Jewish students at the University of Iowa

University of Iowa

#137, overall score 39.67/100

Fun Fact:

The University of Iowa was the first public university in the U.S. to admit men and women together, going co-ed in 1855.

Why should Jewish students attend the University of Iowa? The University of Iowa is a Big Ten school, offers many academic options and is in a very friendly Midwest town. It’s just a four hour drive from Chicago, two hour to Des Moines and five hours to the Twin Cities, all of which have larger Jewish populations. We have the warmest Chabad Rabbi and rebbetzin, fun family and always delicious food. — Rabbi Avrohem Blesofsky, Chabad of Iowa City

ACADEMICS Score: 5/30

  • Score: 5/30
  • Acceptance rate: 84%
  • Student/faculty ratio: 15:1
  • Jewish Studies major: No
  • Israel Studies major: No


  • In-state tuition: $8,325
  • Out-of-state tuition: $28,413
  • Room & board costs: $9,728
  • Average annual scholarship/grant package: $10,248


  • Location: Iowa City, Iowa
  • Region: Midwest
  • Public/Private: Public
  • Undergraduate enrollment: 23,357
  • Jewish undergraduate enrollment: 600
  • Jewish population share: 3%
  • Student origin: 61% in-state/39% out-of-state
  • NCAA Division: I
  • NCAA team: Hawkeyes
  • Ultimate Frisbee teams: IHUC, Saucy Nancy

ISRAEL Score: 12/20

  • Score: 12/20
  • Size of Birthright trip: 21
  • School-approved study abroad program in Israel: Yes
  • Israel-related clubs: Hawkeyes for Israel
  • BDS resolution: Never introduced

JEWISH LIFE Score: 12.67/40

  • Score: 12.67/40
  • Hillel: Iowa Hillel
  • Chabad: Chabad of Iowa City
  • OU-JLIC: None
  • Meor: None
  • Jewish fraternities: AEPi, ZBT
  • Jewish sororities: AEPhi
  • Anti-Semitic incidents in 2016: 0
  • Can you get kosher food on the school meal plan? No
  • Active Hillel clubs: 1
  • Hillel Friday night services: 1
  • Average Shabbat attendance – Hillel: 65
  • Average Shabbat attendance – Chabad: 25
  • Synagogues within 10 miles: 1 (1 Conservative)
  • Eruv: No
  • Most famous Jewish alumnus: Gene Wilder
  • Most unique/noteworthy Hillel club: Hawkeyes for Israel: Our Hillel is a strong advocate for a just, democratic, and prosperous Jewish state.
  • Where do Jewish students come from? We have Jewish students from the coasts (up and down California, New York, D.C., etc.), as well as other locations throughout the Midwest, although the majority are from the Chicagoland area.
  • Kosher food details: Kosher food is available from Hillel’s strictly kosher kitchen on Fridays and holidays, as well as every day during Passover. There is not currently enough demand for a kosher meal plan at the university.

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