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#T-95, overall score 50.67/100

Fun Fact:

USF’s three-level ropes course is 55 feet tall and features a zipline.

Why should Jewish students attend USF? “The University of South Florida is a vibrant, growing university. Tampa is a beautiful, exciting city. And USF Hillel is a “haimish,” welcoming, home away from home for Jewish students. With a wide variety of program opportunities, every Jewish student matters and can make a difference at USF Hillel.” - Rabbi Ed Rosenthal, Executive Director/Campus Rabbi, Hillels of the Florida Suncoast


  • Location: Tampa, Fla.
  • Region: South
  • Campus type: Big city
  • Public/Private: Public
  • Undergraduate enrollment: 31,461
  • Jewish undergraduate enrollment: 1,300
  • Jewish population share: 4%
  • Student origin: 94% in-state / 6% out-of-state
  • Student newspaper: The Oracle
  • NCAA Division: I
  • NCAA team: Bulls
  • Ultimate Frisbee teams: Scallywags / Scallywenches

COST & AID Score: 15/15

  • Score: 15/15
  • In-state tuition: $6,410
  • Out-of-state tuition: $17,324
  • Room & board costs: $9,700
  • Average annual scholarship/grant package: $5,626
  • Average loan debt: $21,680

ACADEMICS Score: 5/20

  • Score: 5/20
  • Acceptance rate: 44%
  • Student/faculty ratio: 22:1
  • Median SAT range: 1150-1310
  • Jewish Studies major: No
  • Hebrew major: No

ISRAEL Score: 6.67/20

  • Score: 6.67/20
  • Size of Birthright trip: 50
  • School-approved study abroad program in Israel: Yes
  • Israel-related clubs: Bulls for Israel
  • BDS vote in last four years: Passed

SAFETY Score: 9.67/11

  • Score: 9.67/11
  • Anti-Semitic incidents in 2017: 0
  • Campus crime rate: 1.47/1,000 students (low)
  • City crime rate: 25.82/1,000 people (medium low)
  • LGBT center: Yes

JEWISH LIFE Score: 14.33/34

  • Score: 14.33/34
  • Hillel: USF Hillel
  • Chabad: USF Chabad
  • OU-JLIC: No
  • Jewish fraternities: AEPi, ZBT
  • Jewish sororities: SDT
  • Can you get kosher food on the school meal plan? No
  • Active Hillel clubs: 5
  • Hillel Friday night services: 1
  • Average Shabbat attendance – Hillel: 60
  • Synagogues within 10 miles: 5 (3 Orthodox, 1 Conservative, 1 Reform)
  • Eruv: No
  • Most unique/noteworthy club: Bulls for Israel has won the Activist Campus of the Year Award from AIPAC twice.
  • Where do Jewish students come from? From around the country but mostly from Florida.
  • Kosher food details: Hillel provides a kosher Shabbat dinner every week, and all Hillel programs are kosher.

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