#T-105, overall score 48.17/100

Fun Fact:

The university library system holds 24 million items, including 12 million books.

Why should Jewish students attend the University of Illinois? The University of Illinois has a great balance of top colleges, great social life and a mainstream Jewish life. It’s cool to be Jewish here. Chabad has over 2,000 students involved in our programming. — Rabbi Dovid Tiechtel, Illini Chabad

Orthodox students who come to Champaign-Urbana truly grow in their Judaism. We have all the resources for a fully Orthodox lifestyle. Yet, being Orthodox here also requires of students to develop into leaders. The intimacy of the Orthodox community here requires that each student be involved. Students are mashgichim, eruv interns, student board members, Gabbaim, Torah readers etc. The community won’t function without their participation. In that way, students who come in as “consumers” of Judaism leave after four years as “producers.” They come to own their Judaism, not just follow along. For those Orthodox students who want to just “go with the flow” and be lost in a crowd, this is not a good place. However students for whom social, spiritual and personal growth are important couldn’t choose a better community. — Rabbi Shlomo Barya Nadiv Schachter and Ahava Atara Schachter-Zarembski, OU-JLIC educators

ACADEMICS Score: 5/30

  • Score: 5/30
  • Acceptance rate: 59%
  • Student/faculty ratio: 18:1
  • Jewish Studies major: Yes
  • Israel Studies major: No


  • In-state tuition: $15,698
  • Out-of-state tuition: $31,320
  • Room & board costs: $11,308
  • Average annual scholarship/grant package: $25,448


  • Location: Champaign, Ill.
  • Region: Midwest
  • Public/Private: Public
  • Undergraduate enrollment: 33,368
  • Jewish undergraduate enrollment: 3,525
  • Jewish population share: 10%
  • Student origin: 91% in-state/9% out-of-state
  • NCAA Division: I
  • NCAA team: Fighting Illini
  • Ultimate Frisbee teams: Illinois Ultimate, Menace

ISRAEL Score: 12.83/20

JEWISH LIFE Score: 20.33/40

  • Score: 20.33/40
  • Hillel: University of Illinois Hillel
  • Chabad: Illini Chabad
  • OU-JLIC: Yes
  • Meor: None
  • Jewish fraternities: AEPi, ΣAM, ZBT
  • Jewish sororities: AEPhi, SDT
  • Jewish dorms: Bromley Hall, Allen Hall
  • Anti-Semitic incidents in 2016: 4
  • Can you get kosher food on the school meal plan? Yes
  • Average Shabbat attendance – Hillel: 125
  • Average Shabbat attendance – Chabad: 100
  • Synagogues within 10 miles: 1 (1 Reform)
  • Eruv: Yes
  • Most famous Jewish alumnus: Lee Falk
  • Where do Jewish students come from? Mostly from the Chicago area, but others come from all over the country and all over the world.
  • Kosher food details: Chabad has partnered with the university, and student can get hot kosher dinner every evening at Allen Hall/Lincoln Ave residence hall. Students can also receive fresh lunch at Ikenberrry Commons and the Illini Union Quad Shop. In addition, there are weekly hot meals at Illini Tower and Bromley Hall, plus kosher food at all weekday men’s basketball games.

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