#5, overall score 78/100

Fun Fact:

One of the facilities in the engineering school is called Jacobs Believed in Me Auditorium, donated by an alumnus in honor of longtime professor Dillard Jacobs.

Why should Jewish students attend Vanderbilt? The Vanderbilt Jewish community is warm, social, academically successful and seamlessly part of the general Vanderbilt community. Friday nights, holidays, Birthright and Jewish events are well attended and it is easy to meet fellow Jewish students and celebrate Shabbat and holidays on campus. The Chabad House offers an array of events and opportunities to meet fellow Vandy Jews, celebrate Jewish life and learn more about being Jewish; the staff is friendly and relatable, and the whole experience feels like home. One can visibly see the Jewish pride on campus at the Rosh Hashanah dinner and Seder on Alumni Lawn, when 300 students gather to celebrate together on the main lawn of campus! —- Rabbi Shlomo Rothstein, Rohr Chabad House at Vanderbilt University

ACADEMICS Score: 30/30

  • Score: 30/30
  • Acceptance rate: 11%
  • Student/faculty ratio: 8:1
  • Jewish Studies major: Yes
  • Israel Studies major: No


  • Tuition: $45,610
  • Room & board costs: $14,962
  • Average annual scholarship/grant package: $42,430


  • Location: Nashville, Tenn.
  • Region: South
  • Public/Private: Private
  • Undergraduate enrollment: 6,883
  • Jewish undergraduate enrollment: 1,050
  • Jewish population share: 16%
  • Student origin: 10% in-state/90% out-of-state
  • NCAA Division: I
  • NCAA team: Commodores
  • Ultimate Frisbee teams: Armada, VUDU

ISRAEL Score: 15/20

JEWISH LIFE Score: 26.33/40

  • Score: 26.33/40
  • Hillel: Vanderbilt Hillel
  • Chabad: Rohr Chabad House at Vanderbilt University
  • OU-JLIC: None
  • Meor: None
  • Jewish fraternities: AEPi, ZBT
  • Jewish sororities: None
  • Anti-Semitic incidents in 2016: 0
  • Can you get kosher food on the school meal plan? No
  • Active Hillel clubs: 24
  • Hillel Friday night services: 2
  • Average Shabbat attendance – Chabad: 50
  • Synagogues within 10 miles: 4 (1 Orthodox, 1 Conservative, 2 Reform)
  • Eruv: No
  • Most famous Jewish alumnus: Dinah Shore
  • Where do Jewish students come from? All over the country.
  • Kosher food details: Kosher vegetarian and dairy is readily available at Grins Vegetarian Cafe. Kosher meat is harder to come by. The Chabad House is working on a kosher food truck to serve gourmet meat options on campus for lunch. Hillel offers kosher meat meals for Shabbat and holidays. Vanderbilt and Hillel partner to provide Passover meals.
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