- Class: Sophomore
- Major: Journalism
- Gender: M
- High School: Riverwood High School
- Transfer Student: N
SU's best thing would be that there is always something available to do on campus. At moment, you cannot be bored. There are so many clubs and extracurricular events that one can partake in. At any moment, you can be playing basketball, joining the chess club, practicing karate, reciting dramatic lines with the drama club or even saving the world with the environmental club. Then with regard to big events, SU does an amazing job at bringing speakers/comedians to campus. The list goes on: Bill Bellamy, Al Gore, Steven Lynch, Vincente Fox, Spike Lee, Bob Saget, Bill Nye, Jack Hanna, and that has been in the 12 months. It is amazing to see how far your dollars go, as SU does a great job to bring amazing events to campus. That excludes that SU offers free busing downtown or to the malls, and the on-campus sports are fantastic. The campus size is "just right" as it is overwhelming where you are just a number in the school's books, but you can always find someone you know on campus to hang out with. When you tell people you go to Syracuse, they are always like, "wow, you go to SU!" So, it's a remarkable school that one can go to.
The Academics at Syracuse are top-notch. It's amazing, like in my Intro to Philosophy class that had 350 students in a huge lecture hall, the professor knew about 75-80% of the names. And if you didn't come to class, he would know. That is the effort and energy that professors take to know you. Like they will be great assets and I constantly find myself going to their office hours and talking about stuff outside of school because they are more of friends and role models that professors to me. Students study a good bit, but it all depends on who you talk to. SU definetely has intelligent conversation outside of the classroom, just the other night, we had a debate over politics and what not, so people actually care about real issues on this campus. Personally, I spend a lot of time with my professors outside of my class. I would def. suggest utilizing their office hours, but if you cannot make it, some professors give you their home phone numbers and cell, as they want to help you by any means possible.
Syracuse's student body is diverse. If you are religious, we have a catholic center, the Hendricks Chapel, Hillel, Chabad, Muslim groups, etc. The list goes on. if you want LGBT, SU has a top-rated LGBT program that has events on campus each and every week. I wouldn't say any student feels out of place at SU, as there is really a niche for everyone to join in. Like, you can find yourself in a group that makes movies, or a niche of kids who are holding a rally for Obama on this campus, so there is a lot of diversity among the things to do. Students wear just about anything on campus. Like you will see some on suits and ties, dressed for success. But then you have girls wearing Uggs and Leggings, and guys wearing Timberlands, etc. The one thing you need is a WARM WINTER COAT. You will wear it a good 4-5 months, so I would suggest buying a nice one, it's a worthy investment. Most of SU's students are from the northeast. I think 65% are from NY, NJ, MA, PA and CT. But it's amazing, being from Georgia, there are a lot of southerners on campus. SU is focusing on recruiting now in Washington DC, Atlanta, California, so there is truly a great amount of diversity amongst the students and you can feel at home anywhere.
The Best Things
The accessibility of professors and the ability to do anything you want on campus!
The Worst Things
The cold weather!