Jewish students at Stanford University Hillel.

Stanford University

#T-31, overall score 65/100

Fun Fact:

According to a 2012 study, companies founded by Stanford alumni generate $2.7 trillion of annual revenue — which, if it were a country, would make it the world’s 10th-largest economy.

Why should Jewish students attend Stanford? Stanford presents some of the richest opportunities today for students to grow and learn as people and to change the world. We work together with students so they can do the same in a Jewish context: to grow and learn as a Jewish (or Jew-ish) person and to change the world driven by Jewish values and commitments. Jewish students at Stanford are curious. How can one grow and eat food ethically? What does tap dancing, sexual health or the Beatles have to do with Jewish tradition and thought? What does it mean to form a nuanced, personal relationship with a vibrant Israel? Jews at Stanford form deep friendships with some of the world’s most adventurous, brilliant, charming, diverse and fun-loving peers. When Jewish students come to Stanford, they explore what being Jewish means to them and they actualize that vision for themselves and their peers. And you can’t beat the weather. — Jeremy Ragent, assistant director, Hillel@Stanford

ACADEMICS Score: 30/30

  • Score: 30/30
  • Acceptance rate: 5%
  • Student/faculty ratio: 4:1
  • Jewish Studies major: Yes
  • Israel Studies major: No

FINANCES

  • Tuition: $47,940
  • Room & board costs: $14,601
  • Average annual scholarship/grant package: $46,440

CAMPUS INFORMATION

  • Location: Stanford, Calif.
  • Region: West
  • Public/Private: Private
  • Undergraduate enrollment: 6,999
  • Jewish undergraduate enrollment: 600
  • Jewish population share: 9%
  • Student origin: 39% in-state / 61% out-of-state
  • NCAA Division: I
  • NCAA team: Cardinal
  • Ultimate Frisbee teams: Bloodthirsty, Superfly

ISRAEL Score: 5.33/20

JEWISH LIFE Score: 26.33/40

  • Score: 26.33/40
  • Hillel: Hillel@Stanford
  • Chabad: Rohr Chabad House at Stanford
  • OU-JLIC: No
  • Meor: Yes
  • Jewish fraternities: AEPi
  • Jewish sororities: AEPhi
  • Jewish dorms: Slavianskii Dom, Columbae
  • Anti-Semitic incidents in 2016: 1
  • Can you get kosher food on the school meal plan? Yes
  • Active Hillel clubs: 21
  • Hillel Friday night services: 3
  • Average Shabbat attendance – Hillel: 90
  • Synagogues within 10 miles: 4 (2 Orthodox, 1 Conservative, 1 Reform)
  • Eruv: Yes
  • Most famous Jewish alumnus: Daniel Pearl
  • Most unique/noteworthy Hillel club: We just completed our pilot quarter of the Jewish Incubator Fellowship (JIF). The purpose of the fellowship is to activate the diverse range of students to generate quality experiences for themselves and their peers, sparking deep connections and creating a flourishing Jewish ecosystem at Stanford. Fellows are paired with a staff mentor to create a “dream project” in a Jewish context. JIF has spurred the formation of new Jewish clubs at Stanford (Jewish Athletes, Jewish Engineers and TAMID, which trains students to do consulting for businesses in Israel) and some incredibly creative initiatives like a series of discussions about the history and future of relations in America between Jews, Black people, and Jews of color; a “speak out” against sexual violence; and a Beatles themed Passover seder. More is in the works as we expand the fellowship for the coming year.
  • Where do Jewish students come from? All over the world.
  • Kosher food details: Delicious kosher meat meals with plentiful vegetarian and vegan options are prepared every weekday for dinner in Hillel’s kitchen under the supervision of Vaad HaKashrus of Northern California. Meals are transported to a nearby dining hall so Jewish students can use their Stanford meal plan to eat alongside all their friends from the dorms. For lunch and snacks, there are usually grab-and-go leftovers in the Hillel refrigerator. There is also a kosher restaurant and market within walking distance of campus.

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