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#69, overall score 56.42/100

Fun Fact:

UA receives more space-exploration grants from NASA than any other university.

Why should Jewish students attend the UA? “Here at the UA, students are surrounded by varying backgrounds, beliefs, nationalities, shades, and individual identities. Your uniqueness elevates learning for every Wildcat and we all benefit from each other’s perspectives. Our diversity unites and moves us forward. With more than 100 majors, the UA has the academics and faculty to help you connect what you are learning with your aspirations to make the world a better place. Coupled with outstanding tutoring, support, and engagement inside and outside the classroom, you will succeed no matter what your career plans are. In addition, campus programming offers opportunities to students in need of Jewish knowledge as well as building relationships at a time when they are away from family. Our goal is to encourage every UA Jewish student to engage Jewishly through the programs and services that Hillel provides throughout the school year.” - Michelle Blumenberg, Executive Director, University of Arizona Hillel Foundation


  • Location: Tucson, Ariz.
  • Region: West
  • Campus type: Big city
  • Public/Private: Public
  • Undergraduate enrollment: 34,072
  • Jewish undergraduate enrollment: 3,000
  • Jewish population share: 9%
  • Student newspaper: The Daily Wildcat
  • NCAA Division: I
  • NCAA team: Wildcats
  • Ultimate Frisbee teams: Sunburn / Scorch

COST & AID Score: 6.17/15

  • Score: 6.17/15
  • In-state tuition: $11,644
  • Out-of-state tuition: $32,449
  • Room & board costs: $11,300
  • Average annual scholarship/grant package: $11,726
  • Average loan debt: $23,956
  • Scholarship for Jewish students: None

ACADEMICS Score: 3.33/20

  • Score: 3.33/20
  • Acceptance rate: 84%
  • Student/faculty ratio: 15:1
  • Median SAT range: 1100-1340
  • Jewish Studies program: Yes
  • Jewish Studies major: Yes
  • Hebrew major: No

What Students Say:

“The casual vibe of my university makes it unique. Since everything is so casual, interactions with professors are less intimidating.”

ISRAEL Score: 15/20

  • Score: 15/20
  • Size of Birthright trip: 150
  • School-approved study abroad program in Israel: Yes
  • Israel-related clubs: CatPac Wildcats ForIsrael/, IAC Mishelanu, J Street U
  • Jewish Agency for Israel fellow: Yes
  • BDS vote in last four years: Never introduced

SAFETY Score: 8/11

  • Score: 8/11
  • Anti-Semitic incidents in 2017: 0
  • Campus crime rate: 2.36/1,000 students (medium low)
  • City crime rate: 66.54/1,000 people (high)
  • LGBT center: Yes

JEWISH LIFE Score: 23.92/34

  • Score: 23.92/34
  • Hillel: Hillel Foundation at the University of Arizona
  • Chabad: Chabad at the University of Arizona
  • OU-JLIC: No
  • Other Jewish outreach group: JAC-Jewish Arizonans on Campus
  • Jewish fraternities: AEPi, ΣAM, ZBT
  • Jewish sororities: AEPhi
  • Can you get kosher food on the school meal plan? Yes
  • Chicken soup hotline: Yes
  • Active Hillel clubs: 5
  • Hillel Friday night services: 2
  • Average Shabbat attendance – Hillel: 80
  • Synagogues within 10 miles: 5 (1 Orthodox, 2 Conservative, 2 Reform)
  • Eruv: No
  • Most famous Jewish alum: Jerry Bruckheimer
  • Where do Jewish students come from? Jewish students primarily come from the greater Phoenix area, then southern California, then the rest of the country. Students are attracted here because of the climate, high rankings for many UA departments, the SALT program (tutoring program for students with learning challenges), amongst other reasons.
  • Kosher food details: Hillel’s Fusionz Café is kosher, dairy with plenty of vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options. It’s open Monday-Friday from 8am – 3pm. Hillel offers Shabbat and holiday dinners as well.

What Students Say:

“The best thing about the Jewish community at my university is the way that we can rely on each other for support.”…“The Jewish population could be more involved with the Jewish activities offered.”…“The emphasis my Jewish community puts on Jewish learning is unique. I feel like there is always an opportunity to learn more about the topics we are interested in.””

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