Jewish students at Princeton University.

Princeton University

#T-14, overall score 71.67/100

Fun Fact:

In 1947, Albert Einstein attended the first-ever Shabbat service at what is now Princeton Hillel.

Why should Jewish students attend Princeton? Jewish life at Princeton mirrors the culture that is found throughout the campus community; namely, it is rich with diversity and ripe with opportunities for students to engage in activities that are personally meaningful and impactful to their own lives. The Center for Jewish Life (CJL), Princeton’s Hillel, is welcoming and inclusive to all Jewish students — regardless of their religious background, the breadth of their Jewish experiences, or the depth of their connection to Judaism. Whether it’s bringing students from across the campus community together in our kosher dining hall to providing transformative global travel experiences or offering fellowships on topics of interest such as Biomedical Ethics or Public Policy, the CJL strives to meet students where they are and to help nurture their Jewish identities. — Robin M. Rudofker, development director, Center for Jewish Life

Jewish students should come to Princeton University because it is an outstanding and excellent university with an incredibly exciting and vibrant Jewish community. With the help of OU-JLIC and the Center for Jewish Life, Orthodox students here have the opportunity to engage with their Jewish life with the same rigor and excitement that they bring to their academic pursuits. Yavneh, the Orthodox community on campus, serves as a caring and supportive community for anyone who wishes to join it. — Rabbi Ariel Fisher and Bina Brody, OU-JLIC educators

Once you arrive on campus, Chabad at Princeton University is your home away from home. You are invited to avail yourself of opportunities to explore and experience Judaism in rich, vibrant, and exciting ways. You can join other students like yourself for popular Jewish events like Shabbat, Princeton specific ones like Late Meal, regular opportunities to study Jewish texts, and blowout parties for Purim and (another Princeton specific event) Reunions. Chabad is always bustling with activity. With more than 30 students on our various boards, there is extensive opportunity for thoughtful leadership. And most importantly, our door is always open for you to join our family! — Rabbi Eitan Webb, Rabbi and Director, Chabad at Princeton University

ACADEMICS Score: 30/30

  • Score: 30/30
  • Acceptance rate: 7%
  • Student/faculty ratio: 5:1
  • Jewish Studies major: Minor
  • Israel Studies major: No

FINANCES

  • Tuition: $45,320
  • Room & board costs: $14,770
  • Average annual scholarship/grant package: $48,000

CAMPUS INFORMATION

  • Location: Princeton, N.J.
  • Region: Mid-Atlantic
  • Public/Private: Private
  • Undergraduate enrollment: 5,402
  • Jewish undergraduate enrollment: 500
  • Jewish population share: 9%
  • Student origin: 18% in-state / 82% out-of-state
  • NCAA Division: I
  • NCAA team: Tigers
  • Ultimate Frisbee teams: Clockwork, Clockwork Orange

ISRAEL Score: 12.17/20

  • Score: 12.17/20
  • Size of Birthright trip: 22
  • School-approved study abroad program in Israel: Yes
  • Israel-related clubs: Tigers for Israel, J Street U, TAMID
  • BDS resolution: Introduced, failed

JEWISH LIFE Score: 22.83/40

  • Score: 22.83/40
  • Hillel: Center for Jewish Life
  • Chabad: Chabad at Princeton University
  • OU-JLIC: Yes
  • Meor: No
  • Jewish fraternities: None
  • Jewish Sororities: None
  • Anti-Semitic incidents in 2016: 2
  • Can you get kosher food on the school meal plan? Yes
  • Active Hillel clubs: 18
  • Hillel Friday night services: 5
  • Average Shabbat attendance – Hillel: 175
  • Average Shabbat attendance – Chabad: 80
  • Synagogues within 10 miles: 7 (1 Orthodox, 4 Conservative, 2 Reform)
  • Eruv: Yes
  • Most famous Jewish alumnus: Ethan Coen
  • Most unique/noteworthy Hillel club: Koleinu (“Our Voice”) is Princeton’s only Jewish a capella group. Since 1993, Koleinu has been performing a mix of traditional, liturgical, and pop music. Its members come from a wide range of religious and musical backgrounds, reflective of the diversity of the student community on campus. Koleinu performs on campus, competes in national competitions and was invited to sing at President Obama’s final White House Hanukkah celebration in December 2016. They also released a CD of their music in 2015.
  • Where do Jewish students come from? All over the country.
  • Kosher food details: Princeton’s kosher dining hall, under supervision by the Orthodox Union and located at the Center for Jewish Life, serves 20 meals per week. Students don’t need to pay extra for the meal, so non-Jews come and eat there along with Jews — it is one of the favorite dining halls on campus!

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