#82, overall score 51.67/100

Fun Fact:

The annual University of Chicago Scavenger Hunt is one of the largest of its kind in the world. Among the items that have been requested: an edible corduroy vest made of Ruffles chips, a live elephant and a custom-built nuclear reactor.

Why should Jewish students attend UChicago? Despite being a shlep from the larger Jewish communities, UChicago offers good amenities for Jewish students with a vibrant Jewish life. — Rabbi Yossi Brackman, Rohr Chabad Jewish Center at the University of Chicago

Students who are highly self-motivated and wish to devote their college period to inquiry and learning, while being part of a small, dynamic community where they are required to assume personal and communal responsibility, will find no place better than UChicago. — Rabbi David and Rivka Wietcher, OU-JLIC educators

ACADEMICS Score: 30/30

  • Score: 30/30
  • Acceptance rate: 8%
  • Student/faculty ratio: 5:1
  • Jewish studies major: Yes
  • Israel studies major: No


  • Tuition: $52,491
  • Room & board costs: $15,093
  • Average annual scholarship/grant package: $52,660


  • Location: Chicago
  • Region: Midwest
  • Public/Private: Private
  • Undergraduate enrollment: 5,844
  • Jewish undergraduate enrollment: 750
  • Jewish population share: 13%
  • Student origin: 19% in-state / 81% out-of-state
  • NCAA Division: III
  • NCAA team: Maroons
  • Ultimate Frisbee teams: Junk, Supersnatch

ISRAEL Score: 5.67/20

JEWISH LIFE Score: 16/40

  • Score: 16/40
  • Hillel: UChicago Hillel
  • Chabad: The Rohr Chabad Center at the University of Chicago
  • OU-JLIC: Yes
  • Meor: No
  • Jewish fraternities: AEPi
  • Jewish sororities: None
  • Anti-Semitic incidents in 2016: 3
  • Can you get kosher food on the school meal plan?: Yes
  • Average Shabbat attendance – Chabad: 50
  • Synagogues within 10 miles: 3 (1 Conservative, 2 Reform)
  • Eruv: None
  • Most famous Jewish alumnus: Bernie Sanders
  • Where do Jewish students come from?: All over the country, though many are from New York’s tri-state area.
  • Kosher food details: UChicago has three dining halls, each including a kosher food station with meat and vegetarian options. On Shabbat and holidays, kosher meals are available at Hillel.

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