North Carolina State University

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#154, overall score 40.92/100

Fun Fact:

In NCSU’s annual Krispy Kreme Challenge charity event, students must run 2.5 miles to a Krispy Kreme shop, eat a dozen donuts, then run back, all within one hour. ESPN called it the most difficult road race in the country.

Why should Jewish students attend NCSU? Over the past several years, Hillel at NC State has expanded rapidly, including the addition of a permanent Hillel Center and full-time staff presence. Our Hillel is large enough that you can always meet someone new at Shabbat dinner, but small enough that every student has the opportunity to make an impact. NC State has a chapter of AEPi and a strong Jewish Studies program of which students can take advantage. As part of NC Hillel’s statewide network, Jewish students at NC State regularly connect with other Jewish students across North Carolina for statewide Shabbat dinners, retreats and trainings, and travel to national Jewish conferences and Israel. — Ari Gauss, executive director, North Carolina Hillel


  • Location: Raleigh, N.C.
  • Region: South
  • Campus type: Big city
  • Public/Private: Public
  • Undergraduate enrollment: 23,847
  • Jewish undergraduate enrollment: 400
  • Jewish population share: 2%
  • Student origin: 90% in-state / 10% out-of-state
  • Student newspaper: Technician
  • NCAA Division: I
  • NCAA team: Wolfpack
  • Ultimate Frisbee teams: Wolfpack / Jaga Monsta

COST & AID Score: 5.83/15

  • Score: 5.83/15
  • In-state tuition: $9,058
  • Out-of-state tuition: $27,406
  • Room & board costs: $10,854
  • Average annual scholarship/grant package: $6,394
  • Average loan debt: $24,053
  • Starting median salary: $53,800
  • Scholarship for Jewish students: No

ACADEMICS Score: 8.33/20

  • Score: 8.33/20
  • Acceptance rate: 51%
  • Student/faculty ratio: 13:1
  • Median SAT range: 1230-1390
  • Jewish Studies program: Yes
  • Jewish Studies major: Minor
  • Hebrew major: No

ISRAEL Score: 11.67/20

  • Score: 11.67/20
  • Size of Birthright trip: 63
  • School-approved study abroad program in Israel: Yes
  • Israel Studies center: No
  • Israel-related clubs: None
  • BDS vote in last four years: Never introduced

SAFETY Score: 8.67/11

  • Score: 8.67/11
  • Anti-Semitic incidents in 2017: 0
  • Campus crime rate: 2.78/1,000 students (medium low)
  • City crime rate: 2.78/1,000 people (low)
  • LGBT center: Yes

JEWISH LIFE Score: 6.42/34

  • Score: 6.42/34
  • Hillel: NC State Hillel
  • Chabad: No
  • OU-JLIC: No
  • Jewish fraternities: AEPi
  • Jewish sororities: None
  • Can you get kosher food on the school meal plan? No
  • Hillel Friday night services: 1
  • Average Shabbat attendance – Hillel: 35
  • Synagogues within 10 miles: 4 (1 Orthodox, 1 Conservative, 2 Reform)
  • Eruv: No
  • Where do Jewish students come from? Roughly 70% of NCSU’s Jewish students are from N.C., and 30% are from out-of-state. (By law, at least 82% of all UNC-system student bodies are N.C. residents.)
  • Kosher food details: None available

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