Members of Boston College’s Jewish student population.

Boston College

#T-123, overall score 43.5/100

Fun Fact:

BC holds an annual volleyball tournament called “Mudstock” — like beach volleyball, but in the mud.

Why should Jewish students attend Boston College? In my experience, students at BC are more excited to claim their Jewish identity than at a school with a higher Jewish population. Since it is a Jesuit institution, the Jewish students at BC feel empowered by their Jewish identity and seek out ways to embody it. I have never seen a group of undergrad students work so hard to make Shabbat happen — from doing all the shopping, cooking and serving themselves, preparing their own divrei torah and doing all of the student outreach —- these students are really driven to make Jewish life accessible at BC. — Hayley Goldstein, Hillel Council of New England

ACADEMICS Score: 20/30

  • Score: 20/30
  • Acceptance rate: 31%
  • Student/faculty ratio: 12:1
  • Jewish studies major: Yes
  • Israel studies major: No


  • Tuition: $51,296
  • Room & board costs: $13,818
  • Average annual scholarship/grant package: $35,520


  • Location: Boston
  • Region: New England
  • Public/Private: Private
  • Undergraduate enrollment: 9,192
  • Jewish undergraduate enrollment: 200
  • Jewish population share: 2%
  • Student origin: 26% in-state / 74% out-of-state
  • NCAA Division: I
  • NCAA team: Eagles
  • Ultimate Frisbee team: Flix

ISRAEL Score: 12/20

  • Score: 12/20
  • Size of Birthright trip: 15
  • School-approved study abroad program in Israel: Yes
  • Israel-related clubs: Eagles 4 Israel
  • BDS resolution: Never introduced

JEWISH LIFE Score: 11.5/40

  • Score: 11.5/40
  • Hillel: BC Hillel
  • Chabad: None
  • OU-JLIC: None
  • Meor: None
  • Jewish fraternities: None
  • Jewish sororities: None
  • Anti-Semitic incidents in 2016: 0
  • Can you get kosher food on the school meal plan? No
  • Average Shabbat attendance – Hillel: 30
  • Synagogues within 10 miles: 30 (8 Orthodox, 9 Conservative, 13 Reform)
  • Eruv: No
  • Most famous Jewish alumnus: Bruce Pearl
  • Where do Jewish students come from? All over the country.
  • Kosher food details: Hillel runs a kosher kitchen for Shabbat dinners. Other than that, kosher food is available in the greater Boston area for students to purchase and prepare in their dorms.
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