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Having recently been admitted to the rabbinical program for the coming academic year, you now have the opportunity to indicate your preference for the U.S. campus on which you prefer to study following the Year-in-Israel program. By following our link to the Campus Placement Form, you will be able to express your campus preference (first and second choice) and any specific reasons for it.

If you are still discerning and deciding on a campus or wish to explore your options more closely, please consider:

Please remember that every rabbinical student, no matter where they are placed, will study the same core curriculum for the first three years, will be offered access to elective courses, and will be subject to similar requirements as other campuses.

Each of our campuses offers outstanding training - academically, professionally, and personally.

While there is a need to maintain a reasonable student-to-faculty ratio in each location, the committee can only consider the factors that you share on the Campus Placement Form. Please use this opportunity to describe any compelling reasons for your choice of campus preference. These may include but are not limited to:

  • personal reasons
  • considerations related to the needs of a spouse, partner or family member
  • based on the opportunities of a particular campus or city.

HUC-JIR will not consider outside employment opportunities as a compelling reason for a particular campus placement, as the rabbinical program is a full-time program, and our campus rabbinic directors should approve any student employment.

In placing students, the College-Institute looks to maintain classes of reasonable size on each campus to ensure that all of our students have access to the best possible resources for their education. The Campus Placement Committee strives to grant every student their first choice; however, each year we find that we cannot accommodate some students on the campus they prefer. In listing your campus preferences, remember that you must indicate a second choice. It is very important to indicate a second choice that you can accept comfortably. While a high percentage of our students receive their first choice, it is inevitable that a small number of students will receive their second choice. Failing to provide a second choice does not increase your chances of receiving your first choice.

There is an appeals process each January through the Provost's office.

Other questions about the process, please make an appointment with one of us or email  

Campus Placement Request Form - Due May 1, 2021