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#T-43, overall score 63/100

Fun Fact:

Rutgers students frequently prank rivals at Princeton by painting their Revolutionary War-era cannon in Rutgers colors.

Why should Jewish students attend Rutgers University? If a student is planning on attending a secular university, Rutgers is the best, due to Chabad’s unparalleled offerings and popularity with the students. Chabad House at Rutgers offers kosher housing with luxurious dormitory suites with tons of amenities including two synagogues (one Ashkenazic and one Sephardic), a popular Kosher dining hall serving three freshly prepared meals a day, seven days a week (including all three Shabbat meals), two workout rooms, study halls, game rooms, social programs, Jewish holiday celebrations for every Jewish holiday during the school year, Torah learning stipend programs, Israel advocacy and Jewish leadership opportunities. Students from all walks of life and levels of observance find Chabad House at Rutgers to be their go-to spot and home away from home to meet other Jewish students, discover or stay connected to their Jewish heritage and observance, and safe haven amidst a modern, secular college life. Students who never had any formal or even informal Jewish education feel most welcome and comfortable at Chabad House, due to its non-judgmental atmosphere and warm and welcoming rabbis, rebbetzins and staff. — Rabbi Baruch Goodman, campus director, Chabad House at Rutgers University

Rutgers is a great place to be Jewish. We have the largest and most diverse Jewish undergraduate population in the country; the largest, newest and nicest Hillel building; an outstanding and diverse Hillel staff; an award-winning Center for Israel Engagement; and a multi-faceted, dynamic, welcoming student community that reflects the full spectrum of American Jewish life. — _Andrew Getraer, executive director, Rutgers Hillel


  • Location: New Brunswick, N.J.
  • Region: Mid-Atlantic
  • Campus type: College town
  • Public/Private: Public
  • Undergraduate enrollment: 36,168
  • Jewish undergraduate enrollment: 5,000
  • Jewish population share: 14%
  • Student origin: 94% in-state / 6% out-of-state
  • Student newspaper: The Daily Targum
  • NCAA Division: I
  • NCAA team: Scarlet Knights
  • Ultimate Frisbee teams: Machine / Nightshade

COST & AID Score: 6.67/15

  • Score: 6.67/15
  • In-state tuition: $14,372
  • Out-of-state tuition: $30,023
  • Room & board costs: $12,260
  • Average annual scholarship/grant package: $12,943
  • Average loan debt: $25,975
  • Starting median salary: $55,800

ACADEMICS Score: 8.33/20

  • Score: 8.33/20
  • Acceptance rate: 58%
  • Student/faculty ratio: 13:1
  • Median SAT range: 1190-1400
  • Jewish Studies program: Yes
  • Jewish Studies major: Yes
  • Hebrew major: No

ISRAEL Score: 17/20

SAFETY Score: 3/11

  • Score: 3/11
  • Anti-Semitic incidents in 2017: 4
  • Campus crime rate: 1.54/1,000 students (low)
  • City crime rate: 28.76/1,000 people (medium low)
  • LGBT center: Yes

JEWISH LIFE Score: 28/34

  • Score: 28/34
  • Hillel: Rutgers Hillel
  • Chabad: Chabad House at Rutgers
  • OU-JLIC: Yes
  • Other Jewish outreach group: RJX — Rutgers Jewish Xperience
  • Jewish fraternities: AEPi, ΣAM, ZBT
  • Jewish sororities: SDT, SAEPi
  • Jewish dorm: 17 Mine Street, Chabad House Residence Hall
  • Jewish a capella group: Kol Halayla
  • Can you get kosher food on the school meal plan? Yes
  • Chicken soup hotline: Yes
  • Hillel Friday night services: 3
  • Average Shabbat attendance – Hillel: 375
  • Average Shabbat attendance – Chabad: 500
  • Synagogues within 10 miles: 23 (9 Orthodox, 8 Conservative, 6 Reform)
  • Eruv: Yes
  • Most famous Jewish alum: Milton Friedman
  • Where do Jewish students come from? 85% from New Jersey, the rest from all over the country and Israel.
  • Kosher food details: Chabad House has over 400 students signed up for the weekly Kosher dining hall which serves three kosher meals a day, seven days a week, including all three Shabbat meals.

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