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To the sec­ond-an­nual For­ward Col­lege Guide! Our first edi­tion last year reached hun­dreds of thousands of read­ers and won mul­ti­ple jour­nal­ism awards, but what was most grat­i­fy­ing for us was the feed­back we got from some of the many Jewish stu­dents and pare

Forward Magazine - - FORWARD COLLEGE GUIDE - — AI­DEN PINK & LAURA E. AD­KINS

We’ve de­signed our guide for ev­ery type of Jewish stu­dent – for as­pir­ing neu­ro­science re­searchers and fu­ture busi­ness ty­coons, for those look­ing for ro­bust re­li­gious op­tions, for those just hop­ing to meet an­other Jewish stu­dent for the first time, for those seek­ing an outlet for their vol­un­teer­ing, for those look­ing for a small school far from home to those look­ing for a large ur­ban one nearby, from so­cial ac­tivists to so­cial drinkers and ev­ery­one in be­tween.

The ex­panded guide fea­tures 44 new col­leges and now con­tains over 20,000 points of in­for­ma­tion about life at 215 uni­ver­si­ties across the United States. It is also filled to the brim with new fea­tures, in­clud­ing ex­panded in­for­ma­tion about ad­mis­sions and fi­nan­cial aid, and de­tails about things that make a school’s Jewish com­mu­nity unique, like a capella groups and chicken soup hot­lines. We’ve also slightly re­jig­gered our rank­ing for­mula to re­flect what Jewish stu­dents and par­ents have told us re­ally mat­ters when pick­ing a school – in­clud­ing a whole new sec­tion de­voted to stu­dent safety.

In these next pages, you’ll find the top 15 schools for Jewish stu­dents, the best schools for those who love Is­rael, stu­dent tes­ti­mo­ni­als and an es­say by our Col­lege Guide in­tern Sara Se­farty on how the boy­cott, di­vest­ment and sanc­tions move­ment is of­ten overblown — just a taste of what’s in store on­line.

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on or af­ter Au­gust 15.

1 (Tied)

Brown Univer­sity OVER­ALL SCORE 84.25/ 100

2017 RANK: 8

PROVIDENCE, RHODE IS­LAND

Jewish un­der­grad pop­u­la­tion: 1,000 (14%)

“There’s such a cul­ture of hap­pi­ness and self-care in­stead of stress, de­spite how suc­cess­ful ev­ery­one is, which is re­ally hard to find on most cam­puses.”

3

Emory Univer­sity

OVER­ALL SCORE 84.17/ 100 2017 RANK: 1

AT­LANTA, GE­OR­GIA

Jewish un­der­grad pop­u­la­tion: 1,500 (22%)

“Be­ing in­volved in the Jewish com­mu­nity is cool—go­ing to Shab­bat dinner is a so­cial ac­tiv­ity, I never feel like I’m go­ing ‘alone’ or no one wants to join.” Har­vard Univer­sity OVER­ALL SCORE 84.25/ 100

2017 RANK: 4

CAM­BRIDGE, MAS­SACHUSETTS

Jewish un­der­grad pop­u­la­tion: 803 (12%)

“Har­vard’s hous­ing sys­tem sets it apart from most schools. House life be­comes a part of the iden­tity of Har­vard stu­dents, and our ‘tu­tors’ (who are like RAs, ex­cept they’re ei­ther grad­u­ate stu­dents or staff/fac­ulty) serve as great re­sources for aca­demic, so­cial or other is­sues.”

4 Univer­sity of Penn­syl­va­nia

OVER­ALL SCORE 80.50/ 100 2017 RANK: 2 PHILADEL­PHIA, PENN­SYL­VA­NIA Jewish un­der­grad pop­u­la­tion: 1,750 (17%)

“Penn stu­dents are in­cred­i­bly smart, cre­ative, and en­tre­pre­neur­ial but they also like to have fun.”

5 Van­der­bilt Univer­sity

OVER­ALL SCORE 78.83/ 100

2017 RANK: 5

NASHVILLE, TEN­NESSEE

Jewish un­der­grad pop­u­la­tion: 1,000 (15%) “Stu­dents at­tend­ing Van­der­bilt Univer­sity will have the op­por­tu­nity to en­joy be­ing a part of a vi­brant and grow­ing Jewish com­mu­nity in greater Nashville, one of the na­tion’s fastest grow­ing and most dy­namic cities.”

6 North­west­ern Univer­sity

OVER­ALL SCORE 78.50/ 100

2017 RANK: 33

EVANSTON, ILLI­NOIS

Jewish un­der­grad pop­u­la­tion: 1,200 (14%) “There is al­ways Jewish pro­gram­ming go­ing on through­out the week around cam­pus. In one week, you could com­fort­ably hit three sep­a­rate din­ners, two Jewish learn­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties and one en­gag­ing pro­gram (e.g. tram­polin­ing) across our three strong Jewish cen­ters on cam­pus.”

