College 101 Guide

If you’re reading this, chances are you’re thinking about college and don’t know where to start. This guide provides a concise overview of things you will need to know if you were raised in an insular community with a limited secular educational background – such as the Chasidic or otherwise ultra-Orthodox community.

The information provided in this guidebook focuses on the pursuit of an undergraduate degree, which is the first, most basic form of higher education most students pursue after high school. Our assumed audience is New York/tri-state area readers seeking to attend college in the United States.

This guide was written by individuals who have come before you; we wish you the best of luck, and encourage you to reach out with any questions or concerns.

Update: (4/14/20) Due to COVID-19 many colleges have relaxed their required application components. This means that if you are applying in December 2020, to enroll in the fall of 2021, you may not be required to submit as many standardized test materials. Please double-check guidebook information by referring to the websites of colleges you are considering.