UCLA, Michigan and Northwestern drop in ADL antisemitism ranking

The universities, popular with Jewish students, all saw their grades drop after poor handling of campus protests


ANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN - MAY 4: A student holds a Flag of Israel during a Pro-Palestinian protest during the University of Michigan's Spring Commencement ceremony on May 4, 2024 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. A group of students called for the University of Michigan to divest from companies with ties to Israel during the spring commencement ceremony. (Photo by Nic Antaya/Getty Images)

Colleges and universities that are popular among Jewish students still have a way to go in the fight to stop Jew hatred on campus, according to a revised “Campus Antisemitism Report Card” issued today by the Anti-Defamation League.

As with the initial report, which was released in April, only two schools received a perfect “A.” The number of schools receiving a failing grade went from 13 in April to nine in the recent report, pointing to some improvements.

However, three schools—Northwestern University, University of California-Los Angeles, and University of Michigan—saw their grade drop from a “D” to “F” in response to what the ADL categorized as “serious incidents” stemming from the anti-Israel encampments on campus and “a lack of adequate administrative response.”

Michigan, UCLA and Northwestern, all have large Jewish student populations. According to Hillel, Michigan is the 5th most Jewish public university in America, UCLA is 29th and Northwestern is 20th in the private university rankings

Jonathan Greenblatt, CEO of the ADL, said after the initial report was issued, there was an assumption that things on campus would calm down, especially as the end of the school year was fast approaching.

That turned out not to be the case as, according to Greenblatt, there was an “alarming surge of anti-Jewish hate connected to the encampments and other on-campus protests, putting students’ safety at risk and even prompting some schools to cancel graduation.”

“The end of the school year should be a joyous time for students and their families,” he said in a press release. “It is unacceptable that some university leaders have let this situation get this out of hand.”

Among the schools that saw their ratings improve were Swarthmore College which went from an “F” to a “D” because of “new information on their public condemnation of antisemitic incidents and their internal promotion of Jewish holidays” and Wellesley College which moved from a “D” to a “C” because of “new information” about pro-Israel programming.

The report also singled out several other schools, such as the University of Texas, Austin, and the University of Florida, for making significant improvements in handling of antisemitism on their campuses. However, because of the way the methodology used in the ratings they did not move up a grade.

The report card has proven beneficial especially as high school seniors declared where they would be going to college in the fall. As an ADL spokesperson said, “We always intended this to be one of the many tools schools and parents could use. Anecdotally, we did hear from parents and students that the tool was useful and an important resource as they were making decisions.”

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