica outside of israel
  • Special Needs Services: wheelchair accessibility
  • Specialty Programs (ROTC, Accelerated Programs, Professional Development, etc.): double major independent study liberal arts/career combination student-designed major cross-registration visiting/exchange student program dual enrollment of high school students internships
  • Transfer In Services
  • Transfer Out Services



Popular Majors

Jewish/Judaic Studies (57%), Religious Education (42%), Religious/Sacred Music (0%)

Majors Offered


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.

Job Opportunities:

Area, Ethnic, and Cultural Studies Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses pertaining to the culture and development of an area, an ethnic group, or any other group, such as Latin American studies, women's studies, or urban affairs. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

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.

Job Opportunities:

Directors, Religious Activities and Education
Plan, direct, or coordinate programs designed to promote the religious education or activities of a denominational group. May provide counseling and guidance relative to marital, health, financial, and religious problems.
Philosophy and Religion Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in philosophy, religion, and theology. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

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.

Job Opportunities:

Philosophy and Religion Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in philosophy, religion, and theology. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.
Music Directors and Composers
Conduct, direct, plan, and lead instrumental or vocal performances by musical groups, such as orchestras, bands, choirs, and glee clubs. Includes arrangers, composers, choral directors, and orchestrators.

Administration & Faculty

Chancellor-Elect Dr. Arnold Eisen
Accredited by Middle States Commission on Higher Education
Full-time Faculty 38
Student : Faculty Ratio 5 : 1
Faculty Gender (% Male : Female) 65 : 34
Percentage of Faculty Members
Tenured Faculty 68
Tenure Track Faculty 5
Non-Tenure Track Faculty 26
International Faculty 2




Acceptance Rate: 55.0% accepted of 109 applications

25th - 75th Percentile
ACTComposite30 - 32
English30 - 33
Math28 - 32
Writing8 - 10
SATMath600 - 680
Reading645 - 720
Writing620 - 710

Admission Considerations

Very Important: Rigor Of Secondary School Record, Standardized Test Scores, Academic GPA

Important: Recommendations, Class Rank, Interview, Level Of Applicants Interest, Application Essay

Also Considered: Work Experience, Alumni Relation, Character Personal Qualities, Extracurricular Activities, First Generation College Student, Religious Affiliation Commitment, Talent Ability, Volunteer Work

High School Curriculum (years of study):
Required Recommended
Academic Electives 0 4
History 0 3
English 0 4
Math 0 4
Science 0 4
Social Studies 0 1
Foreign Language 0 4

Other Application Information: SAT or ACT




Early Decision


Regular Decision

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Average Net Tuition

The average student pays $9,822 for tuition, fees, and other expenses, after grants and scholarships.

Household Income Real Cost
$0-$30K $-5,629
$30K-$48K $-6,429
$48K-$75K $-15,101
$75K-$110K $-5,276
$110K+ $16,228

Sticker Price

Total stated tuition is $17,240, in-state and on-campus, before financial aid.

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $17,240 Same as On-Campus
Fees $1,220 Same as On-Campus
Housing $10,950 $18,000
Books $500 $500
Total (before financial aid) $29,910 $36,960

Students Receiving Aid

74% of students receive some form of financial aid.

Undergrads Receiving Aid Average Aid Amount
Federal Loans 33% $4,885
Institutional Grants 74% $22,308
Other Loans 5% $29,750
Student Loans 36% $8,786

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Alumni and Outcomes

Alumni and Outcomes

Graduation Rates

85% of students graduated on time.

97% of students graduated in six years.

97% of full time students continued studying at this school after freshman year.



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