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#T-58, overall score 58.83/100

Fun Fact:

The University of Michigan Alumni Association is the only one in America with a chapter on the moon. The crew of Apollo 15 left a U-M Alumni Association plaque on the moon’s surface.

Why should Jewish students attend the University of Michigan? “Michigan attracts large numbers of Jewish students both because it is one of the most outstanding universities in the United States and because it enjoys a national reputation for being one of the best schools in the country for Jewish students. Hundreds of students participate each week in Hillel’s broad array of cultural, social, religious, political, intellectual and athletic programs because they want to be a part of what Hillel offers to campus. And if what a student is interested in isn’t already offered by our Hillel then Hillel staff and student leaders are here to support student’s new ideas and make them into a reality.” —Tilly Shames, Executive Director, University of Michigan Hillel

“Michigan is a large university with one of the biggest Jewish student bodies in the country. With that in mind, at Chabad we focus on each individual, making sure they feel at home and part of the community. Hundreds of students attend a wide array of programs and activities from a delicious, home-style Shabbat meal to social programs and weekly classes to Birthright-Mayanot Israel trips. A daily Hillel-Chabad minyan is also available on campus. At Chabad, there’s something for everyone, no matter their background and level of observance.” —Rabbi Alter Goldstein, Associate Director, Chabad at University of Michigan


  • Location: Ann Arbor, Mich.
  • Region: Midwest
  • Campus type: College town
  • Public/Private: Public
  • Undergraduate enrollment: 28,983
  • Jewish undergraduate enrollment: 6,000
  • Jewish population share: 21%
  • Student origin: 59% in-state / 41% out-of-state
  • Student newspaper: The Michigan Daily
  • NCAA Division: I
  • NCAA team: Wolverines
  • Ultimate Frisbee teams: MagnUM / Flywheel

COST & AID Score: 5/15

  • Score: 5/15
  • In-state tuition: $14,826
  • Out-of-state tuition: $47,476
  • Room & board costs: $11,198
  • Average annual scholarship/grant package: $17,337
  • Average loan debt: $25,712
  • Starting median salary: $59,300
  • Scholarship for Jewish students: No

ACADEMICS Score: 15/20

  • Score: 15/20
  • Acceptance rate: 27%
  • Student/faculty ratio: 15:1
  • Median SAT range: 1330-1500
  • Jewish Studies program: Jean and Samuel Frankel Center for Judaic Studies
  • Jewish Studies major: Yes
  • Hebrew major: No

ISRAEL Score: 7/20

  • Score: 7/20
  • Size of Birthright trip: 500
  • School-approved study abroad program in Israel: Yes
  • Israel Studies center: No
  • Israel-related clubs: WolvPAC, TAMID, J Street U, Jewish Voice for Peace
  • BDS vote in last four years: Passed in last year

SAFETY Score: 3.33/11

  • Score: 3.33/11
  • Anti-Semitic incidents in 2017: 3
  • Campus crime rate: 1.81/1,000 students (low)
  • City crime rate: 19.24/1,000 people (low)
  • LGBT center: Yes

JEWISH LIFE Score: 28.5/34

  • Score: 28.5/34
  • Hillel: University of Michigan Hillel
  • Chabad: Chabad House of Ann Arbor
  • OU-JLIC: No
  • Jewish fraternities: AEPi
  • Jewish sororities: AEPhi, SDT
  • Can you get kosher food on the school meal plan? Yes
  • Chicken soup hotline: Yes
  • Active Hillel clubs: 52
  • Hillel Friday night services: 4
  • Average Shabbat attendance – Hillel: 300
  • Average Shabbat attendance – Chabad: 75
  • Synagogues within 10 miles: 3 (1 Orthodox, 1 Conservative, 1 Reform)
  • Eruv: Within a mile of campus
  • Most famous Jewish alum: Adam Schefter
  • Most unique/noteworthy club: The Michigan Mensch Program is a peer-to-peer mentorship program that benefits the entire Jewish community including all of our Hillel groups. A first year student is paired with a Mensch, a returning student who serves as a mentor throughout the first year. The Mensch program makes our large campus feel smaller by providing an easy access point to Hillel and has led to many students growing into diverse leadership roles throughout our community.
  • Where do Jewish students come from? Around 50% of Jewish students are from Metro Detroit and the state of Michigan, while the other 50% of Jewish students come to the University of Michigan from states across the U.S.
  • Kosher food details: Michigan Hillel offers a full kosher meal program, while providing kosher sandwiches to university stores around campus. The Hillel Café serves gourmet kosher lunches and dinners Sunday-Friday during the academic year. U-M students can register for Hillel’s kosher meal plan, and anyone can eat at Hillel on a walk-in basis. Friday night Shabbat dinners are available to U-M students at no charge.

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