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#10, overall score 74.5/100

Fun Fact:

The NYU Stressbusters program provides free massages to students across campus.

Why should Jewish students attend NYU? In 1996, the Edgar M. Bronfman Center for Jewish Student Life was founded at New York University as a home for Jewish students and a Jewish center for the whole university. As NYU has become a global network university with 14 campuses worldwide, the Bronfman Center has become a global platform for encounter and innovation, broadening our influence to Jewish communities all over the world. Located in the heart of New York City, NYU hosts the largest Jewish student-run event in the country, “Shabbat for 2000,” an inclusive Shabbat dinner for 2,000 students. Our signature programs are educationally intensive and offer students transformative experiences through learning (the Jewish Learning Fellowship and Kollel), leadership (Engagement Internship and Collegiate Leadership Internship Program) or travel (Bronfman Global Ambassadors). Honoring our legacy as a platform for launching social impact initiatives, the Bronfman Center became the first Jewish campus organization to operate as a co-working space, removing all private offices to increase student space and better accommodate the working styles of our entrepreneurial student population. — Emily Hirsch, NYU Hillel

Chabad House Bowery is creating revolutionary Jewish experiences for students and young professionals around the world. More akin to a hip Jewish startup than your average campus center, CHB is an organization fueling the future of Jewish leadership. Our mission is to inspire and enable young Jews to create a bright personal and communal Jewish future, and that mission permeates all of our programming that we do. We offer social opportunities, educational opportunities, community service opportunities, Shabbat and holiday programming and more. What’s unique is that it is all student-led (we have a 50-student board that anybody can get involved in) backed by the support of staff. — Deena Klein, Chabad House Bowery

An extremely exciting location with excellent Jewish infrastructure and a large, diverse and welcoming Jewish community. — Rabbi Joe Wolfson and Corinne Shmuel, OU-JLIC Educators


  • Location: New York, N.Y.
  • Region: Mid-Atlantic
  • Campus type: Big city
  • Public/Private: Private
  • Undergraduate enrollment: 26,135
  • Jewish undergraduate enrollment: 3,500
  • Jewish population share: 13%
  • Student origin: 34% in-state / 66% out-of-state
  • Student newspaper: Washington Square News
  • NCAA Division: III
  • NCAA team: Violets
  • Ultimate Frisbee teams: Purple Haze / Violet Femmes

COST & AID Score: 2.5/15

  • Score: 2.5/15
  • Tuition: $50,464
  • Room & board costs: $17,664
  • Average annual scholarship/grant package: $34,462
  • Average loan debt: $31,210
  • Scholarship for Jewish students: No

ACADEMICS Score: 13.33/20

ISRAEL Score: 19/20

SAFETY Score: 6.67/11

  • Score: 6.67/11
  • Anti-Semitic incidents in 2017: 1
  • Campus crime rate: 1.31/1,000 students (low)
  • City crime rate: 20.36/1,000 people (low)
  • LGBT center: Yes

JEWISH LIFE Score: 33/34

  • Score: 33/34
  • Hillel: Bronfman Center
  • Chabad: Chabad House Bowery
  • OU-JLIC: Yes
  • Other Jewish outreach group: Meor
  • Jewish fraternities: ΣAM, ZBT
  • Jewish sororities: AEPhi
  • Jewish dorm: Palladium Hall, Weinstein Hall
  • Jewish a capella group: Ani V’Ata
  • Can you get kosher food on the school meal plan? Yes
  • Chicken soup hotline: No
  • Active Hillel clubs: 13
  • Hillel Friday night services: 3
  • Average Shabbat attendance – Hillel: 450
  • Average Shabbat attendance – Chabad: 500
  • Synagogues within 10 miles: 156 (113 Orthodox, 21 Conservative, 22 Reform)
  • Eruv: Yes
  • Most famous Jewish alum: Adam Sandler
  • Most unique/noteworthy club: Bridges: Muslim-Jewish Dialogue at NYU has created a space for Jewish and Muslim students to engage and connect in a meaningful and intentional way. This student group is a reminder that college provides a unique atmosphere for folks to meet people different from themselves and encourages students to take advantage of that in order to connect across different backgrounds, races, religions and experiences to promote compassion, empathy and thoughtfulness.
  • Where do Jewish students come from? The Jewish population at NYU is reflective of the overall student enrollment at the university in that students hail from all over the world (20% of all NYU students come from outside of the United States). The majority of Jewish students at NYU are from the tri-state area.
  • Kosher food details: Very accessible. There’s a kosher cafeteria and every dining hall has pre-packaged kosher meals.

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