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#37, overall score 64.58/100

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 the University of Chicago?

“The University of Chicago has a strong Jewish community with lots of opportunities for intellectual Torah study, Jewish social events and pro-Israel programs.” — Rabbi Yossi Brackman, Rohr Chabad Jewish Center at the University of Chicago


  • Location: Chicago, Ill.
  • Region: Midwest
  • Campus type: Big city
  • Public/Private: Private
  • Undergraduate enrollment: 5,941
  • Jewish undergraduate enrollment: 800
  • Jewish population share: 13%
  • Student origin: 18% in-state / 82% out-of-state
  • Student newspaper: The Chicago Maroon
  • NCAA Division: III
  • NCAA team: Maroons
  • Ultimate Frisbee teams: Junk / Supersnatch

COST & AID Score: 10/15

  • Score: 10/15
  • Tuition: $54,825
  • Room & board costs: $15,726
  • Average annual scholarship/grant package: $54,438
  • Average loan debt: $23,401
  • Starting median salary: $58,100

ACADEMICS Score: 20/20

ISRAEL Score: 8.67/20

SAFETY Score: 5.67/11

  • Score: 5.67/11
  • Anti-Semitic incidents in 2017: 1
  • Campus crime rate: 3.68/1,000 students (medium-low)
  • City crime rate: 42.96/1,000 people (medium-high)
  • LGBT center: Yes

JEWISH LIFE Score: 20.25/34

  • Score: 20.25/34
  • Hillel: Newberger Hillel Center at the University of Chicago
  • Chabad: Rohr Chabad Center
  • OU-JLIC: Yes
  • Jewish fraternities: AEPi
  • Jewish sororities: No
  • Jewish a capella group: Rhythm & Jews
  • Can you get kosher food on the school meal plan? Yes
  • Chicken soup hotline: Yes
  • Average Shabbat attendance – Chabad: 50
  • Synagogues within 10 miles: 3 (1 Conservative, 2 Reform)
  • Eruv: No
  • Most famous Jewish alum: Bernie Sanders
  • Where do Jewish students come from? All over, many from New York’s Tri-State area.
  • Kosher food details: All dining halls have fresh kosher lunch and dinner. Chabad also has Cafe Shira every Monday and Wednesday.

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