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#T-121, overall score 46.33/100

Fun Fact:

Everything’s bigger in Texas: The Jester Center dorm building was the largest in North America when it was built, fitting 3,200 students. It is believed to host the highest-grossing Wendy’s franchise in the world.

Why should Jewish students attend UT Austin? Texas Hillel is more than just a student organization. We are a community — we are students, we are teachers, we are Jewish leaders, we are a coalition fighting for social justice, we are advocates, and more than this — we are family. There are opportunities to have a free Shabbat meal each week, build a portfolio as a leader, volunteer in the greater Austin community, advocate for Israel, take classes and so much more. We cultivate micro-communities and invest in what students are passionate about, helping them to connect those passions to their Jewish identity. Texas Hillel strengthens the bonds of friendship and creates a community, a true family. We are Texas Hillel, and, yes, we help create the future Jewish leaders of tomorrow — and build and nurture a grand Jewish family within the university and around Austin. Welcome to Texas Hillel. Welcome to our family. — Margo Sack, Director of Jewish Student Life, Texas Hillel


  • Location: Austin, Texas
  • Region: South
  • Campus type: Big city
  • Public/Private: Public
  • Undergraduate enrollment: 40,168
  • Jewish undergraduate enrollment: 2,750
  • Jewish population share: 7%
  • Student newspaper: The Daily Texan
  • NCAA Division: I
  • NCAA team: Longhorns
  • Ultimate Frisbee teams: TUFF / Melee

What Students Say:

“There is an abundance of things to do in and around the university”…”The university is extremely large and can be overwhelming.”

COST & AID Score: 5/15

  • Score: 5/15
  • In-state tuition: $10,136
  • Out-of-state tuition: $35,766
  • Room & board costs: $10,070
  • Average annual scholarship/grant package: $9,642
  • Average loan debt: $24,883
  • Starting median salary: $56,900
  • Scholarship for Jewish students: No

ACADEMICS Score: 6.67/20

  • Score: 6.67/20
  • Acceptance rate: 36%
  • Student/faculty ratio: 18:1
  • Median SAT range: 1230-1460
  • Jewish Studies program: Schusterman Center for Jewish Studies
  • Jewish Studies major: Yes
  • Hebrew major: No

ISRAEL Score: 13/20

  • Score: 13/20
  • Size of Birthright trip: 113
  • School-approved study abroad program in Israel: Yes
  • Israel Studies center: Yes
  • Israel-related clubs: Texans for Israel, J Street U
  • BDS vote in last four years: Proposed, didn’t pass

SAFETY Score: 2.67/11

  • Score: 2.67/11
  • Anti-Semitic incidents in 2017: 5
  • Campus crime rate: 1.5/1,000 students (low)
  • City crime rate: 39.13/1,000 people (medium high)
  • LGBT center: Yes

JEWISH LIFE Score: 19/34

  • Score: 19/34
  • Hillel: Texas Hillel
  • Chabad: Chabad at the University of Texas
  • OU-JLIC: No
  • Jewish fraternities: AEPi, ΣAM, ZBT
  • Jewish sororities: AEPhi, SDT
  • Can you get kosher food on the school meal plan? No
  • Active Hillel clubs: 20
  • Hillel Friday night services: 4
  • Average Shabbat attendance – Hillel: 150
  • Synagogues within 10 miles: 4 (1 Orthodox, 1 Conservative, 2 Reform)
  • Eruv: No
  • Most famous Jewish alum: Eli Wallach
  • Most unique/noteworthy club: The White Rose Society is a human rights organization that honors the legacy of the original White Rose from Nazi Germany using Holocaust remembrance as a framework to prevent genocides and human-rights atrocities.
  • Where do Jewish students come from? A majority of students are from Texas, although there are a large number from out-of-state.
  • Kosher food details: Texas Hillel has a supervised kosher kitchen that provides weekly Shabbat dinners, holiday meals and frequent events with food. There is a kosher butcher and deli in the Austin Jewish community.

What Students Say:

“I think Hillel already is so amazing and has such a rich and vibrant community, and what makes me so passionate is the even greater potential I see for it. I really think that Hillel can be a social community every day of the week”…“The Jewish community could become more involved in Jewish organizations other than Greek ones”…“Our Chabad and Hillel are only a block away from each other, so on Friday nights people can go from one to the other and get to be a part of both communities!”

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