Explore American University Hillel

AU Hillel proudly serves a community of 1600 Jewish students, enriching their lives so that they may enrich the Jewish people and the world. There are countless ways to be involved with our inclusive, student-driven community. You might join us for regular social events, weekly Shabbat dinners, social justice initiatives, Jewish Learning Fellowships, or any number of other activities. The members of our community have many different interests and identities, and Hillel offers a web of affinity opportunities – from the Jewish Queer Collective to our TenLi Tunes musical group, and so much more. Our signature First Year Students of Hillel (FYSH) peer mentorship program supports new students during their transition to AU, helping them to thrive on campus.

Undergraduate Enrollment

1,600 Jewish Students (20.9%*)
7,669 Students
*Percent of population

Graduate Enrollment

1,000 Jewish Students (16.8%*)
5,968 Students
*Percent of population

Jewish Experience

  • Served by Hillel Yes
  • Religious Services Available Yes
  • Hillel Rabbi/Senior Jewish Educator No
  • Kosher Food Available Yes
  • Birthright Israel Participation Yes
  • Alt Break Participation No
  • Jewish Studies Offered Yes
  • Jewish Studies Major or Minor Minor, Major
  • Study Abroad in Israel University sponsored program
  • Israel Fellow No
  • JLIC Educator No
  • Hillel Mental Health/Wellness Staff No

Campus Climate for Jewish Students

Kosher Dining

AU's kosher deli, District Pickle, can be found in the student center, and kosher food is available in the main university dining hall. Hillel provides kosher Shabbat dinner and holiday meals at no cost to students.

Options: University meal plan-no extra cost

Religious Services

Student-led services are offered every Friday night, followed by a delicious (kosher) Shabbat dinner.

Frequency: Friday night only

Additional Campus Information

  • Private/Public Private
  • Acceptance Rate 36%
  • U.S. Region Mid-Atlantic
  • Commuter/Residential Residential
  • Tuition In-State $55,724
  • Tuition Out-of-State $55,724
  • Out-of-State/Int’l 85% / 9%
  • Greek Life Yes

Trips & Experiences

Birthright Israel

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Related Scholarships

Check out some of the scholarships available for American University Jewish undergraduate students.

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Judaic Arts and Studies Scholarship

The Judaic Arts and Studies Scholarship is a $2,000 award for students enrolled in the Jewish Studies Program. This scholarship is to be used for developing Jewish scholarship and study by providing books and media materials.

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Stephen and Lynn Greenfield Family Scholarship

The scholarship provides support to an undergraduate student, in his or her sophomore year, enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences who has attained a minimum of a 3.5 cumulative grade point average and completed a minimum of 30 credits. Preference is given, when possible, to a student studying Education, Jewish Studies, or the Arts.

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Jerrold and Jane Goodman Judaic Studies Scholarship

The Jerrold and Jane Goodman Judaic Studies Scholarship is a current use scholarship established by Yablick Charities, Inc. and Jerrold and Jane Goodman. This scholarship is awarded to a student in the Jewish Studies Program.

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