Stern College for Women

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Coordinates: 40°44′48″N 73°58′45″W / 40.74661°N 73.97922°W / 40.74661; -73.97922

245 Lexington Avenue, known familiarly as "the Stern Building," is a campus hub, including a beit midrash (study hall), cafeteria, library, and science labs.

The Stern College for Women (SCW) is the undergraduate women's college of arts and sciences of Yeshiva University. It is located at the university's Israel Henry Beren Campus in the Murray Hill section of Manhattan.

The college provides programs in the sciences, social sciences, humanities, and Jewish studies, along with combined degree programs in dentistry, physical therapy, and engineering, among others. It grants the bachelor of arts degree, and also awards the Associate of Arts degree in Hebrew language, literature, and culture. SCW's dual undergraduate curriculum includes the Basic Jewish Studies Program, a one- to two-year introduction to Bible, Jewish law, and Hebrew that allows students without traditional yeshiva or day school backgrounds to be integrated into SCW's regular Jewish studies courses. The Rebecca Ivry Department of Jewish Studies offers courses ranging from elementary to advanced levels in Bible, Hebrew, Jewish history, Jewish philosophy, and Jewish laws and customs. The S. Daniel Abraham Honors Program stresses writing, critical analysis, cultural enrichment, individual mentoring, and the development of leadership skills.

SCW was established in 1954, based on a gift from the late industrialist Max Stern.[1] Today it serves more than 2,000 students from approximately two dozen U.S. states and a similar number of nations, including students registered at Syms School of Business. Karen Bacon, Ph.D., serves as the school's dean.


Packard Commercial School

The school's building at 253 Lexington Avenue at the corner of East 35th Street in the Murray Hill was built in 1911 for the Packard Commercial School – which later became Packard Business College and Packard Junior College – at the cost of $250,000. In 1954 it was taken over by Yeshiva University for the inaugural class of the Stern College for Women.[2][1][3]


Majors offered include:

Combined and joint degree programs in business administration, dentistry, engineering, Jewish education, nursing, occupational therapy, optometry, physical therapy, physician assistant, podiatric medicine, and social work are available.

Minors offered include:

Students also may select a business minor offered through Sy Syms School of Business.



  1. ^ a b "Stern College for Women: About" on the Yeshiva University website
  2. ^ "253 Lexington Avenue" on the New York City Geographic Information Services map
  3. ^ The American Contractor, volume 31 F.W. Dodge Corporation (1910)

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