West Virginia University

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#152, overall score 41.67/100

Fun Fact:

WVU operates a Personal Rapid Transit system, a network of 73 bus-like vehicles that run on tracks, which allows riders to specify their destination and to be transported there directly.

Why should Jewish students attend WVU? WVU is an R1 research institution. There are not anti-Israel or anti-Semitic groups on campus. There are many great opportunities for Jewish students who are super confident with their Jewish identity. - Rabbi Zalman Gurevitz, Rohr Chabad Jewish Center

Our university is extremely school spirited. Even though our Jewish community isn’t the biggest, we all know each other. It’s nice to have a close community that you can turn to in a state that isn’t that well-educated about the Jewish religion. It’s also an interesting experience to teach people about Judaism. WVU is more for a relaxed Jewish student but welcomes everyone. - WVU Hillel


  • Location: Morgantown, W.V.
  • Region: South
  • Campus type: College town
  • Public/Private: Public
  • Undergraduate enrollment: 22,350
  • Jewish undergraduate enrollment: 750
  • Jewish population share: 3%
  • Student newspaper: The Daily Athenaeum
  • NCAA Division: I
  • NCAA team: Mountaineers
  • Ultimate Frisbee teams: Wild / Mountain Mamas

COST & AID Score: 6.17/15

  • Score: 6.17/15
  • In-state tuition: $8,376
  • Out-of-state tuition: $23,616
  • Room & board costs: $10,576
  • Average annual scholarship/grant package: $6,616
  • Average loan debt: $29,358
  • Scholarship for Jewish students: No

ACADEMICS Score: 0/20

  • Score: 0/20
  • Acceptance rate: 72%
  • Student/faculty ratio: 19:1
  • Median SAT range: 1010-1200
  • Jewish Studies program: No
  • Jewish Studies major: No
  • Hebrew major: No

ISRAEL Score: 11/20

  • Score: 11/20
  • Size of Birthright trip: 13
  • School-approved study abroad program in Israel: Yes
  • Israel Studies center: No
  • Israel-related clubs: No
  • Jewish Agency for Israel fellow: No
  • BDS vote in last four years: Never introduced

SAFETY Score: 9.67/11

  • Score: 9.67/11
  • Anti-Semitic incidents in 2017: 0
  • Campus crime rate: 1.4/1,000 students (low)
  • City crime rate: 24.53/1,000 people (medium low)
  • LGBT center: Yes

JEWISH LIFE Score: 14.83/34

  • Score: 14.83/34
  • Hillel: WVU Hillel
  • Chabad: Rohr Chabad Jewish Center
  • OU-JLIC: No
  • Jewish fraternities: AEPi
  • Jewish sororities: None
  • Can you get kosher food on the school meal plan? Yes
  • Chicken soup hotline: Yes
  • Hillel Friday night services: 1
  • Average Shabbat attendance – Hillel: 10
  • Average Shabbat attendance – Chabad: 35
  • Synagogues within 10 miles: 1 (Reform)
  • Eruv: No
  • Where do Jewish students come from? Mostly the Northeast and Midwest.
  • Kosher food details: Chabad is a partner with WVU Dining. Students can come to Chabad and swipe their meal plan card at no additional cost. The Chabad house is about 400 feet from one of the freshman dorms and 600 feet from the student union.

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