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#T-104, overall score 49/100

Fun Fact:

Over 3,000 participants and spectators attend Oozeball, UConn’s annual mud volleyball tournament.

Why should Jewish students attend the University of Connecticut? “The University of Connecticut is a great school on a beautiful campus with everything a Jewish student needs (including receiving a key for Shabbat entrance to your dorm).”— Rabbi Shlomo & Shaindel Hecht, Chabad at UConn

“UConn has all the makings to be a safe haven for Jewish students. The university has kosher dining, supportive faculty, opportunities to develop Jewish identity – religiously or culturally, and an active pro-Israel environment. UConn Hillel continues to build strong Jewish community through empowering students to have ownership of their Jewish experience.” - Scott Selig, executive director, UConn Hillel


  • Location: Storrs, Conn.
  • Region: New England
  • Campus type: College town
  • Public/Private: Public
  • Undergraduate enrollment: 19,324
  • Jewish undergraduate enrollment: 2,000
  • Jewish population share: 10%
  • Student origin: 78% in-state / 22% out-of-state
  • Student newspaper: The Daily Campus
  • NCAA Division: I
  • NCAA team: Huskies
  • Ultimate Frisbee teams: Grind / Huskies

COST & AID Score: 3.33/15

  • Score: 3.33/15
  • In-state tuition: $14,880
  • Out-of-state tuition: $36,948
  • Room & board costs: $12,514
  • Average annual scholarship/grant package: $7,389
  • Average loan debt: $28,147
  • Starting median salary: $55,400
  • Scholarship for Jewish students: No

ACADEMICS Score: 6.67/20

ISRAEL Score: 12.67/20

  • Score: 12.67/20
  • Size of Birthright trip: 60
  • School-approved study abroad program in Israel: No
  • Israel Studies center: No
  • Israel-related clubs: Huskies for Israel, IAC Mishelanu
  • Jewish Agency for Israel fellow: Yes
  • BDS vote in last four years: Never proposed

SAFETY Score: 5.67/11

  • Score: 5.67/11
  • Anti-Semitic incidents in 2017: 1
  • Campus crime rate: 3.07/1,000 students (medium-low)
  • City crime rate: 3.07/1,000 people (low)
  • LGBT center: Yes

JEWISH LIFE Score: 20.67/34

  • Score: 20.67/34
  • Hillel: UConn Hillel
  • Chabad: Chabad at UConn
  • OU-JLIC: No
  • Jewish fraternities: AEPi, ΣAM, ZBT
  • Jewish sororities: AEPhi
  • Jewish dorm: Towers
  • Can you get kosher food on the school meal plan? Yes
  • Active Hillel clubs: 3
  • Hillel Friday night services: 1
  • Average Shabbat attendance – Hillel: 100
  • Average Shabbat attendance – Chabad: 25
  • Synagogues within 10 miles: 0
  • Eruv: No
  • Most famous Jewish alum: Robert D. Kaplan
  • Most unique/noteworthy club: Huskies for Israel: Run by passionate students and UConn Hillel’s own Jewish Agency Israel Fellow (1 of 80 in the country), they plan events, speakers and host meetings to educate and learn more about Israel and Israeli culture for the greater UCONN campus community.
  • Where do Jewish students come from? Mainly from the Northeast.
  • Kosher food details: The University of Connecticut has Kosher dinning (3 hot meals a day plus Passover) within the meal plan. There is a kosher dining hall that makes three meals a day and packaged food is available in kiosks amd stores. There are no kosher restaurants or kosher grocery stores.

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