Syracuse University

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Syracuse, NY 13244

Phone: (315) 443-1870
2013-2014 Tuition
tuition and fees
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Jan. 1
application deadline

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#62 Overall Score: 58 out of 100. National Universities

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Syracuse University is a private institution that was founded in 1870. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 14,798, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 708 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Syracuse University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, 62. Its tuition and fees are $40,458 (2013-14).

Few schools are associated with a color as strongly as Syracuse University. A brilliant shade of orange is tied into campus life, manifesting itself in student media outlets such as The Daily Orange, the student-run newspaper, and CitrusTV, the television studio. The school’s sports teams are known simply as The Orange, and compete in the NCAA Division I Atlantic Coast Conference, cheered on by school mascot Otto the Orange. The football team plays in Carrier Dome, famed as the only domed stadium in the Northeast. The school’s campus sits on University Hill, above the sprawling city of Syracuse in central New York state. With about 100 inches of snowfall each year, the bitterly cold winters at Syracuse University give students plenty of opportunities for skiing, snowboarding and sledding on nearby mountains. On campus, there are more than 300 student clubs and organizations. About 20 percent of Syracuse students are involved in Greek life, though only juniors and seniors may live in Greek housing. All freshmen and sophomore students must live in on-campus housing. The free Connective Corridor bus shuttles transport students between campus and downtown Syracuse, where annual celebrations include a 12-day Winterfest and a Jazz Fest.

Undergraduates and graduate students alike can take classes at the Syracuse University campus in Florence, Italy. Freshmen enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences can even spend their first semester studying abroad through the Discover Florence program. Syracuse University graduate students may take courses at Cornell University and the University of Rochester through the schools’ Scholar Exchange Program. Notable alumni include Vice President Joe Biden, actor Jerry Stiller, former football player Donovan McNabb and former Miss America Vanessa Williams.

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Founded in 1870, Syracuse University is an independent institution with an international reputation. Syracuse University is guided by its vision of Scholarship In Action and offers the best of two learning environments. As a major research university, it is large enough to offer a wide variety of academic and extracurricular activities, and yet its nine undergraduate colleges provide smaller, more intimate settings in which students have opportunities to build lasting relationships with mentoring faculty members. Scholarship In Action stresses the importance of multidisciplinary and interactive programs, where faculty and students learn, discover, and create through engagement with practitioners on campus, in the broader community, and the world. This is education for the world in the world.

In virtually every aspect of student life at Syracuse, choices abound. The many options of undergraduate majors and minors, dual enrollment programs, the range of courses available, opportunities to study abroad, internships, the scope of residential living options, and extracurricular activities make Syracuse University attractive to those who value a diverse educational experience.

General Information

School type private, coed college
Year founded 1870
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting city
2012 Endowment $940,055,706


When applying to Syracuse University, it's important to note the application deadline is January 1, and the early decision deadline is November 15. The application fee at Syracuse University is $70. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 51.3 percent.

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Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 51.3%
Application deadline January 1
SAT/ACT scores must be received by N/A

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Syracuse University is 16:1, and the school has 63 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Syracuse University include: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs; Visual and Performing Arts; Social Sciences; and Engineering. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 91.5 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 16:1
4-year graduation rate 69%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 16%
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 14%
Visual and Performing Arts 12%
Social Sciences 11%
Engineering 8%

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Student Life

Syracuse University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 14,798, with a gender distribution of 44.2 percent male students and 55.8 percent female students. At this school, 75 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 25 percent of students live off campus. Syracuse University is part of the NCAA I athletic conference.

Total enrollment 21,029
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA I

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Campus Info & Services

Syracuse University offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, women's center, placement service, day care, health service, and health insurance. Syracuse University also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, student patrols, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Syracuse University, 21 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Syracuse University.

Students who have cars on campus 21%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Syracuse University, 59.2 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $24,740.

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Tuition and fees $40,458 (2013-14)
Room and board $14,054 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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