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Syracuse University (SU) is a public research university located in Syracuse, New York. SU offer high-ranking degree programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels in a comprehensive range of subject areas. Known for its excellent study abroad programs, nearly 40 percent of SU students study in other countries through Syracuse University. Students can customize their Study Abroad experience, and have choices of programs in the Middle East and Florence, Italy, among other locations.
SU is committed to providing "Scholarship in Action," which is part of its mission of a "University as Public Good." The region around Syracuse has a rich tradition of social scholarship, and played a strong role in abolitionism and the women's rights movement. The SU mission includes fulfillment of the following objectives:
- To educate fully informed and committed citizens
- To provide access to opportunity
- To strengthen democratic institutions
- To create innovation that matters, and we share knowledge generously
- To inform and engage public opinion and debate
- To cultivate and sustain public intellectuals
Syracuse University has an excellent faculty and has produced many illustrious alumni who have made their mark in a wide range of fields. Some noteworthy SU Alumni are Stephen Crane (author of The Red Badge of Courage), Dick Clark (host of American Bandstand), Jim Brown (football star, actor, and social activist), Frank Langella (award-winning stage and film actor), Joyce Carol Oates (award-winning novelist), Ted Koppel (award-winning broadcast journalist), Betsey Johnson (fashion designer known for whimsical designs), Lou Reed (rock singer-songwriter for The Velvet Underground), Joseph Biden (vice president of the United States), Bob Costas (host of NBC's "Football Night in America"), and Eileen Collins (first woman astronaut to command a NASA space mission), among many others.
Syracuse University was founded in 1870 as a private institution of higher education offering programs in physical sciences and modern languages.
The academic calendar for Syracuse University follows the semester format, with fall, spring and summer semesters. The summer semester is divided into a short "Maymester," Session I, Combined Session and Session II.
Colleges and Schools
- School of Architecture
- The College of Arts and Sciences
- School of Education
- L.C. Smith College of Engineering and Computer Science
- Graduate School
- David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics
- School of Information Studies
- College of Law
- The Martin J. Whitman School of Management
- Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs
- S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications
- College of Visual and Performing Arts
- University College
- Summer at Syracuse
The academic and research centers at Syracuse University include:
- Bleier Center for Television and Popular Culture
- Burton Blatt Institute
- Center for Health and Behavior
- Center for Natural Language Processing
- Center for Policy Research
- Falcone Center for Entrepreneurship
- Institute for National Security and Counterterrorism
- Institute for the Study of the Judiciary, Politics and the Media
- Daniel P. Moynihan Global Affairs Institute
- Center for Advanced Systems and Engineering (CASE)
- NYS Science and Technology Law Center
- Syracuse Biomaterials Institute
- Syracuse Center of Excellence in Environmental and Energy Systems
- Sustainable Community Solutions
- Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC)
There are more than 300 registered student groups and organizations at Syracuse University, including an active Greek Life on campus, intramural sports and plenty of student events and activities. Student services include fitness facilities, on campus housing and dining, student health services, veteran and military services, advising, counseling, a resource center, and more.
The traditional school colors for Syracuse University are orange and white, with royal blue as an accent color. The school mascot is "Otto the Orange," who makes more than 100 appearances every year at SU games or public events. The athletic teams are nicknamed the Syracuse "Orange."
The Syracuse "Orange" athletic teams compete in many intercollegiate sports, including:
- Cross country
- Track and Field
- Cross Country
- Field Hockey
- Ice Hockey
- Track and Field
Syracuse University's main campus is located in Syracuse, New York. In addition to its main campus, Syracuse has many Study Abroad programs around the world, including Florence, Italy, and satellite locations or programs in:
- Washington, D.C.
- Manhattan (NY, NY)
- SU West Coast (Semester in LA)
- SU Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Syracuse University is located at the top of a hill overlooking the City of Syracuse. Downtown Syracuse and Armory Center are a short walk, drive, or bus ride from campus. Syracuse is a vibrant city offering cultural, recreational, and artistic events.
