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#101, overall score 49.33/100

Fun Fact:

The winner of the 1926 Homecoming Queen vote was Maudine Ormsby, who was supported by the College of Agriculture. It was later discovered that Maudine was a Holstein cow.

Why should Jewish students attend OSU? “In addition to the obvious strengths of the University, OSU offers Jewish students a strong thriving Jewish community on campus. Hundreds of Jewish students participate in Jewish life every day. There are more than 180 programs and events offered each year ranging from semester long Learning Fellowships to Interview Skills building workshops to Shabbat/Holiday services and meals. OSU Hillel also offers more than 118 leadership positions that give students the opportunity to engage, connect and grow.” - Joseph Kohane, executive director, OSU Hillel


  • Location: Columbus, Ohio
  • Region: Midwest
  • Campus type: Big city
  • Public/Private: Public
  • Undergraduate enrollment: 45,831
  • Jewish undergraduate enrollment: 2,777
  • Jewish population share: 6%
  • Student newspaper: The Lantern
  • NCAA Division: I
  • NCAA team: Buckeyes
  • Ultimate Frisbee teams: Leadbelly / Fever

COST & AID Score: 3.33/15

  • Score: 3.33/15
  • In-state tuition: $10,591
  • Out-of-state tuition: $29,659
  • Room & board costs: $12,252
  • Average annual scholarship/grant package: $10,086
  • Average loan debt: $28,158
  • Starting median salary: $51,900
  • Scholarship for Jewish students: No

ACADEMICS Score: 6.67/20

  • Score: 6.67/20
  • Acceptance rate: 48%
  • Student/faculty ratio: 18.7:1
  • Median SAT range: 1260-1450
  • Jewish Studies program: Melton Center for Jewish Studies
  • Jewish Studies major: Yes
  • Hebrew major: Yes

ISRAEL Score: 11/20

  • Score: 11/20
  • Size of Birthright trip: 200
  • School-approved study abroad program in Israel: Yes
  • Israel Studies center: No
  • Israel-related clubs: Buckeyes for Israel, Jewish Voice for Peace
  • Jewish Agency for Israel fellow: Yes
  • BDS vote in last four years: Proposed, didn’t pass

SAFETY Score: 8/11

  • Score: 8/11
  • Anti-Semitic incidents in 2017: 0
  • Campus crime rate: 2.91/1,000 students (medium-low)
  • City crime rate: 45.92/1,000 people (medium-high)
  • LGBT center: Yes

JEWISH LIFE Score: 20.3/34

  • Score: 20.3/34
  • Hillel: OSU Hillel
  • Chabad: OSU Chabad
  • OU-JLIC: No
  • Jewish fraternities: AEPi, ΣAM, ZBT
  • Jewish sororities: AEPhi
  • Jewish a capella group: MeshugaNotes
  • Can you get kosher food on the school meal plan? No
  • Chicken soup hotline: Within a mile of campus
  • Active Hillel clubs: 20
  • Hillel Friday night services: 2
  • Average Shabbat attendance – Hillel: 150
  • Average Shabbat attendance – Chabad: 100
  • Synagogues within 10 miles: 7 (3 Orthodox, 2 Conservative, 2 Reform)
  • Eruv: No
  • Most famous Jewish alum: R. L. Stine
  • Most unique/noteworthy club: OSU Hillel offers a range of semester long Learning Fellowship with more than 200 students participating throughout the year. Fellowships include: Building Leaders Today, Jewish Learning Fellowship, Israel Intensive, Civil Dialogue: Black – Jewish, Civil Dialogue: Talking about Israel, Interfaith Dialogue Israel Education and Advocacy.
  • Where do Jewish students come from? A large population come from Ohio (Cleveland, Columbus, Cincinnati), Long Island, and Maryland. We have recently seen more students coming from the West coast.
  • Kosher food details: OSU Hillel’s kosher café is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner 6 days a week with an extensive meat/dairy menu. Students receive a discount on all purchases. Free Kosher food is also served at all OSU Hillel programs including the weekly Friday night Shabbat dinner.

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