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Apply or Transfer to the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College - RRC

To request an application form or for more information, please contact Rabbi David Dunn Bauer, Acting Director of Recruitment, Admissions and Student Life, at dbauer@rrc.edu or 215.576.0800, ext 123. If you are considering applying, please contact us to make arrangements to visit the College.

Application Requirements
Transfer Applications
Hebrew Requirement
The Interview
Deadlines
Decisions on Acceptance

Application Requirements

Each applicant must complete a formal application and submit the following:

  • Official transcripts of academic records
  • Three letters of recommendation, including one from an academic instructor and one from a rabbi
  • A personal statement on the applicant's interest in the rabbinate, the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College and goals as a rabbi  
  • A $50 application fee

RRC does not require the submission of GRE scores but does encourage it from candidates who have not done post-graduate work.

Transfer Applications

Occasionally rabbinical students find themselves in a program that is not the best fit for their individual needs and/or professional vision, at which time it is completely reasonable to consider a transfer. RRC welcomes applications for admission from students at other rabbinical schools. Transfer applicants follow the regular RRC admissions process. Those who are admitted and enroll at RRC may petition for credit for the coursework they have already completed. If you are thinking about applying to RRC as a transfer student or if you have any questions about the process, please contact Rabbi David Dunn Bauer, Acting Director of Recruitment, Admissions and Student Life, at dbauer@rrc.edu or 215.576.0800 ext 123.

Hebrew Requirement

Students admitted to the college must demonstrate a proficiency equivalent to one year of college-level Hebrew study, as determined by a Hebrew placement exam administered in conjunction with the admissions interview. Read more about meeting the Hebrew requirement.

The Interview

If your written materials indicate you are a strong prospect, the Office of Recruitment and Admissions will contact you to schedule an interview with the Admissions Committee. With advance notice, we are happy to arrange home hospitality with a current RRC student for out-of-town applicants. Admissions interviews generally are scheduled from November through April at the College. Placement examinations in Hebrew language and Jewish traditions are essential parts of the application process and are scheduled in conjunction with your interview. Interviews are also conducted via videoconference in Jerusalem for those candidates applying from Israel.

At your interview with the Admissions Committee, we are eager to learn as much as we can about the kind of student and rabbi you hope to be. You can anticipate our asking you questions about:

  • your personal Jewish journey;
  • your motivations for wanting to pursue a rabbinic career;
  • your knowledge and experience of Jewish beliefs and practices, acquaintance with North American Jewish life and with the Reconstructionist movement and its philosophy, experience in Jewish leadership and vision of the kind of rabbinate you want to pursue.

Deadlines

Applications are considered on a rolling basis throughout the academic year. For more information, please contact Rabbi David Dunn Bauer, Acting Director of Recruitment, Admissions and Student Life, at dbauer@rrc.edu or 215.576.0800, ext 123. 

Decisions on Acceptance

Decisions about acceptance will normally be communicated in writing within a month following your interview. At that time you will be notified about your acceptance into either the preparatory Mekhinah year or the regular five-year program. Transfer students who are admitted and enroll at RRC may petition for credit for the coursework they have already completed. 

You must signify your intention to enroll by replying in writing within three weeks to the Acting Director for Recruitment, Admissions, and Student Life and enclosing a deposit of $500. This will hold your place in the entering class. (Applicants who pay the deposit may receive a full refund up to May 15, a 50 percent refund up to May 31, and no refund thereafter.)

When the deposit is received, the student will receive an acceptance packet that includes a financial aid application form. This form must be completed and submitted to the Financial Aid Office by April 15. (In case of a late admission, the deadline will be extended.) Financial aid decisions for aid applications received by April 15 will be announced by May 15.