#16, overall score 71/100

Fun Fact:

The first message sent over Arpanet, the forerunner of the internet, was transmitted in 1969 from room 3420 of Boelter Hall. The message was “LO” — because the system crashed before the word “LOGIN” could be completed.

Why should Jewish students attend UCLA? Students will find a robust and diverse Jewish life on campus with multiple offerings, while in close proximity to the greater L.A. Jewish community. — Rabbi Dovid & Elisa Gurevich, Chabad House @ UCLA

Hillel provides a warm, engaging community in which students are empowered to take ownership over programming and express their ideas. There is a true plurality of Jewish backgrounds and political beliefs represented within the Jewish community, and we generally function as a cohesive whole. With such a diverse community, we have succeeded in training our students to learn from difference instead of attacking it. There is a very friendly, non-competitive relationship between Hillel, Chabad, JAM and a BASE Hillel program, and students move fluidly between different Jewish and Israel opportunities. On the academic side, UCLA hosts very robust centers for Jewish Studies and Israel Studies, and the quality of UCLA programming, faculty and course offerings in both departments is world-class. You can’t beat the weather or location -— Westwood offers a college-town atmosphere without sacrificing the advantages of a major city. — Rabbi Aaron Lerner, executive director, Hillel at UCLA

For students wishing to attend college on the West Coast, UCLA is ideal in that it offers an OU-JLIC program, has a daily minyan, weekly Shabbat programming, access to kosher food and is in close proximity to a vibrant Jewish community. — Rabbi Aryeh and Sharona Kaplan, OU-JLIC educators

ACADEMICS Score: 20/30

  • Score: 20/30
  • Acceptance rate: 17%
  • Student/faculty ratio: 17:1
  • Jewish Studies major: Yes
  • Israel Studies major: Minor


  • In-state tuition: $12,836
  • Out-of-state tuition: $39,518
  • Room & board costs: $15,069
  • Average annual scholarship/grant package: $22,736
  • Scholarship for Jewish students: Heather Kase Scholarship


  • Location: Los Angeles
  • Region: West
  • Public/Private: Public
  • Undergraduate enrollment: 29,585
  • Jewish undergraduate enrollment: 3,000
  • Jewish population share: 10%
  • NCAA Division: I
  • NCAA team: Bruins
  • Ultimate Frisbee teams: Smaug, BLU

ISRAEL Score: 9.17/20

JEWISH LIFE Score: 35.17/40

  • Score: 35.17/40
  • Hillel: Hillel at UCLA
  • Chabad: Chabad House @ UCLA
  • OU-JLIC: Yes
  • Aish: Yes
  • Jewish fraternities: AEPi, ΣAM, ZBT
  • Jewish sororities: SigAEPi
  • Jewish dorm: UCLA Bayit
  • Anti-Semitic incidents in 2016: 0
  • Can you get kosher food on the school meal plan? Yes
  • Active Hillel clubs: 25
  • Hillel Friday night services: 2
  • Average Shabbat attendance – Hillel: 190
  • Average Shabbat attendance – Chabad: 45
  • Synagogues within 10 miles: 49 (25 Orthodox, 11 Conservative, 13 Reform)
  • Eruv: Yes
  • Most famous Jewish alumnus: Mayim Bialik
  • Most unique/noteworthy Hillel club: Bearing Witness connects UCLA students with Holocaust survivors for an entire quarter. The program is run in partnership with UCLA’s Alan D. Leve Center for Jewish Studies and participants include both Jewish and non-Jewish students.
  • Where do Jewish students come from? The vast majority of UCLA students are California residents, from L.A., San Diego or the Bay Area, but Jewish students come from all of the world.
  • Kosher food details: There is freshly prepared kosher food at Hillel’s meat/vegetarian restaurant, and pre-packaged kosher food available through the standard meal plans in the dorms. Local kosher restaurants abound in L.A., and some of their pre-packaged food is available for purchase at various locations around campus. In addition, many Jewish events are accompanied by kosher food offerings. All Shabbat meals are provided free of charge.

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