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#T-99, overall score 49.5/100

Fun Fact:

Music and drama students often preform on Hartt Patio in front of other students passing between classes.

Why should Jewish students attend the University of Hartford? “University of Hartford caters to students looking for a smaller university environment with small class sizes. Each professor knows their students by name. Professors are accessible and strive to mentor and accommodate their students. A respected university with renowned performing arts and art schools. In particular, the education and engineering programs are top notch with students quickly finding employment upon graduation. As a private university the school goes above and beyond to help students seeking a second chance due to low SAT scores. There are abundant resources for students with learning challenges. The Hillyer College caters to students who need extra assistance. Additionally the University of Hartford has a learning center and peer tutoring program available to all students. For those looking at private universities with similar numbers and academic standards, there really are no other schools that have invested as much as University of Hartford in Jewish life with Kosher dining services, an active Chabad House and a Hillel that is funded by the university as a department in Student Affairs.” - Rabbi Yosef B. Kulek, Director, Chabad Chevra serving students of University of Hartford _


  • Location: Hartford, Conn.
  • Region: New England
  • Campus type: Small city
  • Public/Private: Private
  • Undergraduate enrollment: 5,150
  • Jewish undergraduate enrollment: 1,500
  • Jewish population share: 29%
  • Student origin: 49% in-state / 51% out-of-state
  • Student newspaper: The Hartford Informer
  • NCAA Division: I
  • NCAA team: Hawks
  • Ultimate Frisbee teams: Lighthouse / Biddies

COST & AID Score: 0/15

  • Score: 0/15
  • Tuition: $38,910
  • Room & board costs: $12,346

ACADEMICS Score: 6.67/20

  • Score: 6.67/20
  • Acceptance rate: 72%
  • Student/faculty ratio: 9:1
  • Median SAT range: 920-1160
  • Jewish Studies program: Yes
  • Jewish Studies major: yes
  • Hebrew major: [None]

What Students Say:

“The University of Hartford has good academic support for a student with ADD.”…“The classes are great, and everyone is nice to one another.”

ISRAEL Score: 11.67/20

  • Score: 11.67/20
  • Size of Birthright trip: 36
  • School-approved study abroad program in Israel: Yes
  • Israel Studies center: No
  • Israel-related clubs: None
  • BDS vote in last four years: Never introduced

SAFETY Score: 9/11

  • Score: 9/11
  • Anti-Semitic incidents in 2017: 0
  • Campus crime rate: 5.21/1,000 students (medium low)
  • City crime rate: 52.94/1,000 people (high)
  • LGBT center: Yes

JEWISH LIFE Score: 22.17/34

  • Score: 22.17/34
  • Hillel: Hartford Hillel
  • Chabad: Chabad Chevra serving students of University of Hartford
  • OU-JLIC: No
  • Jewish fraternities: AEPi
  • Jewish sororities: SDT
  • Can you get kosher food on the school meal plan? Yes
  • Chicken soup hotline: No
  • Average Shabbat attendance – Chabad: 40
  • Synagogues within 10 miles: 16 (6 Orthodox, 6 Conservative, 4 Reform)
  • Eruv: No
  • Where do Jewish students come from? All over the country. However, there is a concentration of students from Connecticut, New Jersey, Westchester, Long Island, and Massachusetts.
  • Kosher food details: Kosher Kitchen in the main cafeteria offers freshly cooked meals Monday through Friday, lunch and dinner. Chabad and Hillel both have Shabbat dinners and Chabad also offers Shabbat lunch. There are also prepared packaged meals available at all times in the Student Union and Marketplace. In addition, the Crown Market and Big Y Supermarket are a little over 2 miles from campus and with hot and cold food available, including deli, pizza, salads, sushi and prepared foods.

What Students Say:

“The University of Hartford has a full range of different kinds of Jews.”…“There are a lot of secular Jews that the current Jewish organizations are having trouble reaching, and the school does not feel a third Jewish (the Jewish share of the student body) because of this.”…“You know the Jewish community is there, but it’s not in your face.”

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