Founded in 1886, Yeshiva University is a private Modern Orthodox research university with four campuses in New York, as well as affiliated high schools and a theological seminary. Around 6,500 students are enrolled in Y.U.'s undergraduate and graduate programs. Y.U.'s undergraduate curriculum combines science and liberal arts classes with Torah studies, whereas its competitive graduate schools, including the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law and Albert Einstein College of Medicine, are secular.
Richard Joel, who began his term in September 2003, is the fourth president of Yeshiva University. Previously, Joel was the president and international director of the college campus outreach program Hillel for 14 years. He was also associate dean and professor of law at Y.U.'s Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. Joel, who was born and raised in Yonkers, N.Y., holds a bachelor's and a doctorate of law from New York University, and served as an assistant district attorney in New York and deputy chief of appeals in the Bronx.