7 Wash­ing­ton Univer­sity in St. Louis

OVER­ALL SCORE 77.83/ 100

2017 RANK: 3

ST. LOUIS, MIS­SOURI

Jewish un­der­grad pop­u­la­tion: 1,800 (24%) “Al­though it is a highly-ranked and aca­dem­i­cally rig­or­ous univer­sity, ev­ery­one wants ev­ery­one else to suc­ceed. Not once have I been re­fused help from a teacher or even from any of my peers. I never study alone for tests or ex­ams, and am con­stantly sup­ported by my friends and class­mates as a stu­dent.”

8 Cor­nell Univer­sity

OVER­ALL SCORE 76.33/ 100

2017 RANK: 6

ITHACA, NEW YORK

Jewish un­der­grad pop­u­la­tion: 3,000 (21%) “Since Cor­nell is fairly large, it has the po­ten­tial to be over­whelm­ing. How­ever, we are small enough that ev­ery­one is ca­pa­ble of find­ing their place within the cam­pus com­mu­nity.”

9 Columbia Univer­sity

OVER­ALL SCORE 75.25/ 100

2017 RANK: 9

NEW YORK, NEW YORK

Jewish un­der­grad pop­u­la­tion: 650 (11%)

“My spe­cific Jewish com­mu­nity at CU (and there are many) is unique be­cause it’s very thought­ful, very silly, and very com­mit­ted to in­tro­spec­tion and open to grow­ing and learn­ing, es­pe­cially about our Jewish­ness.”

10

New York Univer­sity

OVER­ALL SCORE 74.50/ 100

2017 RANK: 12

NEW YORK, NEW YORK

Jewish un­der­grad pop­u­la­tion: 3,500 (13%) “An ex­tremely ex­cit­ing lo­ca­tion with ex­cel­lent Jewish in­fra­struc­ture and a large, di­verse and wel­com­ing Jewish com­mu­nity.”

11

Prince­ton Univer­sity

OVER­ALL SCORE 74.33/ 100

2017 RANK: 13

PRINCE­TON, NEW JER­SEY

Jewish un­der­grad pop­u­la­tion: 500 (9%)

“Be pre­pared to hear new view­points, en­gage in dif­fi­cult con­ver­sa­tions and have your core be­liefs tested.”

12 Mas­sachusetts In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy

OVER­ALL SCORE 73.58/100

2017 RANK: 20

CAM­BRIDGE, MAS­SACHUSETTS

Jewish un­der­grad pop­u­la­tion: 340 (8%)

“The Jewish com­mu­nity is unique be­cause of its di­ver­sity and con­nec­tions across de­nom­i­na­tions. There is a fan­tas­tic lack of la­bels like ‘the Or­tho­dox com­mu­nity,’ etc.”

13

Tufts Univer­sity

OVER­ALL SCORE 72.67/100

2017 RANK: 16

MED­FORD, MAS­SACHUSETTS

Jewish un­der­grad pop­u­la­tion: 1,200 (22%)

“Our Jewish stu­dent lead­ers cre­ate a broad range of so­cial, cul­tural, ed­u­ca­tional and re­li­gious events al­most ev­ery day.”

14

Yale Univer­sity

OVER­ALL SCORE 72.42/100

2017 RANK: 11

NEW HAVEN, CON­NECTI­CUT

Jewish un­der­grad pop­u­la­tion: 800 (15%)

“Yale stu­dents are sorted into 14 res­i­den­tial col­leges, which have their own din­ing halls, tra­di­tions and in­tra­mu­ral sports teams.”

15

Bran­deis Univer­sity

OVER­ALL SCORE 72.33/100

2017 RANK: 18

WALTHAM, MAS­SACHUSETTS

Jewish un­der­grad pop­u­la­tion: 1,600 (44%) “There are many Jews at Bran­deis so there are many dif­fer­ent Jewish com­mu­ni­ties. Al­though Hil­lel def­i­nitely has the most sway over Ju­daism at Bran­deis, there are other op­tions.”

BROWN/RISD HIL­LEL

HANUKKAH ATBROWN UNIVER­SITY

HAVARD HIL­LEL

HIL­LEL AT HAR­VARD UNIVER­SITY

CHABAD STU­DENT CEN­TER AT VAN­DER­BILT UNIVER­SITY

CHABAD AT EMORY UNIVER­SITY

CHABAD STU­DENT CEN­TER AT VAN­DER­BILT UNIVER­SITY

HANUKKAH AT VAN­DER­BILT UNIVER­SITY

COLUMBIA/BARNARD HIL­LEL

HIL­LEL AT COLUMBIA UNIVER­SITY

NORTH­WEST­ERN HIL­LEL

HIL­LEL AT NORTH­WEST­ERNUNIVER­SITY

CEN­TER FOR JEWISH LIFE

‘CHAL­LAH FOR HUNGER’ AT PRINCE­TON UNIVER­SITY

MIT HIL­LEL

GRAD­U­A­TION AT MIT

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