Jewish students at Towson University.

Towson University

#66, overall score 55/100

Fun Fact:

Tamir Goodman, the basketball player known as the “Jewish Jordan,” started at Towson as a freshman before moving to Israel.

Why should Jewish students attend Towson? Towson University has a thriving Jewish population that continues to grow. In addition to an active Hillel, there are Jewish fraternities and sororities and a proud Jewish community with strong leadership. This year, Towson University was ranked in the top 15 best campuses for Jewish students in North America. There is a strong emphasis on leadership and professional development that is supported by Towson Hillel’s Incubator Cohort, a program that supplies students a platform to create initiatives they are passionate about and gain unparalleled experience in logistics and planning. — Scott Black, assistant director, Towson University Hillel

ACADEMICS Score: 5/30

  • Score: 5/30
  • Acceptance rate: 74%
  • Student/faculty ratio: 17:1
  • Jewish Studies major: Minor
  • Israel Studies major: No

FINANCES

  • In-state tuition: $9,408
  • Out-of-state tuition: $21,076
  • Room & board costs: $11,754
  • Average annual scholarship/grant package: $8,464

CAMPUS INFORMATION

  • Location: Towson, Md.
  • Region: Mid-Atlantic
  • Public/Private: Public
  • Undergraduate enrollment: 19,049
  • Jewish undergraduate enrollment: 2,000
  • Jewish population share: 11%
  • Student origin: 86% in-state / 14% out-of-state
  • NCAA Division: I
  • NCAA team: Tigers
  • Ultimate Frisbee teams: Pandemonium, Hammertime

ISRAEL Score: 12.67/20

  • Score: 12.67/20
  • Size of Birthright trip: 64
  • School-approved study abroad program in Israel: Yes
  • Israel-related clubs: Tigers for Israel
  • BDS resolution: Never introduced

JEWISH LIFE Score: 27.33/40

  • Score: 27.33/40
  • Hillel: Towson University Hillel
  • Chabad: Chabad-Lubavitch of Towson
  • OU-JLIC: No
  • Meor: No
  • Jewish fraternities: AEPi, ΣAM, ZBT
  • Jewish sororities: AEPhi
  • Anti-Semitic incidents in 2016: 0
  • Can you get kosher food on the school meal plan? Yes
  • Active Hillel clubs: 4
  • Hillel Friday night services: 1
  • Average Shabbat attendance – Hillel: 50
  • Average Shabbat attendance – Chabad: 60
  • Synagogues within 10 miles: 19 (10 Orthodox, 5 Conservative, 4 Reform)
  • Eruv: No
  • Most famous Jewish alumnus: Amy Schumer
  • Most unique/noteworthy Hillel club: Our Challah 4 Hunger chapter has seen great success in recent years. They have built up a strong following and take pride in collaborating with other student groups around campus and teaching them the significance of aiding in food insecurity in relation to Judaism. This year, we baked over 500 loaves of challah.
  • Where do Jewish students come from? All over, though there is a large portion from Maryland and the Northeast.
  • Kosher food details: Towson University Dining has a dedicated kosher kitchen and dining area located in Newell Dining Hall. The Kosher Korner offers meals prepared by our qualified Mashgiach and is certified by Star K of Baltimore.
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