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Mazel tov!  The Admissions Team has enjoyed working with you thus far, and want to welcome you personally to the College-Institute community. We hope that your years of study ahead with us will be spiritually and intellectually fulfilling.

As you begin to prepare for your study at HUC-JIR, we want to provide you with information on a few items needed before the first day of classes.

Intent to Enroll & Enrollment Confirmation Fee

In the happy event you are offerd admissions, to notify the National Office of Admissions that you accept our offer of admission, you will be asked to submit an online Enrollment Confirmation Form and pay a, non-refundable enrollment fee of $200 via credit card.  This fee is waived for candidates of the School of Graduate Studies and current students.

Medical Forms

It is HUC-JIR policy for all enrolled students to submit medical information that is added to your confidential student record, in fulfillment of certain governmental and insurance requirements, and to assist with any emergencies that may arise. The documents include information for you to review and forms for you to complete with your doctor. You will need to schedule a medical appointment to complete the required information. The Medical Forms can be found as PDF documents here. All medical forms are required before matriculation.

All incoming students must have their official medical forms complete and submitted to the National Office of Recruitment and Admissions no later than one month prior to the start date of your program. (Current HUC-JIR students may want to update your records).

Complete Application File

As the National Office of Recruitment and Admissions confirms your application file is complete, we will contact you for required elements, i.e. final undergraduate transcript, official GRE scores. If you know items are needed, please request them in advance.

Year-In-Israel Program

All students admitted to a program of HUC-JIR that requires the Year in Israel program will be invited to visit the current Year-in-Israel Student Services Website that includes information about housing, travel and what to expect.  You will be granted access to this important website once you submit your Enrollment Confirmation Form and Fee. 

Financial Aid

In order to apply for a HUC-JIR scholarship you must complete a few documents.  More information can be found on the Financial Aid & Scholarships webpage.

Campus Placement For New Rabbinical Students

Applications to the Rabbinical School is made to HUC-JIR, not to a specific campus. Once you accept your offer of admission to HUC-JIR, you have the opportunity to indicate your campus preference using the online Campus Placement Form. Please visit our placement webpage for the online Form and information about each campus. While we give every consideration to your preference, the College-Institute reserves the right to assign you to any of the three campuses (Cincinnati, Los Angeles, or New York) for your studies following the Year-in-Israel program.

Results of the Hebrew Capacity Exam

For candidates offered admission to one of HUC-JIR’s programs requiring the Hebrew Capacity Exam (HCE), results of the exam can be expected within two weeks after the admissions committee interview. Results are communicated via email indicating level of achievement and invitation to or exemption of the Pre-Ulpan program on the Jerusalem Campus.  Learn more.

Year-In-Israel Exemption Option

For candidates offered admission to one of HUC-JIR’s programs requiring the Year-In-Israel and have passed the Hebrew Capacity Exam, there is an option of requesting an exemption from the Year in Israel program by sitting for the Year-In-Israel Exemption Examination. To inquire more about this option, please contact the Office of Recruitment and Admissions.