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#165, overall score 38/100

Fun Fact:

DU holds the record for most NCAA team skiing championships.

Why should Jewish students attend the University of Denver? “The University of Denver provides Jewish students with the opportunity to become involved in a strong and supportive Jewish community. Since we are a smaller school, we provide students with authentic leadership opportunities from the moment they walk onto campus. We pride ourselves on being a student run and staff supported organization that focuses on empowering the next generation of leaders to create a Jewish community that reflects the needs and values of the Jewish students body. We estimate that there are about 400-600 Jewish students on campus which means you will have the opportunity to foster friendships through Hillel that will develop over the course of four years while also meeting new Jewish students in your classes and extra curricular activities every single year.” - Jamie Skog, campus director, University of Denver Hillel


  • Location: Denver, Colo.
  • Region: West
  • Campus type: Big city
  • Public/Private: Private
  • Undergraduate enrollment: 5,754
  • Jewish undergraduate enrollment: 500
  • Jewish population share: 9%
  • Student origin: 38% in-state / 62% out-of-state
  • Student newspaper: The Clarion
  • NCAA Division: I
  • NCAA team: Pioneers
  • Ultimate Frisbee teams: Sourdough / Hype

COST & AID Score: 0/15

  • Score: 0/15
  • Tuition: $48,669
  • Room & board costs: $12,612
  • Average annual scholarship/grant package: $26,702
  • Average loan debt: $31,526
  • Starting median salary: $51,700

ACADEMICS Score: 6.67/20

  • Score: 6.67/20
  • Acceptance rate: 58%
  • Student/faculty ratio: 11:1
  • Median SAT range: 1160-1350
  • Jewish Studies program: Yes
  • Jewish Studies major: Minor
  • Hebrew major: Minor

ISRAEL Score: 12.67/20

  • Score: 12.67/20
  • Size of Birthright trip: 48
  • School-approved study abroad program in Israel: Yes
  • Israel Studies center: No
  • Israel-related clubs: J Street U
  • BDS vote in last four years: Never introduced

SAFETY Score: 6.33/11

  • Score: 6.33/11
  • Anti-Semitic incidents in 2017: 1
  • Campus crime rate: 4.22/1,000 students (medium low)
  • City crime rate: 42.47/1,000 people (medium high)
  • LGBT center: Yes

JEWISH LIFE Score: 12.33/34

  • Score: 12.33/34
  • Hillel: University of Denver Hillel
  • Chabad: Chabad of South Denver
  • OU-JLIC: No
  • Jewish fraternities: ZBT
  • Jewish sororities: None
  • Can you get kosher food on the school meal plan? No
  • Hillel Friday night services: 1
  • Average Shabbat attendance – Hillel: 45
  • Average Shabbat attendance – Chabad: 15
  • Synagogues within 10 miles: 8 (4 Orthodox, 1 Conservative, 3 Reform)
  • Eruv: No
  • Most famous Jewish alum: Ruth Handler
  • Most unique/noteworthy club: Judaism, Sustainability, and the Environment.
  • Where do Jewish students come from? All over the country, but tend to see a high population of students who come from Chicago, California, Seattle and the Twin Cities.
  • Kosher food details: The University of Denver catering staff will often work with students who are open to a slightly more lenient observance of Kashrut, but because the University does not currently have much access to Kosher food outside of meal provided by Hillel or Chabad, most students come from less observant Jewish households.

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