University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

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#T-82, overall score 53.33/100

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 The University of North Carolina at 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


  • Location: Chapel Hill, N.C.
  • Region: South
  • Campus type: College town
  • Public/Private: Public
  • Undergraduate enrollment: 18,523
  • Jewish undergraduate enrollment: 1,000
  • Jewish population share: 5%
  • Student origin: 84% in-state / 16% out-of-state
  • Student newspaper: The Daily Tar Heel
  • NCAA Division: I
  • NCAA team: Tar Heels
  • Ultimate Frisbee teams: Darkside / Pleiades

COST & AID Score: 6.67/15

  • Score: 6.67/15
  • In-state tuition: $9,005
  • Out-of-state tuition: $34,588
  • Room & board costs: $11,556
  • Average annual scholarship/grant package: $15,128
  • Average loan debt: $20,852
  • Starting median salary: $51,200
  • Scholarship for Jewish students: No

ACADEMICS Score: 13.33/20

  • Score: 13.33/20
  • Acceptance rate: 24%
  • Student/faculty ratio: 13:1
  • Median SAT range: 1260-1440
  • Jewish Studies program: Yes
  • Jewish Studies major: Yes
  • Hebrew major: Minor

ISRAEL Score: 13.67/20

  • Score: 13.67/20
  • Size of Birthright trip: 63
  • School-approved study abroad program in Israel: Yes
  • Israel-related clubs: Heels for Israel, J Street U
  • BDS vote in last four years: No

SAFETY Score: 8.67/11

  • Score: 8.67/11
  • Anti-Semitic incidents in 2017: No
  • Campus crime rate: 2.55/1,000 students (medium low)
  • City crime rate: 24.60/1,000 people (medium low)
  • LGBT center: Yes

JEWISH LIFE Score: 11/34

  • Score: 11/34
  • Hillel: North Carolina Hillel
  • Chabad: Chabad of Durham/Chapel Hill
  • OU-JLIC: No
  • Jewish fraternities: AEPi, ZBT
  • Jewish sororities: SRL
  • 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 (Reform)
  • Eruv: No
  • Most famous Jewish alum: Lewis Black
  • Where do Jewish students come from? 50-60% of UNC’s Jewish students are from NC, 40-50% from out-of-state. (By law, at least 82% of all UNC-system student bodies are NC 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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