Syracuse University

Campus Description

Founded in 1870, Syracuse University is an internationally renowned independent institution. The Syracuse main campus has a striking physical presence, situated on a hill with spacious grassy areas and more than 230 collegiate buildings scattered over the 200-acre landscaped grounds. At the center of campus is the Quad, the main outdoor hub for University events, casual Frisbee throwing or cricket games, and walkways that serve to connect students, faculty and staff with classes and activities. Included on the campus is the Carrier Dome, the largest domed stadium on a college campus in America and home to the University's football, basketball and lacrosse teams.

South Campus is close by: a residential area that contains its own student center, dining hall, recreational fields, and other services. Syracuse University has properties in the heart of downtown Syracuse, providing a blended and engaging environment between the University and the City.

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100 Crouse-Hinds Hall, 900 South Crouse Ave., Syracuse, NY 13244


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Degrees Offered

Associate, Bachelor’s, Certificate, Post-Bachelor’s Certificate, Master's, Post-Master’s Certificate, Doctorate (research/scholarship), First Professional


Varsity Sports: Women: NCAA Division I: basketball, cheerleading, field hockey, cross country, track & field indoor, track & field outdoor, ice hockey, lacrosse, rowing, soccer, softball, tennis, volleyball. Varsity Sports: Men: NCAA Division I: basketball, cheerleading, cross country, track & field indoor, track & field outdoor, football, lacrosse, rowing (IRA/ECAC), soccer
Intramural Sports: basketball, dodge ball, flag football, kickball, soccer (indoor & outdoor), racquetball (singles & doubles), softball, team handball, tennis (singles & doubles), volleyball.
Club Sports: aikido, badminton, ballroom dance, baseball, Black Reign Step Team, bowling, boxing, break dancing, Cheon Ji In, cricket, cycling, Dance Works, equestrian, fencing, field hockey (women), figure skating, golf, gymnastics, ice hockey, judo, kendo, lacrosse, One World, Orange Pulse, Outing Club, quidditch, roller hockey, rugby, running, sailing, shotokan, ski racing, soccer, softball (women), swimming, swing, Syracuse Orange Bhangra, SU Zinda, T.A.P., table tennis, tennis, triathlon, Ultimate Frisbee, volleyball, water polo, wrestling (men)

Clubs and Activities

Syracuse University has more than 400 student organizations that encompass themes such as advocacy, governance, media, culture, religious, service, art & entertainment, and more. The University is focused on taking learning beyond the classroom and encourages growth with activism, advocacy, leadership, team-building, and community awareness. Among the student organizations are academic and honor groups, political and advocacy organizations (AIDS Task Force, College Democrats, College Republicans), arts & entertainment groups, club and intramural sports, media and publications (the Orange Television Network, The Daily Orange campus paper, radio stations, and numerous other magazines and publications), pre-professional organizations, religious organizations, service organizations (Education Volunteers, Habitat for Humanity, SU Ambulance), cultural and international organizations, fraternities and sororities, and a variety of other special interest groups. For more information, visit SU's Office of Student Activities,

