The Westcott Building and Ruby Diamond Auditorium at Florida State University.

Florida State University

#T-92, overall score 50/100

Fun Fact:

At 104 acres, the RecSports Plex is the largest intramural sports complex in the country, with 12 football/soccer fields, five softball diamonds and many basketball and volleyball courts.

Why should Jewish students attend FSU? You can be a proud Jew here and there is an amazing Chabad. People in general are pro-Israel here. — Rabbi Shneur Z. Oirechman, Chabad Lubavitch of the Panhandle-Tallahassee

Jewish student life at Florida State University is diverse and engaging. There’s been a Jewish group on campus since the 1940s. The University works closely with Hillel to ensure Jewish students are part of the larger campus community. From Shabbat services on Landis Green (public space in the center of campus), our Sukkah in the Student Union, to an annual Jewish Appreciation Week in the spring, Florida State University welcomes and celebrates Jewish life, holidays and Israel. Hillel supports this approach to Judaism with a pluralistic, participant-oriented approach: we are student-led, student-driven, staff mentored and donor funded. — Melanie Annis, executive director, Hillel at FSU

ACADEMICS Score: 5/30

  • Score: 5/30
  • Acceptance rate: 58%
  • Student/faculty ratio: 25:1
  • Jewish Studies major: Minor
  • Israel Studies major: No

FINANCES

  • In-state tuition: $6,507
  • Out-of-state tuition: $21,673
  • Room & board costs: $10,304
  • Average annual scholarship/grant package: $4,600

CAMPUS INFORMATION

  • Location: Tallahassee, Fla.
  • Region: South
  • Public/Private: Public
  • Undergraduate enrollment: 32,706
  • Jewish undergraduate enrollment: 3,294
  • Jewish population share: 10%
  • NCAA Division: I
  • NCAA team: Seminoles
  • Ultimate Frisbee teams: DUF, Seminole Ladies

ISRAEL Score: 18.67/20

JEWISH LIFE Score: 16.33/40

  • Score: 16.33/40
  • Hillel: Hillel at FSU
  • Chabad: Chabad Lubavitch of the Panhandle-Tallahassee
  • OU-JLIC: None
  • Meor: None
  • Jewish fraternities: AEPi, ZBT
  • Jewish sororities: SDT
  • Anti-Semitic incidents in 2016: 1
  • Can you get kosher food on the school meal plan?: No
  • Active Hillel clubs: 7
  • Hillel Friday night services: 1
  • Average Shabbat attendance – Hillel: 50
  • Average Shabbat attendance – Chabad: 100
  • Synagogues within 10 miles: 2 (1 Conservative, 1 Reform)
  • Eruv: No
  • Most famous Jewish alumnus: Richard Simmons
  • Most unique/noteworthy Hillel club: We are a very pro-Israel campus and are proud of the student cohort nurtured through Hillel which AIPAC awarded the Duke Rudman Student Leadership Award (see photo). This group includes Jews, Christians, gays, blacks, religious students, non-affiliated ones -– all supporting Israel.
  • Where do Jewish students come from? Mainly from south and central Florida, but we also have students from New York, Georgia, Tennessee, Texas and more.
  • Kosher food details: While there are no kosher restaurants in Tallahassee, there are plenty of options in local grocery stores to purchase kosher food, even at Passover.

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