#77, overall score 52.5/100

Fun Fact:

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

Why should Jewish students attend FAU? South Florida is no longer just your grandparent’s paradise. Our Hillel is located in the heart of the country’s third largest Jewish community, surrounded by beautiful beaches and a vibrant Jewish community. Our staff and students work together to create an exciting campus community with programs that are fun, relevant and social. Leadership opportunities abound as students take on meaningful Hillel internships, connect deeply with Israel, attend national conferences, plan alternative breaks and learn about community by attending and networking at local events. It is great to be a Jewish student at Hillel of Broward and Palm Beach. — Adam Kolett, executive director, Hillel of Broward and Palm Beach

Boca Raton has a great Jewish community. Chabad is a real family. We make sure everyone feels comfortable and at home. FAU has a united Chabad and Hillel and we work hand in hand. — Rabbi Boruch Shmuel & Rivka Rochel Liberow, Chabad Student Center of Boca Raton

ACADEMICS Score: 10/30

  • Score: 10/30
  • Acceptance rate: 39%
  • Student/faculty ratio: 24:1
  • Jewish studies major: Yes
  • Israel studies major: No



  • Location: Boca Raton, Fla.
  • Region: South
  • Public/Private: Public
  • Undergraduate enrollment: 25,471
  • Jewish undergraduate enrollment: 2,400
  • Jewish population share: 10%
  • Student origin: 95% in-state /5% out-of-state
  • NCAA Division: I
  • NCAA team: Owls
  • Ultimate Frisbee team: Catalyst

ISRAEL Score: 9.17/20

  • Score: 9.17/20
  • Size of Birthright trip: 117
  • School-approved study abroad program in Israel: Yes
  • Israel-related clubs: Owls for Israel, IAC Mishelanu
  • BDS resolution: Introduced, failed

JEWISH LIFE Score: 23.33/40

  • Score: 23.33/40
  • Hillel: Hillel of Broward and Palm Beach,
  • Chabad: Chabad Student Center of Boca Raton
  • OU-JLIC: None
  • Meor: None
  • Jewish fraternities: AEPi
  • Jewish sororities: None
  • Anti-Semitic incidents in 2016: 0
  • Can you get kosher food on the school meal plan? No
  • Active Hillel clubs: 3
  • 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: None
  • Most unique/noteworthy Hillel club: Owls for Israel is an active, student-led organization that educates the campus community about Israel.
  • Where do Jewish students come from? All over the country, with the majority being Florida residents.
  • Kosher food details: A wide range of kosher food options (restaurants and grocery stores) are located near our campus.
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