#170, overall score 22.5/100

Fun Fact:

Alumni of DePaul’s Theatre School include John C. Reilly, Karl Malden and Gillian Anderson.

Why should Jewish students attend DePaul? The Jewish community near DePaul University is vibrant and diverse. Kosher restaurants and synagogues are just a short train ride away. Chabad is a 10-minute walk from the university and dorms. The Jewish groups on campus work closely together and are coordinated by the DePaul Jewish Life office. Our feature event of the year is Shabbat 100; this past year we hosted over 100 Jewish students for Friday night dinner at the Student Center. — Rabbi Menachem Mendel Benhiyoun, Chabad of Lincoln Park & DePaul University

ACADEMICS Score: 5/30

  • Score: 5/30
  • Acceptance rate: 70%
  • Student/faculty ratio: 16:1
  • Jewish studies major: Minor
  • Israel studies major: None


  • Tuition: $37,626
  • Room & board costs: $13,387
  • Average annual scholarship/grant package: $16,048


  • Location: Chicago
  • Region: Midwest
  • Public/Private: Private
  • Undergraduate enrollment: 15,961
  • Jewish undergraduate enrollment: 398
  • Jewish population share: 3%
  • Student origin: 77% in-state / 23% out-of-state
  • NCAA Division: I
  • NCAA team: Blue Demons
  • Ultimate Frisbee teams: DUC, Laser Chains

ISRAEL Score: 2.67/20

JEWISH LIFE Score: 8.17/40

  • Score: 8.17/40
  • Hillel: Metro Chicago Hillel
  • Chabad: Chabad of Lincoln Park & DePaul University
  • OU-JLIC: No
  • Meor: No
  • Jewish fraternities: AEPi
  • Jewish sororities: None
  • Anti-Semitic incidents in 2016: 2
  • Can you get kosher food on the school meal plan? No
  • Average Shabbat attendance – Chabad: 25
  • Synagogues within 10 miles: 21 (12 Orthodox, 4 Conservative, 5 Reform)
  • Eruv: No
  • Most famous Jewish alumnus: Arthur Goldberg
  • Where do Jewish students come from? All over the country
  • Kosher food details: There are kosher restaurants within a 10 minute drive, like Milt’s Kosher BBQ, Bebe’s Kosher Deli, Mizrachi Grill & Metro Club and many more within 30 minutes.
  • For more information: Contact Matthew Charnay, Jewish life coordinator, DePaul University, or Rabbi Mendy Benhiyoun, director, Chabad of Lincoln Park
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