Jewish students at Cornell

Cornell University

#T-6, overall score 77/100

Fun Fact:

Cornell researchers are developing a robot that can make coffee, called Robobarista.

Why should Jewish students attend Cornell? Cornell offers a close-knit, student-run, friendly community providing all the infrastructure one would have in a large community (eruv, kosher food, daily minyan, classes, etc.). Students have the opportunity to take initiative and get involved in a variety of leadership roles, working in close collaboration with OU-JLIC educators to enrich religious and social life on campus. Also, kosher ice cream! (The Cornell Dairy is the only O.U.-certified campus dairy in the country.) — Rabbi Daniel Kasdan & Sarah Jaffee Kasdan, OU-JLIC educators

ACADEMICS Score: 30/30

  • Score: 30/30
  • Acceptance rate: 14%
  • Student/faculty ratio: 9:1
  • Jewish Studies major: Minor
  • Israel Studies major: No


  • Tuition: $50,953
  • Room & board costs: $13,950
  • Average annual scholarship/grant package: $40,333


  • Location: Ithaca, N.Y.
  • Region: Mid-Atlantic
  • Public/Private: Private
  • Undergraduate enrollment: 14,315
  • Jewish undergraduate enrollment: 3,000
  • Jewish population share: 21%
  • Student origin: 34% in-state / 66% out-of-state
  • NCAA Division: I
  • NCAA team: Big Red
  • Ultimate Frisbee teams: Bud, Wild Roses

ISRAEL Score: 11.5/20

JEWISH LIFE Score: 35.5/40

  • Score: 35.5/40
  • Hillel: Cornell Hillel
  • Chabad: Roitman Chabad Center at Cornell
  • OU-JLIC: Yes
  • Meor: Yes
  • Jewish fraternities: AEPi, ΣAM, ZBT
  • Jewish sororities: AEPhi, SDT
  • Jewish dorm: Cornell Center for Jewish Living
  • Anti-Semitic incidents in 2016: 0
  • Can you get kosher food on the school meal plan? Yes
  • Active Hillel clubs: 25
  • Hillel Friday night services: 3
  • Average Shabbat attendance – Chabad: 60
  • Synagogues within 10 miles: 3 (1 Orthodox, 1 Conservative, 1 Reform)
  • Eruv: Yes
  • Most famous Jewish alumnus: Ruth Bader Ginsburg
  • Most unique/noteworthy Hillel club: The Center for Jewish Living is a student-run Jewish group that provides housing, social events and learning opportunities and is involved in kosher dining on campus.
  • Where do Jewish students come from? Mainly from the tri-state area. But there are also many students from Maryland and Florida.
  • Kosher food details: The kosher dining hall at 104 West Avenue is very accessible during the school year, not only for a variety of meat and dairy sit-down and Shabbat meals, but also for takeout. While it is the only kosher dining hall on campus, prepackaged options are also available across campus, and the kosher station at North Star is extremely convenient for freshmen.

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