Jewish students at the University of Delaware.

University of Delaware

#90, overall score 50.34/100

Fun Fact:

UD was the first American university to offer a study abroad program.

Why should Jewish students attend University of Delaware? UD Hillel is one of the fastest-growing Hillels in the country. The staff of 10 is here to provide UD’s 2,250 Jewish students with engaging Jewish content, enriching leadership experiences, unique travel opportunities and a warm and welcoming environment where students can truly be themselves. UD Hillel is an integral part of the university landscape and was awarded with the Campus Partnership Award from Hillel International this year for their interfaith efforts and cross-campus partnerships. There has been a Hillel at the University of Delaware since 1948, and the 70-year-old organization has a rich tradition of developing passionate Jewish leaders and proud Jewish adults. — Nicole Wasilus, assistant director, University of Delaware Hillel

ACADEMICS Score: 5/30

  • Score: 5/30
  • Acceptance rate: 65%
  • Student/faculty ratio: 16:1
  • Jewish studies major: Minor
  • Israel studies major: None


  • In-state tuition: $12,520
  • Out-of-state tuition: $31,420
  • Room & board costs: $11,830
  • Average annual scholarship/grant package: $9,412


  • Location: Newark, Del.
  • Region: Mid-Atlantic
  • Public/Private: Public
  • Undergraduate enrollment: 18,322
  • Jewish undergraduate enrollment: 2,250
  • Jewish population share: 12%
  • Student origin: 38% in-state / 62% out-of-state
  • NCAA Division: I
  • NCAA team: Blue Hens
  • Ultimate Frisbee team: Sideshow

ISRAEL Score: 11.67/20

  • Score: 11.67/20
  • Size of Birthright trip: 98
  • School-approved study abroad program in Israel: No
  • Israel-related clubs: Israel U
  • BDS resolution: Never introduced

JEWISH LIFE Score: 27/40

  • Score: 27/40
  • Hillel: University of Delaware Hillel
  • Chabad: Chabad UD
  • OU-JLIC: No
  • Meor: No
  • Jewish fraternities: AEPi, ZBT
  • Jewish sororities: AEPhi
  • Anti-Semitic incidents in 2016: 0
  • Can you get kosher food on the school meal plan?: Yes
  • Active Hillel clubs: 6
  • Hillel Friday night services: 2
  • Average Shabbat attendance – Hillel: 80
  • Average Shabbat attendance – Chabad: 35
  • Synagogues within 10 miles: 0
  • Eruv: No
  • Most famous Jewish alumnus: Raven
  • Where do Jewish students come from? Many of our students come from in-state or from surrounding states including New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Maryland. We also have students from all across the country, from California and Virginia to Connecticut and Massachusetts.
  • Kosher food details: There’s a kosher dining hall and meal plan at the university. Apart from that, there are Acme and ShopRite markets in close proximity that have basic kosher staples. In the fall of 2015, kosher dining came to UD as part of the Caesar Rodney Fresh Food Company, the newest all-you-care-to-eat residential dining location. The kosher dining station is fully integrated into the University’s meal plan system and open to non-meal plan holders as well.

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