The 40 Worst Colleges for Jewish Students, 2016
The Algemeiner’s 1st annual list of the US and Canada’s worst campuses for Jewish students
Of all the great and varied challenges we face as editors of a Jewish publication, one that stands out in particular is the troubling experience, dare we say the plight? of Jewish students on many North American college campuses.
Two recent studies, one by researchers at Brandeis University and the other by counterparts at Trinity College, found, respectively, that an astronomical 54% and 75% of Jewish students said they had witnessed or experienced antisemitism during the time period surveyed. Campus watchdog AMCHA Initiative released a report showing that the bulk of antisemitism occurs on campuses with significant Jewish populations, and that there is a strong correlation between hostility to Israel and antisemitism.
The Algemeiner’s extensive coverage of the issue, enhanced this year with the opening of our new Campus Bureau, effectively gave us a front-row seat in this arena, enabling us to witness and report on the breadth and extent of the phenomenon.
We wrote about the admiration for Adolf Hitler voiced by students at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and we covered the violent anti-Israel protest at a movie screening at UC Irvine. We interviewed Hindu student leader Milan Chatterjee, who was hounded out of UCLA because he failed to support the boycott of Israel, simply aiming to keep his student government neutral. And we were the first to report on a course offered at UC Berkeley exploring how the Jewish state might be dismantled.
Our efforts to expose and highlight this shameful state of affairs led us to compile this first annual list of the “40 Worst Campuses for Jewish Students” in the United States and Canada. Inclusion on this list by no means stands as an indictment of the Jewish resources and often fine work being done by Jewish groups on many of these campuses. It indicates rather that these are the schools where antisemitic and anti-Israel hostility and intimidation have been greatest in frequency and intensity, posing the strongest challenges for Jewish students and faculty.
It’s also important to note that antisemitic incidents are by no means limited to the schools that made our top 40. Among the many other campuses that have seen notable incidents this past year are CUNY Kingsborough, University of Missouri, Western Washington University and Toronto’s Ryerson University.
1- Columbia University. New York City, New York
2- Vassar College. Poughkeepsie, New York
3- University of Toronto. Toronto, Ontario, Canadá
4- McGill University. Montreal, Quebec, Canadá
5- University of Chicago. Chicago, Illinois
6- University of California, Los Angeles. Los Angeles, California
7- University of Washington. Seattle, Washington
8- Portland State University. Portland, Oregon
9- New York University. New York City, New York
10- San Francisco State University. San Francisco, California
11- Oberlin College. Oberlin, Ohio
12- University of California, Berkeley. Berkeley, California
13- McMaster University. Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
14- Brown University. Providence, Rhode Island
15- University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. Minneapolis and Saint Paul, Minnesota
16- City University of New York, Brooklyn College. Brooklyn, New York
17- York University. Toronto, Ontario, Canada
18- University of California, Irvine. Irvine, California
19- San Diego State University. San Diego, California
20- Stanford University. Stanford, California
21- Northwestern University. Evanston, Illinois
22- University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Ann Arbor, Michigan
23- Tufts University. Medford, Massachusets
24- University of California, Santa Cruz. Santa Cruz, California
25- City University of New York, Hunter College. New York City, New York
26- University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Amherst, Massachusetts
27- DePaul University. Chicago, Illinois
28- Rutgers University. New Brunswick, Newark and Camden, New Jersey
29- University of California. Davis, California
30- Ohio State University. Columbus, Ohio
31- Wesleyan University. Middletown, Connecticut
32- University of North Carolina. Chapel Hill, North Carolina
33- Harvard University. Cambridge, Massachusetts
34- University of Texas. Austin, Texas
35- University of Illinois. Urbana and Champaign, Illinois
36- Swarthmore College. Swarthmore, Pennsylvania
37- Georgetown University. Washington, DC
38- Syracuse University. Syracuse, New York
39- University of Wisconsin. Madison, Wisconsin
40- University of Tennessee. Knoxville, Tennessee