George Washington University used to be one of Josh Jury’s top choices for college. Its vibrant chapter of Hillel, a popular club for Jewish students, piqued the interest of the Illinois high school senior, who wants to study international relations.
That all changed a few weeks ago when backlash mounted at the private college over student protests of the Israel-Hamas war. In Jury’s view, the university’s response to the controversial incident was “really disheartening.”
As disagreement over the war upends American higher education, he’s not the only student rethinking his college plans.