Looking for a vibrant Jewish community at an affordable price? Check out Queens College! We have a growing residential community (a dormitory and neighborhood apartments), Shabbat programming every week, frequent catered community meals, and opportunities for meaningful Jewish experiences for students from any background, movement affiliation, or education.
With 4,000 Jewish students on campus there is something for everyone. Social Justice is big and growing, and we offer alternative break trips, internships, and other ways to get involved in making the world a better place. Interested in Israel? We offer innovative Israel engagement opportunites to travel there (Birthright and others), learn about Israel, and grapple with its complex global context. Interested in Jewish learning? Our Director of Jewish Student Life, JLIC (Jewish Life Initiative on Campus) through the OU, and community partnerships like Mechon Hadar represent just a sampling of the resources we offer to students interested in continuing their Jewish journeys through learning.
Looking for diversity and pluralism? Queens College is a virtual microcosm of the global Jewish community. The campus is one of many schools in the Hillel movement that is a mosaic of Jewish communities: Ashkenazi, Sephardic, Orthodox, Conservative, Reform, unaffiliated, Israeli, American, Persian, Bukharian, Georgian…you name it, there are communities of each of these groups on our campus. A vibrant part of the Queens College campus, our community works well with each other and with other groups (including Muslim, Chrisitian, and other student groups) because we all contribute to an environment of openness, cooperation and mutual respect.
- Total Jewish popluation: 4,000 (25% of overall undergraduate population)
- 1,000 Bukharian students (from Uzbekistan)
- 350 Persians (from Iran)
- 1,000 Orthodox students (largest of any campus other than Yeshiva University)
- 3,000 Reform, Conservative, and other Jewish students