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#T-172, overall score 36.67/100

Fun Fact:

Every year, the university’s Tap Day ceremony reveals the identities of seniors who were inducted into Mizzou’s six secret honors societies.

Why should Jewish students attend the University of Missouri? “Jewish students at Mizzou have an opportunity to be part of a Jewish community that is active, engaged, and connected. Jewish students participate in all aspects of campus life and come together at Hillel, where they have learning, leadership, and mentorship opportunities as well as a space to explore their own Jewish identities and connections.” — Jeanne Snodgrass, executive director, Mizzou Hillel


  • Location: Columbia, Mo.
  • Region: Midwest
  • Campus type: College town
  • Public/Private: Public
  • Undergraduate enrollment: 25,898
  • Jewish undergraduate enrollment: 700
  • Jewish population share: 3%
  • Student origin: 79% in-state / 21% out-of-state
  • Student newspaper: The Maneater
  • NCAA Division: I
  • NCAA team: Tigers
  • Ultimate Frisbee teams: Mutants / TerrorMizzou

COST & AID Score: 6.17/15

  • Score: 6.17/15
  • In-state tuition: $9,817
  • Out-of-state tuition: $26,506
  • Room & board costs: $10,676
  • Average annual scholarship/grant package: $10,495
  • Average loan debt: $26,685

ACADEMICS Score: 1.67/20

  • Score: 1.67/20
  • Acceptance rate: 78%
  • Student/faculty ratio: 18:1
  • Median SAT range: 1120-1350
  • Jewish Studies major: No
  • Hebrew major: No

ISRAEL Score: 12.33/20

  • Score: 12.33/20
  • Size of Birthright trip: 34
  • School-approved study abroad program in Israel: Yes
  • Israel-related clubs: SSI Mizzou
  • BDS vote in last four years: Never introduced

SAFETY Score: 6.33/11

  • Score: 6.33/11
  • Anti-Semitic incidents in 2017: 1
  • Campus crime rate: 1.41/1,000 students (low)
  • City crime rate: 31/1,000 people (medium-low)
  • LGBT center: Yes

JEWISH LIFE Score: 10.2/34

  • Score: 10.2/34
  • Hillel: Mizzou Hillel
  • Chabad: Chabad Mizzou/Jewish Tigers
  • OU-JLIC: No
  • Jewish fraternities: AEPi, ZBT
  • Jewish sororities: SAEPi
  • Can you get kosher food on the school meal plan? No
  • Active Hillel clubs: 6
  • Hillel Friday night services: 1
  • Average Shabbat attendance – Hillel: 35
  • Synagogues within 10 miles: 1 (Reform)
  • Eruv: No
  • Where do Jewish students come from? All over, with concentrations from St. Louis and the Chicago area.
  • Kosher food details: There is some packaged kosher food available as well as a dedicated vegan food station. Kosher meat is available at Hillel and Chabad for Shabbat and holiday meals and celebrations.

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