University of California, San Diego

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#70, overall score 55.92/100

Fun Fact:

One of the university’s oldest traditions is the Watermelon Drop, where the fruit is released by the winner of the Watermelon Queen pageant from the top of Urey Hall to see how far it splats.

Why should Jewish students attend UCSD? “UC San Diego Hillel builds radically inclusive community that fuels innovation and inspires students to become active change agents on campus and beyond. We are at the center of UC San Diego’s revolution in social entrepreneurship, making Jewish a public good on our beautiful campus overlooking the Pacific Ocean. We serve eighty percent of Jewish undergraduates on campus, activating them as Jewish leaders through religious celebrations, Jewish learning, community building and Israel engagement.” — Rabbi David Singer, director, UC San Diego Hillel


  • Location: San Diego, Calif.
  • Region: West
  • Campus type: Big city
  • Public/Private: Public
  • Undergraduate enrollment: 28,127
  • Jewish undergraduate enrollment: 1,000
  • Jewish population share: 4%
  • Student origin: 94% in-state / 6% out-of-state
  • Student newspaper: The Guardian
  • NCAA Division: II
  • NCAA team: Tritons
  • Ultimate Frisbee teams: Air Squids / Psychos

COST & AID Score: 7.5/15

  • Score: 7.5/15
  • In-state tuition: $16,183
  • Out-of-state tuition: $44,197
  • Room & board costs: $13,254
  • Average annual scholarship/grant package: $12,460
  • Average loan debt: $21,830
  • Starting median salary: $58,600
  • Scholarship for Jewish students: Malcolm R. Stacey Memorial Scholarship

ACADEMICS Score: 5/20

  • Score: 5/20
  • Acceptance rate: 34%
  • Student/faculty ratio: 19:1
  • Median SAT range: 1140-1380
  • Jewish Studies program: Yes
  • Jewish Studies major: Yes
  • Hebrew major: Minor

ISRAEL Score: 14.67/20

  • Score: 14.67/20
  • Size of Birthright trip: 50
  • School-approved study abroad program in Israel: Yes
  • Israel Studies center: No
  • Israel-related clubs: Tritons for Israel, IAC Mishelanu, J Street U
  • Jewish Agency for Israel fellow: Yes
  • BDS vote in last four years: Never Introduced

SAFETY Score: 9/11

  • Score: 9/11
  • Anti-Semitic incidents in 2017: 0
  • Campus crime rate: 2.29/1,000 students (medium-low)
  • City crime rate: 24.02/1,000 people (medium-low)
  • LGBT center: Yes

JEWISH LIFE Score: 19.75/34

  • Score: 19.75/34
  • Hillel: Hillel UC San Diego
  • Chabad: Chabad at UCSD
  • OU-JLIC: No
  • Jewish fraternities: AEPi, ΣAM
  • Jewish sororities: AEPhi
  • Can you get kosher food on the school meal plan? Yes
  • Chicken soup hotline: Yes
  • Hillel Friday night services: 1
  • Average Shabbat attendance – Hillel: 110
  • Synagogues within 10 miles: 7 (2 Orthodox, 2 Conservative, 3 Reform)
  • Eruv: Yes
  • Most famous Jewish alum: Bruce Beutler
  • Most unique/noteworthy club: Hillel supports student leadership through its leadership incubator, Triton Jewish Leaders, which empowers 65 student leaders from across university life through one-on-one coaching and professional mentorship. Triton Jewish Leaders are involved in organizations that span the entire breadth of campus life, from Israel-focussed groups to Greek Life to political involvement and social justice efforts.
  • Where do Jewish students come from? Jewish students come predominantly from California, with most from the Los Angeles or Bay Areas.
  • Kosher food details: UC San Diego has a kosher dining hall, Ocean View Terrace, and is two blocks from a major kosher supermarket. All Hillel programs offer kosher food.

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