Emerson College

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#128, overall score 44.83/100

Fun Fact:

Emerson’s study-abroad program in the Netherlands is hosted in a 14th-century castle.

Why should Jewish students attend Emerson? Emerson College Hillel is focused on enriching the lives of Jewish students so that they may enrich the Jewish people and the world. Hillel student leaders, professionals, and lay members are dedicated to creating a pluralistic, welcoming and inclusive environment for Jewish college students, where they are encouraged to grow intellectually, spiritually and socially. Hillel is committed to a diversified vision of Judaism that embraces all movements. Hillel helps students find a balance in being distinctively Jewish and universally human by encouraging them to pursue tzedek (social justice), tikkun olam (repairing the world) and Jewish learning. Emerson College Hillel’s programs are designed to support Israel and global Jewish peoplehood. - Jacob Freedman, Coordinator of Regional Student Programs/Hillel Advisor, Hillel Council of New England


  • Location: Boston, Mass.
  • Region: New England
  • Campus type: Big city
  • Public/Private: Private
  • Liberal Arts: Yes
  • Undergraduate enrollment: 3,790
  • Jewish undergraduate enrollment: 350
  • Jewish population share: 9%
  • Student newspaper: The Berkeley Beacon
  • NCAA Division: III
  • NCAA team: Lions
  • Ultimate Frisbee team: Skunks

COST & AID Score: 3.33/15

  • Score: 3.33/15
  • Tuition: $42,908
  • Room & board costs: 16,320
  • Average annual scholarship/grant package: $20,963
  • Average loan debt: $22,793

ACADEMICS Score: 10/20

  • Score: 10/20
  • Acceptance rate: 46%
  • Student/faculty ratio: 13:1
  • Median SAT range: 1200-1360
  • Jewish Studies program: No
  • Jewish Studies major: No
  • Hebrew major: No

ISRAEL Score: 10/20

  • Score: 10/20
  • Size of Birthright trip: 13
  • School-approved study abroad program in Israel: No
  • Israel Studies center: No
  • Israel-related clubs: None
  • BDS vote in last four years: Never introduced

SAFETY Score: 9.33/11

  • Score: 9.33/11
  • Anti-Semitic incidents in 2017: 0
  • Campus crime rate: 10.36/1,000 students (high)
  • City crime rate: 28.57/1,000 people (medium low)
  • LGBT center: Yes

JEWISH LIFE Score: 12.17/34

  • Score: 12.17/34
  • Hillel: Emerson College Hillel
  • Chabad: None
  • OU-JLIC: No
  • Jewish fraternities: AEPi
  • Jewish sororities: None
  • Can you get kosher food on the school meal plan? No
  • Active Hillel clubs: 1
  • Hillel Friday night services: 1
  • Average Shabbat attendance – Hillel: 15
  • Synagogues within 10 miles: 27 (9 Orthodox, 8 Conservative, 10 Reform)
  • Eruv: No
  • Most famous Jewish alum: Henry Winkler
  • Where do Jewish students come from? All over the country.
  • Kosher food details: Kosher food is not offered but there are multiple places in Boston where students can find kosher food.

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