University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

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#159, overall score 39.83/100

Fun Fact:

The university’s main library is named after Golda Meir, a Class of 1917 alum, and contains a Hebraica and Judaica Collection.

Why should Jewish students attend UW-Milwaukee? Jewish students can feel comfortable attending one of the many fine universities in Milwaukee. Plus, they have the benefit of being in a big city and can take advantage of all of the culture and opportunities from the greater community. The Jewish community is a diverse and welcoming one and students are encouraged to engage in both campus and broader communal life. - Julie Schack, executive director, Hillel Milwaukee

We are a home away from home and provide a welcoming environment for all Jewish students at Marquette and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. In general, our programming includes weekly Shabbat dinners, volunteering opportunities in the Jewish community, private & group study sessions, leadership weekend retreats, holiday celebrations, Israel education and more. — Rabbi Yechezkel Thaler, Rohr Chabad Jewish Student Center in Milwaukee


  • Location: Milwaukee, Wis.
  • Region: Midwest
  • Campus type: Big city
  • Public/Private: Public
  • Undergraduate enrollment: 21,375
  • Jewish undergraduate enrollment: 650
  • Jewish population share: 3%
  • Student origin: 89% in-state / 11% out-of-state
  • Student newspaper: UWM Post
  • NCAA Division: I
  • NCAA team: Panthers
  • Ultimate Frisbee team: Black Cat

COST & AID Score: 7.5/15

  • Score: 7.5/15
  • In-state tuition: $9,493
  • Out-of-state tuition: $19,851
  • Room & board costs: $10,030
  • Average annual scholarship/grant package: $7,086
  • Average loan debt: $36,945
  • Scholarship for Jewish students: No

ACADEMICS Score: 0/20

ISRAEL Score: 12.67/20

  • Score: 12.67/20
  • Size of Birthright trip: 40
  • School-approved study abroad program in Israel: Yes
  • Israel Studies center: No
  • Israel-related clubs: Students Supporting Israel
  • Jewish Agency for Israel fellow: Yes
  • BDS vote in last four years: Never introduced

SAFETY Score: 6.67/11

  • Score: 6.67/11
  • Anti-Semitic incidents in 2017: 1
  • Campus crime rate: 1.64/1,000 students (low)
  • City crime rate: 55.97/1,000 people (high)
  • LGBT center: Yes

JEWISH LIFE Score: 13/34

  • Score: 13/34
  • Hillel: Hillel Milwaukee
  • Chabad: Rohr Chabad Jewish Student Center in Milwaukee
  • OU-JLIC: No
  • Jewish fraternities: AEPi
  • Jewish sororities: None
  • Can you get kosher food on the school meal plan? No
  • Chicken soup hotline: Yes
  • Active Hillel clubs: 4
  • Hillel Friday night services: 1
  • Average Shabbat attendance – Hillel: 35
  • Average Shabbat attendance – Chabad: 30
  • Synagogues within 10 miles: 7 (3 Orthodox, 1 Conservative, 3 Reform)
  • Eruv: No
  • Most famous Jewish alum: Golda Meir
  • Where do Jewish students come from? Primarily from the states of Wisconsin, Illinois and Minnesota.
  • Kosher food details: There are kosher options available on campus, but no kosher meal plans. There are two kosher restaurants in the Milwaukee area.

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