Pittsburgh-area students on Birthright.

Carnegie Mellon University

#40, overall score 62.17/100

Fun Fact:

Carnegie Mellon is the only university in the United States that offers a major in bagpipe.

Why should Jewish students attend Carnegie Mellon? The Hillel JUC of Pittsburgh is a uniquely warm and welcoming environment. We provide students with the opportunity to explore their Jewish identity in a vibrant, meaningful and fun environment. Our Hillel is large enough to offer a diverse array of student communities and opportunities — from Israel, social justice, leadership, Shabbat, arts & culture, learning, travel, networking and more — while still having a family atmosphere where every student feels personally connected. — Dan Marcus, executive director, Hillel Jewish University Center of Pittsburgh

ACADEMICS Score: 25/30

  • Score: 25/30
  • Acceptance rate: 22%
  • Student/faculty ratio: 13:1
  • Jewish studies major: None
  • Israel studies major: None

FINANCES

  • Tuition: $52,040
  • Room & board costs: $13,270
  • Average annual scholarship/grant package: $35,080

CAMPUS INFORMATION

  • Location: Pittsburgh
  • Region: Mid-Atlantic
  • Public/Private: Private
  • Undergraduate enrollment: 6,454
  • Jewish undergraduate enrollment: 500
  • Jewish population share: 8%
  • Student origin: 15% in-state / 85% out-of-state
  • NCAA Division: III
  • NCAA team: Tartans
  • Ultimate Frisbee teams: Mr. Yuk, Money Mellons

ISRAEL Score: 12/20

  • Score: 12/20
  • Size of Birthright trip: 97
  • School-approved study abroad program in Israel: No
  • Israel-related clubs: Tartans 4 Israel
  • BDS resolution: Not introduced

JEWISH LIFE Score: 25.17/40

  • Score: 25.17/40
  • Hillel: Hillel JUC of Pittsburgh
  • Chabad: Chabad of CMU
  • Jewish fraternities: AEPi
  • Jewish sororities: None
  • Jewish dorm: AEPi
  • Anti-Semitic incidents in 2016: 0
  • Can you get kosher food on the school meal plan?: Yes
  • Active Hillel clubs: 12
  • Hillel Friday night services: 2
  • Average Shabbat attendance – Hillel: 110
  • Synagogues within 10 miles: 12 (6 Orthodox, 2 Conservative, 4 Reform)
  • Most famous Jewish alumnus: Josh Gad
  • Kosher food details: CMU has a kosher “Grab & Go” selection in Entropy Plus.
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