Jewish students at Duke University

Duke University

#20, overall score 70.33/100

Fun Fact:

In order to snag tickets to important basketball games, students pitch tents on the grass near Cameron Indoor Stadium the night before. The university has installed Wi-Fi service and Ethernet ports on lightpoles so students don’t fall behind on schoolwork while camping out.

Why should Jewish students attend Duke? Duke University offers something truly special, far beyond the “typical” college experience — superior academics, yes, but also boundless opportunities, lifelong connections and a diverse and inclusive community. It’s a place where Jewish students can thrive academically, socially and culturally — a destination for a fantastic education and a fantastic Jewish experience. It’s no secret that Duke students are exemplary — they possess remarkable talents and have extraordinary impact, while continuously striving to do more, learn more and be more. As such, Jewish Life at Duke offers students an ever-expanding variety of enriching programming; knowing that today’s Jewish students are tomorrow’s Jewish leaders, we offer a wide range of opportunities for students to learn, to be inspired, and to flourish. — Avivah Furman, assistant director for external relations, Jewish Life at Duke

ACADEMICS Score: 30/30

  • Score: 30/30
  • Acceptance rate: 12%
  • Student/faculty ratio: 6:1
  • Jewish studies major: Minor
  • Israel studies major: None


  • Tuition: $51,265
  • Room & board costs: $15,116
  • Average annual scholarship/grant package: $7,400


  • Location: Durham, N.C.
  • Region: South
  • Public/Private: Private
  • Undergraduate enrollment: 6,639
  • Jewish undergraduate enrollment: 700
  • Jewish population share: 11%
  • Student origin: 13% in-state / 87% out-of-state
  • NCAA Division: I
  • NCAA team: Blue Devils
  • Ultimate Frisbee teams: Brimstone, Swerve

ISRAEL Score: 18/20

JEWISH LIFE Score: 22.33/40

  • Score: 22.33/40
  • Hillel: Rubenstein-Silvers Hillel
  • Chabad: Rohr Chabad at UNC Chapel Hill and Duke University
  • OU-JLIC: No
  • Meor: No
  • Jewish fraternities: AEPi
  • Jewish sororities: None
  • Anti-Semitic incidents in 2016: 1
  • Can you get kosher food on the school meal plan?: Yes
  • Active Hillel clubs: 8
  • Hillel Friday night services: 2
  • Average Shabbat attendance – Hillel: 55
  • Synagogues within 10 miles: 3 (1 Orthodox, 1 Conservative, 1 Reform)
  • Eruv: No
  • Most famous Jewish alumnus: Mike Posner
  • Most unique/noteworthy Hillel club: The Coalition for Preserving Memory welcomes all Duke students to memorialize Holocaust and genocide victims from the 20th and 21st centuries in a way that will be relevant and meaningful to future generations.
  • Where do Jewish students come from? We have a diverse population of Jewish students from all over the United States and around the world.
  • Kosher food details: Kosher food is included at no extra cost on the Duke meal plan. Hot, all-you-can-eat dinners are served Monday through Thursday at the Freeman Center for Jewish Life and students can always find kosher grab-n-go options on campus. Friday night Shabbat meals are served at the Freeman Center free of charge.
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