#T-97, overall score 49.16/100

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? 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. -_ Cantor Abbe Lyons, Jewish chaplain, Ithaca College

ACADEMICS Score: 10/30

  • Score: 10/30
  • Acceptance rate: 70%
  • Student/faculty ratio: 11:1
  • Jewish Studies major: Minor
  • Israel Studies major: No



  • Location: Ithaca, N.Y.
  • Region: Mid-Atlantic
  • Public/Private: Private
  • Liberal Arts: Yes
  • Undergraduate enrollment: 6,323
  • Jewish undergraduate enrollment: 700
  • Jewish population share: 11%
  • NCAA Division: III
  • NCAA team: Bombers
  • Ultimate Frisbee teams: Nawshus Ultimate, Kweezy

ISRAEL Score: 12.67/20

  • Score: 12.67/20
  • Size of Birthright trip: 38
  • School-approved study abroad program in Israel: Yes
  • Israel-related clubs: Student Alliance For Israel
  • BDS resolution: Never introduced

JEWISH LIFE Score: 23.17/40

  • Score: 23.17/40
  • Hillel: Hillel at Ithaca College
  • Chabad: Chabad of Ithaca College
  • OU-JLIC: No
  • Meor: No
  • Jewish fraternities: AEPi
  • Jewish sororities: None
  • Anti-Semitic incidents in 2016: 0
  • Can you get kosher food on the school meal plan? Yes
  • Active Hillel clubs: 4
  • Hillel Friday night services: 1
  • Average Shabbat attendance – Hillel: 25
  • Synagogues within 10 miles: 3 (1 Orthodox, 1 Conservative, 1 Reform)
  • Eruv: No
  • Most famous Jewish alumnus: Ben Feldman
  • Most unique/noteworthy Hillel 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 we have Jewish students from all over the country.
  • Kosher food details: Kosher food is available at Terrace Dining Hall’s Kosher Kitchen. During the semester when the dining halls are open, kosher food is very accessible. Food served at Hillel events is kosher or kosher-style with a fully kosher option.
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