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University of Denver

#101, overall score 48.91/100

Fun Fact:

DU holds the record for most NCAA team skiing championships.

Why should Jewish students attend University of Denver? The University of Denver provides Jewish students with the opportunity to become involved in a strong and supportive Jewish community. Since we are a smaller school, we provide students with authentic leadership opportunities from the moment they walk onto campus. We pride ourselves on being a student-run and staff-supported organization that focuses on empowering the next generation of leaders to create a Jewish community that reflects the needs and values of the Jewish students body. We estimate that there are about 400 to 600 Jewish students on campus, which means you will have the opportunity to foster friendships through Hillel that will develop over the course of four years while also meeting new Jewish students in your classes and extracurricular activities every single year. — Jamie Skog, campus director, University of Denver Hillel

ACADEMICS Score: 15/30

  • Score: 15/30
  • Acceptance rate: 53%
  • Student/faculty ratio: 11:1
  • Jewish Studies major: Minor
  • Israel Studies major: No, but has Israel Studies center

FINANCES

  • Tuition: $46,362
  • Room & board costs: $12,021
  • Average annual scholarship/grant package: $25,240

CAMPUS INFORMATION

  • Location: Denver
  • Region: West
  • Public/Private: Private
  • Undergraduate enrollment: 5,758
  • Jewish undergraduate enrollment: 500
  • Jewish population share: 9%
  • Student origin: 38% in-state / 62% out-of-state
  • NCAA Division: I
  • NCAA team: Pioneers
  • Ultimate Frisbee teams: Sourdough, Hype

ISRAEL Score: 14.25/20

  • Score: 14.25/20
  • Size of Birthright trip: 42
  • School-approved study abroad program in Israel: Yes
  • Israel-related clubs: J Street U
  • BDS resolution: Never introduced

JEWISH LIFE Score: 16.33/40

  • Score: 16.33/40
  • Hillel: University of Denver Hillel
  • Chabad: Chabad of South Denver
  • OU-JLIC: No
  • Meor: No
  • Jewish fraternities: ZBT
  • Jewish sororities: None
  • Jewish dorm: None
  • Anti-Semitic incidents in 2016: 0
  • Can you get kosher food on the school meal plan?: No
  • Hillel Friday night services: 1
  • Average Shabbat attendance – Hillel: 45
  • Average Shabbat attendance – Chabad: 15
  • Synagogues within 10 miles: 8 (4 Orthodox, 1 Conservative, 3 Reform)
  • Eruv: No
  • Most famous Jewish alumnus: Ruth Handler
  • Most unique/noteworthy Hillel club: Judaism, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Where do Jewish students come from?: We have students from all over the country but we tend to see a high population of students who come from Chicago, California, Seattle and the Twin Cities, as well as major metro areas in Texas.
  • Kosher food details: The University of Denver catering staff will often work with students who are open to a slightly more lenient observance of kashrut, but because the university does not currently have much access to kosher food outside of meals provided by Hillel or Chabad, most of our students come from less observant Jewish households.

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