Syracuse University

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#T-64, overall score 57.25/100

Fun Fact:

The world’s largest snowplow clears the runways at Syracuse’s Hancock International Airport.

Why should Jewish students attend Syracuse? At Hillel at Syracuse University, our mission is to create a diverse, dynamic, and welcoming Jewish community on the Syracuse University campus. Hillel strives to empower students by deepening their commitment to Jewish life, learning and Israel. We do this through Shabbat dinners, Alternative Breaks, Birthright Israel, intramural volleyball, internship and leadership opportunities, Passover Seders on the football field in the Carrier Dome, and so much more both inside and outside of our beautiful facility, the Winnick Hillel Center for Jewish Life. We are also blessed that the Chancellor and highest level administrators at Syracuse University are close partners and are invested in building and maintaining a strong Hillel. Syracuse University is a great and supportive place to explore and grow in your Jewish identity through a variety of entry points into Jewish life on campus, based on whatever is meaningful and of interest for each individual.” - Rabbi Leah Fein, Campus Rabbi, Hillel at Syracuse University


  • Location: Syracuse, N.Y.
  • Region: Mid-Atlantic
  • Campus type: Small city
  • Public/Private: Private
  • Undergraduate enrollment: 15,218
  • Jewish undergraduate enrollment: 2,500
  • Jewish population share: 16%
  • Student origin: 40% in-state / 60% out-of-state
  • Student newspaper: The Daily Orange
  • NCAA Division: I
  • NCAA team: Orange
  • Ultimate Frisbee teams: Doom / Fox Force Seven

COST & AID Score: 2.5/15

  • Score: 2.5/15
  • Tuition: $46,755
  • Room & board costs: $15,558
  • Average annual scholarship/grant package: $31,030
  • Average loan debt: $38,918
  • Scholarship for Jewish students: No

ACADEMICS Score: 6.67/20

  • Score: 6.67/20
  • Acceptance rate: 47%
  • Student/faculty ratio: 15:1
  • Median SAT range: 1160-1350
  • Jewish Studies program: Yes
  • Jewish Studies major: Yes
  • Hebrew major: No

ISRAEL Score: 14/20

  • Score: 14/20
  • Size of Birthright trip: 121
  • School-approved study abroad program in Israel: Yes
  • Israel Studies center: No
  • Israel-related clubs: Syracuse For Israel, Cusepac
  • BDS vote in last four years: Never introduced

SAFETY Score: 9/11

  • Score: 9/11
  • Anti-Semitic incidents in 2017: 0
  • Campus crime rate: 3.64/1,000 students (medium low)
  • City crime rate: 39.7/1,000 people (medium high)
  • LGBT center: Yes

JEWISH LIFE Score: 25.08/34

  • Score: 25.08/34
  • Hillel: Syracuse Hillel
  • Chabad: Chabad Lubavitch of Central New York
  • OU-JLIC: None
  • Jewish fraternities: ΣAM, ZBT
  • Jewish sororities: AEPhi, SDT
  • Jewish dorm: Shaw Hall
  • Jewish a capella group: Oy Cappella
  • Can you get kosher food on the school meal plan? Yes
  • Active Hillel clubs: 4
  • Hillel Friday night services: 3
  • Average Shabbat attendance – Hillel: 100
  • Synagogues within 10 miles: 4 (1 Orthodox, 2 Conservative, 1 Reform)
  • Eruv: Within a mile of campus
  • Most famous Jewish alum: Lou Reed
  • Most unique/noteworthy club: Challah for Hunger is a wonderful club that comes together to bake challah in the kitchen at Hillel (which is fully kosher), then sell the challah on Friday afternoons and the proceeds of all sales go to Mazon and Syracuse Jewish Family Service. It is a great way for students to make new friends, learn to bake challah, and give to tzedakah all in one.
  • Where do Jewish students come from? All over the country, and the world.
  • Kosher food details: Kosher food is available at Shaw Dining Hall throughout the year. On Friday nights for Shabbat and throughout Passover, Hillel functions as a kosher dining hall. A kosher meal is simply a swipe off the meal plan.

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