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#146, overall score 42.92/100

Fun Fact:

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

Why should Jewish students attend DePaul? DePaul has a vibrant Jewish community with various social, religious, and Israel-related groups. Our Hillel is part of the larger Metro Chicago Hillel, which gives students the unique opportunity to not only be a part of a community on campus, but throughout Chicago as well. There is a “Jewish Life Space” on campus where Jewish students frequently hang out and study between classes. Silverstein Base Hillel is a short seven-minute walk from campus, where Shabbat dinners, Jewish Learning Fellowships, and Student Internship cohorts are often held. DePaul is on the quarter system, which gives students the ability to take more classes and try more subjects than the traditional semester school. As a whole, students love DePaul because of its ideal location nestled in the great city of Chicago, with a warm and welcoming campus and community. - Jonah Brandhandler, senior Jewish life associate, Metro Chicago Hillel


  • Location: Chicago, Ill.
  • Region: Midwest
  • Campus type: Big city
  • Public/Private: Private
  • Undergraduate enrollment: 15,407
  • Jewish undergraduate enrollment: 500
  • Jewish population share: 3%
  • Student origin: 76% in-state / 24% out-of-state
  • Student newspaper: The DePaulia
  • NCAA Division: I
  • NCAA team: Blue Demons
  • Ultimate Frisbee teams: DUC / Laser Chains

COST & AID Score: 2.5/15

  • Score: 2.5/15
  • Tuition: $39,010
  • Room & board costs: $13,797
  • Average annual scholarship/grant package: $18,020
  • Average loan debt: $30,115
  • Scholarship for Jewish students: No

ACADEMICS Score: 3.33/20

  • Score: 3.33/20
  • Acceptance rate: 72%
  • Student/faculty ratio: 16:1
  • Median SAT range: 1080-1310
  • Jewish Studies program: No
  • Jewish Studies major: No

ISRAEL Score: 14.67/20

  • Score: 14.67/20
  • Size of Birthright trip: 75
  • School-approved study abroad program in Israel: Yes
  • Israel Studies center: No
  • Israel-related clubs: OneVoice DePaul, J Street U
  • Jewish Agency for Israel fellow: Yes
  • BDS vote in last four years: Never introduced

SAFETY Score: 7.67/11

  • Score: 7.67/11
  • Anti-Semitic incidents in 2017: 0
  • Campus crime rate: 6.19/1,000 students (medium high)
  • City crime rate: 42.96/1,000 people (medium high)
  • LGBT center: Yes

JEWISH LIFE Score: 14.75/34

  • Score: 14.75/34
  • Hillel: Metro Chicago Hillel
  • Chabad: Chabad Lincoln Park
  • OU-JLIC: No
  • Other Jewish outreach group: DePaul Kehilah
  • Jewish fraternities: AEPi
  • Jewish sororities: None
  • Can you get kosher food on the school meal plan? No
  • Chicken soup hotline: No
  • Active Hillel clubs: 8
  • Hillel Friday night services: 1
  • Average Shabbat attendance – Hillel: 40
  • Average Shabbat attendance – Chabad: 25
  • Synagogues within 10 miles: 21 (12 Orthodox, 4 Conservative, 5 Reform)
  • Eruv: Within a mile of campus
  • Most famous Jewish alum: Arthur Goldberg
  • Where do Jewish students come from? All over the country.
  • Kosher food details: While there is no kosher food option through the university, Hillel provides kosher meals and snacks 1-2 times per week. There is also a fridge and microwave where kosher food can be stored and heated on campus in the Jewish Life Space. DePaul is located just south of Lakeview, a vibrant Jewish neighborhood with two kosher restaurants and where kosher food can readily be bought.

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