University of Miami (Florida)

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#26, overall score 68.33/100

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 the University of Miami? “University of Miami Hillel is a hub for innovation, social entrepreneurship and celebration of Jewish life. Housed in a state-of-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

CAMPUS INFORMATION

  • Location: Coral Gables, Fla.
  • Region: South
  • Campus type: Suburb
  • Public/Private: Private
  • Undergraduate enrollment: 10,849
  • Jewish undergraduate enrollment: 2,000
  • Jewish population share: 18%
  • Student origin: 45% in-state / 55% out-of-state
  • Student newspaper: The Miami Hurricane
  • NCAA Division: I
  • NCAA team: Hurricanes
  • Ultimate Frisbee teams: Cartel / Southern Tropical Depressions

What Students Say:

“The University of Miami is an incredibly diverse campus with many people from many different countries.”…“It’s hard to find friends outside of drinking buddies at first.” … “The lifestyle is very fun and not too serious.”

COST & AID Score: 7.5/15

  • Score: 7.5/15
  • Tuition: $48,484
  • Room & board costs: $13,666
  • Average annual scholarship/grant package: $26,812
  • Average loan debt: $21,500

ACADEMICS Score: 10/20

ISRAEL Score: 15/20

SAFETY Score: 9.67/11

  • Score: 9.67/11
  • Anti-Semitic incidents in 2017: 0
  • Campus crime rate: 2.21/1,000 students (medium-low)
  • City crime rate: 31.3/1,000 people (medium-low)
  • LGBT center: Yes

JEWISH LIFE Score: 26.17/34

  • Score: 26.17/34
  • Hillel: University of Miami Hillel
  • Chabad: Chabad at University of Miami
  • OU-JLIC: No
  • Jewish fraternities: AEPi, ΣAM, ZBT
  • Jewish sororities: SDT
  • Can you get kosher food on the school meal plan? Yes
  • 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 alum: Jerry Herman
  • Most unique/noteworthy club: Hola Hillel: Miami has the only Hillel in the country with a dedicated, Spanish-speaking Jewish group on campus, which unites student of Latin heritage.
  • Where do Jewish students come from? All over the country.

What Students Say:

“There is virtually no anti-Semitism and there is a large Jewish population.” … “Many Jews on campus are not active at all; they are Jewish, but not practicing whatsoever.” … “The Hillel is very active in pursuing Jewish students to attend their events.”

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