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#T-88, overall score 52.08/100

Fun Fact:

Gatorade was invented by UF researchers in order to better hydrate Gator football players.

Why should Jewish students attend UF? “There is no other Jewish campus like the University of Florida. Although located in Gainesville, UF Hillel is more than a local campus organization. It is a global leader and innovation hub seeking to expand its impact and scale its approach to campuses across the country. UF Hillel’s business and results-driven approach shifted the assumption that it could “be everything for everybody” to an organization with a specific niche that works collaboratively with and in tandem to enhance other Jewish organizations in a similar market place such as Chabad, TAMID, Onward Israel and others. Rather than competing for the same students, this cooperation has seen massive increases in Jewish engagement and Israel advocacy. Beyond en masse affecting the target population, the model has become a bridge to connect Jewish industry leaders, not engaged previously with legacy organizations, and a catalyst for Jewish communities to find qualified and quality talent.” - Rabbi Adam Grossman, CEO, UF Hillel

“We have a major Jewish population and very active and vibrant Jewish life and learning options. UF also has pro-Israel Jewish advocacy and education along with the great weather and the best football team.” — Rabbi Berl Goldman, Lubavitch-Chabad Jewish Student & Community Center


  • Location: Gainesville, Fla.
  • Region: South
  • Campus type: College town
  • Public/Private: Public
  • Undergraduate enrollment: 34,554
  • Jewish undergraduate enrollment: 5,500
  • Jewish population share: 16%
  • Student newspaper: The Alligator
  • NCAA Division: I
  • NCAA team: Gators
  • Ultimate Frisbee teams: Florida Ultimate / FUEL

COST & AID Score: 5/15

  • Score: 5/15
  • In-state tuition: $6,381
  • Out-of-state tuition: $28,658
  • Room & board costs: $9,910
  • Average annual scholarship/grant package: $4,167
  • Average loan debt: $21,645
  • Starting median salary: $52,200
  • Scholarship for Jewish students: Warren Bargad Scholarship in Jewish Communal Services

ACADEMICS Score: 6.67/20

  • Score: 6.67/20
  • Acceptance rate: 42%
  • Student/faculty ratio: 20.7:1
  • Median SAT range: 1240-1410
  • Jewish Studies program: Yes
  • Jewish Studies major: Yes
  • Hebrew major: Yes

ISRAEL Score: 16/20

  • Score: 16/20
  • Size of Birthright trip: 550
  • School-approved study abroad program in Israel: Yes
  • Israel Studies center: No
  • Israel-related clubs: Onward Israel, Gators for Israel, IAC Mishelanu, TAMID
  • Jewish Agency for Israel fellow: No
  • BDS vote in last four years: Never introduced

SAFETY Score: 2.33/11

  • Score: 2.33/11
  • Anti-Semitic incidents in 2017: 4
  • Campus crime rate: 1.87/1,000 students (low)
  • City crime rate: 44.03/1,000 people (medium high)
  • LGBT center: Yes

JEWISH LIFE Score: 22.08/34

  • Score: 22.08/34
  • Hillel: UF Hillel
  • Chabad: Lubavitch-Chabad Jewish Student & Community Center
  • OU-JLIC: None
  • Jewish fraternities: AEPi, ΣAM, ZBT
  • Jewish sororities: AEPhi
  • Can you get kosher food on the school meal plan? No
  • Chicken soup hotline: Yes
  • Active Hillel clubs: 10
  • Hillel Friday night services: 2
  • Average Shabbat attendance – Hillel: 120
  • Average Shabbat attendance – Chabad: 300
  • Synagogues within 10 miles: 2 (1 Conservative, 1 Reform)
  • Eruv: No
  • Most famous Jewish alum: Debbie Wasserman Schultz
  • Most unique/noteworthy club: Innovations stemming from UF Hillel, including national and scalable initiatives Career Up Now, The Selling Factory and UF to Israel, highlight the entrepreneurial and nimble mindset typically foreign to, but essential for, legacy organizations in today’s ever-evolving world.
  • Where do Jewish students come from? From all over the country, though mostly from Florida.
  • Kosher food details: Local supermarkets sell kosher food. Chabad has a dinner meal plan as well as Shabbat and Holidays meals.

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