Location: Syracuse, NY
Undergraduate Enrollment: 14,798
Percent Women: 56%
Tuition (one year): $40,458
Most Popular Majors: Business/Management, Communication/Journalism, Visual and Performing Arts, Social Sciences, Engineering
Greek Life: Yes
Acceptance Rate: 51.34%
For more information about financial aid, scholarships, majors, study abroad, and average test scores, visit Syracuse University’s website at www.admissions.syr.edu
Why Choose Syracuse?
“The day I visited campus I was actually really sick and my parents thought that because of it, I wouldn't give the school a chance. I remember seeing the campus for the first time and thinking it was everything I imagined "college" would be (gorgeous buildings, lots of school spirit, and a bell tower -- all the important things). After seeing ‘Cuse, none of the other schools really compared.” –Juliana L, Junior
"I chose Syracuse because I am from California and for someone who's never been on this side of the country, there's no better time than in college. When is anyone ever going to pay for you to live across the country and visit exciting cities and towns?"-Laura N., Junior
“I wanted a big D1 school with a spirited atmosphere. I like the medium size of Syracuse. You can make a big school small, but you cannot make a small school big.” –Lisa P., Junior
Gearing up for graduation, senior Alex P, reflects on the decision she made four years ago. “I have no regrets about choosing Syracuse for higher education. Being from Virginia, some people think I'm crazy to battle this cold climate, but I actually like having a winter season. I also enjoy being a good way from home because it has made me a more independent person.“
Alessandra, a senior student who is a tour guide for prospective students, weighs in on what people on her tours love to see and hear about Syracuse. “When high school students tour the things they say most often that attracted them here are the collegiate feel of campus, the awesome athletics program, and the prestigious reputations of each individual college. We also really emphasize the alumni base and how those connections help so much with internships and jobs.”
2012 Graduate Stephanie reminisces on her time here saying, “The best parts were being able to cheer for amazing teams that had such a strong group of fans not only from the university but the community as well”
Now that I'm here I love how big the school is and that if I decide to pursue some random interest, I know I can. Also, talking about Syracuse basketball is a great icebreaker, even if the person doesn't even go here! –Juliana L.
I love the atmosphere at Syracuse. I love that you can walk through the quad and see someone new everyday, but you can also find a friendly face among the crowd. Additionally, I love the Orange Pride. I think Syracuse University has such a diverse population, but the one thing we all have in common is our love of the Orange. -Lisa P.
"The campus is huge, no doubt, but it's not so big that you can't walk across the quad without seeing a friendly face. I'm an environment girl and the setting here is just very earthy and positive. Plus, I love it when the seasons change here and the changes you see in the student's attitudes."-Laura N.
“The history behind the school, the legacy carried with you after graduating from an institution like this, the feeling of being part of a giant family/experience”
“The great social life where you can distress from the academia and let loose with your friends!”
“Everyone’s school spirit!”
“Greek Life, Athletics, and the nightlife!”
"The worst parts? It feels like you're in a bubble. There's no outdoor shopping mall or anything to truly enjoy walking or biking outside alongside water. The nightlife is pretty lame unless you're in Greek Life. It's just such an on-campus focused school."- Laura N.
The weather is the worst part about Syracuse. If Syracuse was located in Coral Gables, I would be the happiest person on Earth.-Lisa P.
“The worst parts were having to walk to and from class in the awful weather!”-Stephanie, Class of 2012
“The weather and plethora of people with spoiled or entitled attitudes.”
“The weather 100%...other than that nothing is bad.”
“The mass amounts of snow”
“Definitely the advisors.”
“Parking is the absolute WORST” –Gabby P.
New Collegiette on Campus
First year students at Syracuse are required to live in on-campus dorms. Most of these are strictly freshmen housing, however select dorms contain a mix of students from different class years. Unlike other colleges, there is not a summer orientation before move-in. Orientation occurs the first few days (usually a long weekend) before classes start. There are activities, information sessions, and the traditional “Home to the Dome” pep rally where freshmen are taught all of the sports traditions and how to be a fan of the Orange.
