Brooklyn College

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#34, overall score 66.33/100

Fun Fact:

Brooklyn College is one of the most diverse schools in the country, with no ethnic group larger than 26% of the population.

Why should Jewish students attend Brooklyn College? Jewish students are attracted to our campus by the vibrancy of the Brooklyn community. Students also have the opportunity to live at home or in an apartment in a local Jewish community and receive a top education at premium cost. - Rabbi Reuven and Shira Bushnack, OU-JLIC Educators

NYC is full of opportunities and especially opportunities within the Jewish world. Brooklyn College is located in one of the most popular boroughs of NYC and Flatbush in the hub of Jewish life. We offer the Jewish student body many different opportunities while they are receiving a top-notch solid and strong education for minimal cost. The Tanger Hillel House at Brooklyn College is the only dedicated Hillel building across City University campuses. It is distinguished as one of the largest Hillel facilities in New York and is among the premier Hillels across North America. Young people are often inordinately focused on their devices and social media. Tanger Hillel uses technology to keep students informed of real, in-person social networks we offer to enable them to build a robust sense of extended, connected community. We partner with peer Hillels and Jewish communal organizations across New York. Our collaboration with Brooklyn College is fundamental to our strong campus presence. Our impact is exponentially increased by working partnerships which include UJA-Federation of New York; Hillel International; Israel on Campus Coalition; The Jewish Agency for Israel; Birthright; the Orthodox Union’s Jewish Learning Initiative on Campus(JLIC); Russian Moshe House NYC; AEPi, the leading Jewish fraternity, and many others. We are the central address for Jewish students, not just those who are at Brooklyn College but those who live in Brooklyn as well. We offer a wide variety of opportunities for our students, from taking advantage to the fact that we are a short train ride away from New York City which is full of new and exciting prospects to connecting our students to Jewish life. - Nadya Drukker, executive director, Brooklyn College Hillel

Jewish students at Brooklyn College come from a range of backgrounds, affiliations and levels of observance. At Chabad, all students can enjoy exploring their Jewish heritage in a warm, welcoming and non-judgmental environment. Chabad provides religious, educational, social, and recreational programming for the community of Jewish students and every Friday night is Open Shabbat meals. Chabad is also a place where students socialize in a comfortable home-like setting with great friends, superb food and stimulating discussions. — Rabbi Moshe Raichik, co-director, Chabad at Brooklyn College


  • Location: New York, N.Y.
  • Region: Mid-Atlantic
  • Campus type: Big city
  • Public/Private: Public
  • Undergraduate enrollment: 14,406
  • Jewish undergraduate enrollment: 4,000
  • Jewish population share: 28%
  • Student newspaper: The Excelsior
  • NCAA Division: III
  • NCAA team: Bulldogs

COST & AID Score: 10/15

  • Score: 10/15
  • In-state tuition: $6,840
  • Out-of-state tuition: $17,310
  • Average loan debt: $10,743
  • Starting median salary: $48,200
  • Scholarship for Jewish students: Sandra and Jack Levitt Scholarships

ACADEMICS Score: 5/20

  • Score: 5/20
  • Acceptance rate: 40%
  • Student/faculty ratio: 17.29:1
  • Median SAT range: 1030-1190
  • Jewish Studies program: Yes
  • Jewish Studies major: Yes
  • Hebrew major: No

ISRAEL Score: 14/20

  • Score: 14/20
  • Size of Birthright trip: 115
  • School-approved study abroad program in Israel: Yes
  • Israel Studies center: No
  • Israel-related clubs: Bulldogs for Israel, IAC Mishelanu
  • BDS vote in last four years: Never introduced

SAFETY Score: 11/11

  • Score: 11/11
  • Anti-Semitic incidents in 2017: 0
  • Campus crime rate: 0.11/1,000 students (low)
  • City crime rate: 20.36/1,000 people (low)
  • LGBT center: Yes

JEWISH LIFE Score: 26.33/34

  • Score: 26.33/34
  • Hillel: Tanger Hillel House at Brooklyn College
  • Chabad: Chabad at Brooklyn College
  • OU-JLIC: Yes
  • Jewish fraternities: AEPi, ΣAM, ZBT
  • Jewish sororities: AEPhi
  • Can you get kosher food on the school meal plan? No
  • Active Hillel clubs: 17
  • Hillel Friday night services: 1
  • Average Shabbat attendance – Hillel: 120
  • Synagogues within 10 miles: 151 (119 Orthodox, 16 Conservative, 16 Reform)
  • Eruv: Yes
  • Most famous Jewish alum: Alan Dershowitz
  • Where do Jewish students come from? The local community.
  • Kosher food details: Brooklyn College is located in the heart of Flatbush with many kosher options available off campus. A dairy kosher option is available in the main dining hall. Tanger Hillel House offers a meat option operated by Subsational. There is no meal plan.

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