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#T-52, overall score 60.92/100

Fun Fact:

Students at UVA are referred to as “first-years,” “second-years” and so on because university founder Thomas Jefferson believed that education is a life-long process — and therefore nobody could be a “senior.”

Why should Jewish students attend UVA? UVA has a warm, welcoming and very active Jewish community. Over 70% of Jewish undergraduate students participate in Hillel. There are over 70 student leaders, and students are active partners in helping to create Jewish life. Hillel is a home away from home for countless students, and enriches the lives of its students and the university. — Rabbi Jake Rubin, executive director, Brody Jewish Center


  • Location: Charlottesville, Va.
  • Region: South
  • Campus type: College town
  • Public/Private: Public
  • Undergraduate enrollment: 16,331
  • Jewish undergraduate enrollment: 1,000
  • Jewish population share: 6%
  • Student origin: 73% in-state / 27% out-of-state
  • Student newspaper: The Cavalier Daily
  • NCAA Division: I
  • NCAA team: Cavaliers
  • Ultimate Frisbee teams: Night Train / Hydra

COST & AID Score: 5/15

  • Score: 5/15
  • In-state tuition: $16,146
  • Out-of-state tuition: $46,975
  • Room & board costs: $11,220
  • Average annual scholarship/grant package: $19,838
  • Average loan debt: $24,501
  • Starting median salary: $59,500
  • Scholarship for Jewish students: No

ACADEMICS Score: 15/20

  • Score: 15/20
  • Acceptance rate: 27%
  • Student/faculty ratio: 14.51:1
  • Median SAT range: 1290-1470
  • Jewish Studies program: Yes
  • Jewish Studies major: Yes
  • Hebrew major: No

ISRAEL Score: 14.67/20

  • Score: 14.67/20
  • Size of Birthright trip: 52
  • School-approved study abroad program in Israel: Yes
  • Israel Studies center: No
  • Israel-related clubs: Hoos for Israel, J Street U, Jewish Voice for Peace
  • BDS vote in last four years: Never introduced

SAFETY Score: 6.33/11

  • Score: 6.33/11
  • Anti-Semitic incidents in 2017: 1
  • Campus crime rate: 2.34/1,000 students (medium low)
  • City crime rate: 31.35/1,000 people (medium low)
  • LGBT center: Yes

JEWISH LIFE Score: 19.92/34

  • Score: 19.92/34
  • Hillel: Brody Jewish Center at the University of Virginia
  • Chabad: Rohr Chabad House at UVa
  • OU-JLIC: No
  • Jewish fraternities: AEPi, ΣAM
  • Jewish sororities: SDT
  • Can you get kosher food on the school meal plan? Yes
  • Active Hillel clubs: 8
  • Hillel Friday night services: 1
  • Average Shabbat attendance – Hillel: 70
  • Synagogues within 10 miles: 2 (1 Orthodox, 1 Reform)
  • Eruv: No
  • Most famous Jewish alum: Ron Suskind
  • Most unique/noteworthy club: First Year Connection is group that is only for first-year students. The group helps acclimate new students to the university and the Jewish community. It’s a wonderful community of support for new students trying to navigate their new home.
  • Where do Jewish students come from? Students come from all over the country, though a larger percentage are from Virginia and the East Coast.
  • Kosher food details: Kosher meals are prepared in Hillel’s kitchen under the supervision of the director, and then taken into dining halls so that they may be purchased through students’ meal plans.

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