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#77, overall score 54.33/100

Fun Fact:

The university offers a winter study abroad program in Antarctica.

Why should Jewish students attend UAlbany? UAlbany has a lot of the Jewish infrastructure, a solid and dedicated yet diverse communal core and a large number of students attending events overall, and there’s a broad range of programming available. The Shabbos House (Chabad) was founded back in 1976 and remains at the heart of Jewish campus life. As an NY state university, UAlbany annually attracts a large number of students from the Metro NY Jewish community and beyond. Unique to this campus is the long-standing cooperative relationship between Chabad (known as Shabbos House) and Hillel, while separate organizations, this model builds a special sense of campus community. - Rabbi Mendel & Raizy Rubin, directors, Shabbos House


  • Location: Albany, N.Y.
  • Region: Mid-Atlantic
  • Campus type: Small city
  • Public/Private: Public
  • Undergraduate enrollment: 13,139
  • Jewish undergraduate enrollment: 2,000
  • Jewish population share: 15%
  • Student newspaper: Albany Student Press
  • NCAA Division: I
  • NCAA team: Great Danes
  • Ultimate Frisbee teams: SCAM / Deception

COST & AID Score: 9.17/15

  • Score: 9.17/15
  • In-state tuition: $9,278
  • Out-of-state tuition: $24,358
  • Room & board costs: $13,464
  • Average annual scholarship/grant package: $6,988
  • Average loan debt: $21,217

ACADEMICS Score: 1.67/20

  • Score: 1.67/20
  • Acceptance rate: 54%
  • Student/faculty ratio: 18.7:1
  • Median SAT range: 1000-1190
  • Jewish Studies program: Yes
  • Jewish Studies major: Minor
  • Hebrew major: Minor

ISRAEL Score: 12.67/20

  • Score: 12.67/20
  • Size of Birthright trip: 40
  • School-approved study abroad program in Israel: yes
  • Israel-related clubs: Great Danes for Israel
  • BDS vote in last four years: Never introduced

SAFETY Score: 8.33/11

  • Score: 8.33/11
  • Anti-Semitic incidents in 2017: 0
  • Campus crime rate: 3.63/1,000 students (medium low)
  • City crime rate: 43.69/1,000 people (medium high)
  • LGBT center: yes

JEWISH LIFE Score: 22.5/34

  • Score: 22.5/34
  • Hillel: Center For Jewish Life
  • Chabad: Shabbos House
  • OU-JLIC: No
  • Jewish fraternities: AEPi, ZBT
  • Jewish sororities: AEPhi
  • Can you get kosher food on the school meal plan? Yes
  • Chicken soup hotline: No
  • Hillel Friday night services: 3
  • Average Shabbat attendance – Chabad: 145
  • Synagogues within 10 miles: 11 (3 Orthodox, 4 Conservative, 4 Reform)
  • Eruv: No
  • Most famous Jewish alum: Harvey Milk
  • Where do Jewish students come from? Primarily from the New York City-Long Island area. But the school also has a significant percentage from New Jersey, and some other states like Florida, Virginia and California.
  • Kosher food details: Kosher food is within one of the main dining halls, and very accessible to students.

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