#58, overall score 56.5/100

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

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 classes 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. 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

ACADEMICS Score: 5/30

  • Score: 5/30
  • Acceptance rate: 46%
  • Student/faculty ratio: 27:1
  • Jewish studies major: Yes
  • Israel studies major: No


  • In-state tuition: $6,569
  • Out-of-state tuition: $17,729
  • Room & board costs: $9,962


  • Location: Los Angeles
  • Region: West
  • Public/Private: Public
  • Undergraduate enrollment: 36,917
  • Jewish undergraduate enrollment: 3,500
  • Jewish population share: 9%
  • Student origin: 99% in-state / 1% out-of-state
  • NCAA Division: I
  • NCAA team: Matadors

ISRAEL Score: 13.33/20

  • Score: 13.33/20
  • Size of Birthright trip: 108
  • School-approved study abroad program in Israel: Yes
  • Israel-related clubs: CSUN Students for Israel, IAC Mishelanu
  • BDS resolution: Not introduced

JEWISH LIFE Score: 28.17/40

  • Score: 28.17/40
  • Hillel: Hillel 818
  • Chabad: Chabad CSUN
  • OU-JLIC: Yes
  • Meor: No
  • Jewish fraternities: AEPi, ZBT
  • Jewish sororities: SigAEPi
  • Anti-Semitic incidents in 2016: 0
  • 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 alumnus: Alyson Hannigan
  • Most unique/noteworthy Hillel club: CSUN Students for Israel (CSI) creates unique opportunities for students from all faiths and backgrounds to engage with Israel. This past year, CSI built partnerships with the Afrikana Studies department, the Management Association and the Veteran’s Association.
  • Where do Jewish students come from?: The vast majority of our students are from the greater Los Angeles region and commute to school.
  • Kosher food details: The university is a few miles away from kosher stores and restaurants, but for on-campus kosher food there are pre-packed kosher sandwiches available at the stores on campus. In the last year, Chabad has been providing a dinner every night catered from a kosher restaurant. Students living in the dorms are able to use dining dollars to pay for the kosher meal plan. The university is working have more options available in the future.
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