Jewish students at the University of Texas at Austin

University of Texas at Austin

#T-79, overall score 52/100

Fun Fact:

Everything’s bigger in Texas: The Jester Center dorm building was the largest in North America when it was built, fitting 3,200 students. It is believed to host the highest-grossing Wendy’s franchise in the world.

Why should Jewish students attend the University of Texas at Austin? Texas Hillel is more than just a student organization. We are a community—-we are students, we are teachers, we are Jewish leaders, we are a coalition fighting for social justice, we are advocates, and more than this-—we are family. There are opportunities to have a free Shabbat meal each week, build a portfolio as a leader, volunteer in the greater Austin community, advocate for Israel, take classes and so much more. We cultivate micro-communities and invest in what students are passionate about, helping them to connect those passions to their Jewish identity. Texas Hillel strengthens the bonds of friendship and creates a community, a true family. We are Texas Hillel, and yes, we help create the future Jewish leaders of tomorrow -— and build and nurture a grand Jewish family within the university and around Austin. Welcome to Texas Hillel. Welcome to our family. — Margo Sack, Director of Jewish Student Life, Texas Hillel

ACADEMICS Score: 10/30

  • Score: 10/30
  • Acceptance rate: 40%
  • Student/faculty ratio: 18:1
  • Jewish Studies major: Yes
  • Israel Studies major: No, but has Israel Studies center

FINANCES

  • In-state tuition: $9,806
  • Out-of-state tuition: $34,676
  • Room & board costs: $11,456
  • Average annual scholarship/grant package: $9,644

CAMPUS INFORMATION

  • Location: Austin, Texas
  • Region: South
  • Public/Private: Public
  • Undergraduate enrollment: 39,619
  • Jewish undergraduate enrollment: 2,750
  • Jewish population share: 7%
  • NCAA Division: I
  • NCAA team: Longhorns
  • Ultimate Frisbee teams: TUFF, Melee

ISRAEL Score: 10.17/20

JEWISH LIFE Score: 25.17/40

  • Score: 25.17/40
  • Hillel: Texas Hillel
  • Chabad: Chabad Jewish Student Center
  • OU-JLIC: None
  • Meor: None
  • Jewish fraternities: AEPi, ΣAM, ZBT
  • Jewish sororities: AEPhi, SDT
  • Anti-Semitic incidents in 2016: 0
  • Can you get kosher food on the school meal plan? No
  • Active Hillel clubs: 20
  • Hillel Friday night services: 4
  • Average Shabbat attendance – Hillel: 150
  • Synagogues within 10 miles: 4 (1 Orthodox, 1 Conservative, 2 Reform)
  • Eruv: No
  • Most famous Jewish alumnus: Eli Wallach
  • Most unique/noteworthy Hillel club: The White Rose Society is a human rights organization that honors the legacy of the original White Rose from Nazi Germany, using Holocaust remembrance as a framework to prevent genocides and human rights atrocities.
  • Where do Jewish students come from? A majority of our students are from Texas, although we do have a large number from out-of-state.
  • Kosher food details: Texas Hillel has a supervised kosher kitchen that provides weekly Shabbat dinners, holiday meals, plus frequent events with food. There is a kosher butcher and deli in the Austin Jewish community.

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