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#165, overall score 38.5/100

Fun Fact:

Thanks to a half-million-dollar endowment set up by benefactor Mary Evans Beasley, TCU spends more than $50,000 every year planting and maintaining flowers on campus.

Why should Jewish students attend TCU? “There is a lot of room for growth and leadership in our Hillel. Because we are small, as students our leadership can put on any program we want to. TCU Hillel works with many organizations on campus to allow you to have the full college experience while maintaining your Jewish roots.” — Rachel Rudberg, past president, TCU Hillel


  • Location: Forth Worth, Texas
  • Region: South
  • Campus type: Big city
  • Public/Private: Private
  • Undergraduate enrollment: 8,891
  • Jewish undergraduate enrollment: 50
  • Jewish population share: 1%
  • Student origin: 54% in-state / 46% out-of-state
  • Student newspaper: TCU 360
  • NCAA Division: I
  • NCAA team: Horned Frogs
  • Ultimate Frisbee teams: High Noon / Wrath

COST & AID Score: 3.33/15

ACADEMICS Score: 8.83/20

  • Score: 8.83/20
  • Acceptance rate: 41%
  • Student/faculty ratio: 13:1
  • Median SAT range: 1130-1330
  • Jewish Studies program: Yes
  • Jewish Studies major: Minor
  • Hebrew major: No

ISRAEL Score: 10/20

  • Score: 10/20
  • Size of Birthright trip: 2
  • School-approved study abroad program in Israel: No
  • Israel Studies center: No
  • Israel-related clubs: 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: 2.89/1,000 students (medium-low)
  • City crime rate: 38.28/1,000 people (medium-high)
  • LGBT center: Yes

JEWISH LIFE Score: 7.5/34

  • Score: 7.5/34
  • Hillel: TCU Hillel
  • Chabad: No
  • OU-JLIC: No
  • Jewish fraternities: No
  • Jewish sororities: No
  • Can you get kosher food on the school meal plan? No
  • Active Hillel clubs: 5
  • Hillel Friday night services: 1
  • Average Shabbat attendance – Hillel: 6
  • Synagogues within 10 miles: 2 (1 Conservative, 1 Reform)
  • Eruv: No
  • Where do Jewish students come from? All across the country, but primarily from the Texas area.
  • Kosher food details: TCU has easy access to kosher style, but not kosher food. At the cafeteria, you can go for dairy products and avoid non-kosher foods.

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