#81, overall score 51.84/100

Fun Fact:

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

Why should Jewish students attend the University of Florida? 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

ACADEMICS Score: 5/30

  • Score: 5/30
  • Acceptance rate: 49%
  • Student/faculty ratio: 21:1
  • Jewish studies major: Yes
  • Israel studies major: No


  • In-state tuition: $6,389
  • Out-of-state tuition: $28,666
  • Room & board costs: $9,910
  • Average annual scholarship/grant package: $3,108
  • Scholarship for Jewish students: Warren Bargad Scholarship in Jewish Communal Services


  • Location: Gainesville, Fla.
  • Region: South
  • Public/Private: Public
  • Undergraduate enrollment: 35,043
  • Jewish undergraduate enrollment: 6,500
  • Jewish population share: 19%
  • NCAA Division: I
  • NCAA team: Gators
  • Ultimate Frisbee teams: Florida Ultimate, FUEL

ISRAEL Score: 18.67/20

JEWISH LIFE Score: 21.5/40

  • Score: 21.5/40
  • Hillel: UF Hillel
  • Chabad: Lubavitch-Chabad Jewish Student & Community Center
  • OU-JLIC: No
  • Meor: No
  • Jewish fraternities: AEPi, ΣAM, ZBT, TEP
  • Jewish sororities: AEPhi
  • Anti-Semitic incidents in 2016: 1
  • Can you get kosher food on the school meal plan?: No
  • 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 alumnus: Debbie Wasserman Schultz
  • Where do Jewish students come from? From all over the country, but most from Florida.
  • Kosher food details: Local supermarkets including Publix, Winn-Dixie and Trader Joe’s have many basic kosher food items and products. Trader Joe’s has fresh kosher chicken and turkey. The Chabad Center has daily kosher meals and a meal plan, as well as free meals on Shabbat and holidays.

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