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#25, overall score 68.83/100

Fun Fact:

According to a 2012 study, companies founded by Stanford alumni generate $2.7 trillion of annual revenue - which, if it were a country, would make it the world’s 10th-largest economy.

Why should Jewish students attend Stanford? “At the cutting edge of almost everything, there is no better place to come learn, grow, and change the world than Stanford. Hillel@Stanford works together with students so they can do the same in a Jewish context: to grow and learn as Jewish people and to change the world driven by Jewish values and commitments. We are the home for the Jewish community on campus, where, in addition to shabbat and holiday celebrations, students explore what it means to have a personal relationship with Israel, build connections with peers and faculty, and wrestle with how the wisdom of thousands of years of Jewish tradition can enrich and inform our lives today. When Jewish students come to Hillel, they explore what being Jewish means to them and they actualize that vision for themselves and their peers. That is what a Stanford education is all about. And you can’t beat the weather.” — Rabbi Jessica Kirschner, Executive Director, Hillel@Stanford


  • Location: Palo Alto, Calif.
  • Region: West
  • Campus type: College town
  • Public/Private: Private
  • Undergraduate enrollment: 7,034
  • Jewish undergraduate enrollment: 550
  • Jewish population share: 8%
  • Student origin: 41% in-state / 59% out-of-state
  • Student newspaper: Stanford Daily
  • NCAA Division: I
  • NCAA team: Cardinal
  • Ultimate Frisbee teams: Bloodthirsty / Superfly

COST & AID Score: 15/15

  • Score: 15/15
  • Tuition: $$49,617
  • Room & board costs: $15,112
  • Average annual scholarship/grant package: $46,438
  • Average loan debt: $20,205
  • Starting median salary: $73,300
  • Scholarship for Jewish students: No

ACADEMICS Score: 20/20

  • Score: 20/20
  • Acceptance rate: 5%
  • Student/faculty ratio: 4:1
  • Median SAT range: 1390-1540
  • Jewish Studies program: Taube Center for Jewish Studies
  • Jewish Studies major: Yes
  • Hebrew major: No

What Students Say:

“You will have a wealth of resources and opportunities available to you — don’t squander them.”

ISRAEL Score: 9.33/20

  • Score: 9.33/20
  • Size of Birthright trip: 20
  • School-approved study abroad program in Israel: Yes
  • Israel Studies center: No
  • Israel-related clubs: Stanford Israel Association, Tamid, J Street U and JVP
  • Jewish Agency for Israel fellow: No
  • BDS vote in last four years: Passed

SAFETY Score: 2/11

  • Score: 2/11
  • Anti-Semitic incidents in 2017: 12
  • Campus crime rate: 8.5/1,000 students (high)
  • City crime rate: 22.42/1,000 people (medium-low)
  • LGBT center: Yes

JEWISH LIFE Score: 22.50/34

  • Score: 22.50/34
  • Hillel: Stanford Hillel
  • Chabad: Rohr Chabad House at Stanford
  • OU-JLIC: No
  • Other Jewish outreach group: Meor
  • Jewish fraternities: AEPi
  • Jewish sororities: AEPhi
  • Jewish dorm: Slavianskii Dom
  • Can you get kosher food on the school meal plan? Yes
  • Chicken soup hotline: Yes
  • Active Hillel clubs: 20
  • Hillel Friday night services: 3
  • Average Shabbat attendance – Hillel: 60
  • Synagogues within 10 miles: 5 (2 Orthodox, 1 Conservative, 1 Reform, 1 Other)
  • Eruv: Yes
  • Most famous Jewish alum: Daniel Pearl
  • Most unique/noteworthy club: One of the Hillel clubs is in its second year running the Jewish Incubator Fellowship (JIF). The purpose of the fellowship is to activate the diverse range of students to generate compelling experiences for themselves and their peers with campus-wide impact. Fellows are paired with a staff mentor to create a “dream project” in a Jewish context. JIF has spurred the formation of new Jewish clubs at Stanford (TAMID, which trains students to do consulting for businesses in Israel) and some incredibly creative initiatives like a series of discussions about the history and future of relations in America between Jews, Black people and Jews of color; a “speak out” against sexual violence and a Beatles themed Passover seder. More is in the works as the fellowship is expanding in the coming year..
  • Where do Jewish students come from? All over the world.
  • Kosher food details: Kosher meat meals with vegetarian and vegan options are prepared every weekday for dinner in Hillel’s kitchen under the supervision of Vaad HaKashrus of Northern California. Meals are transported to a nearby dining hall so Jewish students can use their Stanford meal plan to eat alongside all their friends from the dorms. For lunch and snacks, there are usually grab-and-go leftovers in the Hillel refrigerator. There is also a kosher restaurant and market within walking distance of campus.

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