Ithaca College

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#T-139, overall score 43.58/100

Fun Fact:

Ithaca’s big football rivalry is with SUNY Cortland. They play for the Cortaca Jug, which was bought at a yard sale for $2.

Why should Jewish students attend Ithaca College? Ithaca College is a great place for Jewish students seeking a pluralistic Jewish community offering a wide range of social, religious, educational, social justice and cultural events, with many opportunities for Jewish student leadership and student-directed programming. Hillel supports a visible and positive Jewish presence on campus, participates in interfaith and multicultural activities, and works with other organizations in the Ithaca Jewish community. Our goal is to foster Jewish identity, provide leadership opportunities, and enhance a commitment to Jewish life that will continue after college. - Lauren Goldberg, executive director, Hillel at Ithaca College


  • Location: Ithaca, N.Y.
  • Region: Mid-Atlantic
  • Campus type: College town
  • Public/Private: Private
  • Liberal Arts: Yes
  • Undergraduate enrollment: 6,221
  • Jewish undergraduate enrollment: 900
  • Jewish population share: 14%
  • Student newspaper: The Ithacan
  • NCAA Division: III
  • NCAA team: Bombers
  • Ultimate Frisbee teams: Nawshus Ultimate / Kweezy

COST & AID Score: 0/15

  • Score: 0/15
  • Tuition: $42,884
  • Room & board costs: $15,274
  • Average annual scholarship/grant package: $22,814
  • Average loan debt: $40,595
  • Scholarship for Jewish students: Nathan L. Lewis Memorial Scholarship

ACADEMICS Score: 5.00/20

  • Score: 5.00/20
  • Acceptance rate: 70%
  • Student/faculty ratio: 10.7:1
  • Median SAT range: 1150-1330
  • Jewish Studies program: Yes
  • Jewish Studies major: Minor
  • Hebrew major: No

ISRAEL Score: 13.67/20

  • Score: 13.67/20
  • Size of Birthright trip: 45
  • School-approved study abroad program in Israel: Yes
  • Israel Studies center: No
  • Israel-related clubs: Ithaca College SAFI, J Street U at Ithaca College
  • BDS vote in last four years: Never introduced

SAFETY Score: 4.33/11

  • Score: 4.33/11
  • Anti-Semitic incidents in 2017: 2
  • Campus crime rate: 3.29/1,000 students (medium-low)
  • City crime rate: 31.22/1,000 people (medium-low)
  • LGBT center: Yes

JEWISH LIFE Score: 20.58/34

  • Score: 20.58/34
  • Hillel: Hillel at Ithaca College
  • Chabad: Chabad of Ithaca College
  • OU-JLIC: No
  • Jewish fraternities: AEPi
  • Jewish sororities: No
  • Can you get kosher food on the school meal plan? Yes
  • Chicken soup hotline: Yes
  • Active Hillel clubs: 2
  • Hillel Friday night services: Yes
  • Average Shabbat attendance – Hillel: 25
  • Synagogues within 10 miles: 3 (1 Orthodox, 1 Conservative, 1 Reform)
  • Eruv: No
  • Most famous Jewish alum: Ben Feldman
  • Most unique/noteworthy club: Hillel collaborates with the Challah for Hunger club on campus, which not only raises money for Mazon and local food justice organizations, but also has been joining efforts to raise awareness about food insecurity on campus and assisting in campus efforts to combat food insecurity among students, staff and faculty.
  • Where do Jewish students come from? Many come from the Northeast, but the college has Jewish students from all over the country.
  • Kosher food details: Kosher food is readily accessible in the dining halls.

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