#161, overall score 30/100

Fun Fact:

McHenry Library is home to the official Grateful Dead Archive.

Why should Jewish students attend UCSC? If students do choose to attend this university, they will find at Chabad a warm and welcoming Jewish home away from home, an exciting place for Jewish celebration and an incredible resource of Jewish education. — Rabbi Shlomie Cheim, Rohr Chabad Student Center at the University of California, Santa Cruz

ACADEMICS Score: 5/30

  • Score: 5/30
  • Acceptance rate: 58%
  • Student/faculty ratio: 18:1
  • Jewish Studies major: Yes
  • Israel Studies major: No


  • In-state tuition: $13,559
  • Out-of-state tuition: $40,241
  • Room & board costs: $15,385
  • Average annual scholarship/grant package: $19,340
  • Scholarship for Jewish students: Candy Issenman Coonerty Hillel Scholarship


  • Location: Santa Cruz, Calif.
  • Region: West
  • Public/Private: Public
  • Undergraduate enrollment: 16,231
  • Jewish undergraduate enrollment: 1,800
  • Jewish population share: 11%
  • NCAA Division: III
  • NCAA team: Banana Slugs
  • Ultimate Frisbee teams: Slugs, Sol

ISRAEL Score: 5.33/20

JEWISH LIFE Score: 16.33/40

  • Score: 16.33/40
  • Hillel: Santa Cruz Hillel
  • Chabad: Rohr Chabad Student Center at the University of California Santa Cruz
  • OU-JLIC: None
  • Meor: None
  • Jewish fraternities: AEPi
  • Jewish sororities: SigAEPi
  • Anti-Semitic incidents in 2016: 3
  • Can you get kosher food on the school meal plan? No
  • Active Hillel clubs: 5
  • Hillel Friday night services: 1
  • Average Shabbat attendance – Hillel: 100
  • Average Shabbat attendance – Chabad: 50
  • Synagogues within 10 miles: 2 (1 Conservative, 1 Reform)
  • Eruv: No
  • Most famous Jewish alumnus: Maya Rudolph
  • Where do Jewish students come from? 90% of our undergraduate Jewish students are from California.
  • Kosher food details: While our school does not have kosher-certified fresh menu options, we have packaged kosher options in some cafes and many vegetarian or vegan options. Kosher food is available in local supermarkets to be prepared and cooked on your own.
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