Jewish students at Tulane University

Tulane University

#T-6, overall score 77/100

Fun Fact:

Courses offered through Tulane’s interdisciplinary TIDES program have included “Sex, Drugs, Rock and Roll & Disease,” “Karate: Art & Philosophy” and “The Big Lebowski and Philosophy.”

Why should Jewish students attend Tulane? Tulane Hillel engages nearly 92% of Jewish undergraduates in a typical year and, perhaps more surprisingly, about 35% of all non-Jewish students at Tulane. This is a result of creating a unique environment and programmatic approach that has fostered a shared sense of inclusivity and belonging. All programmatic offerings at Tulane Hillel are envisioned and developed by the 348 undergrads that comprise the membership of our nationally recognized leadership program, Tulane Jewish Leaders. This past year, TJL students mentored by the Hillel professional team developed 112 programs that engaged over 4,600 students and community members. These programs revolved around Jewish life, Israel, community service, sustainability, urban planning and community development in New Orleans; social gatherings; the arts and theater, and career development. This hands-on approach to Jewish community building has redefined Jewish life at Tulane, and has developed a viable model for increasing broad participation, investment and collective community design for the future that resonates with diverse demographics of Jewish peoplehood. In addition, Tulane Jewish students have the added benefit of enjoying life in New Orleans, where there are always opportunities to engage with the community, and festivals and events to attend — including Jazz Fest, the Creole Tomato Festival, French Quarter Festival, Mardi Gras and many more. Not to mention the incredible restaurants in New Orleans, including the 2016 James Beard Award-winning Shaya, serving Israeli food under the leadership of Tulane Hillel Board member Alon Shaya. — Liza Sherman, chief programs & operating officer, Tulane Hillel

ACADEMICS Score: 30/30

  • Score: 30/30
  • Acceptance rate: 26%
  • Student/faculty ratio: 8:1
  • Jewish Studies major: Yes
  • Israel Studies major: No

FINANCES

  • Tuition: $51,010
  • Room & board costs: $13,844
  • Average annual scholarship/grant package: $32,704

CAMPUS INFORMATION

  • Location: New Orleans
  • Region: South
  • Public/Private: Private
  • Undergraduate enrollment: 6,662
  • Jewish undergraduate enrollment: 2,250
  • Jewish population share: 34%
  • Student origin: 24% in-state / 76% out-of-state
  • NCAA Division: I
  • NCAA team: Green Wave
  • Ultimate Frisbee team name: Muses

ISRAEL Score: 13/20

  • Score: 13/20
  • Size of Birthright trip: 129
  • School-approved study abroad program in Israel: Yes
  • Israel-related clubs: TIPAC
  • BDS resolution: Never introduced

JEWISH LIFE Score: 34/40

  • Score: 34/40
  • Hillel: Tulane Hillel
  • Chabad: Chabad at Tulane
  • OU-JLIC: No
  • Meor: No
  • Jewish fraternities: AEPi, ZBT
  • Jewish sororities: AEPhi, SDT
  • Anti-Semitic incidents in 2016: 0
  • Can you get kosher food on the school meal plan? Yes
  • Active Hillel clubs: 39
  • Hillel Friday night services: 1
  • Average Shabbat attendance – Hillel: 128
  • Synagogues within 10 miles: 6 (2 Orthodox, 1 Conservative, 3 Reform)
  • Eruv: No
  • Most famous Jewish alumnus: Jerry Springer
  • Most unique/noteworthy Hillel club: The Green Wave Community Market was started by a group of Tulane undergraduates through Hillel in 2012. This entirely student-run market is free to area vendors who sell art, prepared foods, used books, fresh produce, vintage clothes, plants, soaps and other products. The market also offers live music and performances, and serves as a great meeting place for Tulane students and New Orleans vendors and residents; it typically attracts about 200 shoppers for each of the eight markets that happen annually. The market has come to serve as a key meeting ground in building strong roots in the community that they’ve chosen to call home.
  • Where do Jewish students come from? Very large contingents come from the Northeast, Chicago, South Florida and California.
  • Kosher food details: Longtime New Orleans culinary superstar Chef Daniel Esses operates the restaurant Rimon at Hillel. Rimon is open to the general public in addition to being on Tulane’s meal plan, and offers delicious, seasonal, farm-to-table, healthy and kosher food. The restaurant at Hillel has long been regarded as the healthiest and most appealing dining option on Tulane’s campus. In addition to serving food in the Hillel building, Rimon also offers grab-and-go options in the Student Union on Tulane’s main campus, which is a five-minute walk from Hillel.

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