Jewish students at San Diego State University have a welcome-back barbecue at Hillel.

San Diego State University

#113, overall score 46.33/100

Fun Fact:

SDSU’s raucus student cheering section, called The Show, invented the now-common practice of waving giant cutouts of celebrities’ heads in order to distract opponents.

Why should Jewish students attend SDSU? The Jewish life here has vibrant and exciting, and we probably have the best working relationship in the country with our local Hillel. — Rabbi Chalom Boudjna, Chabad at San Diego State University

San Diego State University excels in many areas, and Jewish campus life at SDSU is strong and continues to grow. Whether a student wants to be involved as a leader or as a participant, there are opportunities to find, enhance or create their Jewish life on campus. With such a welcoming Hillel and great staff, Jewish experiences are both meaningful and exciting. — Jackie Tolley, director, Hillel of San Diego

ACADEMICS Score: 10/30

  • Score: 10/30
  • Acceptance rate: 35%
  • Student/faculty ratio: 28:1
  • Jewish Studies major: Yes
  • Israel Studies major: No


  • In-state tuition: $7,084
  • Out-of-state tuition: $18,244
  • Room & board costs: $14,812
  • Average annual scholarship/grant package: $3,960


  • Location: San Diego
  • Region: West
  • Public/Private: Public
  • Undergraduate enrollment: 29,234
  • Jewish undergraduate enrollment: 1,080
  • Jewish population share: 4%
  • Student origin: 91% in-state / 9% out-of-state
  • NCAA Division: I
  • NCAA team: Aztecs
  • Ultimate Frisbee teams: Federales, Gnomes

ISRAEL Score: 8.5/20

JEWISH LIFE Score: 17.83/40

  • Score: 17.83/40
  • Hillel: Hillel of San Diego
  • Chabad: Chabad at San Diego State University
  • OU-JLIC: No
  • Meor: No
  • Jewish fraternities: AEPi, ZBT
  • Jewish sororities: None
  • Anti-Semitic incidents in 2016: 0
  • Can you get kosher food on the school meal plan? No
  • Hillel Friday night services: 1
  • Average Shabbat attendance – Hillel: 75
  • Average Shabbat attendance – Chabad: 190
  • Synagogues within 10 miles: 6 (2 Orthodox, 3 Conservative, 1 Reform)
  • Eruv: Within one mile of campus
  • Most famous Jewish alumnus: Julie Kavner
  • Most unique/noteworthy Hillel club: Jewish Student Union and Students Supporting Israel are the two main groups that provide a range of social, educational, community service and Israel-related programs in which students can become involved.
  • Where do Jewish students come from? Mostly from California, though the number of out-of-state students has been increasing.
  • Kosher food details: There is no supervised kosher food on campus, but kosher food is available nearby. The Chabad house offers its own meal plan for daily meals Monday to Thursday. It costs $400 per semester.
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