As an Orthodox Jew who is a fairly recent college graduate (and proud alumna of NYU), I know firsthand the challenges of being an observant Jew on a college campus. At many universities, Shabbat, holidays and everyday meal planning can be a hassle — especially in universities far from a large Jewish community. Thankfully, I attended a college with an abundance of resources — including delicious kosher food available on the meal plan and at Hillel, Chabad and JLIC events, abundant Jewish programming on campus, an engaged and tight-knit Jewish student community, dedicated Jewish professionals and plenty of synagogues nearby.
The schools on this list provide all of these things and more: our formula for Orthodox-friendly campuses is designed to ensure that all of the colleges on this list have kosher food on the meal plan, at least one Orthodox synagogue within 10 miles, abundant Jewish programming and an eruv surrounding their campus (a construct that allows Jewish residents to carry certain objects outside their own homes on Shabbat), allowing community members to observe Shabbat more easily. The following list is presented in alphabetical order:
Laura E. Adkins is the Forward’s Deputy Opinion Editor and runs Scribe, the Forward’s Contributor Network. She holds a B.A. in Economics from NYU and grew up in Southwest Missouri. She writes about data, orthodoxy, kosher wine and builds interactive maps — though usually not all at the same time. Contact Laura at firstname.lastname@example.org, like her page on Facebook, or follow her on Twitter.