#151, overall score 33.34/100

Fun Fact:

At 28 stories, UMass’ W. E. B. Du Bois Library is the second-tallest library in the world.

Why should Jewish students attend UMass? Consistently ranked among the nation’s top public research universities, UMass Amherst is home to a rich and diverse cultural and academic environment that includes New England’s premier honors college and eight schools and colleges offering a full range of undergraduate, master’s and doctoral programs, many counted among the top programs in the nation and the world. As part of the Five College Consortium, UMass Amherst provides a wealth of professional and artistic opportunities as well. Nestled within the expansive and tranquil Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, the Jewish community of UMass Amherst reflects that vibrant and serene atmosphere. UMass Hillel — along with the Orthodox Union’s Jewish Learning Initiative on Campus, UMass Chabad, Chabad at the Four Colleges, and the talented, passionate and creative Jewish and non-Jewish students on campus who make it all run — all work together to foster a humble, open and active Jewish community filled with warmth, joy and really special people of all backgrounds and practices. In addition to social events, Torah learning, cultural opportunities, social justice, activism and interfaith work, the smaller-scale nature of the Jewish community lends itself to unlimited opportunities for student leadership, co-creativity and innovative community building in whatever way students choose to make happen. If a prospective college student is looking for a beautiful place to attend a good school at an affordable price for their parents, all while having a Jewish home away from home and nearly every Jewish opportunity necessary to grow in their Judaism, with the opportunity to be in a pluralistic environment, surrounded by sweet and dear people, they should come explore UMass Amherst, because it’s dope. — Raffi and Ariella Leicht, OU-JLIC educators


  • Acceptance rate: 60%
  • Student/faculty ratio: 18:1
  • Jewish Studies major: Yes
  • Israel Studies major: No


  • In-state tuition: $13,790
  • Out-of-state tuition: $30,123
  • Room & board costs: $12,028
  • Average annual scholarship/grant package: $9,076


  • Location: Amherst, Mass.
  • Region: New England
  • Public/Private: Public
  • Undergraduate enrollment: 22,748
  • Jewish undergraduate enrollment: 2,000
  • Jewish population share: 9%
  • Student origin: 81% in-state/9% out-of-state
  • NCAA Division: I
  • NCAA team: Minutemen
  • Ultimate Frisbee teams: Zoodisc, Lady Zoo

ISRAEL Score: 9.17/20

JEWISH LIFE Score: 17.5/40

  • Score: 17.5/40
  • Hillel: UMass Hillel
  • Chabad: Chabad House at Amherst
  • OU-JLIC: Yes
  • Meor: None
  • Jewish fraternities: AEPi, ZBT
  • Jewish sororities: AEPhi, SDT
  • Anti-Semitic incidents in 2016: 3
  • Can you get kosher food on the school meal plan?: Yes
  • Average Shabbat attendance – Hillel: 90
  • Average Shabbat attendance – Chabad: 10
  • Synagogues within 10 miles: 2 (1 Conservative, 1 Reform)
  • Eruv: No
  • Most famous Jewish alumnus: Jane Yolen
  • Kosher food details: Kosher dining is easily accessible in the main cafeteria at the center of campus in Franklin Dining Commons, providing an opportunity for students to be integrated completely into University dining options. The chef even takes requests from students when deciding the weekly menu, which includes a few different options each day and the particular dietary needs of each student.

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