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#18, overall score 71.67/100

Fun Fact:

Courses offered through Tulane’s interdisciplinary TIDES program have included “Sex, Drugs, Rock and Roll & Disease,” “Karate: Art & Philosophy” and “The Big Lebowski and Philosophy.”

Why should Jewish students attend Tulane? With nearly 40% of Tulane’s undergraduate population identifying as Jewish, students have access to a diverse, vibrant range of Jewish programs on campus, including our nationally recognized leadership incubator Tulane Jewish Leaders, and in New Orleans, which has one of the oldest Jewish communities in America. Tulane has one of the strongest Hillels in the country, reaching over 90% of the university’s Jewish students. As the first southern university to accept Jewish students, Tulane University has an exceptionally low amount of anti-Semitism on campus and university policy is notably accommodating for students who must miss class on religious holidays. Beyond the Jewish community, New Orleans is rich with opportunities for students to take advantage of. Amazing restaurants and city-wide festivals such as Mardi Gras and Jazz Fest make for a unique college experience and make both New Orleans and Tulane stand out. — Liza Sherman, Chief Programs & Operating Officer, Tulane Hillel


  • Location: New Orleans, La.
  • Region: South
  • Campus type: Big city
  • Public/Private: Private
  • Undergraduate enrollment: 6,377
  • Jewish undergraduate enrollment: 2,815
  • Jewish population share: 44%
  • Student origin: 23% in-state / 77% out-of-state
  • Student newspaper: Tulane Hullabaloo
  • NCAA Division: I
  • NCAA team: Green Wave
  • Ultimate Frisbee teams: Muses

What Students Say:

“My favorite thing about Tulane that is unique to our university is that every student, no matter the major, has a community service requirement in order to graduate. Community service is something that I value and I appreciate that Tulane shares the same value. Also, it provides the opportunity to break out of the Tulane bubble and get out into the community.”…“Tulane has something to offer for every kind of individual. It is the perfect school when it comes to balancing working hard and playing hard. It has strong academics with a lively programming and social life.”

COST & AID Score: 0/15

  • Score: 0/15
  • Tuition: $52,960
  • Room & board costs: $14,536
  • Average annual scholarship/grant package: $32,464
  • Average loan debt: $33,717
  • Starting median salary: $52,300
  • Scholarship for Jewish students: No

ACADEMICS Score: 20/20

  • Score: 20/20
  • Acceptance rate: 21%
  • Student/faculty ratio: 8:1
  • Median SAT range: 1330-1490
  • Jewish Studies program: Yes
  • Jewish Studies major: Yes
  • Hebrew major: No

ISRAEL Score: 16/20

SAFETY Score: 8.67/11

  • Score: 8.67/11
  • Anti-Semitic incidents in 2017: No
  • Campus crime rate: 4.53/1,000 students (low)
  • City crime rate: 49.90/1,000 people (high)
  • LGBT center: Yes

JEWISH LIFE Score: 27/34

  • Score: 27/34
  • Hillel: Tulane Hillel
  • Chabad: Tulane Chabad
  • OU-JLIC: No
  • Jewish fraternities: AEPi, ZBT
  • Jewish sororities: AEPhi, SDT
  • Can you get kosher food on the school meal plan? Yes
  • Chicken soup hotline: Yes
  • Active Hillel clubs: 48
  • Hillel Friday night services: Yes
  • Average Shabbat attendance – Hillel: 128
  • Synagogues within 10 miles: 6 (2 Orthodox, 1 Conservative, 3 Reform)
  • Eruv: No
  • Most famous Jewish alum: Jerry Springer
  • Most unique/noteworthy club: Tulane Israel Campus Engagement (TICE) is a dedicated group of students who are members of Hillel’s Tulane Jewish Leaders Program and work together to envision, develop, and execute Israel-focused programs available to the entire Tulane community. TICE runs approximately 3–5 programs each semester, ranging from Israeli guest speakers and Krav Maga workshops, to Israel Shabbat and a Tel Aviv “beach party” on the quad. Our JAFI Fellow works closely with TICE to build their programs, which primarily focus on celebrating Israeli culture, including how Israelis celebrate Jewish holidays, how to make Israeli food (like shakshuka or schnitzel), and other such events. Run by an Executive Board of six students who generate program ideas with the group members, TICE is a great resource for students who wish to create and attend Israel-related programs on Tulane’s campus.
  • Where do Jewish students come from? Tulane’s Jewish community is a decidedly national group. Very few of the large numbers of Jews at Tulane come from the New Orleans area. Very large contingents come from the Northeast, Chicago, South Florida, and California.
  • Kosher food details: Widely regarded as the best food on campus, Tulane Hillel houses a locally sourced, meat kosher restaurant, Rimon, that accepts the students’ meal plan (Wave Bucks). Grab and Go options are also available inside the Lavin-Bernick Center and an entirely kosher meal plan is available to on-campus residents. Student favorites at Rimon include avocado toast, quinoa black bean salad, and chicken schwarma. Last year alone, a total of more than 1,500 unique Tulane students visited our Kosher restaurant.

What Students Say:

“Tulane has a large and prominent Jewish population. We are fortunate to have Hillel and Chabad and both put on a plethora of programs. It is nice to constantly be surrounded by Jewish people, for example every Friday night at Shabbat dinner. Even my non-Jewish friends want to come to Shabbat and go to Hillel for the different programs to learn about Judaism.”…“The Jewish culture is very secular.”…“Our Hillel is absolutely top notch. The environment and community are both fantastic, the food is AMAZING, and the staff are so accommodating and friendly.”

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