Jewish students at Emerson College

Emerson College

#T-123, overall score 43.5/100

Fun Fact:

Emerson’s study-abroad program in the Netherlands is hosted in a 14th-century castle.

Why should Jewish students attend Emerson? Emerson College Hillel is focused on enriching the lives of Jewish students so that they may enrich the Jewish people and the world. Hillel student leaders, professionals and lay members are dedicated to creating a pluralistic, welcoming and inclusive environment for Jewish college students, where they are encouraged to grow intellectually, spiritually and socially. Hillel helps students find a balance in being distinctively Jewish and universally human by encouraging them to pursue tzedek (social justice), tikkun olam (repairing the world) and Jewish learning. Emerson College Hillel’s programs are designed to support Israel and global Jewish peoplehood. — Jacob Freedman, coordinator of regional student programs, Hillel Council of New England

ACADEMICS Score: 15/30

  • Score: 15/30
  • Acceptance rate: 48%
  • Student/faculty ratio: 13:1
  • Jewish studies major: No
  • Israel studies major: No


  • Tuition: $40,796
  • Room & board costs: $16,320
  • Average annual scholarship/grant package: $18,820


  • Location: Boston
  • Region: New England
  • Public/Private: Private
  • Liberal Arts: Yes
  • Undergraduate enrollment: 3,789
  • Jewish undergraduate enrollment: 350
  • Jewish population share: 10%
  • NCAA Division: III
  • NCAA team: Lions
  • Ultimate Frisbee team: Skunks

ISRAEL Score: 10.33/20

  • Score: 10.33/20
  • Size of Birthright trip: 11
  • School-approved study abroad program in Israel: No
  • BDS resolution: Never introduced

JEWISH LIFE Score: 14.83/40

  • Score: 14.83/40
  • Hillel: Emerson College Hillel
  • Chabad: None
  • OU-JLIC: None
  • Meor: None
  • Jewish fraternities: None
  • Jewish sororities: AEPhi
  • Can you get kosher food on the school meal plan?: No
  • Active Hillel clubs: 1
  • Hillel Friday night services: 1
  • Average Shabbat attendance – Hillel: 15
  • Synagogues within 10 miles: 27 (9 Orthodox, 8 Conservative, 10 Reform)
  • Eruv: No
  • Most famous Jewish alumnus: Henry Winkler
  • Where do Jewish students come from?: All over the country
  • Kosher food details: Kosher food is not something that is offered at the school but there are multiple places in Boston where students can find kosher food.
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