Freshman Fellows at UC Berkeley.

University of California, Berkeley

#44, overall score 61.33/100

Fun Fact:

Students can watch football games for free by climbing to the top of a hill east of campus, commonly known as Tightwad Hill.

Why should Jewish students attend UC Berkeley? The University of California at Berkeley is the top-rated public university in the world. It draws the highest caliber of students, professors, lecturers and researchers to learn, study and teach in an intellectually rigorous environment. Jewish students are equally attracted to UC Berkeley for these reasons and to become some of the most influential, productive, philanthropic and creative global citizens. Berkeley Hillel has been addressing the spiritual, emotional and philosophical needs of the campus’ Jewish students for the past 90 years. Hillel promotes discussions about unique Jewish issues, such as assimilation, multiculturalism, Zionism and new directions in thought and ritual. These unique opportunities for personal exploration and growth within a Jewish framework are only found at UC Berkeley Hillel. — Lauren Schuchart, associate director, UC Berkeley Hillel

ACADEMICS Score: 20/30

  • Score: 20/30
  • Acceptance rate: 15%
  • Student/faculty ratio: 17:1
  • Jewish studies major: Minor
  • Israel studies major: None

FINANCES

  • In-state tuition: $13,509
  • Out-of-state tuition: $40,191
  • Room & board costs: $16,042
  • Average annual scholarship/grant package: $17,868
  • Scholarship for Jewish students: L.J. Craig and Alice Craig Scholarship

CAMPUS INFORMATION

  • Location: Berkeley, Calif.
  • Region: West
  • Public/Private: Public
  • Undergraduate enrollment: 27,496
  • Jewish undergraduate enrollment: 2,500
  • Jewish population share: 9%
  • Student origin: 85% in-state / 15% out-of-state
  • NCAA Division: I
  • NCAA team: Golden Bears
  • Ultimate Frisbee teams: UGMO, Pie Queens

ISRAEL Score: 10.33/20

JEWISH LIFE Score: 27.67/40

  • Score: 27.67/40
  • Hillel: UC Berkeley Hillel
  • Chabad: Rohr Chabad Jewish Student Center at Berkeley
  • OU-JLIC: No
  • Meor: Yes
  • Jewish fraternities: AEPi, ΣAM
  • Jewish sororities: None
  • Jewish dorm: Berkeley Bayit
  • Anti-Semitic incidents in 2016: 4
  • Can you get kosher food on the school meal plan? Yes
  • Active Hillel clubs: 24
  • Hillel Friday night services: 2
  • Average Shabbat attendance – Hillel: 95
  • Average Shabbat attendance – Chabad: 90
  • Synagogues within 10 miles: 8 (2 Orthodox, 1 Conservative, 5 Reform)
  • Eruv: Within one mile of campus
  • Most famous Jewish alumnus: Rube Goldberg
  • Most unique/noteworthy Hillel club: The Schultz Freshmen Engagement Fellows are charged with welcoming incoming Cal students and enhancing the Hillel community. The Fellows plan the overnight Freshmen Retreat to the Marin Headlands, create initiatives specifically for new students and take peers out for coffee and connect them to relevant Jewish community programs.
  • Where do Jewish students come from? UC Berkeley provides kosher options amidst a new “dining hall for all” called Cafe 3 that focuses on flavor, nutrition and sustainability. They accept meal points through the university.

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