Jewish students at Chabad House Bowery.

New York University

#13, overall score 71.83/100

Fun Fact:

The NYU Stressbusters program provides free massages to students across campus.

Why should Jewish students attend NYU? In 1996, the Edgar M. Bronfman Center for Jewish Student Life was founded at New York University as a home for Jewish students and a Jewish center for the whole university. As NYU has become a global network university, with 14 campuses worldwide, the Bronfman Center has become a global platform for encounter and innovation, broadening our influence to Jewish communities all over the world. Located in the heart of New York City, NYU hosts the largest Jewish student-run event in the country, “Shabbat for 2000,” an inclusive Shabbat dinner for 2,000 students. Our signature programs are educationally intensive and offer students transformative experiences through learning (the Jewish Learning Fellowship and Kollel), leadership (Engagement Internship and Collegiate Leadership Internship Program), or travel (Bronfman Global Ambassadors). Honoring our legacy as a platform for launching social impact initiatives, the Bronfman Center became the first Jewish campus organization to operate as a co-working space, removing all private offices to increase student space and better accommodate the working styles of our entrepreneurial student population. — Emily Hirsch, Edgar M. Bronfman Center for Jewish Student Life

Chabad House Bowery is creating revolutionary Jewish experiences for students and young professionals around the world. More akin to a hip Jewish start-up than your average campus center, CHB is an organization fueling the future of Jewish leadership. Our mission is to inspire and enable young Jews to create a bright personal and communal Jewish future and that mission permeates all of our programming that we do. We offer social opportunities, educational opportunities, community service opportunities, Shabbat and holiday programming, and more. What’s unique is that it is all student-led (we have a 50 student board that anybody can get involved in) backed by the support of staff. — Deena Klein, Chabad House Bowery

NYU has an extremely exciting location with excellent Jewish infrastructure and a large, diverse and welcoming Jewish community. — Rabbi Joe Wolfson and Corinne Shmuel, OU-JLIC educators

ACADEMICS Score: 20/30

  • Score: 20/30
  • Acceptance rate: 32%
  • Student/faculty ratio: 10:1
  • Jewish Studies major: Yes
  • Israel Studies major: No, but has Israel Studies center


  • Tuition: $49,062
  • Room & board costs: $17,578
  • Average annual scholarship/grant package: $33,374


  • Location: New York, N.Y.
  • Region: Mid-Atlantic
  • Public/Private: Private
  • Undergraduate enrollment: 25,722
  • Jewish undergraduate enrollment: 3,500
  • Jewish population share: 14%
  • Student origin: 38% in-state / 62% out-of-state
  • NCAA Division: III
  • NCAA team: Violets
  • Ultimate Frisbee teams: Purple Haze, Violet Femmes

ISRAEL Score: 18/20

JEWISH LIFE Score: 33.83/40

  • Score: 33.83/40
  • Hillel: Edgar M. Bronfman Center for Jewish Student Life
  • Chabad: Chabad House Bowery
  • OU-JLIC: Yes
  • Meor: Yes
  • Jewish fraternities: AEPi, ZBT
  • Jewish sororities: AEPhi
  • Jewish dorms: Palladium Hall, Weinstein Hall
  • Anti-Semitic incidents in 2016: 1
  • Can you get kosher food on the school meal plan? Yes
  • Active Hillel clubs: 18
  • Hillel Friday night services: 3
  • Average Shabbat attendance – Hillel: 200
  • Average Shabbat attendance – Chabad: 500
  • Synagogues within 10 miles: 156 (113 Orthodox, 21 Conservative, 22 Reform)
  • Eruv: Yes
  • Most famous Jewish alumnus: Adam Sandler
  • Most unique/noteworthy Hillel club: Bridges: Muslim-Jewish Dialogue at NYU has created a space for Jewish and Muslim students to engage and connect in a meaningful and intentional way. This student group is a reminder that college provides a unique atmosphere for folks to meet people different from themselves and encourages students to take advantage of that in order to connect across different backgrounds, races, religions, and experiences in order to promote compassion, empathy, and thoughtfulness through authentic friendships.
  • Where do Jewish students come from? While students do come from all over the country, a majority of our students are from the tri-state area. We also have students from Los Angeles, Miami, Chicago, France and Israel.
  • Kosher food details: NYU has a kosher dining hall, the Kosher Eatery at Weinstein Residence Hall, lovingly called the “K-Caf,” which is a KOF-K supervised kosher program that serves daily meals. Meat entrees are served on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday. Dairy foods are served Tuesdays and Thursdays. There are also options in other dining halls for kosher pre-made meals. Chabad House Bowery offers its own in-house meal plan provided by Sage Kitchen. Kosher delivery is abundant through all the online food ordering platforms.

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