This Day in Jewish History Yeshiva U. Becomes a University

Yeshiva University, the first Jewish-sponsored university in the U.S., straddles the line between religious and secular learning.

On November 16, 1945, the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary and Yeshiva College, in New York, officially became a university, when the New York State Board of Regents accepted its request to change its name to Yeshiva University. This made it the first university in the United States with Jewish sponsorship.