Shabbat at Binghamton

Binghamton University

#25, overall score 67/100

Fun Fact:

The university has a 190-acre nature preserve, which features a large salamander population. Students built special ramps to help the salamanders safely cross the street during migration seasons.

Why should Jewish students attend Binghamton? If a Jewish student is looking to find a good liberal arts program at a very affordable price coupled with one of the most robust Jewish communities at any campus in America, Binghamton is your best bet. There are so many ways to stay involved and get involved in Jewish life. The administration is very attentive to the needs of the Jewish community. For example, the university is closed for Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur and the fist two days of Passover each year, professors are sensitive to Shabbat and holiday conflicts with exams and quizzes, residential life provides keys in addition to electronic key cards to Shabbat-observant students, etc. The Judaic studies department is strong, and Jewish cultural opportunities abound. Being actively Jewish and growing in one’s Jewish identity and involvement is extremely easy and pleasant at Binghamton. — Rivkah Slonim, education director, Rohr Chabad Center for Jewish Student Life at Binghamton University

With one of the most active Hillels in the country with 19 students groups and close to 90 student leaders, Jewish students have an array of choices as to how to get involved. Alongside leadership opportunities, students can participate in ongoing learning opportunities with two full time OU-JLIC educators on staff. The Jewish atmosphere on campus is incredibly vibrant and active with consistent programming and activities throughout the year. — Rabbi Akiva and Tali Weiss, OU-JLIC educators

ACADEMICS Score: 10/30

  • Score: 10/30
  • Acceptance rate: 41%
  • Student/faculty ratio: 20:1
  • Jewish Studies major: Yes
  • Israel Studies major: Minor


  • In-state tuition: $9,044
  • Out-of-state tuition: $22,164
  • Room & board costs: $13,198
  • Average annual scholarship/grant package: $8,240


  • Location: Binghamton, N.Y.
  • Region: Mid-Atlantic
  • Public/Private: Public
  • Undergraduate enrollment: 13,491
  • Jewish undergraduate enrollment: 3,700
  • Jewish population share: 27%
  • Student origin: 93% in-state / 7% out-of-state
  • NCAA Division: I
  • NCAA team: Bearcats
  • Ultimate Frisbee team: Big Bear

ISRAEL Score: 16.5/20

JEWISH LIFE Score: 30.5/40

  • Score: 30.5/40
  • Hillel: Hillel at Binghamton
  • Chabad: Rohr Chabad Center for Jewish Student Life at Binghamton University
  • OU-JLIC: Yes
  • Meor: Yes
  • Jewish fraternities: AEPi, TEP
  • Jewish sororities: AEPhi, SDT, SigAEPi
  • Jewish dorms: Dickinson, Newing, Hayes
  • Anti-Semitic incidents in 2016: 0
  • Can you get kosher food on the school meal plan? Yes
  • Average Shabbat attendance – Hillel: 175
  • Average Shabbat attendance – Chabad: 350
  • Synagogues within 10 miles: 2 (1 Orthodox, 1 Reform)
  • Eruv: Yes
  • Most famous Jewish alumnus: Art Spiegelman
  • Where do Jewish students come from? While most of the population comes from the tri-state area, Binghamton has been attracting Jewish students from across the country because of its strong Jewish life.
  • Kosher food details: Three kosher meals daily are easily accessible through the Kosher Kitchen (located in C-4) which is under the supervision of the Orthodox Union and run by Sodexo, the catering provider for all on-campus dining establishments and events. There is very limited availability of kosher foods in other dining halls in the form of pre-packaged sandwiches. Chabad runs a kosher pizzeria on Mondays and Thursdays and a deli on Tuesday nights.

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