#109, overall score 47.67/100

Fun Fact:

Purdue engineering students are able to train using their very own nuclear reactor — although it only creates enough electricity to power a toaster.

Why should Jewish students attend Purdue? Aside from the world-class education, Purdue is a great environment for Jewish students to explore their Jewish identity in a multi-cultural community. Hillel is open 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. daily and is a perfect place to go between classes. Purdue has a faith-friendly administration and virtually no anti-Semitism. Students are afforded the flexibility around holidays to both observe and fulfill academic requirements. Purdue is very apolitical, some would say a hot bed of rest. — Philip Schlossberg, director, Purdue Hillel

The Jewish community on campus isn’t large but is growing each year. If someone has a leadership personality, this can bring out the best in him/her in many ways, in addition being on a great campus. — Rabbi Levi Tiechtel, Chabad at Purdue University

ACADEMICS Score: 15/30

  • Score: 15/30
  • Acceptance rate: 56%
  • Student/faculty ratio: 12:1
  • Jewish Studies major: Yes
  • Israel Studies major: No


  • In-state tuition: $10,002
  • Out-of-state tuition: $28,804
  • Room & board costs: $10,030
  • Average annual scholarship/grant package: $9,924


  • Location: West Lafayette, Ind.
  • Region: Midwest
  • Public/Private: Public
  • Undergraduate enrollment: 29,497
  • Jewish undergraduate enrollment: 525
  • Jewish population share: 2%
  • Student origin: 64% in-state / 36% out-of-state
  • NCAA Division: I
  • NCAA team: Boilermakers
  • Ultimate Frisbee teams: Undue Ultimate, AMOC

ISRAEL Score: 11.5/20

  • Score: 11.5/20
  • Size of Birthright trip: 18
  • Israel-related clubs: Israel Council at Purdue
  • BDS resolution: Never introduced

JEWISH LIFE Score: 11.17/40

  • Score: 11.17/40
  • Hillel: Purdue Hillel
  • Chabad: Chabad at Purdue University
  • OU-JLIC: No
  • Meor: No
  • Jewish fraternities: AEPi, ZBT
  • Jewish sororities: SDT
  • Anti-Semitic incidents in 2016: 1
  • Can you get kosher food on the school meal plan? No
  • Active Hillel clubs: 3
  • Hillel Friday night services: 1
  • Average Shabbat attendance – Hillel: 40
  • Average Shabbat attendance – Chabad: 15
  • Synagogues within 10 miles: 2 (1 Conservative, 1 Reform)
  • Eruv: No
  • Most unique/noteworthy Hillel club: Rover Team – working to build a prototype of a two-wheel vehicle that can operate on Mars.
  • Where do Jewish students come from? 50% are from the Midwest, but we are seeing a larger percentage from both coasts and Texas.
  • Kosher food details: Hillel has the only kosher kitchen in the area. Hillel has Bagel Break every Tuesday, Shabbat dinner every Friday nights, all Holiday meals and a full kosher-for-Passover meal plan. The Jewish community is growing on campus and more students are interested in kashrut. Many kosher products can be bought in the local stores. The biggest challenge would be to get Kosher meat. Chabad has a service called “The Kosher Corner” where students can order kosher meats and other products from Chicago and they bring it in on a monthly basis.
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