#11, overall score 69.66/100

Fun Fact:

MIT offers an official “pirate certificate” to students who fulfill their Physical Education requirements by taking classes in archery, fencing, pistols, and sailing.

Why should Jewish students attend MIT? MIT Hillel strives to support all students interested in Jewish life while they study at a world-class institution. Whether you are interested in a home away from home to celebrate the holidays, making Jewish friends, an opportunity to demonstrate and grow your leadership capabilities or Jewish education that matches the sophistication of a college student, MIT Hillel has the resources to help. Contact us if you’d like to plan a Shabbat visit. — Marissa Feinman Freed, acting director, MIT Hillel

ACADEMICS Score: 30/30

  • Score: 30/30
  • Acceptance rate: 8%
  • Student/faculty ratio: 3:1
  • Jewish Studies major: No
  • Israel Studies major: No


  • Tuition: $48,452
  • Room & board costs: $14,210
  • Average annual scholarship/grant package: $35,908


  • Location: Cambridge, Mass.
  • Region: New England
  • Public/Private: Private
  • Undergraduate enrollment: 4,527
  • Jewish undergraduate enrollment: 350
  • Jewish population share: 8%
  • Student origin: 10% in-state / 90% out-of-state
  • NCAA Division: III
  • NCAA team: Engineers
  • Ultimate Frisbee teams: Grim Beaver, sMITe

ISRAEL Score: 13.67/20

  • Score: 13.67/20
  • Size of Birthright trip: 19
  • School-approved study abroad program in Israel: Yes
  • Israel-related clubs: MIT Friends of Israel, MITIPAC
  • BDS resolution: Never introduced

JEWISH LIFE Score: 22.67/40

  • Score: 22.67/40
  • Hillel: MIT Hillel
  • Chabad: Chabad at MIT
  • OU-JLIC: No
  • Meor: Yes
  • Jewish fraternities: AEPi, ZBT, TEP
  • Jewish sororities: AEPhi
  • Jewish dorm: Burton-Conner
  • Anti-Semitic incidents in 2016: 0
  • Active Hillel clubs: 9
  • Hillel Friday night services: 2
  • Average Shabbat attendance – Hillel: 50
  • Average Shabbat attendance – Chabad: 30
  • Synagogues within 10 miles: 28 (9 Orthodox, 8 Conservative, 11 Reform)
  • Eruv: Yes
  • Most famous Jewish alumnus: Benjamin Netanyahu
  • Where do Jewish students come from? All over the country and the world
  • Kosher food details: MIT has a kosher station in a major campus dining hall and is accessible to all students a la carte or via the meal plan. Hillel provides many kosher meals during programs on campus, and there is a dorm (Burton-Conner) with a kosher kitchen for students who prefer to cook on their own.

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