California State University, Northridge

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#90, overall score 51.92/100

Fun Fact:

Among the TV shows filmed on CSUN’s campus were “Arrested Development,” “The Office” and “Buffy the Vampire Slayer.”

Why should Jewish students attend CSUN? With multiple schools ranked in the top 25 nationally — including business, film and education — CSUN provides its students with an incredible education at an unbelievable value. CSUN’s Jewish community is thriving with 3,500 Jewish students and the opportunity to major, or minor, in Jewish studies. On top of all of this, CSUN’s location in the San Fernando Valley provides students with unprecedented access to business networking opportunities, local beaches and all of the excitement that exists in the greater Los Angeles metro area. — David S. Katz, executive director, Hillel 818

Jewish students should attend our campus because there really is an overall opportunity to meet all needs. Our college provides students with an excellent education while being able to observe a halachic lifestyle. Our Hillel house is always open and full of students, with kosher food always ready for you after a long day of school. We offer shiurim throughout the week capped off by an amazing Thursday night mishmar, which goes from 7:00 p.m. to midnight. Anything that a frum student could want, we have; and if we don’t, we will go out of our way to make accommodations for that student. We have an incredibly large Jewish population hovering around 7,000 Jewish students between all three campuses. Overall life in the San Fernando Valley is just great and we would love to see you become part of our OU-JLIC community. — Rabbi Bryan and Sondra Borenstein, OU-JLIC Educators


  • Location: Los Angeles, Calif.
  • Region: West
  • Campus type: Big city
  • Public/Private: Public
  • Undergraduate enrollment: 35,552
  • Jewish undergraduate enrollment: 3,500
  • Jewish population share: 10%
  • Student origin: 99% in-state / 1% out-of-state
  • Student newspaper: The Sundial
  • NCAA Division: I
  • NCAA team: Matadors

COST & AID Score: 7.5/15

  • Score: 7.5/15
  • In-state tuition: $6,569
  • Out-of-state tuition: $17,729
  • Room & board costs: $10,272
  • Scholarship for Jewish students: No

ACADEMICS Score: 3.33/20

  • Score: 3.33/20
  • Acceptance rate: 48%
  • Student/faculty ratio: 27:1
  • Median SAT range: 880-1110
  • Jewish Studies program: Yes
  • Jewish Studies major: Yes
  • Hebrew major: No

ISRAEL Score: 14/20

  • Score: 14/20
  • Size of Birthright trip: 117
  • School-approved study abroad program in Israel: Yes
  • Israel Studies center: No
  • Israel-related clubs: Matadors for Israel, IAC Mishelanu
  • BDS vote in last four years: Never introduced

SAFETY Score: 6/11

  • Score: 6/11
  • Anti-Semitic incidents in 2017: 1
  • Campus crime rate: 1.83/1,000 students (low)
  • City crime rate: 31.93/1,000 people (medium low)
  • LGBT center: Yes

JEWISH LIFE Score: 21.08/34

  • Score: 21.08/34
  • Hillel: Hillel 818
  • Chabad: Rohr Chabad House at CSUN
  • OU-JLIC: Yes
  • Jewish fraternities: AEPi, ZBT
  • Jewish sororities: SAEPi
  • Can you get kosher food on the school meal plan? No
  • Active Hillel clubs: 7
  • Hillel Friday night services: 1
  • Average Shabbat attendance – Hillel: 35
  • Average Shabbat attendance – Chabad: 50
  • Synagogues within 10 miles: 17 (4 Orthodox, 8 Conservative, 5 Reform)
  • Eruv: Yes
  • Most famous Jewish alum: Alyson Hannigan
  • Where do Jewish students come from? The vast majority of students are from the greater Los Angeles region and commute to school.
  • Kosher food details: There is no official hot kosher meal plan on campus, but there is pre-packed kosher food available, as well as nightly catered kosher dinners at Chabad that students can pay for with their dining dollars. There are also many kosher restaurants within driving distance.

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