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#114, overall score 47.5/100

Fun Fact:

KU has such a long and successful basketball history that the only men’s coach in Jayhawks history with a losing record is James Naismith — the inventor of basketball.

Why should Jewish students attend KU? “KU has a vibrant Jewish life, with Jewish students coming from all across the country. Great Jewish Studies program, brand new kosher kitchen on campus, holiday and Shabbat programs, social events, and so much with Chabad and Hillel, as well as vibrant Jewish greek life.” — Rabbi Zalman Tiechtel, director, Rohr Chabad Center for Jewish Life


  • Location: Lawrence, Kan.
  • Region: Midwest
  • Campus type: College town
  • Public/Private: Public
  • Undergraduate enrollment: 19,262
  • Jewish undergraduate enrollment: 1,800
  • Jewish population share: 9%%
  • Student origin: 72% in-state / 28% out-of-state
  • Student newspaper: The University Daily Kansan
  • NCAA Division: I
  • NCAA team: Jayhawks
  • Ultimate Frisbee teams: Horrorzontals / Betty

COST & AID Score: 6.17/15

  • Score: 6.17/15
  • In-state tuition: $10,824
  • Out-of-state tuition: $26,592
  • Room & board costs: $10,060
  • Average annual scholarship/grant package: $9,205
  • Average loan debt: $28,462

ACADEMICS Score: 1.67/20

  • Score: 1.67/20
  • Acceptance rate: 93%%
  • Student/faculty ratio: 17:1
  • Jewish Studies program: Yes
  • Jewish Studies major: Yes
  • Hebrew major: No

ISRAEL Score: 12.67/20

  • Score: 12.67/20
  • Size of Birthright trip: 80
  • School-approved study abroad program in Israel: Yes
  • Israel Studies center: No
  • Israel-related clubs: SSI
  • BDS vote in last four years: Never Introduced

SAFETY Score: 8.67/11

  • Score: 8.67/11
  • Anti-Semitic incidents in 2017: 0
  • Campus crime rate: 3.16/1,000 students (medium-low)
  • City crime rate: 3.16/1,000 people (low)
  • LGBT center: Yes

JEWISH LIFE Score: 18.33/34

  • Score: 18.33/34
  • Hillel: KU Hillel
  • Chabad: Chabad at the University of Kansas
  • OU-JLIC: No
  • Jewish fraternities: AEPi, ZBT
  • Jewish sororities: SDT
  • Jewish dorm: Naismith Hall
  • Can you get kosher food on the school meal plan? Yes
  • Chicken soup hotline: Yes
  • Average Shabbat attendance – Chabad: 60
  • Synagogues within 10 miles: 0
  • Eruv: No
  • Most famous Jewish alum: Paul Rudd
  • Where do Jewish students come from? From all over the U.S., and especially from Kansas, Illinois, Minnesota and Texas.
  • Kosher food details: KU now has a full kosher kitchen on campus, under KU Chabad certification. Delicious kosher dinners are served, including Passover meals.

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