Jewish students from the University of South Florida Hillel march in a LGBT pride parade.

University of South Florida

#154, overall score 32.5/100

Fun Fact:

USF’s three-level ropes course is 55 feet tall and features a zipline.

Why should Jewish students attend USF? The University of South Florida is a vibrant, growing university. Tampa is a beautiful, exciting city. And USF Hillel is a “haimish,” welcoming, home away from home for Jewish students. With a wide variety of program opportunities, every Jewish student matters and can make a difference at USF Hillel. — Rabbi Ed Rosenthal, Executive Director/Campus Rabbi, Hillels of the Florida Suncoast

ACADEMICS Score: 5/30

  • Score: 5/30
  • Acceptance rate: 47%
  • Student/faculty ratio: 24:1
  • Jewish Studies major: Minor
  • Israel Studies major: No


  • In-state tuition: $6,410
  • Out-of-state tuition: $17,325
  • Room & board costs: $9,400
  • Average annual scholarship/grant package: $5,376


  • Location: Tampa, Fla.
  • Region: South
  • Public/Private: Public
  • Undergraduate enrollment: 31,111
  • Jewish undergraduate enrollment: 1,300
  • Jewish population share: 4%
  • Student origin: 94% in-state / 6% out-of-state
  • NCAA Division: I
  • NCAA team: Bulls
  • Ultimate Frisbee teams: Scallywags, Scallywenches

ISRAEL Score: 3/20

  • Score: 3/20
  • Size of Birthright trip: 50
  • School-approved study abroad program in Israel: Yes
  • Israel-related clubs: Bulls for Israel
  • BDS resolution: Passed

JEWISH LIFE Score: 14.5/40

  • Score: 14.5/40
  • Hillel: USF Hillel
  • Chabad: Chabad at USF
  • OU-JLIC: No
  • Meor: No
  • 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: 5
  • Hillel Friday night services: 1
  • Average Shabbat attendance – Hillel: 60
  • Synagogues within 10 miles: 5 (3 Orthodox, 1 Conservative, 1 Reform)
  • Eruv: No
  • Most unique/noteworthy Hillel club: Bulls for Israel is our Israel advocacy group, which has won the Activist Campus of the Year Award from AIPAC twice. We also have a strong LGBTQ club.
  • Where do Jewish students come from? From around the country, but mostly from Florida.
  • Kosher food details: Hillel provides a kosher Shabbat dinner every week, and all Hillel programs are kosher.
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