#24, overall score 67.67/100

Fun Fact:

USC holds the world university records for most alumni to win Academy Awards and Olympic gold medals.

Why should Jewish students attend USC? The University of Southern California is a campus in which Jewish students can thrive. With an emphasis on making sure students have a comprehensive learning experience, the university supports and encourages involvement in community activities, campus clubs and leadership opportunities. With a strong Office of Religious Life that supports close to 90 diverse religious groups, USC is positioned to be a place where Jewish students can explore and grow within their personal Jewish identity. On campus, students have access to USC Hillel, Chabad at USC, a Jewish Studies major or minor, the USC Shoah Foundation, the Casden Institute for the Study of the Jewish Role in American Life and the Office of Religious Life’s Interfaith Council. USC Hillel is excited to have witnessed significant growth in the engagement of students in Jewish life on campus and has exciting plans for the future. — Bailey London, executive director, USC Hillel Foundation

ACADEMICS Score: 30/30

  • Score: 30/30
  • Acceptance rate: 17%
  • Student/faculty ratio: 9:1
  • Jewish Studies major: Major
  • Israel Studies major: No


  • Tuition: $52,217
  • Room & board costs: $14,348
  • Average annual scholarship/grant package: $32,288
  • Scholarship for Jewish students: Jewish Leadership Scholarship


  • Location: Los Angeles
  • Region: West
  • Public/Private: Private
  • Undergraduate enrollment: 18,810
  • Jewish undergraduate enrollment: 2,000
  • Jewish population share: 11%
  • Student origin: 67% in-state/33% out-of-state
  • NCAA Division: I
  • NCAA team: Trojans
  • Ultimate Frisbee teams: Lockdown, Hellions of Troy

ISRAEL Score: 17/20

JEWISH LIFE Score: 20.67/40

  • Score: 20.67/40
  • Hillel: USC Hillel
  • Chabad: Chabad at USC
  • OU-JLIC: None
  • Meor: None
  • Jewish fraternities: AEPi, ΣAM, ZBT
  • Jewish sororities: None
  • Jewish dorm: There is a floor in Parkside Dorm called the “SChalom Floor.”
  • Anti-Semitic incidents in 2016: 4
  • Can you get kosher food on the school meal plan? No
  • Active Hillel clubs: 20
  • Hillel Friday night services: 1
  • Average Shabbat attendance – Hillel: 150
  • Synagogues within 10 miles: 32 (19 Orthodox, 5 Conservative, 8 Reform)
  • Eruv: No
  • Most famous Jewish alumnus: Judd Apatow
  • Most unique/noteworthy Hillel club: USC Hillel proudly promotes health and wellness through our umbrella program called HEAL. Through HEAL, we offer weekly ShalOM Yoga, Hiking with Hillel, fitness classes and art programs focused on stress relief and self care (i.e. Self Care Seder Plate). Students can seek mental health, drug- and alcohol abuse-related support from our executive director, who has an MSW, and our rabbi. We are most excited to be adding a new member to the Health and Wellness team this year: a support dog who will be at Hillel most days of the week!
  • Where do Jewish students come from? All over the world.
  • Kosher food details: There is a small refrigerator on campus with kosher sandwiches and salads and two Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf locations that serve kosher food and drink items. While there is currently no kosher dining hall, Hillel is currently in discussions with the University to help get one opened in the next few years.

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