Virginia Commonwealth University

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#170, overall score 37.25/100

Fun Fact:

VCU opened the first American university campus in Qatar in 1998.

CAMPUS INFORMATION

  • Location: Richmond, Va.
  • Region: South
  • Campus type: Small city
  • Public/Private: Public
  • Undergraduate enrollment: 24,212
  • Jewish undergraduate enrollment: 1,000
  • Jewish population share: 4%
  • Student newspaper: The Commonwealth Times
  • NCAA Division: I
  • NCAA team: Rams
  • Ultimate Frisbee teams: Villains / Vendetta

COST & AID Score: 2.5/15

  • Score: 2.5/15
  • In-state tuition: $13,570
  • Out-of-state tuition: $32,942
  • Room & board costs: $10,187
  • Average annual scholarship/grant package: $10,205
  • Average loan debt: $31,919
  • Scholarship for Jewish students: No

ACADEMICS Score: 3.33/20

  • Score: 3.33/20
  • Acceptance rate: 77%
  • Student/faculty ratio: 17.75:1
  • Median SAT range: 1076-1292
  • Jewish Studies program: Yes
  • Jewish Studies major: Minor
  • Hebrew major: No

ISRAEL Score: 10.67/20

  • Score: 10.67/20
  • Size of Birthright trip: 50
  • Israel Studies center: No
  • Israel-related clubs: No
  • Jewish Agency for Israel fellow: No
  • BDS vote in last four years: Never introduced

SAFETY Score: 8.67/11

  • Score: 8.67/11
  • Anti-Semitic incidents in 2017: 0
  • Campus crime rate: 3.5/1,000 students (medium low)
  • City crime rate: 3.5/1,000 people (low)
  • LGBT center: Yes

JEWISH LIFE Score: 12.08/34

  • Score: 12.08/34
  • Hillel: Jewish Life at VCU
  • Chabad: Jewish Life at VCU
  • Jewish fraternities: None
  • Jewish sororities: None
  • Can you get kosher food on the school meal plan? No
  • Chicken soup hotline: Yes
  • Active Hillel clubs: 3
  • Hillel Friday night services: 1
  • Average Shabbat attendance – Hillel: 30
  • Average Shabbat attendance – Chabad: 30
  • Synagogues within 10 miles: 4 (1 Orthodox, 2 Conservative, 1 Reform)
  • Eruv: No
  • Most famous Jewish alum: Saul Krugman
  • Where do Jewish students come from? Mostly from Virginia.

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