As a Syracuse student, you can enjoy the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra, the nationally known Everson Museum of Art, the Rosamond Gifford Zoo, sports events, the Carousel Center mall, and festivals like "JazzFest" and "Winterfest."
Admission Requirements & Details
The information regarding admissions below may give you an idea of the applicants Syracuse University accepts. The details may include admissions application requirements and recommendations, as well as any AP or college credits that may be transferred.
College Credits Accepted
- Dual Credits
- Life Experience Credits
- AP Course Credits
Syracuse University has a total student population of about 22,000. The enrollment breakdown by academic level is 16% enrolling as graduate students and 70% as undergraduate students.
Estimated Costs & Financial Aid
The items listed below are for informational purposes only and may not represent current tuition, fees, and expenses.
Tuition & Fees Information
- The estimated tuition range is around $42,000-$50,000 per year
- Per unit charges are around $2,000 for part time students
- May offer prepaid tuition, allowing students to purchase tuition at current rates for future years.
Financial Aid Details
The financial aid table below details the types of financial aid, along with the percent of students receiving aid, and on average the amount of aid per student per year.
|Percent of Students||Average Amount|
|Any Financial Aid||73%||-|
|Receiving Grants & Scholarships||68%||$28,296|
|Receiving Student Loans||54%||$9,137|
Academics & Student Services
Student ServicesTo help students and alumni, Syracuse University may provide services like those listed below:
- Online classes
- Classes offered on nights and weekends
- Remedial instructional courses
- Career path counseling
- Student employment
- Assisting students to find work
- Day care
With a graduation rate of around 81%, Syracuse University is among the most successful schools in the area.
|Number of Year to Graduate||Percent of Entering Class|
|Students Graduating in 4 Years||69%|
|Graduating in 5 Years||11%|
|Graduating in 6 Years||2%|
Specialized Programs & Accreditations
- Art and Design Program
- Clinical Audiology (Au.D.) Program (more info)
- Clinical Psychology (Ph.D.) Program
- Dietetics Program
- Coordinated Dietetics Program
- Law Program (more info)
- Music Program (more info)
- Master's Degree in Nursing (MSN) Program
- Bachelor's Degree in Nursing (BSN) Program
- School Psychology (Ph.D.) Program (more info)
- Speech-Language Pathology Program (more info)
- Elementary and Secondary School Teacher Education Program
Syracuse University is a Member of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), with many of the sports belonging to the NCAA Division I-A classification. The most popular sports played are listed below:
- Basketball (Atlantic Coast Conference)
- Track and Field (Atlantic Coast Conference)
- Field Hockey
- Football (Atlantic Coast Conference)
- Ice Hockey
- Swimming and Diving
The program list below is organized by areas of study. The programs that have a link will direct you to the program's profile page where you can learn more about education requirements and career pathways.
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(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (PhD,...)
Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Business and Marketing Studies
Communications and Journalism
Computer and Information Sciences
English Language and Literature
Ethnic Cultural and Gender Studies
Family and Consumer Sciences
Foreign Languages and Literature
Health and Clinical Professions
Legal Professions and Studies
Liberal Arts and Sciences
Mathematics and Statistics
Philosophy and Religious Studies
Public Administration and Social Services
Recreation and Fitness Studies
Security and Protective Services
Visual and Performing Arts
Other 4-Year Private Colleges
The list of schools below have been selected by researching which schools offer similar programs to Syracuse University.
- SUNY College at Cortland in Cortland, NY (31 miles away)
- SUNY College at Oswego in Oswego, NY (35 miles away)
- SUNY Institute of Technology at Utica - Rome in Utica, NY (46 miles away)
- SUNY at Binghamton in Vestal, NY (66 miles away)
- SUNY College at Oneonta in Oneonta, NY (67 miles away)
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Information displayed on this page has been obtained from Institution, State, and Federal data sources, including the US Dept. of Education's Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) Survey 2010-2016. Information should be solely used for informational purposes only and may not be accurate for the current year. Contact Syracuse University for official up-to-date information.