#T-28, overall score 65.83/100

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

ACADEMICS Score: 15/30

  • Score: 15/30
  • Acceptance rate: 29%
  • Student/faculty ratio: 15:1
  • Jewish Studies major: Yes
  • Israel Studies major: No


  • In-state tuition: $13,856
  • Out-of-state tuition: $43,476
  • Room & board costs: $10,554
  • Average annual scholarship/grant package: $8,000


  • Location: Ann Arbor, Mich.
  • Region: Midwest
  • Public/Private: Public
  • Undergraduate enrollment: 28,312
  • Jewish undergraduate enrollment: 4,500
  • Jewish population share: 16%
  • Student origin: 60% in-state/40% out-of-state
  • NCAA Division: I
  • NCAA team: Wolverines
  • Ultimate Frisbee teams: MagnUM, Flywheel

ISRAEL Score: 13.5/20

JEWISH LIFE Score: 34/40

  • Score: 34/40
  • Hillel: University of Michigan Hillel
  • Chabad: Chabad at University of Michigan
  • OU-JLIC: None
  • Meor: None
  • Jewish fraternities: AEPi, ZBT
  • Jewish sororities: AEPhi, SDT
  • Anti-Semitic incidents in 2016: 0
  • Can you get kosher food on the school meal plan?: Yes
  • Active Hillel clubs: 52
  • Hillel Friday night services: 4
  • Average Shabbat attendance – Hillel: 300
  • Synagogues within 10 miles: 3 (1 Orthodox, 1 Conservative, 1 Reform)
  • Eruv: Within one mile of campus
  • Most famous Jewish alumnus: Adam Schefter
  • Most unique/noteworthy Hillel 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 from states across the U.S.
  • Kosher food details: Michigan Hillel offers a full kosher meal program in our Hillel building, 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 our 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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