#64, overall score 55.5/100

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

ACADEMICS Score: 10/30

  • Score: 10/30
  • Acceptance rate: 52%
  • Student/faculty ratio: 16:1
  • Jewish Studies major: Yes
  • Israel Studies major: No


  • Tuition: $45,022
  • Room & board costs: $15,217
  • Average annual scholarship/grant package: $28,516


  • Location: Syracuse, N.Y.
  • Region: Mid-Atlantic
  • Public/Private: Private
  • Undergraduate enrollment: 15,196
  • Jewish undergraduate enrollment: 2,500
  • Jewish population share: 17%
  • Student origin: 41% in-state/59% out-of-state
  • NCAA Division: I
  • NCAA team: Orange
  • Ultimate Frisbee teams: Doom, Fox Force Seven

ISRAEL Score: 14/20

  • Score: 14/20
  • Size of Birthright trip: 126
  • School-approved study abroad program in Israel: Yes
  • Israel-related clubs: Syracuse for Israel, Cusepac
  • BDS resolution: Never introduced

JEWISH LIFE Score: 28.17/40

  • Score: 28.17/40
  • Hillel: Hillel at Syracuse University
  • Chabad: Chabad Lubavitch of Central New York
  • OU-JLIC: None
  • Meor: None
  • Jewish fraternities: AEPi, ΣAM, ZBT
  • Jewish sororities: AEPhi, SDT
  • Jewish dorm: Shaw Hall
  • Anti-Semitic incidents in 2016: 1
  • 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 one mile of campus
  • Most famous Jewish alumnus: Lou Reed
  • Most unique/noteworthy Hillel club: Challah for Hunger is a wonderful club that comes together to bake challah in the kitchen at Hillel (which is fully kosher), then sells the challah on Friday afternoons. 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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