“I love being a freshman at Syracuse! It's really easy to get adjusted to campus and make friends! And I love living in a dorm it's really fun it's a lot more freedom than my house back home." –Anna L.
"Living in the doorm made adjusting so much easier because everyone around me was adjusting as well!"-Katie
All About Academics
“I chose Syracuse University primarily because of Newhouse.”
“I applied to colleges for their architecture programs and SU was the number one school in the country."
“I chose Syracuse because of the great rep of Whitman School.”
“It has a great rep and an awesome communications school which I really tried hard to get into, and achieved that goal as a sophomore.”
Upon acceptance, each student is matched with an academic advisor who is usually a professor in the school that they are enrolled in. Class registration times are based on seniority, so freshmen usually get the last pick of classes. However, introductory courses that freshmen are likely to take rarely become filled to occupancy before they get the chance to enroll. Students create their own class schedules, however both incoming freshmen and currently enrolled freshmen are guided closely by their advisor. First year students mainly focus on their core requirements that their school has set out. Students who are undecided in their major are in the College of Arts and Sciences and have until the end of their Junior Year to declare a major.
There are various locations on campus were students like to study. The library, affectionately known as “Club Bird” has many floors of available study space. But beware! During finals it gets very crowded. During the day, people like to study in the Schine Student Center on Main Campus. Goldstein Student Center on South Campus is another place where students are found with their nose in textbooks. Carnegie’s library is another place to get some serious studying in. But beware! They don’t allow food or beverage inside the newly renovated building, so if you need coffee at all times, you might want to find a different place! Most people find it difficult to study in their dorm, sorority, or apartment due to distractions from roommates and floor mates.
Learn From the Best
Many students find first-year introductory classes somewhat monotonous, however once you get your requirements out of the way, you get to delve into amazing experiences for your major that are tailored to you as a student.
"My favorite classes so far at SU have been Beauty and Diversity in the Media and Fashion History II." –Kayla I., Sophomore
Kayla tells us about her experience in the Beauty and Fashion Milestone program at SU. “The Milestone program is a fashion and beauty communications program that works between VPA and Newhouse. It basically allows students within these schools to take courses that relate to fashion and communications/media, and often incorporates both topics into one class. I think the program is so great because it gives students who have an interest in fashion and communications the opportunity to learn about both topics rather than just one in an interesting and intriguing setting. For someone with an interest in these fields, the classes are perfect because you learn so much and have a great time doing it.”
“My favorite class that I have taken was NEW 405. It's an advanced reporting class, so it was intimidating at first. I was assigned to cover the Near Westside of Syracuse and it really opened my eyes to all the great stories those people have to tell. Normally we only see this place as an area of crime, but I found out it was so much more.” –Alex P. Senior
“My favorite classes are the classes for my major. It is way more fun to learn about topics you are interested in. I have loved my Public Relations writing classes, my Introduction to Retail Management class and all of my fashion classes.”
AND after you get your requirements out of the way, many upperclassmen have room in their schedules for some AWESOME elective opportunities.
“The most popular class I have taken is definitely Wine and Food Appreciation because, well, you get to drink and eat all class. Timothy Barr is the professor. I think people like him so much because he really knows how to connect with his students.”
“Although I have never taken these classes, I hear yoga and Wine and Beer Appreciation are very popular among seniors.”
It is very popular for students to travel abroad their Junior year. Syracuse offers an extensive study abroad program that can be found at www.abroad.syr.edu. The most popular destinations are London, Madrid and Florence. However SU also has programs in Beijing, Hong Kong, Istanbul, Santiago, Strasbourg and various other international destinations.
Taylor C., who is currently studying in London tells us, “I decided to study abroad because it's the perfect way to see the world and get out of my comfort zone without breaking the bank.”
