Explore Texas Hillel Foundation

Founded in 1927, Texas Hillel at The University of Texas at Austin’s mission is to enrich the lives of Jewish undergraduate and graduate students so that they may enrich the Jewish people and the world. Texas Hillel students, professionals and volunteer leaders are dedicated to creating a pluralistic, welcoming and inclusive environment for Jewish college students, where they are encouraged to grow intellectually, spiritually and socially. Texas Hillel helps students find a balance in being distinctively Jewish and universally human by encouraging them to pursue tzedek (social justice), tikkun olam (repairing the world) and Jewish learning, and to support Israel and global Jewish peoplehood. Texas Hillel is committed to excellence, innovation, accountability and results. The University of Texas at Austin is a vibrant campus community with more than 4,000 Jewish students, making Texas Hillel host to the largest population of Jewish students in the region. Texas Hillel plans more than one hundred different activities each year, and programs under its sponsorship have been recognized by the University as Best Campus Service Organization (for social action and community volunteerism), Best Campus Political Organization (for Texans for Israel advocacy and education work and for the White Rose Society’s anti-genocide campaign), and Most Outstanding Campus Religious Organization. Texas Hillel has also been recognized by Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life as an Exemplar of Excellence and with the Haber Award in 2005 for the White Rose Society (a Holocaust Remembrance and Genocide Awareness group). Engaging students one-at-a-time and through large-scale events, Texas Hillel hosts the full array of Jewish celebrations and observances including weekly Shabbat services (Conservative, Orthodox and Reform) and dinner, Passover and High Holy Days. Texas Hillel is the address for pro-Israel activism on campus and is also deeply involved in interfaith work. Two of the Texas Hillel staff members have been recognized as Exemplars of Excellence by Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life. Texas Hillel enjoys a strong partnership with the Schusterman Center for Jewish Studies at UT-Austin (http://www.utexas.edu/cola/centers/scjs/) and the Jewish Community Association of Austin. Housed in an award-winning 18,000 square foot facility dedicated in 2006, Texas Hillel is named for philanthropists Mort and Bobbi Topfer of Austin, and the late Abe and Annie Seibel of Galveston. The Topfer Center for Jewish Life at the Abe and Annie Seibel Building has state-of-the-art kosher kitchens, and many of its rooms are available for rent by individuals and organizations.

Undergraduate Enrollment

100 Jewish Students (2.9%*)
3,443 Students
*Percent of population

Graduate Enrollment

0 Jewish Students (0%*)
533 Students
*Percent of population

Jewish Experience

  • Served by Hillel Yes
  • Religious Services Available Unknown
  • Hillel Rabbi/Senior Jewish Educator No
  • Kosher Food Available Unknown
  • Birthright Israel Participation No
  • Alt Break Participation No
  • Jewish Studies Offered Yes
  • Jewish Studies Major or Minor None
  • Israel Fellow No
  • JLIC Educator No
  • Hillel Mental Health/Wellness Staff No

Campus Climate for Jewish Students

Additional Campus Information

  • Private/Public Private
  • Acceptance Rate 88%
  • U.S. Region South
  • Commuter/Residential Residential
  • Tuition In-State $47,440
  • Tuition Out-of-State $47,440
  • Out-of-State/Int’l 85% / 7%
  • Greek Life No

The Hillel College Guide aims to provide you with a snapshot of each local Hillel’s makeup and offerings. We recognize that there may be more information you need in order to better understand the campus reality, particularly around issues of diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility. If you would like additional information about a given campus’ offerings or action steps in those areas, please reach out to us at [email protected].

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Contact Information

3001 South Congress Avenue
Austin TX 78704 US
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(512) 448-8400