#22, overall score 69/100

Fun Fact:

In addition to many typical amenities, Boston University’s Fitness and Recreation Center also has a lazy river.

Why should Jewish students attend BU? Boston University is home to the largest population of Jewish undergraduates at a private institution in North America. There are a multitude of religious, cultural, social, spiritual, Jewish learning, Israel, interfaith, multicultural, social justice and wellness ways to access students’ Jewish identities and passions. Hillel International, the Boston Jewish Federation, Combined Jewish Philanthropies and Boston University are committed partners in ensuring vibrant and vivacious Jewish life is instilled across campus. We possess an abundance of staff, student leadership and funding resources to help students learn, travel, act, perform, care, pray, study, observe and more during their most vital and developmental years as students. We couldn’t be more excited about helping students find their Jewish journeys! — Ethan Sobel, assistant director, Boston University Hillel

ACADEMICS Score: 20/30

  • Score: 20/30
  • Acceptance rate: 29%
  • Student/faculty ratio: 12:1
  • Jewish Studies major: Minor
  • Israel Studies major: No


  • Tuition: $50,240
  • Room & board costs: $14,870
  • Average annual scholarship/grant package: $33,868


  • Location: Boston
  • Region: New England
  • Public/Private: Private
  • Undergraduate enrollment: 17,932
  • Jewish undergraduate enrollment: 4,500
  • Jewish population share: 25%
  • Student origin: 20% in-state / 80% out-of-state
  • NCAA Division: I
  • NCAA team: Terriers
  • Ultimate Frisbee teams: Ozone Pilots, Lady Ozone Pilots

ISRAEL Score: 18.67/20

JEWISH LIFE Score: 30.33/40

  • Score: 30.33/40
  • Hillel: Florence and Chafetz Hillel House at Boston University
  • Chabad: Chabad House of Greater Boston
  • OU-JLIC: Yes
  • Meor: Yes
  • Jewish fraternities: AEPi, ZBT
  • Jewish sororities: AEPhi, SDT
  • Anti-Semitic incidents in 2016: 3
  • Can you get kosher food on the school meal plan? Yes
  • Active Hillel clubs: 10
  • Hillel Friday night services: 3
  • Average Shabbat attendance – Hillel: 100
  • Synagogues within 10 miles: 28 (9 Orthodox, 8 Conservative, 11 Reform)
  • Eruv: Yes
  • Most famous Jewish alumnus: Howard Stern
  • Where do Jewish students come from? All over the country. The high-focus areas are New York, New Jersey, California, Chicago, Washington D.C., Philadelphia, Miami and Israel.
  • Kosher food details: Boston University provides a state-of-the-art kosher dining facility, located in the Hillel building, that is accessible to any BU student on any type of meal plan as well as to paying patrons. Lunch and dinner are served Monday through Saturday.

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