Braker Hall at Tufts University

Tufts University

#T-17, overall score 70.83/100

Fun Fact:

Tufts’ mascot is Jumbo, an elephant that performed in P.T. Barnum’s circus. After his death, he was stuffed and displayed in what is now Barnum Hall until his remains were destroyed in a 1975 fire. His ashes are kept in a peanut butter jar in the atheltic director’s office.

Why should Jewish students attend Tufts? Tufts Hillel believes in a community in which students can explore the issues that are essential to their lives and a community in which they can engage with making the world a better place. Tufts Hillel supports students as they learn what it means to be Jewish in the 21st century. We give them the guidance, resources and opportunities to deepen that exploration — when they choose and how they choose to learn more about their Judaism. We are a student-led organization that develops programs that are compelling and accessible to as many people as possible. Our student leaders create a broad range of social, cultural, educational and religious events almost every day. Our special initiatives such as Merrin Moral Voices, Cummings/Hillel Holocaust & Genocide Education, Read by the River, Challah for Hunger and Vitality: Health & Wellness are rooted in Jewish tradition. At a time when many students are exploring what it means to be part of a history and a people — thinking more deeply about questions of identity — much of the work of Tufts Hillel relates to Jewish peoplehood. For some students, this means going to other countries to work with the Jewish communities in those places. For other students, it means going on Taglit-Birthright trips to explore Israel with Israelis and get firsthand experience of the nature of that country. And for others, it means engaging deeply with very different cultures to learn more about themselves and their own identity. At Tufts Hillel, we help students connect with their traditions, with each other, and with their community. We are a place where they can ask and discuss questions in way that adds value to the lives they’re living and the lives of others. We hope you’ll join us. — Rabbi Jeffrey Summit, Executive Director, Tufts Hillel

ACADEMICS Score: 30/30

  • Score: 30/30
  • Acceptance rate: 14%
  • Student/faculty ratio: 9:1
  • Jewish Studies major: Yes
  • Israel Studies major: No


  • Tuition: $52,430
  • Room & board costs: $13,566
  • Average annual scholarship/grant package: $43,520


  • Location: Medford, Mass.
  • Region: New England
  • Public/Private: Private
  • Undergraduate enrollment: 5,290
  • Jewish undergraduate enrollment: 1,250
  • Jewish population share: 24%
  • NCAA Division: III
  • NCAA team: Jumbos
  • Ultimate Frisbee teams: Jumbos, EWO

ISRAEL Score: 10/20

JEWISH LIFE Score: 30.83/40

  • Score: 30.83/40
  • Hillel: Tufts Hillel
  • Chabad: Rohr Chabad House serving Tufts University
  • OU-JLIC: None
  • Meor: Yes
  • Jewish fraternities: ZBT
  • Jewish sororities: None
  • Jewish dorm: The Bayit
  • Anti-Semitic incidents in 2016: 1
  • Can you get kosher food on the school meal plan? Yes
  • Active Hillel clubs: 20
  • Hillel Friday night services: 3
  • Average Shabbat attendance – Hillel: 130
  • Synagogues within 10 miles: 27 (9 Orthodox, 8 Conservative, 10 Reform)
  • Eruv: No
  • Most famous Jewish alumnus: Hank Azaria
  • Most unique/noteworthy Hillel club: Moral Voices is a unique Hillel program that focuses on a different social justice program each year, sharing Jewish perspectives on moral issues such as empowering women, children’s health, gun violence and immigration.
  • Kosher food details: Hillel has kosher food on Shabbat and holidays and often during the week. There is a glatt kosher deli on campus available through student meal plans.
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