Explore Hunter College Hillel

Our vision is a world in which Jewish college students find supportive community, self-confidence, happiness, and a meaningful Jewish connection as a rite of passage. Hunter Hillel is for every Jew, of every color, from every country, of every sexual orientation, speaking every language, and studying every subject. At Hunter Hillel students forge significant friendships, meet dedicated mentors, have the opportunity to celebrate the Jewish calendar and engage in Jewish learning. Time spent at Hunter Hillel gives students experiences and exposure to a community of friends and mentors. The culture of this environment provides our students the room they need to explore life, find meaning, and develop a sense of purpose.


חברותא/Jewish friends. Asking big questions in the context of community is a powerful experience. ֵExploring what being Jewish means and could mean to us is best done in partnership with others.

חונכות/Mentorship. College is a time of reckoning. Who do we want to be? What do we want to do with our lives? We’re here to be with you as you figure that out, and to provide spirit fingers as needed.

זה לזה/Diversity. For many of us, college is the only venue in which we will have the time, space, and resources to interact with people of radically different backgrounds from our own. Jewish community looks and feels differently for everyone—and we want to be able to share that with one another.

סיפור/Shared Narrative. One of the most exciting parts of being Jewish means that we get to have a stake in the next chapter of our people’s narrative. Together, we’ll engage with big questions and see what Jewish text and practice can offer us in navigating our everyday lives.

זמנים/The Jewish calendar. Anchoring us in a unique way of life, the calendar tells the story of the Jewish people through collective experience and ritual. We pay attention to our calendar and use it to mark milestones, world changes, and joyful experiences! אהבה/Service. Our tradition beseeches us to lead with love, serve others, and make our impact on our world. Whether it be through communal leadership, social action work, or religious practice, we focus on service together.

This Hillel serves: Hunter College; Lehman College; Marymount Manhattan College; Silberman School of Social Work

Undergraduate Enrollment

1,500 Jewish Students (9.1%*)
16,549 Students
*Percent of population

Graduate Enrollment

1,000 Jewish Students (17.5%*)
5,714 Students
*Percent of population

Jewish Experience

Hunter Hillel offers cohort learning (Jewish Learning Fellowship) with jewish texts at least twice a week. We support individual chevrutot, a club dedicated to Israeli culture and experience, and one of the most diverse Jewish student bodies in the country. Our rabbinic interns and Israel Fellow support cohort learning about Israel with our students every week. We have active Mizrahi and Russian Speaking Jewish communities with programs that support our students cultural needs and interests through speakers, projects, and learning opportunities.

  • Served by Hillel Yes
  • Religious Services Available Yes
  • Hillel Rabbi/Senior Jewish Educator Yes
  • 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 No credit for study abroad in Israel
  • Israel Fellow Yes
  • JLIC Educator No
  • Hillel Mental Health/Wellness Staff Yes

Campus Climate for Jewish Students

Kosher Dining

Kosher food is NOT available for purchase in the Hunter College Cafeteria; however, kosher food IS available for purchase at Hunter Hillel.

Religious Services

Hunter Hillel hosts Shabbat dinner on Thursday evenings (Not Shabbat Shabbat) to accommodate students commuting long distances. We also support students in hosting their own Shabbat dinners in their homes with friends. Hunter Hillel works in partnership with local synagogues to ensure that any student seeking a minyan has access to it when they need it. Hunter Hillel provides ritual programming for holidays that occur while school is open (Chol Ha Moed Sukkot, Purim), and scaffolding programming for all other holidays (Tashlich during the Days of Awe, Pesach cleaning kits, New Year goal setting, etc.)

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Wellness, Inclusion, and Activism

Hunter Hillel hosts 2 graduate social work interns and one full time Campus Social Worker. Together, our wellness team leads our grocery pick up program, our Kosher food initiatives, our student wellness events, and cultivate our resource guides for student success on an emotional, professional, and financial level.

Additional Campus Information

  • Private/Public Public
  • Acceptance Rate 35%
  • U.S. Region Northeast
  • Commuter/Residential Commuter
  • Tuition In-State $6,930
  • Tuition Out-of-State $18,600
  • Out-of-State/Int’l 3% / 5%
  • Greek Life Yes

Related Scholarships

Check out some of the scholarships available for Hunter College Jewish undergraduate students.

Hunter College

Jewish Foundation for Education of Women Eleanor Roosevelt Scholarship

This is a two year scholarship that provides qualified candidates opportunities to explore careers in public policy. Upon acceptance, scholars receive tuition assistance, mentorship, and a paid summer internship in New York. Applicants must be a sophomore at Hunter College and demonstrate financial need.

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