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Jewish high-schoolers refrained from applying to some colleges, say parents

The rise in anti-Jewish and anti-Israel sentiment on campus has grabbed the attention of 93% of poll respondents.

College campus. Credit: An Nguyen/Shutterstock.
College campus. Credit: An Nguyen/Shutterstock.

Hillel International released the results of a new survey, taken between March 13 and March 18, of 427 Jewish parents and the status of their children applying to U.S. colleges.

It showed that 64% of Jewish parents reported that their high school-aged students chose not to apply to an academic institution they might have otherwise considered before Oct. 7, due to the uptick in antisemitic and anti-Israel incidents nationwide.

The research also revealed that 93% of parents closely followed the rise of hate on campus.

“These findings confirm what we’ve consistently heard from Jewish parents since October 7: They are alarmed by the dramatic rise in antisemitism on campus,” said Adam Lehman, president and CEO of Hillel International. “They and their students are changing their approach to the college decision-making process because of it.”

The Anti-Defamation League reported on Nov. 29 that 73% of Jewish college students and 44% of non-Jewish students had seen or experienced antisemitism since the start of the 2023-24 academic year.

The poll has a margin of error of 4.74% and was conducted by the Benenson Strategy Group. Participants described themselves as Jewish, raising a junior or senior in high school who intends to partake in higher education.

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