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#175, overall score 36.5/100

Fun Fact:

The Beatles stayed in what is now Mashuda Hall during their 1964 U.S. tour.

Why should Jewish students attend Marquette? Jewish students can feel comfortable attending one of the many fine universities in Milwaukee. Plus, they have the benefit of being in a big city and can take advantage of all of the culture and opportunities from the greater community. The Jewish community is a diverse and welcoming one and students are encouraged to engage in both campus and broader communal life. — Julie Schack, executive director, Hillel Milwaukee

We are a home away from home and provide a welcoming environment for all Jewish students at Marquette and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. In general, our programming includes weekly Shabbat dinners, volunteering opportunities in the Jewish community, private and group study sessions, leadership weekend retreats, holiday celebrations, Israel education and more.” —- Rabbi Yechezkel Thaler, Rohr Chabad Jewish Student Center in Milwaukee


  • Location: Milwaukee, Wis.
  • Region: Midwest
  • Campus type: Big city
  • Public/Private: Private
  • Undergraduate enrollment: 8,238
  • Jewish undergraduate enrollment: 100
  • Jewish population share: 1%%
  • Student origin: 31% in-state / 69% out-of-state
  • Student newspaper: Marquette Wire
  • NCAA Division: I
  • NCAA team: Golden Eagles
  • Ultimate Frisbee teams: Birdhouse / Moxie

COST & AID Score: 2.5/15

  • Score: 2.5/15
  • Tuition: $39,900
  • Room & board costs: $11,890
  • Average annual scholarship/grant package: $21,924
  • Average loan debt: $21,924
  • Scholarship for Jewish students: No

ACADEMICS Score: 3.33/20

  • Score: 3.33/20
  • Acceptance rate: 89%%
  • Student/faculty ratio: 14:1
  • Median SAT range: 1130-1310
  • Jewish Studies program: No
  • Jewish Studies major: No
  • Hebrew major: No

ISRAEL Score: 7.67/20

SAFETY Score: 9/11

  • Score: 9/11
  • Anti-Semitic incidents in 2017: 0
  • Campus crime rate: 3.72/1,000 students (medium-low)
  • City crime rate: 55.97/1,000 people (high)
  • LGBT center: Yes

JEWISH LIFE Score: 14/34

  • Score: 14/34
  • Hillel: Hillel Milwaukee
  • Chabad: Rohr Chabad Jewish Center In Milwaukee
  • OU-JLIC: No
  • Jewish fraternities: No
  • Jewish sororities: No
  • Can you get kosher food on the school meal plan? Yes
  • Chicken soup hotline: Yes
  • Active Hillel clubs: 4
  • Hillel Friday night services: 1
  • Average Shabbat attendance – Hillel: 35
  • Average Shabbat attendance – Chabad: 30
  • Synagogues within 10 miles: 6 (3 Orthodox, 1 Conservative, 2 Reform)
  • Eruv: No
  • Most famous Jewish alum: Joe Gold
  • Where do Jewish students come from? All over the country
  • Kosher food details: Upon request, kosher food can be provided through the meal plan at Marquette; there are also several options to purchase a good variety of kosher food within a 25 minute driving range from campus.

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