YU and AVI CHAI Foundation Launch CollegeNOW

Program Offers High School Students Opportunity to Earn College Credit Online

Yeshiva University and The AVI CHAI Foundation have announced a new online program called CollegeNOW, which will offer high school juniors and seniors around the country the opportunity to deepen their Jewish learning for college course credit.

Designed and taught by nationally-recognized experts in their respective fields from Yeshiva University, the first three course offerings—set to begin this fall—will focus on Jewish law, philosophy and history. Students will be eligible to receive three college credits per completed course at a significantly reduced tuition rate, thanks to the generous support of The AVI CHAI Foundation.

“CollegeNOW is the first personalized learning program of its kind for the Jewish community to offer college credit for advanced online study,” said Joe Hirsch, program director.

According to Hirsch, the courses are an opportunity for Jewish high schools to complement their existing curricula with university-level courses taught by Yeshiva University scholars. “Not only can motivated learners deepen their knowledge of Jewish law and life, but schools can efficiently deliver extraordinary instructional value by integrating these courses into their existing curricula.”

“CollegeNOW provides a supportive and cutting-edge academic option for students who wish to get an early start on college and to connect with fellow high school students across the country,” said YU President Richard M. Joel. “This program reflects the missions of The AVI CHAI Foundation and Yeshiva University, and we look forward to working closely with Jewish high schools to expand the variety or our educational offerings to young men and women around the world.”

Commenting on the partnership, Yossi Prager, executive director – North America for The AVI CHAI Foundation, added, “We are excited to work with Yeshiva University to offer high school students affordable, high-quality online courses that deepen their understanding of the Jewish experience.”

To apply or for more information, please visit www.yu.edu/college-now.