Jewish students from Rutgers Hillel take a selfie.

Rutgers University

#23, overall score 67.84/100

Fun Fact:

Rutgers students frequently prank rivals at Princeton by painting their Revolutionary War-era cannon in Rutgers colors.

Why should Jewish students attend Rutgers? Chabad House-Lubavitch at Rutgers University is the hub of Jewish campus life and “home away from home” for thousands of students here on campus. Chabad provides exciting Jewish programs and parties every night of the week, from weekly socials with live Jewish entertainment and a 24/6 coffee house and sushi bar to Shabbat and Jewish holiday experience weekends and our highly popular CLI Jewish Discovery Initiative Stipend Program, where students from every background and level of observance come together to learn classical Jewish texts and earn $300 per semester. Beginners, intermediate and advanced classes available, as well as chavrusas (study partners) and inspiring speakers. The Chabad House also boasts two synagogues: an Ashkenazi and a Sephardic synagogue for the many students we have of Syrian, Persian, Moroccan and Spanish backgrounds and cultures. Additionally, Chabad offers two state-of-the-art Jewish dormitories, one for women and one for men with workout and game rooms, together with an international food court and cafeteria. There are four rabbis on staff, a five (Jewish) star chef and sous chef and a full Executive Leadership Team of student activists who organize and direct the many programs at Rutgers, including the Israel advocacy groups, community service providing weekly hospital patient and nursing home resident visitations, special needs programming, and the RU Mitzvah Marathon. Oh, and don’t forget my wife’s program of challah baking every Thursday night! — Rabbi Baruch Goodman, campus director, Rutgers University Chabad House

Rutgers is a great place to be Jewish. We have the largest and most diverse Jewish undergraduate population in the country; the largest, newest and nicest Hillel building; an outstanding and diverse Hillel staff; an award-winning Center for Israel Engagement; and a multi-faceted, dynamic, welcoming student community that reflects the full spectrum of American Jewish life. — Andrew Getraer, executive director, Rutgers Hillel

If Rutgers is the academic environment you are looking for, the Jewish community is warm, inviting, and well equipped for all types of Jews. The new Hillel is beautiful and warm, and a great place to hang out with friends. There is a very warm, active Shabbat atmosphere, as well as multiple learning and social opportunities every day of the week. The presence of a Jewish dorm is very unique on a secular college campus and is a big attraction for many Jewish students. Rutgers can provide Jewish students for whatever Jewish infrastructure and services they are seeking. — Rabbi Tzvi and Tali Wohlgelernter, OU-JLIC educators

ACADEMICS Score: 15/30

  • Score: 15/30
  • Acceptance rate: 58%
  • Student/faculty ratio: 12:1
  • Jewish Studies major: Yes
  • Israel Studies major: No

FINANCES

  • In-state tuition: $14,374
  • Out-of-state tuition: $30,023
  • Room & board costs: $12,260
  • Average annual scholarship/grant package: $7,584

CAMPUS INFORMATION

  • Location: New Brunswick, N.J.
  • Region: Mid-Atlantic
  • Public/Private: Public
  • Undergraduate enrollment: 35,484
  • Jewish undergraduate enrollment: 6,400
  • Jewish population share: 18%
  • Student origin: 94% in-state / 6% out-of-state
  • NCAA Division: I
  • NCAA team: Scarlet Knights
  • Ultimate Frisbee teams: Machine, Nightshade

ISRAEL Score: 15.67/20

JEWISH LIFE Score: 30.5/40

  • Score: 30.5/40
  • Hillel: Rutgers Hillel
  • Chabad: Rutgers University Chabad House
  • OU-JLIC: Yes
  • Meor: Yes
  • Jewish fraternities: AEPi, ΣAM, ZBT, TEP
  • Jewish sororities: SDT
  • Jewish dorms: 17 Mine Street; Chabad House Dormitory
  • Anti-Semitic incidents in 2016: 1
  • Can you get kosher food on the school meal plan? Yes
  • Hillel Friday night services: 3
  • Average Shabbat attendance – Hillel: 375
  • Average Shabbat attendance – Chabad: 325
  • Synagogues within 10 miles: 23 (9 Orthodox, 8 Conservative, 6 Reform)
  • Eruv: Yes
  • Most famous Jewish alumnus: Milton Friedman
  • Where do Jewish students come from? 85% come from New Jersey, the rest from all over the country and Israel.
  • Kosher food details: There is a kosher dining plan at Rutgers Chabad, which students can join in lieu of the university plan. There is a kosher dairy cafe in the Hillel building, as well as many kosher establishments nearby in Highland Park.

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