#1, overall score 85.33/100

Fun Fact:

Emory’s unofficial mascot is Claire E. Dooley, a skeleton that was displayed in a science lab in 1899. “Dooley” — or a student dressed up as her — has the power to dismiss classes early.

Why should Jewish students attend Emory? Emory University is located in the vibrant city of Atlanta, providing students with endless opportunities, socially, professionally and Jewishly. With a Jewish population of almost 20%, Jewish students find themselves a part of a wonderful community at Emory. The size of Emory’s undergraduate population allows for a unique and fun college experience, and creates an atmosphere filled with everlasting school spirit. Professors know their students by name, and students have the opportunity to take on responsibilities such as being orientation leaders, sophomore advisers or tour guides. The academic opportunities at Emory are unlike those at any other university, from the Business School, to the pre-med opportunities to the amazing study abroad programs. Emory takes each and every student under its wing to make sure he or she succeeds upon graduation. -— Rabbi Russ Shulkes, executive director, Hillels of Georgia

ACADEMICS Score: 30/30

  • Score: 30/30
  • Acceptance rate: 25%
  • Student/faculty ratio: 8:1
  • Jewish Studies major: Yes
  • Israel Studies major: No, but has Israel Studies center


  • Tuition: $47,954
  • Room & board costs: $13,486
  • Average annual scholarship/grant package: $39,927
  • Scholarship for Jewish students: Sam Bredow Memorial Fund Award


  • Location: Atlanta, Ga.
  • Region: South
  • Public/Private: Private
  • Undergraduate enrollment: 6,867
  • Jewish undergraduate enrollment: 1,250
  • Jewish population share: 19%
  • Student origin: 21% in-state/79% out-of-state
  • NCAA Division: III
  • NCAA team: Eagles
  • Ultimate Frisbee teams: Juice, Luna

ISRAEL Score: 18.33/20

JEWISH LIFE Score: 33.67/40

  • Score: 33.67/40
  • Hillel: Emory Hillel
  • Chabad: Chabad at Emory
  • OU-JLIC: No
  • Meor: Yes
  • Jewish fraternities: AEPi, ΣAM, ZBT
  • Jewish sororities: SDT
  • Jewish dorm: The Bayit
  • Anti-Semitic incidents in 2016: 0
  • Can you get kosher food on the school meal plan?: Yes
  • Active Hillel clubs: 12
  • Hillel Friday night services: 2
  • Average Shabbat attendance – Hillel: 100
  • Average Shabbat attendance – Chabad: 115
  • Synagogues within 10 miles: 11 (6 Orthodox, 3 Conservative, 2 Reform)
  • Eruv: No
  • Most famous Jewish alumnus: Adam Richman
  • Most unique/noteworthy Hillel club: Quilt on the Quad: Emory hosts the largest collegiate AIDS Quilt display, for almost 10 years now, on World AIDS Day. This club raises awareness about AIDS, promotes tzedek (righteousness) and creates leadership positions for students.
  • Where do Jewish students come from? All over the country. Many come from the tri-state area, and a decent amount from other large cities such as Los Angeles, Miami and Boston, to name a few.
  • Kosher food details: Eleven meals per week are brought in by a local kosher caterer and served in the main cafeteria. Kosher sandwiches are for sale at four locations on campus. There is also a 24-hour grocery store that has a large kosher section. There are shuttles from Emory that go there every day.

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