Jewish students at UConn

University of Connecticut

#T-94, overall score 49.67/100

Fun Fact:

Over 3,000 participants and spectators attend Oozeball, UConn’s annual mud volleyball tournament.

Why should Jewish students attend UConn? The University of Connecticut is a great school on a beautiful campus with everything a Jewish student needs (including receiving a key for Shabbat entrance to your dorm). — Rabbi Shlomo & Shaindel Hecht, Chabad at UConn

UConn has all the makings to be a safe haven for Jewish students. The university has kosher dining, supportive faculty, opportunities to develop Jewish identity (religiously or culturally) and an active pro-Israel environment. UConn Hillel continues to build a strong Jewish community through empowering students to have ownership of their Jewish experience. — Scott Selig, executive director, UConn Hillel

ACADEMICS Score: 10/30

  • Score: 10/30
  • Acceptance rate: 53%
  • Student/faculty ratio: 14:1
  • Jewish Studies major: Yes
  • Israel Studies major: No

FINANCES

  • In-state tuition: $14,066
  • Out-of-state tuition: $35,858
  • Room & board costs: $12,436
  • Average annual scholarship/grant package: $7,388

CAMPUS INFORMATION

  • Location: Storrs, Conn.
  • Region: New England
  • Public/Private: Public
  • Undergraduate enrollment: 18,826
  • Jewish undergraduate enrollment: 2,000
  • Jewish population share: 11%
  • Student origin: 77% in-state / 23% out-of-state
  • NCAA Division: I
  • NCAA team: Huskies
  • Ultimate Frisbee team: Grind

ISRAEL Score: 12.33/20

  • Score: 12.33/20
  • Size of Birthright trip: 60
  • School-approved study abroad program in Israel: No
  • Israel-related clubs: Huskies for Israel, IAC Mishelanu
  • BDS resolution: Never introduced

JEWISH LIFE Score: 20.67/40

  • Score: 20.67/40
  • Hillel: UConn Hillel
  • Chabad: Chabad at UConn
  • OU-JLIC: None
  • Meor: None
  • Jewish fraternities: AEPi, ΣAM, ZBT
  • Jewish sororities: AEPhi
  • Jewish dorm: Towers Complex
  • Anti-Semitic incidents in 2016: 1
  • Can you get kosher food on the school meal plan? Yes
  • Active Hillel clubs: 3
  • Hillel Friday night services: 1
  • Average Shabbat attendance – Hillel: 100
  • Average Shabbat attendance – Chabad: 25
  • Synagogues within 10 miles: None
  • Eruv: None
  • Most famous Jewish alumnus: Robert D. Kaplan
  • Most unique/noteworthy Hillel club: Run by passionate students and UConn Hillel’s own Jewish Agency Israel Fellow (1 of 80 in the country), Huskies for Israel plan events, speakers, and host meetings to educate and learn more about Israel and Israeli culture for the greater UConn campus community.
  • Where do Jewish students come from? Mainly from the Northeast
  • Kosher food details: Keeping kosher at UConn is relatively easy. There is the kosher dining hall that makes three meals a day, and packaged food available in kiosks or stores. There are no kosher restaurants or kosher grocery stores, but you have access to buying kosher products.
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