See what students say:

Academics

Despite its small size, AJU has “the resources of a large university available if you want them.” A place where “you are an individual and not a number,” students say that at AJU, “you feel like learning is designed for you as an individual.” The “student-driven lifestyle both in and out of classrooms” gives the student body “freedom…to create and work with our professors and staff to make our school the best we can make it.” Because the student body is so small, “the classes you pick are usually the classes you get to have,” and “students have a large voice in the classroom and are encouraged to participate and engage at every opportunity.” The teaching staff are described as “very accomplished in their fields,” “knowledgeable, conscientious, and fair” and “quite accessible to the students.” The education provided by AJU is “truly wonderful,” and as one student says, “I've been well educated by this funny little school.”

Student Body

Described as “a small school with a big heart” and a “sense of community and camaraderie,” American Jewish University is not what you may think. “Just because it is American Jewish University does NOT mean that we are all religious, vents one student. “Most students are NOT and non-Jews are very welcomed at our school. We are not all Orthodox and we do not all keep Kosher. It is about the opposite.” No matter what your preconceptions, most AJU students say that it’s “safe to say that most of the students are not what you would expect.” Most students say that their classmates are “friendly and easy to get along with” with “high intellectual ability and potential for high achievement.” The small campus is really small—only around 100 students—and the intimate environment is conducive to students really getting to know each other. One student says, “It seems like students know everything about everyone, almost like at a summer camp.” No matter what you expect, students guarantee that AJU gives “more than you ask for.”

Campus Life

Located in “the hills of Bel Air,” the “beautiful” campus is “a little reminiscent of a mountaintop resort.” Many students love the Los Angeles location, noting that “Beverly Hills, West Hollywood, Hollywood, Santa Monica and Malibu are all within a close drive.” Unfortunately, public transport doesn’t reach campus, so students “need a car or bum rides to get around.” Some students complain that “dorm life is not as fantastic as it would be at a large school,” but others note that “anything that is happening in the dorms at other schools is happening here.” As for AJU’s observant students, the rules that govern their lifestyle “in no way change the life style at AJU.” “The student body is very aware of accommodating Orthodox students,” students say, “but the majority of students are not sitting home in the dark on a Friday night.” AJU also offers a bonus for any men looking to get married: “If you're looking for a nice Jewish girl,” one student reports, “we offer a special degree in MRS.”

Overview

Applicants
28
Acceptance Rate
96%
Average HS GPA
3.11

GPA Breakdown

19%
3.50 - 3.74
27%
3.25 - 3.49
18%
3.00 - 3.24
27%
2.50 - 2.99
9%
2.00 - 2.49

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SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
490 - 520
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
500 - 570
SAT Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
500 - 560

ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
17 - 22

Testing Policies


ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

Deadlines

Regular — May 31


Other Admission Factors

Academic

Application Essay
Recommendation(s)
Non-Academic

Interview
Extracurricular Activities
Talent / Ability
Character / Personal Qualities
Volunteer Work

Selectivity Rating


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Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
7:1
Total Faculty
38
with Terminal Degree
19

20
Men
18
Women

Most frequent class size
2 - 9
Most frequent lab / sub section size
2 - 9


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years
36%

Majors

  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services

  • Business/Commerce, General

  • Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs

  • Mass Communication/Media Studies

  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences

  • Bioethics/Medical Ethics

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

  • Jewish/Judaic Studies

  • Psychology

  • Psychology, General
  • Psychology, Other

  • Social Sciences

  • American Government and Politics (United States)
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Political Science and Government, Other


Degrees

Bachelor's
Master's

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
No

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
On Campus Interviews
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

Notable Faculty


Prominent Alumni


Brian Goldberg
CEO Cada De La Familia

Maria Escanuelas
Exec. Dir. MERCI

Mira Sussman
Social Worker

Michelle Kaplan
Physician, Family Med

Lee Broekman
Communications Professor

Bill Cohen
Principal, LA Hebrew High

Jonathan Lee
Chair, LA Harbor Community District

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years
36%

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
No

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
On Campus Interviews
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

ROI & Outcomes

Dates

Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Jan 1

Required Forms

FAFSA
School

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$5,500

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$4,179

Average Need-Based Loan
$3,964

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$26,784
Required Fees
$1,712
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,710

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$0
Transportation for Commuters
$1,323

On-Campus Room and Board
$14,082
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal and Institutional

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Non-Need-Based
Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
No

Financial Aid Rating

Overall


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
125
Foreign Countries Represented
6

Demographics

2.34%
American Indian or Alaskan Native
2.34%
Asian
2.34%
African-American
3.13%
Hispanic
47.66%
Caucasian
36.72%
Unknown
5.47%
International

50% female
50% male
15% are out of state
91% are full time
9% are part time

Overview


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
34%
Help finding off-campus housing
No

First-Year Students living on campus
85%

Campus Environment
Large Urban

Housing Options

Apartment Married
Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed

Special Needs Admissions


College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
12
Number of Honor Societies
0

Number of Social Sororities
0
Number of Religious Organizations
4

Sports

Athletic Division
Other


Student Services

Health

Sustainability


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
0

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
5

Average Number of PC's per Lab
6

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
No

Student Web Pages Permitted
No

Student Web Pages Provided
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
No

Online Class Registration Available
No

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Undergraduates that Own Computers
95%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Dell

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
No

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
No

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Matt Spooner
Director of Undergraduate Admissions

Address
15600 Mulholland Drive
Bel Air, CA 90077

Phone
310-440-1250

Email
admissions@ajula.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Residence Halls
Auerbach Student Union
The Berg, our kosher dining hall
Sculpture Garden
Ostrow Library

Most Popular Places Off Campus
American Jewish University-Brandeis Camp
Disneyland
Skirball Center
Hollywood
Beaches: Malibu, Santa Monica, Venice

Campus Tours

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Mon-Thurs 8:30am-5pm Fri 8:30am-2:30pm
Average Length: Varies

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Not Available

Times

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
1 week

Contact Email Address for Visit
N/A

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
buses, taxis LAX or Burbank Airport

Driving Instructions to Campus
Exit Mulholland Drive off the 405 freeway.

Local Accommodations
Visitors may stay in dorm rooms single room $72.00 per night double room $88.00 per night


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