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#118, overall score 46.92/100

Fun Fact:

UD was the first American university to offer a study abroad program.

Why should Jewish students attend UD? “If a Jewish student does decide to come to UD - you’ll be more than taken care of. The Jewish community here is very warm & welcoming (on campus specifically and throughout the Delaware Jewish community in general) and there’s something for Jews of all stripes. From our angle, the student community at Chabad has been growing very steadily (last year’s average Shabbat dinner attendance was 40 compared to this year’s 70/80) and we anticipate that to continue going forward. Shulie & Rabbi Avremel are here serving this community indefinitely, so we’re totally invested in making this a place where Jewish students can thrive and achieve success in every facet of their college careers. Be it physically, spiritually, emotionally, academically or socially - we ain’t going anywhere, count on it! - Rabbi Avremel Vogel, Chabad UD

“Jewish life at UD has something for everyone. We are a large community with many groups of students who have diverse interests. We offer students the opportunity to explore their Judaism through leadership experiences, internships and other unique events.” - Donna Schwartz, executive director, University of Delaware Hillel

CAMPUS INFORMATION

  • Location: Newark, Del.
  • Region: Mid-Atlantic
  • Campus type: College town
  • Public/Private: Public
  • Undergraduate enrollment: 18,374
  • Jewish undergraduate enrollment: 2,250
  • Jewish population share: 12%
  • Student origin: 38% in-state / 62% out-of-state
  • Student newspaper: The Review
  • NCAA Division: I
  • NCAA team: Blue Hens
  • Ultimate Frisbee teams: Sideshow

What Students Say:

“Although we have many undergraduate students, it feels like a small campus.”…“When it comes to actual policy change and showing real support, the university is lacking. For example, there was an anti-Semitic poster hung up on one of the academic buildings and the university claims they investigated it but all they seemed to have done is taken the poster down. They failed to put out a comment or do anything to show actual support for the Jewish community.”

COST & AID Score: 0/15

  • Score: 0/15
  • In-state tuition: $12,830
  • Out-of-state tuition: $32,250
  • Room & board costs: $12,068
  • Average annual scholarship/grant package: $9,412
  • Average loan debt: $33,150
  • Scholarship for Jewish students: none

ACADEMICS Score: 6.67/20

  • Score: 6.67/20
  • Acceptance rate: 65%
  • Student/faculty ratio: 13:1
  • Median SAT range: 1090-1300
  • Jewish Studies program: Yes
  • Jewish Studies major: Minor
  • Hebrew major: No

ISRAEL Score: 12/20

  • Score: 12/20
  • Size of Birthright trip: 250
  • School-approved study abroad program in Israel: No
  • Israel Studies center: No
  • Israel-related clubs: Student Central- Israel U
  • Jewish Agency for Israel fellow: Yes
  • BDS vote in last four years: Never introduced

SAFETY Score: 7/11

  • Score: 7/11
  • Anti-Semitic incidents in 2017: 1
  • Campus crime rate: 1.30/1,000 students (low)
  • City crime rate: 25.63/1,000 people (medium low)
  • LGBT center: Yes

JEWISH LIFE Score: 21.25/34

  • Score: 21.25/34
  • Hillel: UD Hillel
  • Chabad: Chabad At UD
  • OU-JLIC: No
  • Jewish fraternities: AEPi
  • Jewish sororities: AEPhi
  • Can you get kosher food on the school meal plan? Yes
  • Chicken soup hotline: Yes
  • Active Hillel clubs: 7
  • Hillel Friday night services: 2
  • Average Shabbat attendance – Hillel: 80
  • Average Shabbat attendance – Chabad: 75
  • Synagogues within 10 miles: 0
  • Eruv: 0
  • Most famous Jewish alum: Raven
  • Most unique/noteworthy club: Freshmen Fest is our move-in early Jewish Freshmen orientation program. More than half of the incoming Jewish students come to UD two days early and get to know other Jewish students and the staff. Students who attend Freshmen Fest have an easier time adjusting to college life and tell us it is where they met there best friends.
  • Where do Jewish students come from? Many students come from in-state or from surrounding states including New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Maryland. But they also have students from all across the country from California, to Virginia, Connecticut, to Massachusetts.
  • Kosher food details: There is a kosher dining hall in the same dining facility as the other dining options that serves gourmet kosher meals. When they’re closed (Shabbat & Holidays etc.), there’s always kosher food available at Chabad.

What Students Say:

“We have both a Hillel and a Chabad that help to support Jewish life on campus. The Hillel tends to focus more on Birthright and social events while Chabad focuses more on religious events.”…“There is always something Jewish related happening from classes, to meals, to holidays and more.”

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