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#163, overall score 39.17/100

Fun Fact:

UNF has five miles of nature trails on campus, which the United States Department of the Interior recognized as National Recreation Trails in 1977.

Why should Jewish students attend UNF? UNF boasts an excellent academic program on a gorgeous campus with ample nature reserves. The River, the Beach and the Jaguars are added pluses. As a smaller school, the class sizes are smaller than most schools. This provides a unique opportunity to have one-­on­-one relationships and conversations with your professors. Also, the Jewish community is more intimate allowing each Jewish student to play a more important role in the Jewish community. - Rabbi Shmuel and Chana Novack, Chabad of Southside


  • Location: Jacksonville, Fla.
  • Region: South
  • Campus type: Big city
  • Public/Private: Public
  • Undergraduate enrollment: 13,846
  • Jewish undergraduate enrollment: 400
  • Jewish population share: 3%
  • Student newspaper: UNF Spinnaker
  • NCAA Division: I
  • NCAA team: Ospreys
  • Ultimate Frisbee team: Category 5

COST & AID Score: 15/15

  • Score: 15/15
  • In-state tuition: $6,394
  • Out-of-state tuition: $20,112
  • Room & board costs: $9,772
  • Average annual scholarship/grant package: $7,205
  • Average loan debt: $18,787

ACADEMICS Score: 3.33/20

  • Score: 3.33/20
  • Acceptance rate: 59%
  • Student/faculty ratio: 18:1
  • Median SAT range: 1090-1280
  • Jewish Studies program: No
  • Jewish Studies major: No
  • Hebrew major: No

ISRAEL Score: 11.33/20

  • Score: 11.33/20
  • Size of Birthright trip: 30
  • School-approved study abroad program in Israel: Yes
  • Israel Studies center: No
  • Israel-related clubs: No
  • Jewish Agency for Israel fellow: No
  • BDS vote in last four years: Never introduced

SAFETY Score: 4.33/11

  • Score: 4.33/11
  • Anti-Semitic incidents in 2017: 2
  • Campus crime rate: 1.21/1,000 students (low)
  • City crime rate: 42.07/1,000 people (medium high)
  • LGBT center: Yes

JEWISH LIFE Score: 5.17/34

  • Score: 5.17/34
  • Hillel: None (UNF Jewish Student Union is not affiliated with Hillel)
  • Chabad: Chabad of Southside
  • Jewish fraternities: None
  • Jewish sororities: None
  • Can you get kosher food on the school meal plan? No
  • Average Shabbat attendance – Chabad: 25
  • Synagogues within 10 miles: 2 (Reform)
  • Eruv: No
  • Where do Jewish students come from? A majority are from South Florida.
  • Kosher food details: Kosher food is not available on the meal plan, but Chabad is building a new cafe and student lounge, just outside of campus, that will open in the fall.

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