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:
- Bioethics and Natural Sciences
- Individual Major
- Jewish Studies
- Literature, Communication and Media
- Liberal Studies
- Political Science
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.
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AJU's College of Arts and Sciences is open to qualified students without regard to race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, or physical disability.