Jewish students do yoga at University of Vermont Hillel.

University of Vermont

#115, overall score 45.67/100

Fun Fact:

The first concert by the band Phish was performed at UVM’s Harris-Mills Cafeteria in 1983.

Why should Jewish students attend UVM? Jewish students at UVM can turn their passions into action that changes the world. Whether you have one Jewish parent, two Jewish parents or no Jewish parents, UVM Hillel is a place where students can be their full selves and find a vibrant social network that connects Judaism’s centrality with Israel engagement and growing knowledge of their traditions. — Matt Vogel, executive director, UVM Hillel

ACADEMICS Score: 5/30

  • Score: 5/30
  • Acceptance rate: 69%
  • Student/faculty ratio: 17:1
  • Jewish Studies major: Minor
  • Israel Studies major: No


  • In-state tuition: $17,300
  • Out-of-state tuition: $40,364
  • Room & board costs: $46,312
  • Average annual scholarship/grant package: $3,263


  • Location: Burlington, Vt.
  • Region: New England
  • Public/Private: Public
  • Undergraduate enrollment: 10,973
  • Jewish undergraduate enrollment: 2,000
  • Jewish population share: 19%
  • Student origin: 28% in-state/72% out-of-state
  • NCAA Division: I
  • NCAA team: Catamounts
  • Ultimate Frisbee teams: Chill, Ruckus

ISRAEL Score: 12.67/20

  • Score: 12.67/20
  • Size of Birthright trip: 51
  • School-approved study abroad program in Israel: Yes
  • Israel-related clubs: Students Supporting Israel
  • BDS resolution: Never introduced

JEWISH LIFE Score: 21.33/40

  • Score: 21.33/40
  • Hillel: Hillel at the University of Vermont
  • Chabad: Chabad @ UVM
  • OU-JLIC: None
  • Meor: None
  • Jewish fraternities: None
  • Jewish sororities: None
  • Jewish dorm: Shalom Home
  • Anti-Semitic incidents in 2016: 1
  • Can you get kosher food on the school meal plan? Yes
  • Hillel Friday night services: 1
  • Average Shabbat attendance – Hillel: 110
  • Synagogues within 10 miles: 2 (1 Conservative, 1 Reform)
  • Eruv: No
  • Most famous Jewish alumnus: Jessica Seinfeld
  • Most unique/noteworthy Hillel club: This year we are launching a new pilot leadership model called YouVM Connectors that will give more students than ever before the chance to turn their passions into action. YouVM Connectors is for anyone who has a passion or idea and wants to make it into a reality, as well as for those who want to make a difference but might not know how. As a YouVM Connector, you will be personally matched with a mentor to receive individualized coaching each month on whatever goals you want to achieve, grow together in a fun and relaxed environment through high quality monthly skill building workshops, build new relationships with other YouVM Connectors through two retreats led by expert facilitators, and be given the resources necessary to turn your passions into action.
  • Where do Jewish students come from? Undergraduates at UVM are currently enrolled from 48 states around the country.
  • Kosher food details: UVM offers a kosher kitchen in the Simpson residence hall and kosher-to-go food can be found in dining halls throughout campus, catered by Vermont Kosher.
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