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#136, overall score 44/100

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? There’s a high percentage of Jewish kids here and a great Chabad. It’s a very Israel-friendly campus. — Chanie Oirechman, co-director, Chabad of Tallahassee and FSU


  • Location: Tallahassee, Fla.
  • Region: South
  • Campus type: College town
  • Public/Private: Public
  • Undergraduate enrollment: 32,929
  • Jewish undergraduate enrollment: 4,000
  • Jewish population share: 12%
  • Student newspaper: FSView & Florida Flambeau
  • NCAA Division: I
  • NCAA team: Seminoles
  • Ultimate Frisbee teams: DUF/Seminole Ladies

COST & AID Score: 7.5/15

  • Score: 7.5/15
  • In-state tuition: $6,507
  • Out-of-state tuition: $21,673
  • Room & board costs: $10,458
  • Average annual scholarship/grant package: $6,024
  • Average loan debt: $23,777
  • Scholarship for Jewish students: None

ACADEMICS Score: 3.33/20

  • Score: 3.33/20
  • Acceptance rate: 49%
  • Student/faculty ratio: 22:1
  • Median SAT range: 1190/1330
  • Jewish Studies program: Yes
  • Jewish Studies major: Minor
  • Hebrew major: minor

ISRAEL Score: 17/20

SAFETY Score: 2.33/11

  • Score: 2.33/11
  • Anti-Semitic incidents in 2017: 4
  • Campus crime rate: 2.55/1,000 students (medium low)
  • City crime rate: 66.60/1,000 people (high)
  • LGBT center: Yes

JEWISH LIFE Score: 13.83/34

  • Score: 13.83/34
  • Hillel: Hillel at FSU
  • Chabad: Chabad Lubavitch of the Panhandle-Tallahassee
  • OU-JLIC: None
  • Jewish fraternities: AEPi
  • Jewish sororities: SDT
  • Can you get kosher food on the school meal plan? No
  • Chicken soup hotline: Yes
  • 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 alum: Richard Simmons
  • Where do Jewish students come from? The vast majority come from South Florida and Central Florida, followed by Georgia, New Jersey, and Texas.
  • Kosher food details: There is no kosher meal plan. Chabad serves Kosher foods at events including Friday night and Shabbat dinners, so people who want to eat Kosher can get it through Chabad.

What Students Say:

“The Jewish community is so small, so everyone knows and loves each other.”

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