Featured Programs

Syracuse University students enjoy an uncommon range of choices and opportunities. These include more than 200 majors and 100 minors; the Renée Crown University Honors Program; a nationally top-ranked study-abroad program; local, national, and international internships; and undergraduate research opportunities. Some of the unique learning facilities include the Global Collaboratory, which connects students via satellite to sites all over the world; the 230,000 square foot Life Sciences Complex, which brings together biology, chemistry, and biochemistry in order to promote interdisciplinary research and education; the Newhouse Complex, with state-of-the-art media laboratories for Web-based news reporting and broadcast journalism, and a digital convergence center; the Syracuse Center of Excellence in Environmental and Energy Systems; an advanced flight simulator for students in aerospace and mechanical engineering; the Goodman IMPRESS program in the Whitman School of Management; the Dorothea Ilgen Shaffer Art Building, which contains art studios, and film, video, photo, and computer graphic labs; the Community Darkrooms for photography; Syracuse Stage, a professional Equity Theater; the Mary Ann Shaw Center for Public Service; Bernice M. Wright Child Development Laboratory School; Belfer Audio Laboratory and Archive; and the Gebbie Speech, Language, and Hearing Clinic. SU is also home to the Carrier Dome, the first domed stadium in the Northeast, and the largest on a college campus in the US. Living choices at SU are similarly diverse. They include over 30 learning communities and thematic housing, as well as residence halls and apartments, all with built-in high-speed network access. Campus activities include lectures by internationally renowned scholars, writers, and artists; 300 student clubs and organizations; and a multitude of intercollegiate, intramural, and club sports. First-year students have the unique opportunity to start their Syracuse University career enrolled in one of three Discovery Programs situated in SU Abroad centers in Florence, Italy; Strasbourg, France; or Madrid, Spain. Designed for select first-semester students with an interest in the arts, humanities, languages, international studies, or social sciences, Syracuse University’s Discovery programs provide an international foundation that expands academic and professional options, foreign language proficiency and comprehension of global politics and issues.

Enrollment for Fall 2015

Undergraduate (Matriculated): 14,620 (Full-time: 6,391 men, 7,736 women; Part-time: 218 men, 275 women)
Graduate (Matriculated): 6,390 (Full-time: 2,394 men, 2,358 women; Part-time: 842 men, 796 women)
70% enrolled in top quarter of high school class
35% enrolled in top 10% of high school class
SAT verbal range: 530 – 630
SAT math range: 560 – 660
ACT range: 24 – 29
94.2% have a high school GPA of 3.0 or higher
5.8% have a high school GPA of 2.0 to less than 3.0

Campus Demographics

 Undergraduate StudentsGraduate Students
% Black / African American8.1%5.9%
% Asian7.6%3.2%
% Hispanic / Latino10.3%4.6%
% White, Non-Hispanic55.4%44.7%
% American Indian / Alaskan Native.7%.4%
% Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander.05%.1%
% International / Nonresident Alien12.1%36.5%
% Two or more races2.8%1.5%
% Unknown Race / Ethnicity3.0%3.1%

Tuition Information for 2015-2016

Tuition & Fees:
$43,318 per year, or $1,818 per credit
Tuition Only:
Room & Board:
Room Only:

Admission/Application Deadlines

Freshmen Applications:
fall- January 1 priority, early decision November 15; spring- November 15
Transfer Applications:
fall- January 1 priority; spring- November 15 priority

Financial Aid Deadlines

Financial Aid Deadlines for Freshmen:
fall- For regular decision: February 1 for CSS Profile and FAFSA. For early decision: December 1 for CSS Profile, February 1 for FAFSA; spring- December 1 for FAFSA and CSS Profile
Financial Aid Deadlines for Transfers:
fall- file CSS Profile and FAFSA when admission application is submited, but before July 1; spring- December 1 for FAFSA and CSS Profile

Application Requirements

Freshmen: Common Application; official secondary school transcript; senior year grade report; standardized test scores (SAT/ACT or TOEFL/IELTS); secondary school counselor evaluation; two academic recommendations; portfolio or audition for programs in architecture, art & design, drama, and music; Early Decision Commitment Contract for early decision applicants; $75 fee.
Transfers: Common Application for Syracuse University; $75 fee; official academic transcript; 2 academic recommendations; Transfer College Report Form (left in good standing); standardized test scores & secondary school transcript (if completed fewer than 30 credits of college-level coursework); portfolio or audition for programs in architecture, art & design, drama, and music.
Average Financial Aid Package:
Average Non-Need-Based Scholarship or Grant Aid:
Types of Non-Need Aid Awarded:
Merit Scholarships based on academic performance. There are 3 levels: Founder's ($12,000), Chancellor's ($8,000), and Dean's ($6,000). Students do NOT need to apply.