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#T-186, overall score 33.83/100

Fun Fact:

The Student Activities Board operates a 228-seat movie theater in the Student Activities Center.

Why should Jewish students attend U of L? The University of Louisville has a wonderful Jewish Studies department. They are offering a unique and educational trip to Israel. Louisville has a tight knit and inclusive Jewish community. Jewish local programming is rich in both culture and customs and open to the community. - Elana Levitz, University of Louisville Hillel


  • Location: Louisville, Ky.
  • Region: South
  • Campus type: Big city
  • Public/Private: Public
  • Undergraduate enrollment: 15,827
  • Jewish undergraduate enrollment: 45
  • Jewish population share: 0.3%
  • Student newspaper: The Louisville Cardinal
  • NCAA Division: I
  • NCAA team: Cardinals

COST & AID Score: 7.5/15

  • Score: 7.5/15
  • In-state tuition: $11,264
  • Out-of-state tuition: $26,286
  • Room & board costs: $8,700
  • Average annual scholarship/grant package: $10,365
  • Average loan debt: $23,556

ACADEMICS Score: 1.67/20

  • Score: 1.67/20
  • Acceptance rate: 76%
  • Student/faculty ratio: 15:1
  • Median SAT range: 960-1205
  • Jewish Studies program: Yes
  • Jewish Studies major: Minor
  • Hebrew major: No

ISRAEL Score: 10/20

  • Score: 10/20
  • Size of Birthright trip: 2
  • School-approved study abroad program in Israel: No
  • Israel Studies center: No
  • Israel-related clubs: None
  • Jewish Agency for Israel fellow: No
  • BDS vote in last four years: Never introduced

SAFETY Score: 9.33/11

  • Score: 9.33/11
  • Anti-Semitic incidents in 2017: 0
  • Campus crime rate: 1.85/1,000 students (low)
  • City crime rate: 51/1,000 people (high)
  • LGBT center: Yes

JEWISH LIFE Score: 5.33/34

  • Score: 5.33/34
  • Hillel: Hillel of Louisville
  • Chabad: Chabad of Kentucky
  • Jewish fraternities: None
  • Jewish sororities: None
  • Can you get kosher food on the school meal plan? No
  • Chicken soup hotline: No
  • Hillel Friday night services: 1
  • Average Shabbat attendance – Hillel: 15
  • Synagogues within 10 miles: 3 (1 Orthodox, 1 Conservative, 1 Reform)
  • Eruv: No
  • Where do Jewish students come from? Mostly regional/Midwest area.
  • Kosher food details: There is no kosher availability, but Hillel offers kosher meals through JCC catering.

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