College

Application FAQ

Can I attend AJU if I'm not Jewish?

Absolutely! While the majority of our students are Jewish, we appreciate and value differences in observance, lifestyle and thought. Everyone's story and experiences add to the mosaic of our community. We do not require any religious courses, nor a statement of faith from our students.

What programs do you offer?

AJU College offers a Bachelor of Arts in the following majors:

  • Business
  • Bioethics and Natural Sciences
  • Individual Major
  • Jewish Studies
  • Literature, Communication and Media
  • Political Science
  • Psychology

Qualifying student can also enroll in two dual degree programs:

  • BA/MBA in Nonprofit Management
  • BA/MAED in Education

Is AJU affordable?

The tuition for one semester is $14,208 (2015-16). AJU awards merit-based and need-based scholarships and loans for up to 100% of Cost of Education. In fact, The Princeton Review placed American Jewish University at the top of their “Financial Aid Honor Roll” list.

Merit-based scholarships are awarded as part of the admissions process to students who demonstrate a deep understanding of their story that brings them to AJU College and a commitment to academic excellence, leadership, and involvement in their respective communities.

Does AJU College offer financial aid?

To apply for state and federal need-based financial aid, submit the FAFSA (www.fafsa.ed.gov). AJU's College federal code number is 002741. Your FAFSA results will determine if you are eligible for the California State Grant (CA resident only), federal grant and loan programs, as well as on-campus work-study. The AJU College Tuition and Housing Grants may also be available based on the results of your FAFSA.

Once our Financial Aid office receives your FAFSA, they are happy to work closely with you. If you have any questions regarding the cost of attendance or affordability, please contact the Financial Aid office at (310) 440-1252 or finaid@aju.edu

Are there any scholarships available?

Merit-based scholarships are awarded as part of the admissions process to students who demonstrate academic excellence as well as leadership and involvement in their respective communities.

These scholarships are available to first year students, transfer students, as well as international students and are separate from need-based awards.

Do I have to live on campus?

Students under the age of 21 are required to live on-campus. On-campus living fosters leadership and engagement within the AJU college community. Our students forge life-long friendships and connections that extend far beyond their time on campus.

Please note the following exemption to the on-campus housing policy:

  • Students under the age of 21 who have earned 60 or more college credits and who have reached Junior or Senior status.
  • Student who lives with an immediate family member, including a parent, legal guardian, or a grandparent within a 20-mile radius from the University.
  • Students who have a fully documented medical condition or disability that makes it unfeasible to live in the residence complex.

Is AJU's undergraduate program accredited?

Yes. AJU's College of Arts and Sciences is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), one of six regional associations that accredit public and private schools, colleges, and universities in the US.

What is the typical length of time to complete a degree?

In order to complete an undergraduate degree at AJU, students are required to complete 120 credits. Full-time students who successfully complete an average of 15 credits per semester should be able to graduate in four years, and, indeed, most of our incoming first-year students do. Some students take longer to graduate because they average less than 15 credits per semester or change their major multiple times. Additionally, some students take longer to graduate because they choose to complete a double major or take a semester leave of absence and/or study abroad (and do not take transferable courses). 

Does AJU offer credit for AP Exams?

Of course! A score of 4 or 5 on an AP Exam will earn a student 3 units of elective credit.

Do I have to take placement exams?

We have placement exams in Math, Writing, and Hebrew (if applicable). You will be informed if you are required to take any of these tests, which will be administered during the mandatory orientation.

Do you have any others questions? If so, feel free to contact our admissions team at (310) 440.1247 or admissions@aju.edu

AJU's College of Arts and Sciences is open to qualified students without regard to race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, or physical disability.

An inclusive
jewish environment

While the majority of our students are Jewish, we appreciate and value differences in observance, lifestyle, and thought. Here, everyone’s story and experiences add to the mosaic of our community. As we consider what it means to be human and part of a wider society, we employ an ethical framework informed by Jewish culture and philosophy to prepare all students for success both in civic life and their chosen profession.

  • L.A.’s vibrant Jewish life provides a wealth of opportunities to explore your relationship with Judaism, both on and off campus.
  • Whether observant or secular, we all enjoy celebrations that mark seasonal changes (Sukkot), major historical events like the establishment of the State of Israel (Yom Ha’atzmaut), and biblical legends (Purim).
  • Welcoming Shabbat dinners bring our community together in celebration of Jewish identity and rituals.

ADVISORS AND MENTORS
WHO KNOW YOU

Traveling down a road alone can be hard. But traveling with someone who knows that road well—who can tell you interesting places to stop or where there’s a sharp turn—is a very different experience. Since your academic and personal success is our highest priority, at AJU College you are assigned an academic advisor and a personal mentor from day one to guide you in making smart decisions for your future.

  • Traveling down a road alone can be hard. But traveling with someone who knows that road well—who can tell you interesting places to stop or where there’s a sharp turn—is a very different experience. Since your academic and personal success is our highest priority, at AJU College you are assigned an academic advisor and a personal mentor from day one to guide you in making smart decisions for your future.
  • Your faculty advisor helps with everything from choosing class schedules to recommending courses to help you reach the next phase of your story—whether that’s graduate school, law or medical school, or an entry-level position in your field.
  • All students are also assigned a personal mentor who helps guide you through the social and interpersonal aspects of your college experience.

learn by
serving others

By participating in community-based projects you gain perspective on the challenges facing our human family. Serving others broadens your horizons, engages your ideals, and cements within you the Jewish tradition of civic responsibility. These attributes combine to make you a fuller human being as you move forward on your chosen track.

  • All AJU College students take part in hands-on service projects, part of the Sid B. Levine Service Learning Program.
  • Students have led projects to raise awareness of social injustices like human trafficking, hunger, and gender inequality.
  • Faculty and students annually host middle school students for the Prejudice Awareness Summit, where such topics as bullying and discrimination are discussed and conflict-resolution skills are taught.
  • AJU College participates in the international service projects of the American Jewish World Service, which takes students on study-volunteer trips to El Salvador, Ghana, and India.