How can I find out more about the degree programs?

Please visit the Academics tab and select the degree program you are looking for.

Is Sara Schenirer a college?

No. Sara Schenirer is not a college and does not confer degrees. All degree programs are offered through partner universities that are fully accredited colleges and universities.

Which colleges do you partner with?

We are partnered with Concordia College-New York, a four-year liberal arts college located in the village of Bronxville, in Westchester County, New York, United States. It is chartered by the Board of Regents of the University of the State of New York to offer associate, bachelor, and master’s degrees.

Concordia College’s ranking in the 2015 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Colleges (North) was 31. Concordia has also been honored as a College of Distinction for the 2014-2015 school year.

Concordia College is accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. The Social Work program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).

The Teacher Education Program at Concordia College-New York is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Education Preparation (CAEP). This accreditation covers initial teacher preparation programs at Concordia College-New York.

The college is registered by the New York State Education Department, and the College’s International Center for English as a Second Language is a member of the American Association of Intensive English Programs.

We are also partnered with Manhattanville College, a private, coeducational liberal arts college offering undergraduate and graduate degrees, located in the village of Harrison near Purchase, New York, in suburban Westchester County, north of New York City.

Manhattanville is a highly ranked[29] liberal arts institution, offering the four-year Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Fine Arts and Bachelor of Music degrees to undergraduate students and the M.A., M.S., Ph.D. and Ed. D. for graduate students.

All degree programs offered at Manhattanville College are authorized and approved by the New York State Education Department located at 89 Washington Avenue, Albany, New York 12234, (518) 474-3852. http://nysed.gov.

Manhattanville College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, 2nd floor, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104, (267) 284-5000. http://msche.org. The Middle States Commission on Higher Education is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.
The School of Education at Manhattanville College is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), 1140 19th Street, Suite 400, Washington, DC 20036, www.ncate.org. This accreditation covers all initial teacher preparation programs and/or advanced educator preparation programs leading to initial and/or advanced New York State educator certification at Manhattanville College, Purchase, NY. However, the accreditation does not include individual education courses that the institution offers to P-12 educators for professional development, relicensure, or other purposes.

We are also partnered with the Florida Institute of Technology (commonly referred to as Florida Tech and FIT), a private doctoral/research university in Melbourne, Florida.

The Florida Institute of Technology is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). The Clinical Psychology PsyD program is accredited by the American Psychological Association, and the graduate Behavior Analysis programs by the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI).

Will my degree be accepted by another college?

Graduates of undergraduate degree programs of our partner colleges have gone on to graduate programs in a wide variety of fields and colleges. Degrees earned through Concordia College-NY, Manhattanville College, and Florida Institute of Technology enjoy wide acceptance throughout the world of higher education.

If you have a specific university in mind for your graduate program, we advise you to contact them and inquire as to whether they will accept an undergraduate degree from Concordia College-NY, Manhattanville College, or FIT first.

How do you choose which degree programs to offer?

Every degree program is carefully chosen to ensure that it meets our strict criteria for a degree that makes sense for a Beis Yaakov graduate. That is your guarantee that the degree is more than just a passing fad that will fail to withstand the test of time. Please visit the Academics page to learn more about the degrees that we offer through our partner colleges.

How are the degrees so accelerated?

We are aware that most of our students are returning from seminary with a goal to marry, build a family, and embark upon a career simultaneously. Therefore our partner colleges have created degree programs that allow for the transfer of seminary credits, AP courses, high school articulation, CLEP’s, and NCCRS credits toward your degree.

Our partner colleges also offer a combination of in-class and online courses designed to maximize your course load while ensuring a quality education.

For how long has Sara Schenirer been in existence?

Please see our History page for more information.

Why is the school called Sara Schenirer?

Sara Schenirer began in 1967 as a girls’ high school and teachers’ seminary devoted to the spread of Jewish education. Please visit our History of Sara Schenirer page for more information on how we transitioned into a full-fledged degree vendor.

Yet, we believe that we have stayed true to her vision throughout. When Sara Schenirer opened her first school in 1917, her goal was to ensure that Jewish girls receive a Jewish education that would enable them to build vibrant homes steeped in Torah and mesorah. Her pioneering efforts led to the establishment of a vast network of Bais Yaakov schools, and an entire generation of Bnos Yisroel was saved from assimilation. Today, Bais Yaakov schools are found in every community and Jewish girls enjoy a stellar Jewish education.

What is lacking instead, is a framework through which they can pursue higher education that will empower them to lead Torah-true lives while still participating in the workforce and contributing to their family’s income. By offering degree programs that are hashkafically sensitive in a Bais Yaakov-type environment, we are furthering her goals and ideals and fulfilling her hallowed mission.

Who are the faculty members and how are they chosen?

Every professor must apply to the partner college and be approved by department chairs and Deans in order to teach at Sara Schenirer locations. However, our arrangement with the colleges allows us to suggest candidates whom we feel would be suitable from an educational and hashkafic standpoint. The college may choose to reject or reject any individual candidate, but is committed to working with us to ensure that every professor will be culturally sensitive.