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#168, overall score 37.92/100

Fun Fact:

TU is home to the Bob Dylan Archive, which holds more than 6,000 items, including notebooks, concert films and the jacket he wore in his famous appearance at the 1965 Newport Jazz Festival.

Why should Jewish students attend TU? It is a fantastic time to be living in Tulsa, Oklahoma. With top-notch quality of life, intimate Jewish networks and great career opportunities for Jewish young professionals, Tulsa is a city on the rise and a wonderful place to pursue an undergraduate or graduate education. Serious engagement efforts ensure that vibrant community is accessible to all seekers. Now is the time to invest yourself in Tulsa’s optimistic future. — Dan Kaiman, director, Northeastern Oklahoma Hillel

Chabad in Tulsa is committed to serving the Jewish students at TU (and also Oklahoma State University) in every way that we can. Over the past three decades, we have been fortunate to be a real presence in the lives of many students and faculty at the university. We provide Shabbat hospitality, inclusion in holiday celebrations and lots of kosher food. In addition to the locals, we have students from numerous other countries that attend school here. Brazil and South America are the greatest international contributors to the Jewish student population. Chabad provides fun and meaningful targeted programming for TU on a regular basis. We also regularly partner with Hillel. The rabbi and rebbetzin are always available to serve as a solid support, listening ear and soft shoulder for students. Chabad continues to be a real resource that students at the University of Tulsa can count on at any time. — Rabbi Yehuda Weg, Chabad - Tulsa, Oklahoma


  • Location: Tulsa, Okla.
  • Region: South
  • Campus type: Big city
  • Public/Private: Private
  • Undergraduate enrollment: 3,406
  • Jewish undergraduate enrollment: 26
  • Jewish population share: 1%
  • Student origin: 59% in-state / 41% out-of-state
  • Student newspaper: The Collegian
  • NCAA Division: I
  • NCAA team: Golden Hurricane
  • Ultimate Frisbee teams: Party Fowl

COST & AID Score: 6.67/15

  • Score: 6.67/15
  • Tuition: $39,502
  • Room & board costs: $11,116
  • Average annual scholarship/grant package: $28,991
  • Average loan debt: $34,869
  • Starting median salary: $55,800

ACADEMICS Score: 10/20

  • Score: 10/20
  • Acceptance rate: 39%
  • Student/faculty ratio: 11:1
  • Median SAT range: 1150-1440
  • Jewish Studies program: No
  • Jewish Studies major: No
  • Hebrew major: No

ISRAEL Score: 9/20

  • Score: 9/20
  • Israel Studies center: No
  • Israel-related clubs: None
  • Jewish Agency for Israel fellow: No
  • BDS vote in last four years: Never introduced

SAFETY Score: 7.33/11

  • Score: 7.33/11
  • Anti-Semitic incidents in 2017: 0
  • Campus crime rate: 7.23/1,000 students (high)
  • City crime rate: 69.99/1,000 people (high)
  • LGBT center: No

JEWISH LIFE Score: 4.92/34

  • Score: 4.92/34
  • Hillel: Hillel of Northeastern Oklahoma
  • Chabad: Chabad - Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • OU-JLIC: No
  • Jewish fraternities: None
  • Jewish sororities: None
  • Can you get kosher food on the school meal plan? No
  • Average Shabbat attendance – Chabad: 8
  • Synagogues within 10 miles: 2 (1 Conservative, 1 Reform)
  • Eruv: No
  • Kosher food details: All meals served in the Hillel apartment are under the supervision of the local rabbi. Kosher food is widely available at markets and stores around Tulsa. There is not yet a kosher meal plan in place through dining services.

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