The Rosenthal library at Queens College in New York.

Queens College

#T-14, overall score 71.67/100

Fun Fact:

According to the Endangered Language Alliance, more than 800 languages are spoken in Queens, more than anywhere else in the world.

Why should Jewish students attend Queens College? Chabad on Campus of Queens was founded in 2004, and serves the student and alumni Jewish population. Shabbat meals for students are free of charge and take place every week during the semester. Chabad also offers Torah classes and customized one-on-one study with the rabbi and/or rebbetzin, as well as weekly social events. Chabad also has a Young Couples Network, offering events for young married couples, counseling and parenting classes. — Rabbi Shaul Wertheimer, Chabad on Campus - Queens

Queens College has 1,000 Orthodox Jewish students, the second-largest Orthodox Jewish student population in North America. It is in the heart of the large Orthodox Jewish community of Kew Gardens Hills, which has numerous kosher restaurants and supermarkets, dozens of shuls to choose from, a large eruv, multiple Jewish bookstores and more. While Queens College has a strong commuter population, over the last few years it has also developed a vibrant, on-campus Orthodox Jewish student community, with hundreds of Orthodox students living in rented apartments that are within 15 minutes of the campus by foot of campus. There is an active OU-JLIC on campus which offers close to 15 weekly Torah learning opportunities every semester, over 100 special classes, programs, and events per year, and five staff members available to connect with, learn with, and speak to about halachic or personal questions. There are many other active Jewish student clubs to participate in, including Hillel, the Israel Student Association, Chabad, Persian Club, Bukharian Cultural Club, Tizmoret, TAMID and more. — Rabbi Robby and Shoshana Charnoff, OU-JLIC Educators

ACADEMICS Score: 15/30

  • Score: 15/30
  • Acceptance rate: 41%
  • Student/faculty ratio: 14:1
  • Jewish Studies major: Yes
  • Israel Studies major: No


  • In-state tuition: $6,938
  • Out-of-state tuition: $17,408
  • Room & board costs: $608
  • Average annual scholarship/grant package: $8,632


  • Location: New York, N.Y.
  • Region: Mid-Atlantic
  • Public/Private: Public
  • Undergraduate enrollment: 16,100
  • Jewish undergraduate enrollment: 4,000
  • Jewish population share: 25%
  • Student origin: 99% in-state / 1% out-of-state
  • NCAA Division: II
  • NCAA team: Knights

ISRAEL Score: 15.67/20

JEWISH LIFE Score: 31/40

  • Score: 31/40
  • Hillel: Queens College Hillel
  • Chabad: Chabad on Campus - Queens
  • OU-JLIC: Yes
  • Meor: No
  • Jewish fraternities: AEPi, TEP
  • Jewish sororities: SDT
  • Anti-Semitic incidents in 2016: 0
  • Can you get kosher food on the school meal plan? Yes
  • Average Shabbat attendance – Hillel: 100
  • Synagogues within 10 miles: 131 (77 Orthodox, 30 Conservative, 24 Reform)
  • Eruv: Yes
  • Most famous Jewish alumnus: Paul Simon
  • Where do Jewish students come from? Most students are from New York and New Jersey.
  • Kosher food details: In addition to a kosher cafeteria on campus, Queens College students haves many kosher restaurant and supermarket options available within a short walk. On Main Street, one can find multiple kosher restaurants serving pizza, sushi, dairy fare, schnitzel, Mediterranean food, Mexican food, Chinese food and more, all within a 10 minute walk from campus.

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