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#81, overall score 53.5/100

Fun Fact:

The first concert by the band Phish was performed at UVM’s Harris-Mills Cafeteria in 1983.

Why should Jewish students attend UVM? Hillel at the University of Vermont will deliver high quality, relationship-driven experiences using a platform of mentorship, skill building and vibrant Jewish life to connect with each of the 2,000 Jewish students at UVM. These students will excitedly share the experiences they have developed and implemented, and show others that Hillel is a place where they can be their full selves and have their passionate ideas turn into tangible reality. — Matt Vogel, executive director, UVM Hillel


  • Location: Burlington, Vt.
  • Region: New England
  • Campus type: College town
  • Public/Private: Public
  • Undergraduate enrollment: 11,159
  • Jewish undergraduate enrollment: 2,091
  • Jewish population share: 19%
  • Student origin: 29% in-state / 71% out-of-state
  • Student newspaper: The Vermont Cynic
  • NCAA Division: I
  • NCAA team: Catamounts
  • Ultimate Frisbee teams: Chill / Ruckus

COST & AID Score: 2.5/15

  • Score: 2.5/15
  • In-state tuition: $17,740
  • Out-of-state tuition: $41,356
  • Room & board costs: $12,022
  • Average annual scholarship/grant package: $14,474
  • Average loan debt: $28,894
  • Scholarship for Jewish students: Yes

ACADEMICS Score: 6.67/20

  • Score: 6.67/20
  • Acceptance rate: 67%
  • Student/faculty ratio: 17:1
  • Median SAT range: 1180-1350
  • Jewish Studies program: Yes
  • Jewish Studies major: Minor
  • Hebrew major: No

ISRAEL Score: 13/20

  • Score: 13/20
  • Size of Birthright trip: 150
  • School-approved study abroad program in Israel: Yes
  • Israel Studies center: No
  • Israel-related clubs: SSI
  • Jewish Agency for Israel fellow: No
  • BDS vote in last four years: Never introduced

SAFETY Score: 10/11

  • Score: 10/11
  • Anti-Semitic incidents in 2017: 0
  • Campus crime rate: 4.35/1,000 students (medium low)
  • City crime rate: 4.35/1,000 people (low)
  • LGBT center: Yes

JEWISH LIFE Score: 21.33/34

  • Score: 21.33/34
  • Hillel: UVM Hillel
  • Chabad: Chabad at UVM
  • OU-JLIC: No
  • Jewish fraternities: AEPi
  • Jewish sororities: None
  • Can you get kosher food on the school meal plan? Yes
  • Chicken soup hotline: No
  • Hillel Friday night services: 1
  • Average Shabbat attendance – Hillel: 110
  • Synagogues within 10 miles: 4 (1 Orthodox, 1 Conservative, 1 Reform, 1 Other)
  • Eruv: No
  • Most famous Jewish alum: Jessica Seinfeld
  • Most unique/noteworthy club: YouVM Connectors is for anyone who has a passion or idea and wants to make it into a reality, as well as for those who want to make a difference but might not know how. UVM Connectors will be personally matched with a mentor to receive individualized coaching each month on whatever goals they want to achieve, grow together in a fun and relaxed environment through high quality monthly skill-building workshops, build new relationships with other YouVM Connectors through two retreats led by expert facilitators and be given the resources necessary to turn their passions into action.
  • Where do Jewish students come from? All over the country

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