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#30, overall score 66.83/100

Fun Fact:

YU sports teams have frequently won conference championships in sports like tennis, volleyball and cross-country. The teams do not play on Shabbat or other Jewish holidays.


  • Location: New York, N.Y.
  • Region: Mid-Atlantic
  • Campus type: Big city
  • Public/Private: Private
  • Undergraduate enrollment: 2,714
  • Jewish undergraduate enrollment: 2,714
  • Jewish population share: 100%
  • Student origin: 65% in-state/35% out-of-state Student newspaper: YU Commentator, YU Observer
  • NCAA Division: III
  • NCAA team: Maccabees

What Students Say:

“It’s amazing to go to a Jewish college, but it’s a commuter school so a majority of people leave for the weekends.”

COST & AID Score: 3.33/15

  • Score: 3.33/15
  • Tuition: $42,000
  • Room & board costs: $12,000
  • Average annual scholarship/grant package: $9,556
  • Average loan debt: $$23,551
  • Scholarship for Jewish students: Yes

ACADEMICS Score: 11.67/30

ISRAEL Score: 15.33/20

  • Score: 15.33/20
  • Size of Birthright trip: 25
  • School-approved study abroad program in Israel: Yes
  • Israel Studies center: Yes
  • Israel-related clubs: YU Israel Club, TAMID, IAC Mishelanu
  • Jewish Agency for Israel fellow: No
  • BDS vote in last four years: Never introduced

SAFETY Score: 9/11

  • Score: 9/11
  • Anti-Semitic incidents in 2017: 0
  • Campus crime rate: 5.51/1,000 students (medium-high)
  • City crime rate: 20.36/1,000 people (low)
  • LGBT center: No

JEWISH LIFE Score: 33/40

  • Score: 33/40
  • Hillel: None
  • Chabad: Chabad of Washington Heights
  • OU-JLIC: None
  • Jewish fraternities: AEPi, ZBT
  • Jewish sororities: None
  • Jewish dorm: All of them
  • Jewish a capella group: Y-Studs
  • Can you get kosher food on the school meal plan?: Yes
  • Synagogues within 10 miles: 121 (84 Orthodox, 18 Conservative, 19 Reform)
  • Eruv: Yes
  • Most famous Jewish alum: Jason Greenblatt

What Students Say:

“Everyone’s Jewish, but I don’t feel so much of a community”…”There could be more/better Shabbat events so people actually want to stay in for Shabbat.”

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