Pittsburgh-area students on Birthright.

University of Pittsburgh

#T-37, overall score 62.5/100

Fun Fact:

At 42 stories, Pitt’s Cathedral of Learning is the tallest university building in the Western Hemisphere and second-tallest in the world.

Why should Jewish students attend Pitt? The Hillel JUC of Pittsburgh is a uniquely warm and welcoming environment. We provide students with the opportunity to explore their Jewish identity in a vibrant, meaningful and fun environment. Our Hillel is large enough to offer a diverse array of student communities and opportunities (from Israel, social justice, leadership, Shabbat, arts & culture, learning, travel, networking and more) while still having a family atmosphere where every student feels personally connected. — Dan Marcus, executive director, Hillel Jewish University Center of Pittsburgh

ACADEMICS Score: 10/30

  • Score: 10/30
  • Acceptance rate: 55%
  • Student/faculty ratio: 15:1
  • Jewish Studies major: Minor
  • Israel Studies major: No

FINANCES

  • In-state tuition: $18,618
  • Out-of-state tuition: $29,758
  • Room & board costs: $10,950
  • Average annual scholarship/grant package: $38,612

CAMPUS INFORMATION

  • Location: Pittsburgh
  • Region: Mid-Atlantic
  • Public/Private: Public
  • Undergraduate enrollment: 18,908
  • Jewish undergraduate enrollment: 1,700
  • Jewish population share: 9%
  • NCAA Division: I
  • NCAA team: Panthers
  • Ultimate Frisbee teams: En Sabah Nur, Danger

ISRAEL Score: 14.67/20

  • Score: 14.67/20
  • Size of Birthright trip: 97
  • School-approved study abroad program in Israel: Yes
  • Israel-related clubs: Panthers for Israel, TAMID
  • BDS resolution: Never introduced

JEWISH LIFE Score: 27.83/40

  • Score: 27.83/40
  • Hillel: Hillel JUC of Pittsburgh
  • Chabad: Chabad House on Campus
  • OU-JLIC: No
  • Meor: No
  • Jewish fraternities: AEPi, ΣAM, ZBT
  • Jewish sororities: AEPhi
  • Anti-Semitic incidents in 2016: 0
  • Can you get kosher food on the school meal plan? Yes
  • Active Hillel clubs: 12
  • Hillel Friday night services: 2
  • Average Shabbat attendance – Hillel: 110
  • Synagogues within 10 miles: 12 (6 Orthodox, 2 Conservative, 4 Reform)
  • Eruv: No
  • Most famous Jewish alumnus: Michael Chabon
  • Kosher food details: Hot kosher lunch and dinner are available from the main dining area (Market to GO). In addition, there is a wide selection of “Grab & Go” items in the same location.
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