#51, overall score 58.83/100

Fun Fact:

The university’s Laboratory for Laser Energetics has some of the most powerful lasers in the world.

Why should Jewish students attend Rochester? The University of Rochester is a great place to be Jewish! Hillel offers two Birthright Israel trips per year, weekly Shabbat experiences, opportunities to attend national Jewish conferences, alternative spring breaks and social events. Rochester Students for Israel and a campus chapter of AIPAC cultivate interest in Israel. The Rochester area offers many synagogues with opportunities for students to work in religious schools and youth programming. There is a large and vibrant Jewish community of nearly 20,000 in the city. There is also an active Chabad with a house just off campus that offers Shabbat and holiday programming as well as opportunities to study Jewish texts. The University’s motto is “Meliora” — ever better — which is fitting as Jewish life at the University of Rochester just keeps getting better! — Dennis Kirschbaum, executive director, Hillel at the University of Rochester

ACADEMICS Score: 20/30

  • Score: 20/30
  • Acceptance rate: 34%
  • Student/faculty ratio: 10:1
  • Jewish Studies major: Minor
  • Israel Studies major: No


  • Tuition: $50,142
  • Room & board costs: $14,890
  • Average annual scholarship/grant package: $30,872


  • Location: Rochester, N.Y.
  • Region: Mid-Atlantic
  • Public/Private: Private
  • Undergraduate enrollment: 6,304
  • Jewish undergraduate enrollment: 900
  • Jewish population share: 14%
  • Student origin: 41% in-state / 59% out-of-state
  • NCAA Division: III
  • NCAA team: Yellow Jackets
  • Ultimate Frisbee teams: Piggies, EZ Women

ISRAEL Score: 12.67/20

JEWISH LIFE Score: 26.17/40

  • Score: 26.17/40
  • Hillel: Hillel at the University of Rochester
  • Chabad: Rohr Chabad House at the U of R
  • OU-JLIC: No
  • Meor: No
  • Jewish fraternities: AEPi, ΣAM
  • Jewish sororities: SDT
  • Anti-Semitic incidents in 2016: 0
  • Can you get kosher food on the school meal plan? Yes
  • Hillel Friday night services: 2
  • Average Shabbat attendance – Hillel: 40
  • Average Shabbat attendance – Chabad: 90
  • Synagogues within 10 miles: 11 (3 Orthodox, 4 Conservative, 4 Reform)
  • Eruv: No
  • Most famous Jewish alumnus: Paul Singer
  • Where do Jewish students come from? From all over the U.S.A. and the world. There are large clusters from New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Chicago.
  • Kosher food details: The main dining hall offers kosher food under constant Orthodox supervision. It is meat only. Kosher dining is not open on Shabbat and holidays, but pre-prepared meals are available at those times. Friday night kosher meals are available at Hillel or Chabad. Chabad offers a Shabbat lunch.
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