The Rotunda at the University of Virginia.

University of Virginia

#70, overall score 54/100

Fun Fact:

Students at UVA are referred to as “first-years,” “second-years” and so on because university founder Thomas Jefferson believed that education is a life-long process — and therefore nobody could be a “senior.”

Why should Jewish students attend UVa? UVa has a warm, welcoming, and very active Jewish community. Over 70% of Jewish undergraduate students participate in Hillel. There are over 70 student leaders and students are active partners in helping to create Jewish life. Hillel is a home away from home for countless students and enriches the lives of its students and the University. — Rabbi Jake Rubin, executive director, Brody Jewish Center

ACADEMICS Score: 15/30

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

FINANCES

  • In-state tuition: $15,722
  • Out-of-state tuition: $45,066
  • Room & board costs: $10,726
  • Average annual scholarship/grant package: $18,492

CAMPUS INFORMATION

  • Location: Charlottesville, Va.
  • Region: South
  • Public/Private: Public
  • Undergraduate enrollment: 16,736
  • Jewish undergraduate enrollment: 1,000
  • Jewish population share: 6%
  • Student origin: 73% in-state / 27% out-of-state
  • NCAA Division: I
  • NCAA team: Cavaliers
  • Ultimate Frisbee teams: Night Train, Hydra

ISRAEL Score: 13.33/20

  • Score: 13.33/20
  • Size of Birthright trip: 41
  • School-approved study abroad program in Israel: Yes
  • Israel-related clubs: Hoos for Israel, J Street U
  • BDS resolution: Never introduced

JEWISH LIFE Score: 22.33/40

  • Score: 22.33/40
  • Hillel: Brody Jewish Center
  • Chabad: Rohr Chabad House at UVa
  • OU-JLIC: No
  • Meor: No
  • Jewish fraternities: AEPi, ΣAM
  • Jewish sororities: SDT
  • Anti-Semitic incidents in 2016: 1
  • Can you get kosher food on the school meal plan? Yes
  • Active Hillel clubs: 8
  • Hillel Friday night services: 1
  • Average Shabbat attendance – Hillel: 70
  • Synagogues within 10 miles: 2 (1 Orthodox, 1 Reform)
  • Eruv: No
  • Most famous Jewish alumnus: Ron Suskind
  • Most unique/noteworthy Hillel club: First Year Connection is group that is only for first year students. The group helps acclimate new students to the university and the Jewish community. It is a wonderful community of support for new students trying to navigate their new home.
  • Where do Jewish students come from? Students come from all over the country, though a larger percentage are from Virginia and the East Coast.
  • Kosher food details: Kosher meals are prepared in Hillel’s kitchen under the supervision of the director, and then taken into dining halls so that they may be purchased through students’ meal plans.
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