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B’nai B’rith Starts Census of Jewish Students, Seeks Data in 1,500 American Schools

The B’nai B’rith today announced that its vocational service bureau has started a census of Jewish college students. The census seeks information on Jewish students in about 1,500 institutions of higher education in the United States.

A similar study was completed by the B’nai B’rith ten years ago. It showed that Jewish students represented 9.1 percent of American college students. While there was one college student to every 110 persons in the American population, American Jewry had one college student to every 42. Eight percent of the schools enrolled 90 percent of the Jewish students. Jews represented 26 percent of the students in dentistry, 25 percent in law, 22 percent in pharmacy, 17 percent in commerce, 16 percent in engineering, 3 percent in education, 2.5 percent in agriculture, 1.6 percent in military science.