#30, overall score 65.5/100

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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

New York City is full of opportunities and especially opportunities within the Jewish world. Brooklyn College is located in one of the most popular boroughs of New York, and Flatbush is 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. 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, including with UJA-Federation of New York; Hillel International; the 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, Tanger Hillel House at Brooklyn College

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

ACADEMICS Score: 15/30

  • Score: 15/30
  • Acceptance rate: 37%
  • Student/faculty ratio: 16:1
  • Jewish Studies major: Yes
  • Israel Studies major: No


  • In-state tuition: $6,853
  • Out-of-state tuition: $17,308
  • Room & board costs: $1,148
  • Average annual scholarship/grant package: $3,400
  • Scholarship for Jewish students: Sandra and Jack Levitt Scholarships


  • Location: New York, N.Y.
  • Region: Mid-Atlantic
  • Public/Private: Public
  • Undergraduate enrollment: 14,207
  • Jewish undergraduate enrollment: 4,000
  • Jewish population share: 28%
  • NCAA Division: III
  • NCAA team: Bulldogs

ISRAEL Score: 14/20

JEWISH LIFE Score: 26.5/40

  • Score: 26.5/40
  • Hillel: Tanger Hillel House at Brooklyn College
  • Chabad: Chabad at Brooklyn College
  • OU-JLIC: Yes
  • Meor: No
  • Jewish fraternities: AEPi, ΣAM, ZBT
  • Jewish sororities: AEPhi
  • Anti-Semitic incidents in 2016: 2
  • Can you get kosher food on the school meal plan? No
  • Active Hillel clubs: 17
  • Hillel Friday night services: 1
  • Average Shabbat attendance – Hillel: 170
  • Synagogues within 10 miles: 151 (119 Orthodox, 16 Conservative, 16 Reform)
  • Eruv: Yes
  • Most famous Jewish alumnus: Alan Dershowitz
  • Where do Jewish students come from?: The majority of the Jewish population is local.
  • Kosher food details: There is a kosher pizza shop in the cafeteria, and a Subsational in the Hillel. There is no meal plan. Brooklyn College is located in the heart of Flatbush with many kosher options available off campus.

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