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#179, overall score 35.42/100

Fun Fact:

The Electrical and Computer Engineering Department operated one of the earliest college radio stations in the United States. It began before World War I.

Why should Jewish students attend UK? The University of Kentucky prides itself on its diverse community. Jewish students on campus come together each Shabbat and celebrate with one another. There are many leadership opportunities within the group. The Jewish student life is growing, looking forward to not only a bigger Jewish community in the future but also a larger Jewish studies program. Hillel at the University of Kentucky creates a welcoming community for one another and students of other religions. The Jewish community in the Lexington area is also very welcoming for Hillel students to go to the Temple and Synagogue in the area. - Amy Groswald, president, Kentucky Hillel


  • Location: Lexington, Ky.
  • Region: South
  • Campus type: Big city
  • Public/Private: Public
  • Undergraduate enrollment: 22,621
  • Jewish undergraduate enrollment: 450
  • Jewish population share: 2%
  • Student newspaper: Kentucky Kernel
  • NCAA Division: I
  • NCAA team: Wildcats
  • Ultimate Frisbee team: KULT

COST & AID Score: 2.5/15

  • Score: 2.5/15
  • In-state tuition: $11,922
  • Out-of-state tuition: $28,046
  • Room & board costs: $12,858
  • Average annual scholarship/grant package: $5,446
  • Average loan debt: $27,742
  • Scholarship for Jewish students: No

ACADEMICS Score: 3.33/20

  • Score: 3.33/20
  • Acceptance rate: 80%
  • Student/faculty ratio: 17:1
  • Median SAT range: 1040-1290
  • Jewish Studies program: Yes
  • Jewish Studies major: Minor
  • Hebrew major: No

ISRAEL Score: 11.33/20

  • Score: 11.33/20
  • Size of Birthright trip: 15
  • School-approved study abroad program in Israel: Yes
  • Israel Studies center: No
  • Israel-related clubs: None
  • Jewish Agency for Israel fellow: No
  • BDS vote in last four years: Never introduced

SAFETY Score: 8/11

  • Score: 8/11
  • Anti-Semitic incidents in 2017: 0
  • Campus crime rate: 3.86/1,000 students (medium low)
  • City crime rate: 44.48/1,000 people (medium high)
  • LGBT center: Yes

JEWISH LIFE Score: 10.25/34

  • Score: 10.25/34
  • Hillel: Kentucky Hillel
  • Chabad: Chabad of the Bluegrass
  • Jewish fraternities: None
  • Jewish sororities: None
  • Can you get kosher food on the school meal plan? No
  • Chicken soup hotline: Yes
  • Average Shabbat attendance – Hillel: 30
  • Average Shabbat attendance – Chabad: 15
  • Synagogues within 10 miles: 3 (2 Conservative, 1 Reform)
  • Eruv: No
  • Where do Jewish students come from? Mainly from Kentucky, the Chicago area, and the Atlanta area.

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