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Syracuse University Review

Located on a picturesque residential campus in the heart of New York state, Syracuse University is a private, co-ed college known for its academic rigor as a research university and its blend of professional education and liberal arts programs. Students are also known for their abilities to party: In 2014, SU was named No. 1 party school in the nation by the Princeton Review. When they're not at the latest Orange sporting event or toga party, the school of 21,000 students is also driven by an array of hands-on opportunities, including internships, international study and access to more than 300 clubs and organizations.

In addition to its flagship campus in the city of Syracuse, about a five-hour drive from New York City, SU also offers online courses. In addition, there are numerous opportunities for a broader education, thanks to the eight international campus centers — in Beijing, Hong Kong, Florence, Strasbourg, Santiago, Madrid, Istanbul and London — and three U.S. centers, in New York City, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C.

  • Total enrollment: 21,267
  • Full-time undergraduate enrollment: 14,422
  • Steps to Admission: Syracuse accepts the Common Application, which you can find on the Admissions section of its website. Applicants must also:
    • Pay an application fee
    • Provide their official secondary school transcript and/or senior year grade report
    • Provide standardized test scores (SAT or ACT, including writing section)
    • Provide a secondary school counselor evaluation and two academic recommendations
    • Some schools, such as the School of Architecture and the College of Visual and Performing Arts, also require a portfolio or audition. See SU's website for details on additional materials required.

Financial Aid

  • Is this school eligible for federal financial aid (Title IV approved)? Yes
  • Does this school offer scholarships? Yes
  • What percentage of students receive financial aid? 75 percent
Student Body Demographics
Sources: The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics. Demographic data covers all enrolled students, including those at any campus of the university or studying online.
Featured Programs

Civil Engineering

The graduate civil engineering program is highly regarded at SU, and students can pursue their master's and/or Ph.D. in the discipline. Courses include structural engineering, geotechnical engineering, environmental engineering and construction and infrastructure management.

Electrical Engineering

SU recently launched an online program to earn an M.S. in electrical engineering. The program, which is just as challenging as the on-campus program, allows students added convenience and flexibility to watch live webcast lectures as they happen or recorded versions, in their own time. Students can also get their M.S. in electrical engineering by attending class on campus.


Students enrolled in the Whitman School of Management's management program at the undergraduate and doctoral level become versed in the art and science of management, exploring areas such as leadership, organizational behavior and strategic thinking.

Library and Information Science

The MS in Library and Information Science is ranked No. 4 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. The degree trains students in library sciences, preparing them for a career in an array of library or non-library based settings.


Syracuse's study body represents half of the 50 states and 123 countries, and with more than 21,000 students, campus is always abuzz with some kind of activity. Sports are also hugely popular at SU and teams include basketball, cross country, football, lacrosse, rowing, soccer, track and field, field hockey, ice hockey, softball, volleyball. Located in the hub of Syracuse, at the gateway to the Finger Lakes, the area is brimming with outdoor activities as well as urban adventures, including vibrant dining, nightlife, culture and shopping scenes.

As mentioned, SU was recently named the nation's top party school by the Princeton Review. About 25 percent of the campus is involved in Greek life. But the party-school mentality is also balanced out by the foundation of a solid research university where students study as hard as they play. The university is ranked in the top 75 in the nation, and it offers myriad research opportunities, flexible study options and a wide range of academic majors.

Syracuse is ranked in the top 75 universities in the nation, and it offers myriad research opportunities, flexible study options and a wide range of academic majors.

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  • U.S. News & World Report (2014):
    • • No. 58 among National Universities
    • • No. 9 in Entrepreneurship
    • • No. 47 among the Best Value Schools
    • • No. 7 among the Best Colleges for Veterans
    • • No. 4 in Library and Information Studies (Graduate)
    • • No. 1 in Public Affairs (Graduate)
    • • No. 5 in Best Online Graduate Computer Information Technology Programs
  • The Princeton Review (2014):
    • • No. 1 Party School
    • • No. 2 Newspaper
    • • No. 5 College Radio Station
    • • No. 6 2015 Top Entrepreneurial Programs (Undergraduate)
    • • No. 15 Most Popular Study Abroad Program

Notable Colleges

SU has 12 different schools and colleges, divided by subject matter. The College of Law takes a balanced approach to law, with interdisciplinary paths of study.

The Martin J. Whitman School of Management is a business-minded institution that primes entrepreneurs for success. It also hosts Syracuse's top-10 ranked entrepreneurship program.

The Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs training ground immerses students in leadership, civic engagement and more.

Since 1901, the L.C. Smith College of Engineering and Computer Science has been training students in engineering and computer science disciplines to meet the changing needs of the region and nation.

Notable Faculty/Awards
  • Catherine Bertini, Professor of Practice in Public Administration and Internal Affairs, World Food Prize Laureate
  • Duncan Brown, Associate Professor of Physics, Winner of a National Science Foundation grant from the NSF Data Infrastructure Building Blocks program
  • Arindam Chakraborty, Assistant Professor of Chemistry, Winner of a Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award from the National Science Foundation
  • Tula Goenka, Associate Professor of Television, Radio & Film, Founder & Co-Director of the Syracuse University Human Rights Film Festival
  • Ralph Ketcham, Professor Emeritus of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Winner of a Professor of the Year award from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education
  • M. Lisa Manning, Assistant Professor of Physics, Winner of a Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award from the National Science Foundation
  • Don Mitchell, Distinguished Professor of Geography, Winner of a MacArthur Fellowship
  • Dan Pacheco, Peter A. Horvitz Endowed Chair in Journalism Innovation, Winner of a Knight News Challenge grant
  • Dennis Romano, Professor of History, Guggenheim Fellow
  • George Saunders, Professor of Creative Writing, Winner of the 2013 PEN/Malamud Award
  • Stephen Saunders Webb, Professor Emeritus of History and Social Sciences, Guggenheim Fellow
  • Jason Wiles, Associate Professor of Biology, Winner of an EAGER (Early-Concept Grant for Exploratory Research) from the National Science Foundation

1. Syracuse University, http://syr.edu/
2. Syracuse University Rankings, Forbes, http://www.forbes.com/colleges/syracuse-university/
3. Rankings & Lists: Syracuse University, Princeton Review, http://www.princetonreview.com/schools/college/collegerankings.aspx?iid=1024060
4. U.S. News Best Colleges Rankings: Syracuse University, U.S. News & World Report, http://colleges.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-colleges/syracuse-university-196413/overall-rankings


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