#T-143, overall score 37.50/100

Fun Fact:

UH’s mascot is a live cougar named Shasta, who was adopted by the Houston Zoo after a hunter shot his mother when he was five weeks old.

Why should Jewish students attend the University of Houston? Houston Hillel is a multi-campus Hillel foundation that serves college students on more than a dozen campuses throughout greater Houston. We hold weekly Shabbat services at Houston Hillel and on campus at Rice University and the University of Houston. In addition, Houston Hillel engages students with weekly campus lunches and a variety of events off campus. Houston Hillel also connects Jewish twenty-somethings through Jewston, which provides spiritual and communal opportunities for graduate students and young professionals. Information about Houston Hillel and Jewish life on Houston’s campuses is available at houstonhillel.org and jewston.org. — Rabbi Kenny Weiss, executive director, Houston Hillel

ACADEMICS Score: 5/30

  • Score: 5/30
  • Acceptance rate: 59%
  • Student/faculty ratio: 21:1
  • Jewish Studies major: Minor
  • Israel Studies major: None


  • In-state tuition: $10,710
  • Out-of-state tuition: $25,410
  • Room & board costs: $9,849
  • Average annual scholarship/grant package: $10,300


  • Location: Houston
  • Region: South
  • Public/Private: Public
  • Undergraduate enrollment: 34,716
  • Jewish undergraduate enrollment: 225
  • Jewish population share: 1%
  • Student origin: 98% in-state/2% out-of-state
  • NCAA Division: I
  • NCAA team: Cougars
  • Ultimate Frisbee teams: Skyline

ISRAEL Score: 11/20

JEWISH LIFE Score: 11.5/40

  • Score: 11.5/40
  • Hillel: Houston Hillel
  • Chabad: None
  • OU-JLIC: None
  • Meor: None
  • Jewish fraternities: AEPi
  • Jewish sororities: None
  • Anti-Semitic incidents in 2016: 0
  • Hillel Friday night services: 1
  • Synagogues within 10 miles: 7 (2 Orthodox, 2 Conservative, 3 Reform)
  • Eruv: No
  • Most famous Jewish alumnus: Julian Schnabel
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