University Students
University StudentsIsrael news photo: Flash 90

306,370 college students will begin the academic year on Sunday, at 63 universities and colleges across Israel.

Of those, 233,200 are in undergraduate degree programs; 60,700 are in graduate degree programs; 10,970 are in doctorate programs; and 1,500 students are learning for certificates in specific professions. 

Undergraduate degree enrollment dropped by 0.9% for the 2015-16 academic year. Of those attending: 68,120 are learning at research-based universities - still the prime educational model for higher education in Israel; 42,800 are learning at the Open University; 60,900 are learning at state-funded colleges and 36,680 are enrolled at private colleges.

Some 57,530 students are beginning their undergraduate education on Sunday. 

The national student union also published its annual student satisfaction ranking Sunday, in honor of the beginning of the academic year. The survey examines the satisfaction of students in many areas, including the level of the courses, the quality of the lecturers, curriculum, and physical conditions in the various institutions. 

In first place for 2015-16 is the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) in Herzliya, followed by the Ruppin Academic Center and the Academic Center of Law and Business in Ramat Gan.

In terms of state-funded universities, the highest-ranking is the Open University in sixth place - followed by the Technion in Haifa (20th place), Ariel University in Samaria (23rd place), Bar-Ilan University (26th), and Haifa, Tel Aviv, and Hebrew Universities in 29-31 places, respectively. Ben-Gurion University of the Negev bottoms out the university rankings at 35th place.