We know that high school is a busy time and that applying to college is incredibly important to you. Applying to college from Israel may seem daunting, but it doesn’t have to be! Our staff and faculty in Jerusalem and in the US are always ready to help.

URJ Heller High has a college counselor on staff, and our other staff and faculty are available to assist you in the various aspects of the college application process. Our college Guidance Counselor and English teaching faculty will be happy to help you with your college admissions essays and are available to advise you and proofread them before submission. Our Academic Registrar will be available to advise students on the technical side of the process. In addition, any forms or essays which need to be submitted while a student is at Heller High can be faxed or scanned and emailed from our school office.

To begin the college application process, we suggest that you and your parents take the time to prepare the following before you leave for Israel:

Call the Undergraduate Admissions Offices of the colleges and universities of your choice and request that they send you their application and catalogue for the coming year. Some may not be ready until after you have departed for Israel; in that case, have the applications sent to your home address. It is important that your parents open the envelopes before they send them to you in Israel. Please check the application fees for each school and send checks that are prepared and signed so that you can include them with your applications. If you have not yet decided which colleges interest you, speak to your school guidance counselor and begin your searching now. We recommend you narrow the choices to no more than ten schools.

If you need to take the ACT or SAT in Israel, be sure that you bring the school code number. Please register before you leave for Israel. Be sure to choose the Heller High/ Kibbutz Tzuba testing center and pay the international testing fee. Learn more about taking these tests in Israel and the prep courses we offer.

We will be happy to send you copies of your official Heller High transcript which you can then forward onto the colleges you are applying to once you have completed your semester in Israel. After the initial official Heller High transcript is sent to you after your return from Israel, there is a processing fee of $5 for each additional transcript requested.

Our alumni have gone on to attend the following schools:

Alfred State College
American Jewish University
American University
Amherst College
Bard College
Bates College
Ben Gurion University
Binghamton University
Boston College
Boston University
Bradley University
Brandeis University
Brown University
Bryn Mawr College
California Polytechnic State University
Carleton College
Clark University
Cleveland State University
Colorado College
Columbia University
Cornell University
Dalhousie University
Dartmouth College
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Emory University
Evergreen State College
Fordham University
George Mason University
Georgetown University
George Washington University
Gonzaga University
Goucher College
Haifa University
Hampshire College
Harvard University
Hebrew University
Hofstra University
Indiana Unversity
Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya
Ithica College
Lafayette College
Lewis and Clark College
Macalester College
McGill University
Michigan State University
Muhlenberg College
New Mexico Tech
New School
New York University
Northeastern University
Northwestern University
Oberlin College
Pace University
Pennsylvania State University
Philadelphia University
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Rochester Institute of Technology
Rutgers University
San Diego State University
School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Sonoma College
Stanford University
SUNY Buffalo
SUNY New Paltz
Syracuse University
Tel Aviv University
Texas A&M University
Tufts University
Tulane University
Union College
University of Arizona
University of California, Berkeley
University of California, Davis
University of California, Los Angeles
University of California, San Diego
University of Central Florida
University of Chicago
University of Colorado
University of Delaware
University of Denver
University of Florida
University of Georgia
University of Hartford
University of Illinois
University of Kansas
University of Maine
University of Maryland
University of Massachusetts
University of Miami
University of Michigan
University of Minnesota
University of New Hampshire
University of North Carolina
University of Oregon
University of Pennsylvania
University of Pittsburgh
University of Puget Sound
University of Rhode Island
University of San Francisco
University of Southern California
University of Toronto
University of Vermont
University of Virginia
University of Washington
University of Western Ontario
University of Wisconsin
Vassar College
Washington University
Wellesley College
Wells College
Wesleyan University
Yeshiva University
York University


Heller High offers students the opportunity to earn college credit, in addition to high school credit, while studying with us in Israel. Our Jewish History and Hebrew courses are approved for college credit from Gratz College in Melrose Park, PA. Gratz College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and is recognized by the Ministry of Education and Culture of the State of Israel. This concurrent enrollment program is available to high school students who are academically prepared for college level work. Between the Israel Core and Hebrew classes,  participants are eligible to earn up to 15 college credits during our full semesters and 12 college credits during our summer session.

For more information, see the resource below:

Information About Gratz Enrollment