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#151, overall score 42/100

Fun Fact:

UGA is the only university in the country to own and operate a golf course used in a PGA tournament.

Why should Jewish students attend UGA “Chabad hosts many programs including holiday programming, Israel events, social events, numerous study opportunities and Shabbat 500 every spring, where 500 Jewish students come together to celebrate Shabbat and their Jewish pride. There is a vibrant Jewish life at the University of Georgia, mixed with the signature Southern hospitality and beautiful weather. What more could you ask for?” - Rabbi Michoel Refson, co-director, Chabad @ UGA


  • Location: Athens, Ga.
  • Region: South
  • Campus type: College town
  • Public/Private: Public
  • Undergraduate enrollment: 27,951
  • Jewish undergraduate enrollment: 800
  • Jewish population share: 3%
  • Student origin: 89% in-state / 11% out-of-state
  • Student newspaper: The Red&Black
  • NCAA Division: I
  • NCAA team: Bulldogs
  • Ultimate Frisbee teams: Jojah / Dawgma

COST & AID Score: 5/15

  • Score: 5/15
  • In-state tuition: $11,818
  • Out-of-state tuition: $30,392
  • Room & board costs: $10,060
  • Average annual scholarship/grant package: $13,238
  • Average loan debt: $23,403
  • Starting median salary: $50,200
  • Scholarship for Jewish students: None

ACADEMICS Score: 6.67/20

  • Score: 6.67/20
  • Acceptance rate: 54%
  • Student/faculty ratio: 17:1
  • Median SAT range: 1200-1370
  • Jewish Studies major: No
  • Hebrew major: No

ISRAEL Score: 14.67/20

SAFETY Score: 3/11

  • Score: 3/11
  • Anti-Semitic incidents in 2017: 3
  • Campus crime rate: 2.11/1,000 students (medium low)
  • City crime rate: 37.38/1,000 people (medium low)
  • LGBT center: Yes

JEWISH LIFE Score: 12.67/34

  • Score: 12.67/34
  • Hillel: UGA Hillel
  • Chabad: Chabad @ UGA
  • Jewish fraternities: AEPi, ZBT
  • Jewish sororities: SDT
  • Can you get kosher food on the school meal plan? No
  • Chicken soup hotline: Yes
  • Active Hillel clubs: 8
  • Hillel Friday night services: 1
  • Average Shabbat attendance – Hillel: 60
  • Average Shabbat attendance – Chabad: 160
  • Synagogues within 10 miles: 1 (Reform)
  • Eruv: No
  • Most famous Jewish alum: Bill Goldberg
  • Where do Jewish students come from? Most come from Georgia, about 30% come from other places.
  • Kosher food details: The university provides pre-made frozen kosher meals in one of the dining halls, with a microwave dedicated for Kosher use. There are also many programs during the week that have a kosher food component to them.

What Students Say:

“Our Jewish community at UGA is unique because everyone - from Orthodox to Reform, to the students who don’t even identify as being Jewish - feels welcome and part of the community if they choose to immerse themselves in it.”…“The Jewish community at my university is very split. There seems to be competition between Chabad and Hillel, and students are often found choosing one over the other.”

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