Admission Requirements and Procedures

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WITS is an academically challenging institution that seeks applicants interested in pursuing a liberal arts education with an Orthodox Jewish foundation. The educational experience at WITS focuses on the development of Jewish educators, Jewish communal leaders, and professionally accomplished Jewish women who are committed to the perpetuation of Jewish ideals and mesorah (Jewish tradition). The overarching academic Torah-based framework and extracurricular programs are designed to cultivate social awareness, build professional knowledge and career skills, and enhance spiritual growth and development.

 

 

General Admission Requirements

 

Acceptance to WITS demonstrates the institution’s confidence in an applicant’s readiness to maximize her personal and academic growth. Applications are accepted throughout the year and evaluated on a rolling basis. The application form is available on the institutional website.

 

Requirements for admission are as follows:
 

  • An applicant must demonstrate commitment to Orthodox Jewish lifestyle and practices.
     

  • An applicant must be a high school graduate and provide evidence of high school graduation or equivalent. Recognized equivalents of high school graduation are as follows:
     

    • Successful completion General Educational Development (GED); or

    • Successful completion of an associate degree; or

    • Successful completion of at least 60 semester or trimester credits or 72 quarter credits that does not result in the awarding of an associate degree, but that is acceptable for full credit toward a baccalaureate degree at any institution; or

    • Enrollment in a baccalaureate degree program where at least 60 semester or trimester credits or 72 quarter credits have been successfully completed, including credits transferred into a baccalaureate degree program; or

    • Completion of a homeschooling program as per the requirements of the state of residence.
       

  • An applicant must have extensive knowledge of the Hebrew language.
     

  • An applicant must demonstrate the potential for academic success in college-level coursework in Jewish studies and general studies. An applicant who demonstrates a need for remediation may be accepted on a probationary basis. If admitted on a probationary basis, continued enrollment will be dependent upon the successful completion of remedial course(s) as articulated in the acceptance letter.
     

  • An applicant may be required to schedule a personal interview with the Executive Dean/Menaheles.
     

 

Application procedures and other requirements are dependent upon the selected enrollment status according to the following:

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Degree-Seeking Students

 

Degree-seeking students may apply for admission as follows:

 

  • Submit an online application, which includes the following:

    • $150 non-refundable application fee

    • Recent photograph

    • Personal statement

  • Submit two letters of reference

  • Provide official high school transcript (with degree date) or equivalent

  • Provide official transcripts from seminary and study abroad programs, if applicable

  • Provide official transcripts from all previously attended colleges/universities, if applicable

  • Provide official SAT Score Report (Code 5491) and/or ACT Score Report (Code 7796) or request a waiver

 

High school graduates attending a college-level seminary program during their freshman year may earn up to 30 credits as part of the Israel Study Abroad Program (ISAP).

 

Requirements for participation in ISAP are as follows:
 

  • Acceptance as a WITS student; and

  • Acceptance to a WITS-approved seminary program; and

  • Commitment to attend WITS following completion of the first year of the WITS-approved seminary program

 

 

Certificate-Seeking Students

 

Certificate-seeking students may apply for admission as follows:

 

  • Submit an online application, which includes the following:

    • Recent photograph

    • Personal statement

  • Submit two letters of reference

  • Provide official transcript documenting highest degree earned (high school or college)

 

 

Non-Degree Seeking Students (Non-Matriculating Student)

 

Applicants seeking to enroll in coursework without earning a degree may apply for admission as follows:
 

  • Submit an online application, which includes the following:

    • Recent photograph

    • Submit names of two references

 

 

International Applicants

 

WITS welcomes international applicants. International applicants should begin the admission process at least six months in advance of the intended semester of enrollment. In addition to the general admissions requirements for all students, international students requiring I-20 or IAP-66 forms for student visas must also submit the following:
 

  • Proof of English proficiency; and

  • Written documentation showing sufficient financial support and resources to cover educational, living, and miscellaneous expenses.
     

 

Student Health Insurance

 

WITS does not provide health insurance or medical care. Costs of health insurance and medical expenses are the sole responsibility of each student. Upon acceptance, all students must provide proof of health insurance.