Northeastern University

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#49, overall score 61.83/100

Fun Fact:

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

Why should Jewish students attend Northeastern University? Jewish life is thriving here, and students have a wide menu of options. We have Reform, Conservative and Orthodox services every single Friday. It is rare that there is a day of the week without an event put on by one of the many Jewish organizations on campus. Our Hillel house offers a comfortable space for students to hang out, relax and study. Our events are created by students for students with our support and assistance. We also provide a wide variety of opportunities for students to go on highly subsidized conferences and trips to Israel. — Gilad Skolnik, Northeastern Hillel

At Northeastern there is a strong and proud Chabad community with over 200 students attending events weekly. Chabad hosts very large holiday and social events right on campus that are easy and convenient for all the Jewish students to attend. We offer a wide variety of classes for students to learn about Judaism geared for students of all interests and levels. — Rabbi Mendy Posner, co-director, Chabad at Northeastern University


  • Location: Boston, Mass.
  • Region: New England
  • Campus type: Big city
  • Public/Private: Private
  • Undergraduate enrollment: 13,473
  • Jewish undergraduate enrollment: 800
  • Jewish population share: 6%
  • Student origin: 27% in-state / 73% out-of-state
  • Student newspaper: The Huntington News
  • NCAA Division: I
  • NCAA team: Huskies
  • Ultimate Frisbee teams: Huskies / Valkyries

COST & AID Score: 6.17/15

  • Score: 6.17/15
  • Tuition: $49,497
  • Room & board costs: $16,240
  • Average annual scholarship/grant package: $34,803
  • Starting median salary: $58,300
  • Scholarship for Jewish students: No

ACADEMICS Score: 15/20

  • Score: 15/20
  • Acceptance rate: 27%
  • Student/faculty ratio: 14:1
  • Median SAT range: 1370-1520
  • Jewish Studies program: Yes
  • Jewish Studies major: Yes
  • Hebrew major: No

What Students Say:

“Northeastern has a co-op program where you work for six months and get hands on experience in your field.”

ISRAEL Score: 12/20

  • Score: 12/20
  • Size of Birthright trip: 100
  • School-approved study abroad program in Israel: Yes
  • Israel Studies center: No
  • Israel-related clubs: Huskies For Israel, IAC Mishelanu, TAMID
  • BDS vote in last four years: Proposed, didn’t pass

SAFETY Score: 6.33/11

  • Score: 6.33/11
  • Anti-Semitic incidents in 2017: 1
  • Campus crime rate: 3.09/1,000 students (medium low)
  • City crime rate: 28.57/1,000 people (medium low)
  • LGBT center: Yes

JEWISH LIFE Score: 22.33/34

  • Score: 22.33/34
  • Hillel: Northeastern Hillel
  • Chabad: Chabad at Northeastern University
  • OU-JLIC: No
  • Jewish fraternities: AEPi
  • Jewish sororities: AEPhi, SDT
  • Can you get kosher food on the school meal plan? Yes
  • Chicken soup hotline: Yes
  • Active Hillel clubs: 5
  • Hillel Friday night services: 2
  • Average Shabbat attendance – Hillel: 75
  • Average Shabbat attendance – Chabad: 75
  • Synagogues within 10 miles: 27 (9 Orthodox, 8 Conservative, 10 Reform)
  • Eruv: No
  • Most famous Jewish alum: Nat Hentoff
  • Most unique/noteworthy club: Huskies for Israel: On a campus previously rife with anti-Israel sentiments, HFI has played an integral role in driving the campus away from pure rhetoric and toward actual and productive discussion through the use of engaging speakers, exciting programming and collaboration with a variety of on-campus groups.
  • 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: Kosher options are available in the dining halls. The university dining hall in International Village has a Glatt kosher dining station that serves hot lunch and dinner. Chabad and Hillel have events several times a week with Kosher food, and both offer Kosher dinner every Friday night. Chabad also has holiday meals. Additionally, there are a few Kosher restaurants and a kosher grocery store and butcher shop in Brookline, which is a 15-minute drive from campus.

What Students Say:

“Even though it is a relatively small Jewish community, it is very vibrant and we have a variety of different Jewish cultures and sects of Judaism represented. It is a very close community and the Hillel and Chabad houses feel very homey.”

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