City College of New York

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#117, overall score 47/100

Fun Fact:

City College was the first free public university in the country.

Why should Jewish students attend City College? For Jewish students seeking a public college experience on a New York City campus, The City College of New York offers the opportunity for Jewish students to be members of a tight-knit campus community as well as take advantage of the unlimited opportunities of New York. Between free kosher food on campus, strong Israel advocacy, Shabbatons, conference opportunities, and a caring community, City College is a great place to be a Jewish student. - Yael David, Hillel at City College

Jewish students should attend CCNY, because the school offers affordable education with a small but very active Jewish community. - Rabbi Yudi Shmotkin, Chabad of Hamilton Heights


  • Location: New York, N.Y.
  • Region: Mid-Atlantic
  • Campus type: Big city
  • Public/Private: Public
  • Undergraduate enrollment: 13,511
  • Jewish undergraduate enrollment: 850
  • Jewish population share: 6%
  • Student newspaper: The Campus
  • NCAA Division: III
  • NCAA team: Beavers

COST & AID Score: 7.5/15

  • Score: 7.5/15
  • In-state tuition: $6,689
  • Out-of-state tuition: $13,799
  • Room & board costs: $15,189
  • Average annual scholarship/grant package: $10,645
  • Starting median salary: $51,400
  • Scholarship for Jewish students: No

ACADEMICS Score: 5/20

  • Score: 5/20
  • Acceptance rate: 41%
  • Student/faculty ratio: 15.1:1
  • Median SAT range: 980-1190
  • Jewish Studies program: Yes
  • Jewish Studies major: Yes
  • Hebrew major: No

ISRAEL Score: 12.33/20

  • Score: 12.33/20
  • Size of Birthright trip: 25
  • School-approved study abroad program in Israel: Yes
  • Israel Studies center: No
  • Israel-related clubs: Students Supporting Israel
  • Jewish Agency for Israel fellow: Yes
  • BDS vote in last four years: Never introduced

SAFETY Score: 8/11

  • Score: 8/11
  • Anti-Semitic incidents in 2017: 1
  • Campus crime rate: 0.5/1,000 students (low)
  • City crime rate: 20.36/1,000 people (low)
  • LGBT center: Yes

JEWISH LIFE Score: 14.17/34

  • Score: 14.17/34
  • Hillel: Hillel at City College
  • Chabad: Chabad City College of New York
  • OU-JLIC: No
  • Jewish fraternities: None
  • Jewish sororities: None
  • Can you get kosher food on the school meal plan? No
  • Chicken soup hotline: No
  • Average Shabbat attendance – Hillel: 75
  • Average Shabbat attendance – Chabad: 15
  • Synagogues within 10 miles: 141 (100 Orthodox, 20 Conservative, 21 Reform)
  • Eruv: Yes
  • Most famous Jewish alum: Jonas Salk
  • Where do Jewish students come from? Mostly from New York City.
  • Kosher food details: There is no school meal plan (it is a commuter college). However, Hillel offers free kosher food once a week as well as free snacks and coffee every day at Hillel. The cafeteria sells kosher sandwiches and there is kosher food twice a week served at “club hour” through Chabad, Hillel, and SSI.

What Students Say:

“The Hillel is new and growing.”…“The Jewish community is small and homely! We have a great close community.”

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