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#41, overall score 64/100

Fun Fact:

Hunter is the only university in the country to have had two female alumni win the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine.

Why should Jewish students attend Hunter College? We envision a world in which students find supportive community, self-confidence, happiness and meaningful Jewish connection as a rite of passage. These individuals go on to change the world. At Hunter Hillel, students will forge meaningful friendships, meet dedicated mentors and have the opportunity to celebrate the Jewish calendar and engage in Jewish learning. Hunter Hillel is for every Jew, of every color, from every country, of every sexual orientation, speaking every language and studying every subject. — Merav Fine Braun, executive director, Hunter College Hillel


  • Location: New York, N.Y.
  • Region: Mid-Atlantic
  • Campus type: Big city
  • Public/Private: Public
  • Undergraduate enrollment: 16,723
  • Jewish undergraduate enrollment: 1,500
  • Jewish population share: 9%
  • Student origin: 97% in-state / 3% out-of-state
  • Student newspaper: The Hunter Envoy
  • NCAA Division: III
  • NCAA team: Hawks

COST & AID Score: 10/15

  • Score: 10/15
  • In-state tuition: $6,780
  • Out-of-state tuition: $17,250
  • Room & board costs: $10,573
  • Average annual scholarship/grant package: $8,983
  • Average loan debt: $12,122
  • Starting median salary: $48,700

ACADEMICS Score: 8.33/20

  • Score: 8.33/20
  • Acceptance rate: 40%
  • Student/faculty ratio: 13.5:1
  • Median SAT range: 1070-1260
  • Jewish Studies program: Yes
  • Jewish Studies major: Yes
  • Hebrew major: Yes

ISRAEL Score: 12.67/20

  • Score: 12.67/20
  • Size of Birthright trip: 42
  • School-approved study abroad program in Israel: Yes
  • Israel Studies center: No
  • Israel-related clubs: IAC Mishelanu
  • Jewish Agency for Israel fellow: No
  • BDS vote in last four years: Never introduced

SAFETY Score: 9.67/11

  • Score: 9.67/11
  • Anti-Semitic incidents in 2017: 0
  • Campus crime rate: 0.52/1,000 students (low)
  • City crime rate: 20.36/1,000 people (low)
  • LGBT center: No

JEWISH LIFE Score: 23.33/34

  • Score: 23.33/34
  • Hillel: Hunter Hillel
  • Chabad: Chabad of Hunter
  • OU-JLIC: No
  • Jewish fraternities: AEPi
  • Jewish sororities: None
  • Jewish dorm: None
  • Can you get kosher food on the school meal plan? Yes
  • Chicken soup hotline: No
  • Active Hillel clubs: 4
  • Synagogues within 10 miles: 160 (116 Orthodox, 22 Conservative, 22 Reform)
  • Eruv: Yes
  • Most famous Jewish alum: Ellen Barkin
  • Most unique/noteworthy club: JLF at Hunter is a unique 10-week cohort learning experience where students develop community and connect through shared Jewish experience.
  • Kosher food details: Kosher food is accessible at Hillel at least twice a week.

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