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#T-139, overall score 43.58/100

Fun Fact:

In 2014, researchers at Virginia Tech invented a battery that runs completely on sugar.

Why should Jewish students attend Virginia Tech? Hillel at VT is a growing but established Hillel with a beautiful, welcoming and Passive House-certified building. There is an opportunity in every direction and a chance to make a difference. Hillel has a great relationship with Virginia Tech, which provides even more opportunities. With a diverse staff, we are able to relate to all types of students and staff multiple service trips, leadership retreats and professional conferences each year. Beyond this, we have multiple internships, creative programs and so much more. — Dayna Guadagno, Hillel at Virginia Tech


  • Location: Blacksburg, Va.
  • Region: South
  • Campus type: College town
  • Public/Private: Public
  • Undergraduate enrollment: 25,791
  • Jewish undergraduate enrollment: 2,000
  • Jewish population share: 8%
  • Student origin: 76% in-state / 24% out-of-state
  • Student newspaper: Collegiate Times
  • NCAA Division: I
  • NCAA team: Hokies
  • Ultimate Frisbee teams: Burn / Burnettes

What Students Say:

“People are happy to be at Tech”…”There are opportunities for every kind of person and interest. You can find your niche within a large school.”

COST & AID Score: 5.83/15

  • Score: 5.83/15
  • In-state tuition: $12,852
  • Out-of-state tuition: $29,371
  • Room & board costs: $8,424
  • Average annual scholarship/grant package: $8,261
  • Average loan debt: $30,221
  • Starting median salary: $58,600
  • Scholarship for Jewish students: No

ACADEMICS Score: 5/20

  • Score: 5/20
  • Acceptance rate: 70%
  • Student/faculty ratio: 14:1
  • Median SAT range: 1180-1360
  • Jewish Studies program: Yes
  • Jewish Studies major: Minor
  • Hebrew major: No

ISRAEL Score: 11.67/20

  • Score: 11.67/20
  • Size of Birthright trip: 60
  • Israel Studies center: No
  • Israel-related clubs: Friends of Israel at Virginia Tech
  • Jewish Agency for Israel fellow: Yes
  • BDS vote in last four years: Never introduced

SAFETY Score: 7.67/11

  • Score: 7.67/11
  • Anti-Semitic incidents in 2017: 1
  • Campus crime rate: 1.72/1,000 students (low)
  • City crime rate: 10.15/1,000 people (low)
  • LGBT center: Yes

JEWISH LIFE Score: 13.42/34

  • Score: 13.42/34
  • Hillel: Hillel at Virginia Tech
  • Chabad: Librescu Jewish Student Center
  • OU-JLIC: No
  • Jewish fraternities: None
  • Jewish sororities: None
  • Can you get kosher food on the school meal plan? No
  • Chicken soup hotline: Yes
  • Active Hillel clubs: 7
  • Hillel Friday night services: 3
  • Average Shabbat attendance – Hillel: 80
  • Synagogues within 10 miles: 0
  • Eruv: No
  • Where do Jewish students come from? All over, but mainly Northern Virginia.
  • Kosher food details: Kosher food is available at Hillel.

What Students Say:

“We all come from different backgrounds but share pride in our Judaism”…”The Jewish community could combine events with other Jewish organizations to increase the feeling of unity within the whole community”…”We try to reach out to more people who are Jewish on our campus”…”Being in southwest Virginia, we’re probably one of the more isolated Jewish communities in the U.S., so we’re very cohesive.”

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