The For­ward Col­lege Guide

The 10 Best Schools For Jewish Stu­dents

Forward Magazine - - Contents - BY LAURA E. AD­KINS & AI­DEN PINK

By Laura E. Ad­kins & Ai­den Pink

Wel­come to the For­ward’s first-ever Jewish Guide to Col­lege. It was cre­ated and shaped by two young and val­ued mem­bers of our staff, Ai­den Pink and Laura E. Ad­kins, whose own diplo­mas are as fresh as their mem­o­ries. They spent months col­lect­ing data and crunch­ing num­bers, sur­vey­ing cam­pus pro­fes­sion­als and speak­ing to stu­dents, par­ents and alumni, to cre­ate a com­pre­hen­sive pic­ture of what Jews take into con­sid­er­a­tion when they look for a col­lege.

At a time when cam­pus life is ei­ther pil­lo­ried or par­o­died, this guide draws from 10,000 points of data to paint a real pic­ture of Jewish life at 171 col­leges and uni­ver­si­ties across the coun­try. To rank the schools, Ai­den and Laura cre­ated a for­mula that took into ac­count nearly 50 vari­ables be­cause they un­der­stand that stu­dents have dif­fer­ent Jewish con­cerns and pri­or­i­ties. Some want a vi­brant Hil­lel and a kosher din­ing hall. Oth­ers look for a cam­pus brim­ming with so­cial ac­tivism.

It’s all here — along with solid in­for­ma­tion about aca­demics, cost and other fac­tors. There are fun facts from each cam­pus, some sur­pris­ing rank­ings, and dozens of first-hand ac­counts by Jewish pro­fes­sion­als and stu­dents.

We con­sider this guide a work in progress, and in­tend to up­date it ev­ery year — with your help. Send along your com­ments and sug­ges­tions to

col­lege@for­ward.com. And join me in thank­ing Ai­den, Laura and the ed­i­tors for help­ing us to view Amer­i­can higher ed­u­ca­tion through a Jewish lens.

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