The Ivy Coach Daily

March 21, 2023

Colleges with Highest Jewish Populations in 2022

This is an aerial image of Cornell University's campus.
Cornell University has a robust Jewish community (photo credit: Sach1tb).

Originally Published on November 9, 2018:

Which public and private universities boast the largest Jewish student bodies in America and Canada? For many Jewish high school students, in particular, in light of a rising tide of anti-Semitism here in America and globally in 2023, attending a university with a vibrant Jewish community is essential. So which schools boast the most Jewish students in their student bodies? Wonder no more.

Public Universities Ranked By Jewish Population

Below are the 2022 top 60 public universities by Jewish population, as aggregated by Hillel College Guide Magazine:

  1. University of Florida
  2. Rutgers University, New Brunswick
  3. University of Central Florida
  4. University of Maryland, College Park
  5. University of Michigan
  6. University of Wisconsin, Madison
  7. CUNY, Brooklyn College
  8. Queens College
  9. Indiana University
  10. Pennsylvania State University, University Park
  11. Binghamton University
  12. McGill University
  13. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  14. Florida State University
  15. California State University, Northridge
  16. Michigan State University
  17. Florida International University
  18. York University
  19. Arizona State University
  20. University of Arizona
  21. Western University
  22. University of California, Santa Barbara
  23. Ohio State University
  24. University of Texas, Austin
  25. University of Vermont
  26. University of Colorado at Boulder
  27. University of California, Davis
  28. University of California, Berkeley
  29. University of California, Los Angeles
  30. University of Delaware
  31. Queensborough Community College
  32. Towson University
  33. University of Connecticut
  34. Los Angeles Pierce College, Woodland Hills
  35. University of Massachusetts, Amherst
  36. Virginia Tech
  37. University of Oregon
  38. University of Pittsburgh
  39. University at Albany
  40. CUNY, Baruch College
  41. CUNY, Hunter College
  42. University at Buffalo
  43. Florida Atlantic University
  44. Queen’s University
  45. Temple University, Main and Ambler
  46. University of Washington
  47. University of Toronto, St. George
  48. Ryerson University
  49. University of Minnesota
  50. University of Kansas
  51. CUNY, College of Staten Island
  52. University of California, Santa Cruz
  53. Stony Brook University
  54. James Madison University
  55. California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
  56. University of Guelph
  57. Concordia University, Sir George and Loyola Campus
  58. University of South Florida
  59. SUNY Rockland Community College
  60. University of Maryland, Baltimore County

Private Universities Ranked By Jewish Population

Below are the 2022 top 60 private universities by Jewish population, as aggregated by Hillel College Guide Magazine:

  1. Boston University
  2. New York University
  3. Tulane University
  4. George Washington University
  5. Touro College
  6. Yeshiva University
  7. Cornell University
  8. Syracuse University
  9. Washington University in St. Louis
  10. University of Miami
  11. University of Southern California
  12. University of Pennsylvania
  13. American University
  14. Columbia University
  15. Brown University
  16. Northeastern University
  17. Brandeis University
  18. Long Island University, Brooklyn Campus
  19. Emory University
  20. Northwestern University
  21. Ithaca College
  22. Tufts University
  23. Vanderbilt University
  24. Lehigh University
  25. Drexel University
  26. Barnard College
  27. Hofstra University
  28. Duke University
  29. Elon University
  30. Yale University
  31. University of Chicago
  32. Claremont Colleges
  33. Harvard University
  34. Oberlin College
  35. University of Hartford
  36. University of Rochester
  37. Case Western Reserve University
  38. Clark University
  39. Chapman University
  40. Stanford University
  41. DePaul University
  42. Skidmore College
  43. Princeton University
  44. Pace University
  45. The New School
  46. University of Tampa
  47. Rochester Institute of Technology
  48. Sarah Lawrence College
  49. Muhlenberg College
  50. Johns Hopkins University
  51. University of Denver
  52. Georgetown University
  53. Johns Hopkins University
  54. Vassar College
  55. Emerson College
  56. Bentley University
  57. Dartmouth College
  58. Carnegie Mellon University
  59. Boston College
  60. Fordham University

Interestingly, some of these schools are Jesuit institutions, like Georgetown and Fordham. Yet these schools nonetheless boast robust Jewish populations.

Ivy League Schools Ranked By Jewish Population

Below are the 2022 Ivy League schools ranked by Jewish population, as aggregated by Hillel College Guide Magazine.

Remember that this ranking is based on the total undergraduate Jewish student population rather than the percentage of the Jewish student body. Thus, the Jewish student body size at some schools, like Dartmouth, with its total undergraduate student body of 4,556 as of fall 2021, is much smaller than other schools, like Cornell, which has a total undergraduate student body of 15,503 as of fall 2021.

  1. Cornell University
  2. University of Pennsylvania
  3. Columbia University
  4. Brown University
  5. Yale University
  6. Harvard University
  7. Princeton University
  8. Dartmouth College

Why It Matters to Track Jewish Student Population Size at Colleges

We share these figures chiefly because we’re concerned about the declining number of Jewish students at Ivy League schools, a topic we’ve touched upon in the past and intend to revisit in the coming months.

While many schools tout the percentage of African American/Black, Latino, Native American, first-generation college students, low-income students, and more, many don’t release corresponding figures for Jewish students in their student bodies. As such, we at Ivy Coach will spotlight these figures to hold these universities accountable.

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