Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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#12, overall score 73.58/100

Fun Fact:

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

Why should Jewish students attend MIT? The Jewish community at MIT is relatively small but very warm, vibrant and active. There are a number of various Jewish activities and classes that take place on a regular basis to participate in and due to the smaller size, is largely shaped by the individual preferences of the students. — Rabbi Menachem Altein, co-director, Chabad at 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, assistant director, MIT Hillel


  • Location: Cambridge, Mass.
  • Region: New England
  • Campus type: College town
  • Public/Private: Private
  • Undergraduate enrollment: 4,524
  • Jewish undergraduate enrollment: 340
  • Jewish population share: 8%
  • Student origin: 10% in-state / 90% out-of-state
  • Student newspaper: The Tech
  • NCAA Division: III
  • NCAA team: Engineers
  • Ultimate Frisbee teams: Grim Beaver / sMITe

COST & AID Score: 12.50/15

  • Score: 12.50/15
  • Tuition: $49,892
  • Room & board costs: $14,720
  • Average annual scholarship/grant package: $35,907
  • Average loan debt: $20,048
  • Starting median salary: $81,500
  • Scholarship for Jewish students: No

ACADEMICS Score: 20/20

  • Score: 20/20
  • Acceptance rate: 7%
  • Student/faculty ratio: 3:1
  • Median SAT range: 1490-1570
  • Jewish Studies program: No
  • Jewish Studies major: No
  • Hebrew major: No

ISRAEL Score: 13.33/20

  • Score: 13.33/20
  • Size of Birthright trip: 25
  • School-approved study abroad program in Israel: Yes
  • Israel Studies center: No
  • Israel-related clubs: MIT Friends of Israel, MITIPAC
  • BDS vote in last four years: Never Introduced

SAFETY Score: 5.67/11

  • Score: 5.67/11
  • Anti-Semitic incidents in 2017: 1
  • Campus crime rate: 5.45/1,000 students (medium-high)
  • City crime rate: 23.98/1,000 people (medium-low)
  • LGBT center: Yes

JEWISH LIFE Score: 22.08/34

  • Score: 22.08/34
  • Hillel: MIT Hillel
  • Chabad: Chabat at MIT
  • OU-JLIC: No
  • Jewish fraternities: AEPi, ZBT
  • Jewish sororities: AEPhi
  • Jewish dorm: Burton Conner
  • Jewish a capella group: Techiya
  • Can you get kosher food on the school meal plan? Yes
  • Chicken soup hotline: No
  • 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 alum: Benjamin Netanyahu
  • Where do Jewish students come from? All over the country and world.
  • Kosher food details: Kosher food is relatively accessible at MIT as there is a dedicated kosher dining hall that is part of MIT’s regular meal plans, and kosher food is available in Boston for purchase. There is also an option to live in the “kosher suite,” an apartment in one of the dorms dedicated to Jews who keep kosher with a kosher kitchen to cook on your own.

What Students Say:

“The Jewish community is unique because of its diversity and connections across denominations. There is a fantastic lack of labels like ‘the Orthodox community,’ etc.”

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