#87, overall score 50.92/100

Fun Fact:

The inventor of Pepsi, Caleb Bradham, was a UNC graduate. Coca-Cola is not available for purchase on campus.

Why should Jewish students attend UNC Chapel Hill? UNC is a great place to be Jewish! In a recent survey of over 10,000 Jewish college students, UNC Hillel was ranked the #1 most impactful Hillel. This means that, more than any other Hillel, UNC Hillel contributes to Jewish students’ growth, learning, Jewish social networks, deepening of Jewish identity and connection to Israel. Any UNC Jewish student can easily find Jewish community, whether through Hillel, Chabad, AEPi or SRL (UNC’s Jewish sorority). UNC also has an outstanding Center for Jewish Studies, which offers a major and a minor. UNC is a vibrant place for Jewish life and discovering what it means to be Jewish in a world where most people are not. — Ari Gauss, executive director, North Carolina Hillel

ACADEMICS Score: 15/30

  • Score: 15/30
  • Acceptance rate: 27%
  • Student/faculty ratio: 17:1
  • Jewish Studies major: Yes
  • Israel Studies major: No


  • In-state tuition: $8,834
  • Out-of-state tuition: $33,916
  • Room & board costs: $11,218
  • Average annual scholarship/grant package: $13,968


  • Location: Chapel Hill, N.C.
  • Region: South
  • Public/Private: Public
  • Undergraduate enrollment: 18,415
  • Jewish undergraduate enrollment: 1,000
  • Jewish population share: 6%
  • Student origin: 83% in-state / 17% out-of-state
  • NCAA Division: I
  • NCAA team: Tar Heels
  • Ultimate Frisbee teams: Darkside, Pleiades

ISRAEL Score: 13.92/20

  • Score: 13.92/20
  • Size of Birthright trip: 68
  • School-approved study abroad program in Israel: Yes
  • Israel-related clubs: Heels for Israel, J Street U
  • BDS resolution: Never introduced

JEWISH LIFE Score: 15.33/40

  • Score: 15.33/40
  • Hillel: UNC Hillel
  • Chabad: Rohr Chabad at UNC Chapel Hill and Duke University
  • OU-JLIC: None
  • Meor: None
  • Jewish fraternities: AEPi, ZBT
  • Jewish sororities: Sigma Rho Lambda
  • Anti-Semitic incidents in 2016: 0
  • Can you get kosher food on the school meal plan? No
  • Hillel Friday night services: 3
  • Average Shabbat attendance – Hillel: 70
  • Synagogues within 10 miles: 1 (1 Reform)
  • Eruv: No
  • Most famous Jewish alumnus: Lewis Black
  • Where do Jewish students come from? 50% to 60% of UNC’s Jewish students are from North Carolina, and 40% to 50% from out-of-state. (By law, at least 82% of all UNC-system student bodies are North Carolina residents.)
  • Kosher food details: The Hillel kitchen is kosher (both meat and dairy) and all Shabbat and holiday meals are kosher. Hillel provides kosher-for-Passover lunches and dinners for all of Passover, but doesn’t otherwise offer a meal plan.
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