#45, overall score 61/100

Fun Fact:

The university often offers “dive-in movies” — students watch films while floating in the Whitten University Center’s outdoor pool.

Why should Jewish students attend Miami? University of Miami Hillel is a hub for innovation, social entrepreneurship and celebration of Jewish life. Housed in the state-of-the-art Braman Miller Center for Jewish Student Life, dedicated in late 2015, UM Hillel provides a comfortable Jewish home-away-from-home on campus. University of Miami Hillel, like the university itself, challenges students with new ideas, new ways of looking at the world and new approaches to life. It helps students on a daily basis to navigate the university experience and discover for themselves what it means to be universally human and distinctively Jewish. UM Hillel engages a vast majority of unaffiliated Jewish students by building relationships with them, and providing experiences to grow personally, professionally and spiritually. — Igor Kholkov, executive director, University of Miami Hillel

ACADEMICS Score: 15/30

  • Score: 15/30
  • Acceptance rate: 47%
  • Student/faculty ratio: 12:1
  • Jewish Studies major: Yes
  • Israel Studies major: No


  • Tuition: $47,004
  • Room & board costs: $13,310
  • Average annual scholarship/grant package: $26,812


  • Location: Coral Gables, Fla.
  • Region: South
  • Public/Private: Private
  • Undergraduate enrollment: 11,122
  • Jewish undergraduate enrollment: 2,000
  • Jewish population share: 18%
  • Student origin: 42% in-state/58% out-of-state
  • NCAA Division: I
  • NCAA team: Hurricanes
  • Ultimate Frisbee teams: Cartel, Southern Tropical Depressions

ISRAEL Score: 16/20

  • Score: 16/20
  • Size of Birthright trip: 87
  • School-approved study abroad program in Israel: Yes
  • Israel-related clubs: Emet Israel, TAMID, IAC Mishelanu
  • BDS resolution: Never introduced

JEWISH LIFE Score: 26.67/40

  • Score: 26.67/40
  • Hillel: University of Miami Hillel
  • Chabad: Chabad @ University of Miami
  • OU-JLIC: None
  • Meor: None
  • Jewish fraternities: AEPi, ΣAM, ZBT
  • Jewish sororities: SDT
  • Anti-Semitic incidents in 2016: 0
  • Can you get kosher food on the school meal plan? No
  • Active Hillel clubs: 8
  • Hillel Friday night services: 2
  • Average Shabbat attendance – Hillel: 80
  • Synagogues within 10 miles: 12 (5 Orthodox, 3 Conservative, 4 Reform)
  • Eruv: No
  • Most famous Jewish alumnus: Jerry Herman
  • Most unique/noteworthy Hillel club: Hola Hillel: We are the only Hillel in the country that has a dedicated Spanish-speaking Jewish group on campus. It has a separate student board, and unites student of Latin heritage.
  • Where do Jewish students come from? All over the country.
  • Kosher food details: Kosher food is available on campus. As of right now, it is not a part of a regular meal plan, but is accessible at the main food court. All food offered during Hillel programming and holiday celebrations is under strict rabbinic supervision.

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