#88, overall score 50.83/100

Fun Fact:

The UCF Recreation and Wellness center has a 40-foot-high challenge course.

Why should Jewish students attend UCF? With an estimated 6,000 Jewish students, the University of Central Florida is home to one of the largest Jewish campus populations in North America. Situated in the Orlando metropolitan area, UCF students can take advantage of Orlando’s world class theme parks, museums and cultural centers. Students also have the opportunity to intern with top tier businesses professionals and entrepreneurs shaping the future of America and the world. — Aaron Weil, executive director & CEO, Central Florida Hillel

ACADEMICS Score: 5/30

  • Score: 5/30
  • Acceptance rate: 50%
  • Student/faculty ratio: 30:1
  • Jewish studies major: Minor
  • Israel studies major: No


  • In-state tuition: $6,368
  • Out-of-state tuition: $22,467
  • Room & board costs: $9,764
  • Average annual scholarship/grant package: $5,204
  • Scholarship for Jewish students: Milton A. & Louise C. Jentes Scholarship


  • Location: Orlando, Fla.
  • Region: South
  • Public/Private: Public
  • Undergraduate enrollment: 54,513
  • Jewish undergraduate enrollment: 6,000
  • Jewish population share: 11%
  • NCAA Division: I
  • NCAA team: Knights
  • Ultimate Frisbee teams: Dogs of War, Sirens

ISRAEL Score: 12.33/20

  • Score: 12.33/20
  • Size of Birthright trip: 115
  • School-approved study abroad program in Israel: No
  • Israel-related clubs: Knights for Israel, IAC Mishelanu
  • BDS resolution: Never introduced

JEWISH LIFE Score: 23.5/40

  • Score: 23.5/40
  • Hillel: Central Florida Hillel
  • Chabad: Chabad at University of Central Florida
  • OU-JLIC: No
  • Meor: No
  • Jewish fraternities: AEPi, ZBT
  • Jewish sororities: AEPhi
  • Jewish dorm: NorthView
  • Anti-Semitic incidents in 2016: 0
  • Can you get kosher food on the school meal plan?: No
  • Active Hillel clubs: 6
  • Hillel Friday night services: 1
  • Average Shabbat attendance – Hillel: 90
  • Average Shabbat attendance – Chabad: 200
  • Synagogues within 10 miles: 3 (1 Conservative, 2 Reform)
  • Eruv: No
  • Most unique/noteworthy Hillel club: Our KnightPac pro-Israel group is the most active on campus. Last year, they organized the 4th largest student delegation in the South to attend AIPAC’s Policy Conference.
  • Where do Jewish students come from?: The majority of our students come from three counties in south Florida - Palm Beach, Broward and Dade. The second largest group of Jewish students from Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
  • Kosher food details: “Grab and Go” kosher food is available to all students in the Student Union and is supervised by the ORB, the largest and most respected kosher supervision agency in Florida.

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