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Gap Year Admission FAQ

When can I apply?
You are welcome to apply before you are leaving for your GAP year, get accepted, and then defer your acceptance until your return back from you study abroad program. That way you know what’s next and can focus solely on your adventure ahead. AJU has both a Spring and a Fall entrance cycle. Our admissions process is rolling, meaning, that you’ll receive our admissions decisions within 5-7 business days after completing your application.  

Can I transfer the academic courses I took abroad?
The AJU has partnerships with Young Judaea Year Course and Aardvark Israel. Both organizations offer a variety of GAP year programs in Israel. The academic portions of the programs are accredited through the American Jewish University College Initiative (AJUCI) program. All of the college credit earned during the GAP year seamlessly transfer to AJU and count towards your major as well as elective credits.

Other foreign academic courses can be reviewed and evaluated for credit transfer. 

What programs do you offer?
AJU College offers a Bachelor of Arts in the following majors:

  • Business
  • Bioethics and Natural Sciences
  • Individual Major
  • Jewish Studies
  • Literature, Communication and Media
  • Liberal Studies
  • Political Science
  • Psychology

Qualifying student can also enroll in two dual degree programs:

  • BA/MBA in Nonprofit Management
  • BA/MAED in Education

Can I attend AJU if I'm not Jewish?
Absolutely! While the majority of our students are Jewish, we appreciate and value differences in observance, lifestyle and thought. Everyone's story and experiences add to the mosaic of our community. We do not require any religious courses, nor a statement of faith from our students.

Is AJU affordable?
The tuition for one semester is $13,656 (2014-15). AJU awards merit-based and need-based scholarships and loans for up to 100% of Cost of Education. In fact, The Princeton Review placed American Jewish University at the top of their “Financial Aid Honor Roll” list.
Merit-based scholarships are awarded as part of the admissions process to students who demonstrate a deep understanding of their story that brings them to AJU College and a commitment to academic excellence, leadership, and involvement in their respective communities.

Does AJU College offer financial aid?
To apply for state and federal need-based financial aid, submit the FAFSA (www.fafsa.ed.gov). The AJU College federal code number is 002741. Your FAFSA results will determine if you are eligible for the California State Grant (CA resident only), federal grant and loan programs, as well as on-campus work-study. The AJU College Tuition and Housing Grants may also be available based on the results of your FAFSA.

Are there any scholarships available for GAP year students?
Yes, we value the experience GAP year students bring to our community. All our applicants have equal access to merit-based scholarships. AJU College offers various merit-based scholarships to students who demonstrate a deep understanding of their past story that brings them to us and a commitment to academic excellence, leadership, and involvement in their respective communities. These scholarships are generally awarded upon acceptance and are separate from need-based awards.

Do I have to live on campus?
Students under the age of 21 are required to live on-campus. On-campus living fosters leadership and engagement within the AJU college community. Our students know one another, sharing their stories and forging friendships that extend beyond their time together on campus.

Please note the following exemption to the on-campus housing policy:

  • Students under that age of 21 who have earned 60 or more college credits and reached Junior or Senior status can waive out of the on-campus housing policy.
  • Student who lives with an immediate family member, including a parent, legal guardian, or a grandparent within a 20-mile radius from the University.
  • Student has a fully documented medical condition or disability that makes it unfeasible to live in the residence complex.

Is AJU's undergraduate program accredited?
Yes. AJU's College of Arts and Sciences is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), one of six regional associations that accredit public and private schools, colleges, and universities in the US.

Is religious observance required at AJU?
In short, no. AJU is an inclusive Jewish environment for all streams of Judaism. We employ an ethical framework informed by Jewish culture and philosophy for our students to consider what it means to be human and part of a wider society.

L.A.'s vibrant Jewish life provides a wealth of opportunities for you to explore your relationship with Judaism, on and off campus. Whether observant or secular, students will enjoy celebrations that mark seasonal changes and major Jewish historical events.

Does AJU offer credit for AP Exams?
Of course! A score of 4 or 5 on an AP Exam will earn a student 3 units of elective credit.

Do I have to take placement exams?
Yes. We have a number of required and optional placement exams. Depending on your major, placement evaluations are for Math, Critical Reading and Writing, as well as proficiency in Hebrew language (in case you are interested in Jewish Studies or a professional career in Jewish Education). These evaluations will be administered during your orientation.

 

Question not answered? Feel free contact our admissions team at (310) 440.1247 or admissions@aju.edu

AJU's College of Arts and Sciences is open to qualified students without regard to race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, or physical disability.

An inclusive
jewish environment

While the majority of our students are Jewish, we appreciate and value differences in observance, lifestyle, and thought. Here, everyone’s story and experiences add to the mosaic of our community. As we consider what it means to be human and part of a wider society, we employ an ethical framework informed by Jewish culture and philosophy to prepare all students for success both in civic life and their chosen profession.

  • L.A.’s vibrant Jewish life provides a wealth of opportunities to explore your relationship with Judaism, both on and off campus.
  • Whether observant or secular, we all enjoy celebrations that mark seasonal changes (Sukkot), major historical events like the establishment of the State of Israel (Yom Ha’atzmaut), and biblical legends (Purim).
  • Welcoming Shabbat dinners bring our community together in celebration of Jewish identity and rituals.

ADVISORS AND MENTORS
WHO KNOW YOU

Traveling down a road alone can be hard. But traveling with someone who knows that road well—who can tell you interesting places to stop or where there’s a sharp turn—is a very different experience. Since your academic and personal success is our highest priority, at AJU College you are assigned an academic advisor and a personal mentor from day one to guide you in making smart decisions for your future.

  • Traveling down a road alone can be hard. But traveling with someone who knows that road well—who can tell you interesting places to stop or where there’s a sharp turn—is a very different experience. Since your academic and personal success is our highest priority, at AJU College you are assigned an academic advisor and a personal mentor from day one to guide you in making smart decisions for your future.
  • Your faculty advisor helps with everything from choosing class schedules to recommending courses to help you reach the next phase of your story—whether that’s graduate school, law or medical school, or an entry-level position in your field.
  • All students are also assigned a personal mentor who helps guide you through the social and interpersonal aspects of your college experience.

learn by
serving others

By participating in community-based projects you gain perspective on the challenges facing our human family. Serving others broadens your horizons, engages your ideals, and cements within you the Jewish tradition of civic responsibility. These attributes combine to make you a fuller human being as you move forward on your chosen track.

  • All AJU College students take part in hands-on service projects, part of the Sid B. Levine Service Learning Program.
  • Students have led projects to raise awareness of social injustices like human trafficking, hunger, and gender inequality.
  • Faculty and students annually host middle school students for the Prejudice Awareness Summit, where such topics as bullying and discrimination are discussed and conflict-resolution skills are taught.
  • AJU College participates in the international service projects of the American Jewish World Service, which takes students on study-volunteer trips to El Salvador, Ghana, and India.