#T-117, overall score 45.17/100

Fun Fact:

Northeastern’s annual “Underwear Run” across campus takes place the Friday of Parents’ Weekend.

Why should Jewish students attend Northeastern? Jewish students should come to Northeastern University to find a second home and a place to grow as Jews. Northeastern University Hillel offers a comfortable place for students to come and experience and explore their own Judaism and the Judaism of others while the university offers competitive academics, a unique co-op program, and numerous student clubs. The students here are driven, passionate, and involved which brings a unique buzz to the campus throughout the year. The experiences offered here are truly unique and allow Jewish students to be able to grow as academics, as individuals, and as Jews. — Harry Abrahams, acting assistant director, Northeastern Hillel

ACADEMICS Score: 15/30

  • Score: 15/30
  • Acceptance rate: 29%
  • Student/faculty ratio: 14:1
  • Jewish Studies major: Yes
  • Israel Studies major: No


  • Tuition: $47,655
  • Room & board costs: $15,600
  • Average annual scholarship/grant package: $27,536


  • Location: Boston
  • Region: New England
  • Public/Private: Private
  • Undergraduate enrollment: 13,697
  • Jewish undergraduate enrollment: 1,200
  • Jewish population share: 9%
  • Student origin: 28% in-state / 72% out-of-state
  • NCAA Division: I
  • NCAA team: Huskies
  • Ultimate Frisbee team: Valkyries

ISRAEL Score: 11.17/20

  • Score: 11.17/20
  • Size of Birthright trip: 71
  • School-approved study abroad program in Israel: Yes
  • Israel-related clubs: Huskies for Israel, TAMID, IAC Mishelanu
  • BDS resolution: Introduced, failed

JEWISH LIFE Score: 19/40

  • Score: 19/40
  • Hillel: Northeastern Hillel
  • Chabad: Chabad at Northeastern University
  • OU-JLIC: No
  • Meor: No
  • Jewish fraternities: AEPi, ZBT
  • Jewish sororities: AEPhi, SDT
  • Anti-Semitic incidents in 2016: 2
  • Can you get kosher food on the school meal plan? Yes
  • Hillel Friday night services: 2
  • Average Shabbat attendance – Hillel: 75
  • Average Shabbat attendance – Chabad: 55
  • Synagogues within 10 miles: 27 (9 Orthodox, 8 Conservative, 10 Reform)
  • Eruv: No
  • Most famous Jewish alumnus: Nat Hentoff
  • Most unique/noteworthy Hillel club: Huskies for Israel. On a campus previously rife with anti-Israel sentiments, HFI has been a light shining through the darkness. In recent semesters, this group has played an integral role in driving the campus away from pure rhetoric and towards actual and productive discussion around campus through the use of engaging speakers, exciting programming, and collaboration with a variety of on campus groups. Through the efforts of these students the campus culture has truly shifted for the better.
  • Where do Jewish students come from? The Jewish students at Northeastern come from all over the country with larger populations coming from the Boston, New York, Chicago, and California areas.
  • Kosher food details: In addition to the kosher options provided within the dining hall, the kosher food provided by Hillel, and the kosher food provided by Chabad, there are a variety of kosher restaurants in the area. As Northeastern’s campus is right in Boston, there are plenty of kosher restaurants for students to eat out at, serving a wide variety of food, including Middle Eastern, pizza, sushi, and burgers.
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