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#40, overall score 64.33/100

Fun Fact:

Seniors who graduate in winter ski down the slopes of a college-owned ski resort while wearing their caps and gowns to receive their diplomas.

Why should Jewish students attend Middlebury? “Middlebury College and Jewish life at Middlebury are small enough that students can easily become active and involved participants and leaders in all aspects of campus life. In an open, warm and welcoming environment, students explore Jewish identity and shape their Jewish lives among a diverse group of students who are generous in sharing their backgrounds, knowledge and ritual skills. Middlebury College Hillel has a reputation and track record of warm and productive relations with other student religious and cultural organizations.” — Rabbi Ira Schiffer, Associate Chaplain/Hillel Advisor, Middlebury College


  • Location: Middlebury, Vt.
  • Region: New England
  • Campus type: Rural
  • Public/Private: Private
  • Liberal Arts: Yes
  • Undergraduate enrollment: 2,532
  • Jewish undergraduate enrollment: 350
  • Jewish population share: 14%
  • Student origin: 6% in-state / 94% out-of-state
  • Student newspaper: The Middlebury Campus
  • NCAA Division: III
  • NCAA team: Panthers
  • Ultimate Frisbee teams: Pranksters / Lady Pranksters

COST & AID Score: 12.5/15

  • Score: 12.5/15
  • Tuition: $52,496
  • Room & board costs: $14,968
  • Average annual scholarship/grant package: $43,346
  • Average loan debt: $19,382
  • Starting median salary: $56,300
  • Scholarship for Jewish students: No

ACADEMICS Score: 20/20

  • Score: 20/20
  • Acceptance rate: 17%
  • Student/faculty ratio: 8:1
  • Median SAT range: 1320-1510
  • Jewish Studies program: Yes
  • Jewish Studies major: Minor
  • Hebrew major: No

ISRAEL Score: 12.33/20

  • Score: 12.33/20
  • Size of Birthright trip: 15
  • School-approved study abroad program in Israel: Yes
  • Israel Studies center: No
  • Israel-related clubs: J Street U
  • Jewish Agency for Israel fellow: No
  • BDS vote in last four years: Never Introduced

SAFETY Score: 9.67/11

  • Score: 9.67/11
  • Anti-Semitic incidents in 2017: 0
  • Campus crime rate: 11.38/1,000 students (high)
  • City crime rate: 13.54/1,000 people (low)
  • LGBT center: Yes

JEWISH LIFE Score: 9.83/34

  • Score: 9.83/34
  • Hillel: Middlebury College Hillel
  • Chabad: No
  • OU-JLIC: No
  • Jewish fraternities: No
  • Jewish sororities: No
  • Can you get kosher food on the school meal plan? No
  • Chicken soup hotline: No
  • Hillel Friday night services: 1
  • Average Shabbat attendance – Hillel: 45
  • Synagogues within 10 miles: 1 (Non-denominational)
  • Eruv: No
  • Most famous Jewish alum: Eve Ensler
  • Most unique/noteworthy club: Weekly Shabbat dinners featuring a gourmet, student cooked meal each Friday, with a specialty Challah (think marzipan, spinach ricotta, and a jelly donut inspired Challah for Hanukkah), students gather weekly for services, food and friendship. These warm and welcoming dinners are opportunities to relax, meet old and new friends, and have deep conversations—whether there is a theme such as interfaith, the environment, or Faculty/Staff Shabbat, or it is simply a time to sit down and reconnect after a long week.
  • Where do Jewish students come from? All over the country.
  • Kosher food details: There is no kosher food available in the dining services; however there are many vegetarian options which are well-labeled. Hillel maintains an unsupervised Kosher dairy kitchen.

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