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#209, overall score 27.25/100

Fun Fact:

TPing Toomer’s Corner after a football victory is such an integral part of Auburn’s culture that the university is the only one in the country to have a budget line item specifically for toilet paper cleanup.

Why should Jewish students attend Auburn? The Auburn University Hillel is small, but close-knit and has a deep, solid connection with the local synagogue, Congregation Beth Shalom, which is located about 1.5 miles from campus. The university is very supportive of the Hillel and has sought to provide an inclusive environment for all students. Auburn Hillel has a strong presence on campus for an organization of its size.- Prof. Ed Youngblood, faculty advisor, Auburn Hillel


  • Location: Auburn, Ala.
  • Region: South
  • Campus type: College town
  • Public/Private: Public
  • Undergraduate enrollment: 22,658
  • Jewish undergraduate enrollment: 100
  • Jewish population share: 0.4%
  • Student origin: 65% in-state / 35% out-of-state
  • Student newspaper: The Auburn Plainsman
  • NCAA Division: I
  • NCAA team: Tigers
  • Ultimate Frisbee team names: Aetos / Ares

COST & AID Score: 5/15

  • Score: 5/15
  • In-state tuition: $10,968
  • Out-of-state tuition: $29,640
  • Room & board costs: $13,332
  • Average annual scholarship/grant package: $8,751
  • Average loan debt: $29,295
  • Scholarship for Jewish students: Auburn University Jewish Scholarship

ACADEMICS Score: 1.67/20

  • Score: 1.67/20
  • Acceptance rate: 84%
  • Student/faculty ratio: 19:1
  • Median SAT range: 1130-1310
  • Jewish Studies program: No
  • Jewish Studies major: No
  • Hebrew major: No

ISRAEL Score: 10/20

  • Score: 10/20
  • Size of Birthright trip: 7
  • School-approved study abroad program in Israel: No
  • Israel Studies center: No
  • Israel-related clubs: None
  • BDS vote in last four years: Never introduced

SAFETY Score: 4.67/11

  • Score: 4.67/11
  • Anti-Semitic incidents in 2017: 1
  • Campus crime rate: 2.72/1,000 students (medium low)
  • City crime rate: 20.9/1,000 people (medium low)
  • LGBT center: No

JEWISH LIFE Score: 5.92/34

  • Score: 5.92/34
  • Hillel: Auburn Hillel
  • Chabad: None
  • Jewish fraternities: AEPi
  • Jewish sororities: None
  • Can you get kosher food on the school meal plan?: No
  • Active Hillel clubs: 2
  • Hillel Friday night services: 1
  • Average Shabbat attendance – Hillel: 25
  • Synagogues within 10 miles: 1 (Reform)
  • Eruv: No
  • Where do Jewish students come from?: It varies, but most are from the South.
  • Kosher food details: The university does not have a kosher food program. There is at least one grocery store in town that can help with ordering kosher meat.

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