Interests and Involvement
With over 300 recognized student organizations, there are countless ways of getting involved in something that suits your interests.
“One of the first weeks of school there is an event on the quad where student organizations table. The quad is lined with organizations ranging from media outlets to religious organizations to entertainment groups to philanthropic organizations. Students can sign up at the tables to get onto list serves to find out more information. Additionally, it is important to follow student organizations social media accounts. They post regularly about general interest meetings and how to get involved. ‘
“I think involvement on campus is really important. Organizations can pave your way to success simply by taking up a position in the organization. However, my favorite part about my involvement in organizations is the friends I have made. My two roommates I met my second semester freshmen year in First Year Players, a theater organization, and they are now two of my best friends.” –Lisa P.
“Involvement is presented to freshmen as a means of meeting friends, keeping busy, and adjusting to life away from home by doing things that interest you personally. When you get older though, you realize that this involvement not only helps you make amazing connections on a personal level, but also facilitates connections that you could use in future professional and career-related pursuits. Two words: resume building!”-Shaelyn C., Junior
Syracuse has an extensive athletic department with 20 varsity teams. Our mascot is Otto the Orange. In 2013, we changed from the Big East Conference to the ACC. Going to school where there is a big Division I NCAA program certainly promotes team spirit, traditions, and cohesion among current and former students. Our basketball program is one of the most well known teams in all of college athletics. Thanks to Hall-of-Fame Coach, Jim Boeheim, the team has won seven Big East Regular Season Championships, five Big East Tournament Championships, and had 25 NCAA Tournament appearances including winning the 2003 National Championships. Supporting Syracuse Basketball is certainly on most people’s list of favorite parts of campus life. Our football team also draws a lot of fan attention, as they have had successful seasons over the past few years. Students watched the football team win all three of the bowl games they played in over the past 4 years. The lacrosse team won the national championship fourteen times! Students love sitting in the student section of the famous Carrier Dome with their friends and classmates. Student tickets can be purchased with your SU ID card at special student prices. Otto’s Army, a fan group that loves to get everyone cheering and screaming and decked-out-in-orange as possible, leads the student section. At every game there are faces painted, signs made, and pretty rowdy students who are supporting their favorite teams with their friends.
“It’s so cool to watch ESPN and see them talking about a player on national TV and then 10 minutes later, when I’m on my way to class, I see the same player right in front of me!” –Jess, Freshman
Syracuse University has an extensive Department of Women’s and Gender Studies which seeks to “create a women’s learning, inquiry, and research environment at Syracuse University that addresses or responds to issues of concern relevant to the lives of women on our university campus and in our local cities, the state, across the Americas, and globally.”
Food and Drink
Freshman students are required to have a meal plan. Your SU ID card contains “meal swipes” and “SUper Card” money. Meal swipes can be used at any of the dining halls on campus. Unlike some other colleges, there is no “central” or main dining hall. The “outlier” dorms like BBB, Flint/Day, Sadler, and Lawrinson Halls each have their own dining halls, most of which can be accessed without even going outside in the cold! Other dining halls include Ernie Davis, the Schine Student Center, Goldstein Student Center, Kimmel, and various coffee/deli counters in some of the academic buildings. All of these take the SUper Card which is basically pre-loaded money.
"The faculty restaurant is awesome! It is a sit-down restaurant where students and professors can eat lunch from 11:30-2:30 on weekdays. It is a great place to take a break from the dining hall with some friends. AND it takes the SUpercard!"
After freshman year, if you are a student living off-campus, you generally won’t have a meal plan. There are fast food places to eat on Marshall Street that is a public street that borders campus. It is very popular amongst students at all times of day (and night). We asked students which of the restaurants they visit most often on Marshall and nearly all of them said Chipotle, Starbucks, and Jimmy Johns.
"A major part of the social life here at SU involves Greek Life. "
Students who choose to join a sorority or fraternity aren’t eligible to do so until their second semester freshman year.
