It can be tough to be a Zionist college student sometimes. Israel’s popularity is dropping among Millennials, and the boycott, divestment and sanctions campaign appears to be growing in strength on campuses.
At the same time, though, there have never been more options to engage with Israel at universities — from going on Birthright, to taking classes in Israel Studies, to participating in Israel-related clubs that focus on every facet of the Jewish state and its people — from culture to politics to high-tech.
There are many, many universities that have an Israel-friendly atmosphere and provide lots of great opportunities. But according to the formula we used to create the Forward College Guide, these universities are the best:
1) Brandeis University — 19.33/20
T-2) Boston University — 18.67/20
T-2) Florida State University — 18.67/20
T-2) University of Florida — 18.67/20
5) Emory University — 18.33/20
T-6) Duke University — 18/20
T-6) New York University — 18/20
8) Indiana University Bloomington — 17.67/20
T-9) American University — 17.5/20
T-9) University of Maryland, College Park — 17.5/20
11) University of Oregon — 17.33/20
T-12) Johns Hopkins University — 17/20
T-12) University of Pennsylvania — 17/20
T-12) University of Southern California — 17/20
T-12) Washington University in St. Louis — 17/20
16) Columbia University — 16.83/20
17) Binghamton University — 16.5/20
T-18) Claremont McKenna College — 16/20
T-18) Dartmouth College — 16/20
T-18) Harvey Mudd College — 16/20
T-18) Pomona College — 16/20
T-18) University of Miami — 16/20
NOTE: For our rankings of schools that have the most thriving Jewish life on campus, click here.
Aiden Pink is the Deputy News Editor for the Forward.