University of Cincinnati

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#119, overall score 46.75/100

Fun Fact:

Astronaut Neil Armstrong taught aerospace engineering at the university from 1971-80.

Why should Jewish students attend UC? We have a very collaborative Jewish community with which we have a close relationship. This gives our students special opportunities: 1) to secure paid internships and part-time jobs, 2) to receive subsidies for the AIPAC Policy Conference and other leadership summits, and 3) to tap into the resources of the American Jewish Archives and Hebrew Union College, which are just down the street from us. - Sharon B. Stern, executive director, Cincinnati Hillel


  • Location: Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Region: Midwest
  • Campus type: Big city
  • Public/Private: Public
  • Undergraduate enrollment: 25,860
  • Jewish undergraduate enrollment: 1,200
  • Jewish population share: 5%
  • Student origin: 84% in-state / 16% out-of-state
  • Student newspaper: The News Record
  • NCAA Division: I
  • NCAA team: Bearcats
  • Ultimate Frisbee teams: Bearcats / Toxic

COST & AID Score: 6.17/15

  • Score: 6.17/15
  • In-state tuition: $11,000
  • Out-of-state tuition: $26,334
  • Room & board costs: $11,118
  • Average annual scholarship/grant package: $6,413
  • Average loan debt: $25,877
  • Scholarship for Jewish students: No

ACADEMICS Score: 3.33/20

  • Score: 3.33/20
  • Acceptance rate: 78%
  • Student/faculty ratio: 17:1
  • Median SAT range: 1120-1340
  • Jewish Studies program: Yes
  • Jewish Studies major: Yes
  • Hebrew major: No

ISRAEL Score: 14.33/20

  • Score: 14.33/20
  • Size of Birthright trip: 25
  • School-approved study abroad program in Israel: Yes
  • Israel Studies center: No
  • Israel-related clubs: Bearcats for Israel, The David Project, 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: 2.65/1,000 students (medium low)
  • City crime rate: 60.57/1,000 people (high)
  • LGBT center: Yes

JEWISH LIFE Score: 14.92/34

  • Score: 14.92/34
  • Hillel: Cincinnati Hillel
  • Chabad: Chabad at UC
  • OU-JLIC: No
  • Other Jewish outreach group: Cincinnati Community Kollel
  • Jewish fraternities: AEPi
  • Jewish sororities: SigAEPi
  • Can you get kosher food on the school meal plan? No
  • Chicken soup hotline: No
  • Active Hillel clubs: 3
  • Hillel Friday night services: 1
  • Average Shabbat attendance – Hillel: 45
  • Synagogues within 10 miles: 7 (3 Orthodox, 1 Conservative, 3 Reform)
  • Eruv: No
  • Most unique/noteworthy club: The University of Cincinnati is a Flagship Campus with the David Project, building relationships with other student groups on campus, and was named their 2016/2017 Campus of the Year. For the past three years, the group has sent campus leaders, including Hindus, Muslims, Christians and Jews and both the president and vice president of the student body, to Israel on David Project’s Israel Uncovered: Campus Leaders Mission.
  • Where do Jewish students come from? A large percentage are from Ohio, but students come from all over the country because of the College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning and the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music.
  • Kosher food details: There is kosher food at Hillel and at Chabad for Shabbat, holidays and programs.

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