Arizona State University

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#T-143, overall score 43.08/100

Fun Fact:

University mascot Sparky the Sun Devil was created by a former Disney animator, who supposedly modeled his look on Walt Disney himself.

Why should Jewish students attend ASU?: ASU is a wonderful innovative university with many great opportunities. We have a great Jewish community that is welcoming and vibrant. The university administration is really attentive to the needs of the Jewish community. Here at Chabad, we are a home for every Jewish student and here for you for anything you need. And the 350 days of sunshine a year is great too! - Rabbi Shmuel Tiechtel, director, Chabad at ASU


  • Location: Tempe, Ariz.
  • Region: West
  • Campus type: Small city
  • Public/Private: Public
  • Undergraduate enrollment: 42,477
  • Jewish undergraduate enrollment: 350
  • Jewish population share: 1%
  • Student origin: 75% in-state / 25% out-of-state
  • Student newspaper: The State Press
  • NCAA Division: I
  • NCAA team: Sun Devils
  • Ultimate Frisbee team names: Prime / Caliente

COST & AID Score: 5/15

  • Score: 5/15
  • In-state tuition: $10,792
  • Out-of-state tuition: $27,372
  • Room & board costs: $12,209
  • Average annual scholarship/grant package: $13,138
  • Average loan debt: $23,237
  • Starting median salary: $51,400
  • Scholarship for Jewish students: No

ACADEMICS Score: 1.67/20

  • Score: 1.67/20
  • Acceptance rate: 84%
  • Student/faculty ratio: 22:1
  • Median SAT range: 1120-1350
  • Jewish Studies program: Yes
  • Jewish Studies major: Yes
  • Hebrew major: Certificate

ISRAEL Score: 14.67/20

  • Score: 14.67/20
  • Size of Birthright trip: 66
  • School-approved study abroad program in Israel: Yes
  • Israel Studies center: No
  • Israel-related clubs: Students Supporting Israel, IAC Mishelanu, J Street U
  • BDS vote in last four years: Never introduced

SAFETY Score: 2.33/11

  • Score: 2.33/11
  • Anti-Semitic incidents in 2017: 2
  • Campus crime rate: 2.14/1,000 students (medium low)
  • City crime rate: 50.63/1,000 people (high)
  • LGBT center: Yes

JEWISH LIFE Score: 19.42/34

  • Score: 19.42/34
  • Hillel: Hillel ASU
  • Chabad: Chabad at ASU
  • OU-JLIC: No
  • Other Jewish outreach group: JAC - Jewish Arizonans on Campus
  • Jewish fraternities: AEPi, ΣAM, ZBT
  • Jewish sororities: None
  • Can you get kosher food on the school meal plan?: Yes
  • Chicken soup hotline: Yes
  • Active Hillel clubs: 10
  • Hillel Friday night services: 2
  • Average Shabbat attendance – Hillel: 50
  • Average Shabbat attendance – Chabad: 65
  • Synagogues within 10 miles: 3 (1 Conservative, 2 Reform)
  • Eruv: No
  • Most famous Jewish alum: Al Michaels
  • Where do Jewish students come from?: Jewish students at Arizona State University come from all over the country. It is common for out-of-state students to hail from Texas, California, Chicago, New Jersey and Maryland.
  • Kosher food details: Starting this fall, kosher lunches and dinners will be available at at the Hassayampa Academic Village Dining Hall. There is also a kosher restaurant on campus called Chick-In, and kosher meals are available for free at Chabad on Friday night, Shabbat day and on holidays.

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