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#60, overall score 58.42/100

Fun Fact:

Every year, more than 1,100 students participate in the Oozefest mud volleyball tournament. Fire trucks are brought in to keep the playing surface wet.

Why should Jewish students attend UB? Even with a total student body of 29,806, the University at Buffalo has established an impressive and very active Jewish community. This community is one in which all feel welcome to live and explore their Jewish self and uniqueness. The Hillel of Buffalo chapter has initiatives on campus and in the local community. The options to get involved are endless… Hillel organizes weekly Shabbat services and dinner, community service events, social events, high holiday services and cooking classes! It is evident that the active Jewish community is continuing to grow in Buffalo. Hillel offers internship opportunities for students in marketing, leadership development, public relations, and organizational development. The university also offers a major and minor in Jewish Thought for students who want to explore Judaism in an academic way. The strong relationship between Hillel and the local Buffalo Jewish community helps create additional opportunities for getting involved. — Rabbi Sara Rich, executive director, Hillel of Buffalo


  • Location: Buffalo, N.Y.
  • Region: Mid-Atlantic
  • Campus type: Small city
  • Public/Private: Public
  • Undergraduate enrollment: 20,411
  • Jewish undergraduate enrollment: 2,000
  • Jewish population share: 10%
  • Student origin: 98% in-state / 2% out-of-state
  • Student newspaper: The Spectrum
  • NCAA Division: I
  • NCAA team: Bulls
  • Ultimate Frisbee teams: Green Eggs and Ham / Lorax

COST & AID Score: 6.17/15

  • Score: 6.17/15
  • In-state tuition: $9,770
  • Out-of-state tuition: $26,270
  • Room & board costs: $12,292
  • Average annual scholarship/grant package: $8,182
  • Average loan debt: $26,046
  • Scholarship for Jewish students: Arthur and Louise Wasserman Scholarship

ACADEMICS Score: 6.67/20

  • Score: 6.67/20
  • Acceptance rate: 57%
  • Student/faculty ratio: 13:1
  • Median SAT range: 1140-1310
  • Jewish Studies program: Yes
  • Jewish Studies major: Yes
  • Hebrew major: No

ISRAEL Score: 13.67/20

  • Score: 13.67/20
  • Size of Birthright trip: 64
  • School-approved study abroad program in Israel: Yes
  • Israel Studies center: No
  • Israel-related clubs: UB for Israel, J Street U
  • Jewish Agency for Israel fellow: No
  • BDS vote in last four years: Never introduced

SAFETY Score: 9.33/11

  • Score: 9.33/11
  • Anti-Semitic incidents in 2017: 0
  • Campus crime rate: 1.66/1,000 students (low)
  • City crime rate: 52.27/1,000 people (high)
  • LGBT center: Yes

JEWISH LIFE Score: 22.58/34

  • Score: 22.58/34
  • Hillel: Hillel of Buffalo
  • Chabad: Chabad House of Buffalo
  • OU-JLIC: No
  • Other Jewish outreach group: Aish
  • Jewish fraternities: AEPi
  • Jewish sororities: AEPhi, SDT
  • Can you get kosher food on the school meal plan? Yes
  • Chicken soup hotline: No
  • Hillel Friday night services: 1
  • Average Shabbat attendance – Hillel: 35
  • Average Shabbat attendance – Chabad: 60
  • Synagogues within 10 miles: 5 (2 Orthodox, 1 Conservative, 2 Reform)
  • Eruv: No
  • Most famous Jewish alum: Wolf Blitzer
  • Where do Jewish students come from? Mostly the New York-New Jersey area.
  • Kosher food details: There is a kosher deli on campus that accepts the student meal plan. There are also student apartments on-campus with kitchens and local grocery stores that stock kosher food.

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