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#29, overall score 67.75/100

Fun Fact:

Every year, Barnard’s student activities council serves a sub sandwich that stretches the entire length of campus.

Why should Jewish students attend Barnard? Students can connect to Jewish experiences through Hillel, which is based out of the Kraft Center for Jewish Student Life and offers multiple programs daily. There is a Chabad on campus, options to connect through Greek life, and a world renowned Institute for Israel and Jewish Studies. - Brian Cohen, executive director, Columbia/Barnard Hillel


  • Location: New York, N.Y.
  • Region: Mid-Atlantic
  • Campus type: Big city
  • Public/Private: Private
  • Liberal Arts: Yes
  • Undergraduate enrollment: 2,588
  • Jewish undergraduate enrollment: 850
  • Jewish population share: 33%
  • Student origin: 17% in-state / 73% out-of-state
  • Student newspaper: The Columbia Spectator, The Current
  • NCAA Division: I
  • NCAA team: Lions
  • Ultimate Frisbee team name: PANDEMIC

COST & AID Score: 6.67/15

  • Score: 6.67/15
  • Tuition: $52,662
  • Room & board costs: $16,100
  • Average annual scholarship/grant package: $41,722
  • Average loan debt: $22,015
  • Starting median salary: $53,500

ACADEMICS Score: 16.67/20

  • Score: 16.67/20
  • Acceptance rate: 15%
  • Student/faculty ratio: 10:1
  • Median SAT range: 1310-1500
  • Jewish Studies program: Yes
  • Jewish Studies major: Yes
  • Hebrew major: No

What Students Say:

“We’re a liberal arts school in the middle of the biggest city in the U.S.”

ISRAEL Score: 11/20

SAFETY Score: 4.67/11

  • Score: 4.67/11
  • Anti-Semitic incidents in 2017: 3
  • Campus crime rate: 2.79/1,000 students (medium low)
  • City crime rate: 20.36/1,000 people (low)
  • LGBT center: Yes

JEWISH LIFE Score: 28.75/34

  • Score: 28.75/34
  • Hillel: Columbia/Barnard Hillel
  • Chabad: Chabad at Columbia University
  • OU-JLIC: Yes
  • Jewish sororities: No
  • Jewish dorm: Beit Ephraim Food Co-op
  • Jewish a capella groups: Pizmon, Smadar
  • Can you get kosher food on the school meal plan?: Yes
  • Chicken soup hotline: No
  • Active Hillel clubs: 23
  • Hillel Friday night services: 4
  • Average Shabbat attendance – Hillel: 350
  • Synagogues within 10 miles: 137 (95 Orthodox, 20 Conservative, 22 Reform)
  • Eruv: Yes
  • Most famous Jewish alum: Joan Rivers
  • Where do Jewish students come from?: From all over the country and internationally.
  • Kosher food details: Kosher food is available through the kosher meal plan, other on-campus vendors, and at multiple off-campus stores.

What Students Say:

“The Jewish community here is really unparalleled, and there are options to get involved culturally, religiously or communally - however an individual wants to be involved!”…“We can commit even more strongly to promoting diversity and a diverse set of traditions and beliefs within the Jewish community on campus.”

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