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#79, overall score 53.75/100

Fun Fact:

The Audobon Society has designated FAU as a burrowing owl sanctuary.

Why should Jewish students attend FAU? In addition to the pristine beaches of Boca Raton, Florida Atlantic University also boasts a vibrant on campus Jewish life. Shabbat, hands-on volunteering, cooking workshops, vibrant AEPi fraternity life, trips to Israel, social gatherings, and a strong Zionist community all await students interested in a robust Jewish campus life. - Adam Kolett, executive director, Hillel of Broward and Palm Beach


  • Location: Boca Raton, Fla.
  • Region: South
  • Campus type: Suburb
  • Public/Private: Public
  • Undergraduate enrollment: 25,402
  • Jewish undergraduate enrollment: 2,000
  • Jewish population share: 8%
  • Student origin: 95% in-state / 5% out-of-state
  • Student newspaper: University Press
  • NCAA Division: I
  • NCAA team: Owls
  • Ultimate Frisbee teams: Catalyst

COST & AID Score: 7.5/15

  • Score: 7.5/15
  • In-state tuition: $6,039
  • Out-of-state tuition: $21,595
  • Room & board costs: $11,906
  • Average annual scholarship/grant package: $6,138
  • Average loan debt: $22,648
  • Scholarship for Jewish students: Frank M. and Sara Mina Mervis Memorial Scholarship

ACADEMICS Score: 3.33/20

  • Score: 3.33/20
  • Acceptance rate: 39%
  • Student/faculty ratio: 20:1
  • Median SAT range: 970-1150
  • Jewish Studies program: Yes
  • Jewish Studies major: Yes
  • Hebrew major: No

ISRAEL Score: 11/20

  • Score: 11/20
  • Size of Birthright trip: 147
  • School-approved study abroad program in Israel: Yes
  • Israel Studies center: No
  • Israel-related clubs: Owls for Israel, IAC Mishelanu
  • Jewish Agency for Israel fellow: Yes
  • BDS vote in last four years: Proposed, didn’t pass

SAFETY Score: 10/11

  • Score: 10/11
  • Anti-Semitic incidents in 2017: 0
  • Campus crime rate: 1.57/1,000 students (low)
  • City crime rate: 28.8/1,000 people (medium low)
  • LGBT center: Yes

JEWISH LIFE Score: 21.92/34

  • Score: 21.92/34
  • Hillel: Hillel of Broward and Palm Beach
  • Chabad: Chabad Student Center
  • OU-JLIC: No
  • Other Jewish outreach group: Jewish Education Center
  • Jewish fraternities: AEPi
  • Jewish sororities: None
  • Can you get kosher food on the school meal plan? No
  • Chicken soup hotline: No
  • Active Hillel clubs: 20
  • Hillel Friday night services: 1
  • Average Shabbat attendance – Hillel: 70
  • Average Shabbat attendance – Chabad: 30
  • Synagogues within 10 miles: 18(9 Orthodox, 5 Conservative, 4 Reform)
  • Eruv: No
  • Most unique/noteworthy club: Owls For Israel - one of the largest and most vibrant student groups on campus promotes positive and exciting insight into Israel.
  • Where do Jewish students come from? All over the country, with the majority being Florida residents.
  • Kosher food details: The campus is located in one of the most populated Jewish communities in the country with many kosher restaurants and grocery stores within a short driving distance to campus.

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