Admissions & Aid
As you consider your future educational and career options, Blitstein Institute offers the majors and academic programs to move you along your desired career path.
You can learn about our admissions requirements and how to apply below. We work hard to offer affordable tuition costs, financial aid, and an Israel Option plan.
When you’re ready, you can apply through our online application, and of course, our admissions office and deans are available to answer any questions.
Contact Blitstein Institute:
Mrs. Rita Lipshitz
Blitstein Institute for Women
2606 W Touhy Ave
Chicago, IL 60645
(773) 973-0241, ext. 3109
In order to apply, you will need the following for you application:
- Diploma from an accredited high school (secondary Jewish Day School curriculum or equivalent) with a grade point average (GPA) of no less than 2.5 on a 4.0 scale. You will need to upload a high school transcript from each school attended as part of the online application; or unofficial transcript for applicants presently in high school. Upon graduation, students will send an official transcript to HTC’s registrar’s office.
- SAT minimum combined score of 900 (no score below 450); or ACT minimum composite score of 19.
The Hebrew Theological College school code is:
0817 for SAT
1045 for ACT
- One letter of recommendation, submitted online. Please input the name and contact information of the person who will be providing a recommendation. If the recommendation form cannot be submitted online, please use the paper recommendations form.
- A Personal Statement between 250-600 words in length
- A copy of government-issued ID or birth certificate
- An acceptance letter to Israeli Yeshiva or Seminary (for Israel Option applicants)
- Current immunization records
- $100 (non-refundable) application fee paid online before you submit the application. The fee will be waived for previous applicants to HTC.
- If English is not a first language you may be required to take the TOEFL exam to ensure your ability to participate fully in coursework.
- Complete and upload the required FERPA form accompanied by a parent letter.
After you have submitted your application, you will need to complete a satisfactory personal interview with a member of the Committee on Admissions of Hebrew Theological College.
In certain cases, a student who has attained high school equivalency through the General Education Development (GED) test may be admitted. Adult students who have not been enrolled in a formal educational setting for a number of years may request that relevant work or life experience be considered in the admission decision. However, work or life experience will not waive the requirement of a high school diploma or GED. Admission to the undergraduate degree program does not guarantee acceptance into a specific academic program or major.
The decisions of the Committee on Admissions are based on an assessment of the candidate’s ability to benefit from HTC’s academic program, and of the candidate’s potential for making a contribution to academic and student life at the College. Admission to the College is contingent upon satisfactory completion of all work in progress at the time of acceptance.
Three major factors, among others, are considered in evaluating each application:
- The candidate’s secondary school scholastic record (and, in the case of transfer students, college performance as well).
- The results of standardized examinations, such as the Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT), the American College Testing Program (ACT).
- Personal qualities and extracurricular activities that reflect the character and personality of the applicant.
High school students who have attained superior academic records, have completed their third (junior) year, and have received the recommendation of their high school principal(s) may enroll in individual undergraduate courses for credit through the Extension Division. Such students must apply for admission to the Extension Division and may transfer to Blitstein Institute upon graduation from high school.
Students from foreign countries are eligible for admission to Blitstein Institute upon graduation from high school or its equivalent. Such students follow the same application procedure as other candidates for admission. Students whose native language is not English, or who did not receive their secondary education in an English-speaking country, must also demonstrate proficiency in English through satisfactory performance on an English proficiency examination. All international applicants must have an original transcript of their secondary and/or college record sent to the Office of Admissions.
Foreign Transcript Evaluation
Students with foreign transcripts are generally required to have them translated and evaluated by an HTC-approved agency. A complete list of agencies is available through the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services
Blitstein Institute welcomes students seeking to transfer from another college. The application process is the same for other prospective students. In addition to the required high school transcript and test scores, transfer applicants should ensure that the Hebrew Theological College Office of Admissions receives an official transcript from each institution of higher learning that they have attended.
In general, transfer credit will not be granted for grades below “C.” Transfer credit may be used to satisfy a requirement for a student’s major only upon the approval of the chairman of the appropriate department.
Transfer of Credit Policy
HTC accepts academic credit in transfer upon submission of transcripts from regionally accredited institutions in the United States. It also accepts credits from nationally recognized and accredited institutions in other countries.
HTC does not accept transfer credits earned through online education in natural sciences. Transfer credit will not be given for physical education courses, even those taken at an accredited institution of higher education. Online education in other disciplines may be accepted by various departments after review of the syllabi, at the discretion of the chairs of each Department. Courses with Pass/Fail designations from other institutions are not typically accepted for transfer credit.
Each department chair and division of the college retains the discretion to determine which courses presented for transfer meet the academic standards of HTC or its various majors. HTC retains its residency requirements, regardless of the number of credits accepted in transfer. Course descriptions or syllabi may be required along with transcripts in order to substantiate college-level learning and to determine HTC course equivalency.