Explore UConn Hillel

UConn Hillel is the center for Jewish life on campus. With committed student and staff leadership, we aim to provide unique and meaningful opportunities for almost 2,000 Jewish college students as well as for the greater community. From the moment you walk in the door, you are a part of our diverse and comfortable community. Students are encouraged to explore and celebrate their Jewish identity on their own terms, but Hillel gives students the experiences needed to succeed in life on campus, and in life long after they graduate. We are committed to a pluralistic vision of Judaism that embraces all movements from Reform to Orthodox. Hillel is one of the most well-known student organizations on campus and is not just confined to our building; students create community wherever they go on campus. You can experience Hillel with events in the Student Union and on Fairfield Way, with friends in the dining hall, dorms and on Birthright, on coffee dates with staff, and globally with our widespread network of alumni. Any student may participate in Hillel - no membership is required. We have something for every student through an array of religious, cultural, political, educational, and social programming. Students can participate in a community service project, express themselves artistically, attend a social event, or engage in religious services and learning. We start off each academic year with our popular Welcome Weekend, including Friday night dinner for incoming first year students, a BBQ on Sunday for the entire new and returning community, and a first-year student bonfire. Hillel aims to keep students engaged for the rest of the year with other great events such as weekly Shabbat celebrations, our annual Hummus Experience cook-off competition, Beit Cafe open-mic night, IsraelFest and biannual Taglit-Birthright trips to Israel, guest speakers and discussions, and so much more! Whether you want to study, sleep, watch Netflix, play pool, meet people, or learn about Judaism - Hillel is the place to be! Hillel is driven by student interest and leadership; if you have an idea let us know! Hillel is what you make of it and we look forward to having you join our community.

Undergraduate Enrollment

2,000 Jewish Students (10.7%*)
18,658 Students
*Percent of population

Graduate Enrollment

450 Jewish Students (1.7%*)
27,215 Students
*Percent of population

Jewish Experience

  • Served by Hillel Yes
  • Religious Services Available Yes
  • Rabbi/Jewish Educator on Campus 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, University approved programs, Accepts credit for Israel study abroad
  • Israel Fellow Yes

Kosher Dining

Both a dairy and meat kitchen is operated by UCONN. Kosher dining is part of the regular UCONN meal plan and is housed in the Towers dining hall.

Options: University meal plan-no extra cost

Religious Services

A staple of UConn Hillel's programming is our weekly Shabbat celebrations, in addition to those of all Jewish holidays. http://www.uconnhillel.org/shabbat Shabbat is a time for family - and a time to take a break from the rest of the week. Dinner is FREE to all in attendance. Everyone is welcome to join our Hillel family for any of the following. Email Jacqui Schulefand, Director of Programs and Engagement, at [email protected] if you would like to visit!

Frequency: Friday night only

Additional Campus Information

  • Private/Public Public
  • Acceptance Rate 49%
  • U.S. Region Northeast
  • Commuter/Residential Residential
  • Tuition In-State $15,030
  • Tuition Out-of-State $8,298
  • Out-of-State/Int’l 32% / 10%
  • Greek Life Yes

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54 North Eagleville Road
Storrs CT 06268 US
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(860) 429-9007
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