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2013 Top Schools Jews Choose

The top school lists are collaboratively published in Reform Judaism magazine’s RJ Insider’s Guide to College Life, in partnership with Hillel.
by Hillel News | Aug 21, 2013 |

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Below is the list of the top schools that Jews choose by population and percentage of Jewish students for large and small schools, and both public and private colleges and universities in North America. These top school lists are collaboratively published in Reform Judaism magazine’s 7th Annual RJ Insider’s Guide to College Life, in partnership with Hillel.

The top 60 and top 25 schools are based on estimated population and percentage figures and other self-reported campus information by local Hillels. This years’ Top Colleges and Universities now include listings for the 25 schools with the largest percentage of Jewish undergraduates, and top 20 campuses with smaller Jewish populations (listed alphabetically), as well as the availability of:

  • Jewish studies courses
  • Jewish studies majors
  • Jewish Agency Israel Fellows to Hillel
  • Student engagement interns

Top 30 Private Universities by Jewish Population

  1. New York University (New York City)
  2. Boston University (Boston, MA)
  3. Yeshiva University (New York City)
  4. Columbia University (New York City)
  5. George Washington University (Washington, DC)
  6. Cornell University (Ithaca, NY)
  7. University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA)
  8. Syracuse University (Syracuse, NY)
  9. Tulane University (New Orleans, LA)
  10. Emory University (Atlanta, GA)
  11. University of Southern California (Los Angeles, CA)
  12. Brandeis University (Waltham, MA)
  13. Harvard University (Cambridge, MA)
  14. American University (Washington, DC)
  15. Northwestern University (Evanston, IL)
  16. University of Miami (Coral Gables, FL)
  17. University of Hartford (Hartford, CT)
  18. Yale University (New Haven, CT)
  19. Washington University (St. Louis, MO)
  20. Hofstra University (Hempstead, NY)
  21. Tufts University (Medford, MA)
  22. Long Island University, Brooklyn Campus (New York City)
  23. Brown University (Providence, RI)
  24. Vanderbilt University (Nashville, TN)
  25. Northeastern University (Boston, MA)
  26. University of Rochester (Rochester, NY)
  27. Drexel University (Philadelphia, PA)
  28. Oberlin College (Oberlin, OH)
  29. University of Chicago (Chicago, IL)
  30. DePaul University (Chicago, IL)

Top 30 Public Universities by Jewish Population

  1. University of Florida (Gainesville, FL)
  2. Rutgers University (New Brunswick, NJ)
  3. University of Central Florida (Orlando, FL)
  4. University of Maryland, College Park (College Park, MD)
  5. Pennsylvania State University (University Park, PA)
  6. York University (Toronto, ON)
  7. University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, MI)
  8. Indiana University (Bloomington, IN)
  9. Queens College (New York City)
  10. University of Wisconsin, Madison
  11. University of Texas, Austin
  12. Arizona State University (Tempe, AZ)
  13. Binghamton University (Binghamton, NY)
  14. CUNY, Brooklyn College (New York City)
  15. University at Albany (Albany, NY)
  16. Florida International University (Ventura, FL)
  17. California State University, Northridge (Northridge, CA)
  18. McGill University (Montreal, QC)
  19. University of Arizona (Tucson, AZ)
  20. Ohio State University (Columbus, OH)
  21. University of Illinois at Urbana, Champaign (Champaign, IL)
  22. Florida Atlantic University (Boca Raton, FL)
  23. University of Western Ontario (London, ON)
  24. Michigan State University (East Lansing, MI)
  25. University of Toronto, St. George (Toronto, ON)
  26. Florida State University (Tallahassee, FL)
  27. University of California, Santa Barbara (Santa Barbara, CA)
  28. University of California, Santa Cruz (Santa Cruz, CA)
  29. University of California, Los Angeles (Los Angeles, CA)
  30. University of South Florida (Tampa, FL)

Top 25 Schools by Percentage of Jewish Students
The following are the top 25 schools with the largest percentage of Jewish students to the total undergraduate student population.

  1. JTS List College: 200 Jewish Students, 100%
  2. Yeshiva University: 3080 Jewish Students, 96%
  3. American Jewish University: 110 Jewish Students, 92%
  4. Brandeis University: 1750 Jewish Students, 50%
  5. Muhlenberg College: 750 Jewish Students, 35%
  6. Barnard College: 770 Jewish Students, 33%
  7. Sarah Lawrence College: 400 Jewish Students, 33%
  8. University of Hartford: 1500 Jewish Students, 33%
  9. Tulane University: 2250 Jewish Students, 32%
  10. Binghamton University: 3500 Jewish Students, 30%
  11. Goucher College: 450 Jewish Students, 30%
  12. Emory University: 2100 Jewish Students, 30%
  13. Columbia University, 3000 Jewish Students, 30%
  14. Oberlin College: 850 Jewish Students, 29%
  15. George Washington University: 3000 Jewish Students, 29%
  16. Boston University: 4,500 Jewish Students, 28%.  
  17. New York University: 6000 Jewish Students, 28%
  18. CUNY Brooklyn College: 3500 Jewish Students, 27%
  19. Yale University: 1500 Jewish Students, 27%
  20. University at Albany: 3500 Jewish Students, 27%
  21. Queens College: 4012 Jewish Students, 26%
  22. Harvard University: 1,675 Jewish Students, 25%
  23. Wesleyan University: 680 Jewish Students, 25%
  24. Washington University: 1,500 Jewish Students, 25%
  25. Tufts University: 1,250 Jewish Students, 25%

Small & Mighty Hillels of Excellence
We have selected these 20 schools with smaller Jewish populations (listed below in alphabetical order) as “mighty” based on these criteria:

  • Innovative Jewish programming
  • Growing Jewish population
  • Dedicated professional leadership
  • Demonstrated university support
  • Commitment to serve Jews of all backgrounds
  1. Allegheny College, 85 Jewish students, 4%
  2. Colgate University, 400 Jewish students, 15%
  3. College of Charleston, 700 Jewish students, 7%
  4. Dickinson College, 250 Jewish students, 10%
  5. Elon University, 400 Jewish students, 7%
  6. Franklin & Marshall College, 370 Jewish students, 15%
  7. Hobart and William Smith Colleges, 175 Jewish students, 10%
  8. Kenyon College, 275 Jewish students, 17%
  9. Lehigh University, 800 Jewish students, 17%
  10. Lewis & Clark College, 100 Jewish students, 5%
  11. Loyola Marymount University, 250 Jewish students, 5%
  12. Middlebury College, 350 Jewish students, 15%
  13. Trinity College, 300 Jewish students, 15%
  14. Union College, 350 Jewish students, 16%
  15. University of Guelph, 800 Jewish students, 5%
  16. Ursinus College, 150 Jewish students, 9%
  17. Virginia Commonwealth University, 1000 Jewish students, 3%
  18. Washington and Lee University, 80 Jewish students, 4%
  19. Wellesley College, 235 Jewish students, 10%
  20. Williams College, 200 Jewish students, 10%

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