“Greek life is like a family. I decided to go Greek since I was so far from home and coming from the West Coast to the East Coast was quite the change. Going to through recruitment was the smartest thing I did freshman year and without it I would have transferred.”
“Alcohol is prevalent but it isn’t the only way to have fun. Safety is number one in the Greek community and that means limiting the alcohol at parties.”
“I decided to rush because I wanted to branch out and meet new people and have a change in scenery when I go out.”-Gabby P.
But going out and being involved socially is not completely centered around Greek Life and many opt out of rushing. Euclid Avenue is a street that houses many upperclassmen that live off-campus and there is always something going on. Fraternities often have “open parties.” And THEN there’s the bar scene. On Marshall Street, Harry’s and DJs are two “basement bars” that are filled with mostly underclassmen. The Orange Bar and Chucks are popular destinations for upperclassmen. Faegan’s is a restaurant during the day and a bar at night. They have a famous tradition called “Flip Night” every Wednesday where the bartender flips heads or tails, and if you guess correctly, the beer is free. This bar is mostly popular amongst seniors, grad students, and staff.
"Students generally go out on Tuesday, Wednesday (Flip Night), Thursday (a big bar night), Friday, and Saturday whether they have a party or are just heading to the bars."
At the end of spring semester every year, there is a day long party that beats all other parties. Rain or shine, Euclid Ave, Walnut, and Comstock are packed with thousands of students. The Syracuse Police Department and the Syracuse University Department of Public Safety oversee the event, making sure it doesn’t get too wild. The day culminates with the Block Party Show, a concert in the Carrier Dome, which is organized by the campus programing board, University Union.
First year students at Syracuse are required to live in on-campus dorms. Most of these are strictly freshmen housing, however select dorms contain a mix of students from different class years. You can select a roommate prior to moving in, or you can go random. Each floor has an RA who lives on the floor and is available to help with any issues, questions, or concerns that students may have. Most dorms are co-ed, and most students report that they like this, because there is a good mix of people and personalities on each floor. The different floors in a dorm building are seen as beneficial to freshmen students because they really get to know a handful of people who they can connect with and treat as family.
“I am a senior now and my roommate now is the same girl I was randomly paired with freshman year.”
After freshman year, students are still required to live on-campus but have the choice between dorms or South Campus apartments, which can be reached by taking a bus or driving about a mile down Comstock Ave. These apartments have separate bedrooms, a bathroom, living room, and fully furnished kitchens. After freshman and sophomore year, it is popular for students to live off campus. Students choose either South Campus, off-campus houses, apartments, or they live in their sorority house; however, dorms are still available if you prefer them.
"After freshman year, it is nice to be indpendent and having your own bedroom is really the best."
"Living in my sorority house is the best decision I’ve ever made. Coming home to 30 people you can be yourself around and eating the best food imaginable is the dream. Dorm life was fun while it lasted, for the experience, but after going Greek, living in was the only choice."
"Other housing options are good if you want extreme freedom but one year in a sorority house of your closest friends, getting ready together and having people to talk to is something that can’t be duplicated in a dorm."
"Other than Marshall Street, it is difficult to get anywhere off campus without taking some form of transportation."
Many upperclassmen have cars, which allow them to venture into the community a bit more. However there are busses that run from campus to nearly all of the locations of interest in the City of Syracuse daily. One popular destination is the mall, Destiny USA, which is the sixth biggest shopping mall in the county.
"Downtown Syracuse in Armory Square is a beautiful little destination in the middle of the city."
"There are a handful of boutiques that I love to shop in downtown and there’s even an Urban Outfitters and a Lululemon store!"
"Downtown Syracuse has some of the best food in the entire region. The Food Network has done multiple episodes featuring some amazing eateries including Pastabilities and Dinosaur BBQ." Older students generally go out to eat, drink, and shop more often because transportation is sometimes a hassle for those without a car.
"Westcott Street is a street that is less than a mile from campus and totally walk-able on a nice day!"
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